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Awful odor in fridge just 2 yrs old,nothing seems to help, baking soda, vinegar . tried removing all items still smells.

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Try vanilla essence it work for awful smells

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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.
Rinse well and wipe dry.

2. Wash interior walls and door liner with solution of 1-2
tablespoonsful of baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and
wipe dry. Leave door open and let it air out well, with a
fan directed toward inside, and opened windows if climate
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3. If odor still remains, try one or all of the following
means of odor removal.

a. Spread baking soda out on shallow pans (like shallow
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coffee odor may remain, but will disappear after washing
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g. Buy a commercial odor remover, and follow instructions
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concentrate which sells for about $3.00 for 1/4 to 1/2
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Three of many brand names are: "Odor-Away" by Wrap-on
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or special products in grocery, or "Clean-Air" at some
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Hospital supply stores carry Dow Chemical Hospital
Disinfectant and Deodorant Spray. Spray into cabinet and
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4. If none of these methods removes all the odor, then it
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removing the liner and replacing the insulation. If cost
is too high you may prefer to get a new appliance. It
could be used for occasional cooling of soda pop where
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