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Fridge odor Frozen food thawed and leaked behind freezer. Odor remained despite cleaning several times

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There are a couple of methods to help remove odors from a fridge. The first is a cookie sheet with baking soda spread across it left in the fridge for several days. The other is something called Activated Carbon. Most stores sell it as a carbon odor filter and it is pretty cheap. It actually works better then the baking soda so I recommend you pick some up and just leave it inside the fridge. You can also put this behind your fridge or wherever you have foul odors. Hope this helps.

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2. Wash interior walls and door liner with solution of 1-2
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3. If odor still remains, try one or all of the following
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a. Spread baking soda out on shallow pans (like shallow
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c. Spread cat litter in shallow pan in cabinet, turn on
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e. Put fresh ground coffee in cereal bowls inside the
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f. Pack each refrigerator shelf with crumpled newspaper.
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g. Buy a commercial odor remover, and follow instructions
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