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Smell only when fridge is open

Side by side. Odor only when open. have clened out everything and washed out with baking soda. have even poured hot water with baking soda down drain in freezer. HELP

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Try putting in newspapers to draw out smell

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1. Remove all items from refrigerator or freezer. Throw
out any spoiled foods. Take out removable parts and wash
them and door gasket with mild detergent in warm water.
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2. Wash interior walls and door liner with solution of 1-2
tablespoonsful of baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and
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means of odor removal.

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