The worst of Superstorm Sandy's wrath may have passed, but in towns where the power has gone out, it may leave an unpleasant reminder for days or weeks to come. No matter how diligently you've been about discarding spoiled food and cleaning up after, foul odors can linger.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service offers these tips for ridding refrigerators and freezers of rank smells from flood waters and rotten food:
If odors remain, try any or all of the following:
If none of these methods work, you may just have to chuck the whole thing - but do it safely. Old refrigerators and freezers should be childproofed so children can't get stuck inside. The best way to handle this is to remove the door completely, but if that's not possible, either tightly chain and padlock the door or remove or disable the latch.
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