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How to Remove Rotten Meat Odor From Your Fridge or Freezer

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If you have a secondary basement / garage refrigerator or if you maintain a seasonal home, chances are good that you’ve run into some spoiled food issues.

Whether the power goes out for a while or the fridge or freezer door wasn’t completely closed, it doesn’t take long for meat and fish to spoil and leave a rotten smell embedded in your refrigerator.

If you’re like me, you’ve tried using baking soda to absorb the moisture and smell. You may even have gone as far as bleaching the entire inside of the fridge. But if the rotten smell really had time to propagate, you’ve discovered that neither of those methods does the job.

So what do you do? New refrigerators aren’t cheap.

You could come to terms with the fact that your fridge has lived its life, given you all it’s got and has been running on borrowed time for years. In that case, a new fridge may not be a bad idea.

Your friend may have an old fridge to hand down to you, or you might be comfortable searching on Craigslist.


Before you do either of those things, you might want to consider spending $75 on an Ozone Generator.

Ozone kills bacteria. It eliminates just about any odor you can think of. Give Ozone 20 minutes to work it’s magic inside your fridge and freezer and you’ll be amazed at how will it works. Just skip to the questions and reviews section on any Ozone Generator Ozone Generator on Amazon to see how many people were able to eliminate their rotten meat smell.

The process really couldn’t be simpler:

  1. Open up all your windows in the room with the refrigerator.
  2. Leave the Ozone Generator unplugged while turning the dial to 20 minutes.
  3. Put the Ozone Generator in your fridge or freezer, then shut the door.
  4. At this point, once the door is shut, plug in your Ozone generator.
    This helps to ensure that you don’t breathe in the Ozone at any point. Ozone is a harmful gas. Be sure to read ALL warnings in the instructions.
  5. Leave your windows open for an hour or so afterwards to help clear the air of the Ozone a bit more. Again, follow the safety instructions on the product you purchase.

You may need to do a second “treatment” if you detect a faint hint of the smell after a few hours/days.

Ozone Generators have many more applications including elimination of smells from smoke, pets, gas, mold, mildew and more. So even if you’re on the fence about whether or not it’s worth it to “save” your fridge, you might find that the Ozone Generator comes in handy down the road.

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