Forgotten meat in the refrigerator for a month = stinko!

Discussion in 'My Favorite Mods, Tips, Tricks (and Blunders!)' started by txkoiboy, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. txkoiboy

    txkoiboy New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Was prepping the pop-up, opened it up and whew-ee the smell!
    Tucked away in the top shelf of the portable refrigerator was a plastic bag with rotting breakfast sausage and bacon.

    The refrigerator has been cleaned with windex, Fabreezed, and now has a jar of baking soda in it, ajar, with a fan blowing into it.

    Thankfully Fabreeze, two airwick plug-in deodorizers, a fan, and an afternoon of airing out has taken care of the camper. The refrigerator itself still has a lingering smell 6 hours later.

    Lesson learned.
     
  2. timothias

    timothias New Member

    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2013
    Open bowl of vinegar will take care of it.
     
  3. Jimbow

    Jimbow Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,524
    Likes Received:
    126
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2012
    How did the meat taste?

    Lol

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
     
  4. Campit

    Campit EAT SLEEP CAMP

    Messages:
    1,638
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Yuck! [:(O] I bet that won't happen again!

    Campit
     
  5. bropaul

    bropaul New Member

    Messages:
    4,830
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2009
    White vinegar is excellent for removing odors. Wipe down the inside with white vinegar and leave a bowl of it sitting in the frig for 24 hours or so with the door closed. (No use adding more smell to the pup.) If you are planning on heading out to camp tomorrow, I would soak a couple paper towels in white vinegar and leave them in the frig until you reach your destination. That should remove all the odor.

    Happy camping!
    Diane
     
  6. 68Starcraft

    68Starcraft I think I'M funny.. hell I make me laugh all the t

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    I'm all for the Vinegar but some times ive even gone to HCL (hydrochloric acid..) muriatic acid (home depot) dilute in 80% water spray on wash out wear gloves and a well ventilated area.. i seem to have a germ issue ... hummm ...
     
  7. Jayko

    Jayko Jayco 141J aka Big Bertha

    Messages:
    1,263
    Likes Received:
    18
    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2012
    mmmmMMMMmmmm bacon [;)]
     
  8. E3 Junkie

    E3 Junkie Greetings from Granada Hills, CA.

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    [MOD] I know this sounds a bit like alcohol abuse, but I learned this on another site in regard to cleaning whey protein shake bottles... Try putting some vodka, straight up, no olives or toothpicks, in a spray bottle, spray the interior thoroughly, and let it evaporate. Remove the shelves and throw them in the dishwasher for a cycle with the rest of the dishes. Wipe down with mild soap and water, and repeat a few times. Next wipe all the plastic down with a few lemons. [PUC] [TV]
     
  9. fmbhappycamper

    fmbhappycamper PuP Power

    Messages:
    4,325
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2010
    vodka works [8D]
     
  10. beemerboy

    beemerboy New Member

    Messages:
    659
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2009
    Location:
    North East Connecticut
    Ya, if you drink enough you won't notice the smell!
     
  11. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

    Messages:
    1,694
    Likes Received:
    412
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2012
    Location:
    SE Georgia
    One more vote for the vinegar. A side vote for the vodka (while the vinegar works). :)
     
  12. Sonshine

    Sonshine Member

    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Is that why your called "belchfire"??
     
  13. BelchFire

    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

    Messages:
    1,694
    Likes Received:
    412
    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2012
    Location:
    SE Georgia
    Only in the presence of an ignition source. [;)]
     
  14. Ductape

    Ductape Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,216
    Likes Received:
    233
    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2013
  15. J Hynes

    J Hynes New Member

    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    You could also try vanilla on a paper towel in a bowl. I have used it in my coolers and it works fine.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
     
  16. tombiasi

    tombiasi Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,942
    Likes Received:
    1,490
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Location:
    Northwestern New Jersey
    The bears will give us a report.
     
  17. blondedriver

    blondedriver Member

    Messages:
    314
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    good old coffee grounds !!!
     
  18. CREEPPINGCHARLIE

    CREEPPINGCHARLIE CAMPING RECHARGES THE HUMAN MIND

    Messages:
    623
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Had a freezer loose power once. PU!!!!! did the baking soda, PINESOL, CLOROX trick , finished off with stuffing entire insides with newspaper. Smell gone in three days. [8D] [PU] [PUT]
     
  19. stlouielady

    stlouielady Member

    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    7
    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2010
    Try some charcoal briquets; it did wonders for my fridge when I first bought the camper. I put a half dozen or so in a plastic container, put that in the fridge, and left the door propped open. Few days later, no hint of the odors were left. Your mileage may vary, but it worked for me.
     
  20. SidecarMike

    SidecarMike Active Member

    Messages:
    276
    Likes Received:
    50
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2014
    This won't apply to most campers, but is good to know just the same. I friend lost his wife recently. In his grief, his meals became small and often carry out and he pretty much forgot the full old chest freezer in the basement. Weeks later, when he went down there for something else, he discovered it had stopped working at some time in the past and now consisted of a putrid mess interlaced with freezer paper.
    My son works as a chef. He advised our friend to put ten pounds of dry ice in the freezer and check it in the morning.
    Come morning, we had a solid frozen block that broke easily with a tap of a hammer and was able to be carried up and out of the basement with almost no odor.
     

Share This Page