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Fish smell power went out about a year ago, full of fish... WHOAA! Tried everything cant get all the fish smell out, tried baking soda, charcoal, vinegar, bleach. Not much smell left, but some. Not sure if this will affect other food i try to put in the freezer.

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i have to give that a wow !!! any way if you can get some clr and wipe it down real good and leave it wet it overnight that has helped us in some of the apartments that we clean well good luck and let me know how this does best regards mike

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Hello Mary;

My name is Peter. I am a retired field service refrigeration technician.

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