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Our Dometic refrigerator has a very strong smell in the freezer compartment. It smells like strong men's after shave or cologne. We bought the travel trailer new. The guy wreaked of aftershave/cologne. I just kept my distance. When we got it home and started cleaning up the trailer, I noticed the smell. Smelled a lot like that guy, but that was a day or two previous. I washed the door and especially the gasket where it seemed to be coming from. Soaked it in vinegar. Washed with baking soda. Washed with bathroom cleaner. I tried everything - several days apart. The smell comes out of the back, too when it is running. Presumably the exhaust fan or something is pushing it out. It is not an ammonia smell. Otherwise, the fridge runs OK. Any ideas?

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