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Can't find drip pan and have a really bad smell from both refrigerator and freezer have cleaned the shelves top and bottom and thrown away all possibly suspicious food. The smell got stronger after cleaning smells like fish/shrimp/ maybe mouse? Was hoping a drip pan held the problem. Also cleaned out under refrigerator and found nothing but dusty dog biscuits.

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Drip pan is on top of compressor

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Plastic holds odors. The smell may not becoming from your drain pan, but more likely the liner.

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1.) Remove the shelves, ice bucket and crisper drawers and scrub them with a baking soda base cleaner.
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