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Neutralizing odors in a wine fridge


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Neutralizing odors in a wine fridge

hassenpfeffer | Jun 19, 2010 07:31 AM

I recently bought an EWave wine fridge at a yard sale. (My ultimate intention is to use it to home-cure meats, but that's beside the point right now.) I gave it a thorough visual going-over before purchasing, but didn't actually stick my nose inside it. Big mistake.

It would appear that the previous owner either a) used a heavy-duty, high-scent cleaner to prepare it for sale; or b) used it to store a lifetime supply of Glade Plug-ins. It's just permeated with this sickly sweet, chemical-floral odor that I suppose we're supposed to associate with "sanitary conditions." At any rate, I wouldn't store a bottle of Night Train in it at the moment, let alone try to cure my own guanciale.

So far, I've given it a thorough airing, cleaned it with a vinegar-hydrogen peroxide solution and have left a vinegar-soaked sponge in it for the past several days, but I'm just not putting a dent in this scent. Any suggestions, or did I stumble upon the reason the previous owner was willing to part with it for pennies on the dollar?

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