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Old 06-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #1
 
Default Getting rid of mothball smell


My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.

Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
freezer.

Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
odor?


Thanks,

Sy

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Old 06-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #2
Nan
 
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On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 19:57:30 GMT, <sytech@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
>My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
>from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
>I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.
>
>Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
>freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
>has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
>freezer.
>
>Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
>odor?
>
>
>Thanks,
>
>Sy


I would try several open boxes of baking soda, or activated charcoal.

Nan

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Old 06-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #3
Rick
 
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<sytech@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:150820031558189830%sytech@yahoo.com...
>
> My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
> from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
> I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.
>
> Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
> freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
> has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
> freezer.
>
> Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
> odor?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Sy
>
> --
> Please post and reply to sytech@yahoo.com


Ask the moths to take a shower?

Sorry, couldn't resist.


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Old 06-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #4
 
Default Re: Getting rid of mothball smell


I forget to mention that I've had baking soda in there for the longest
time but the problem persists.

I'll try the charcoal.







In article <2kgqjvsd5av97i31h6m7tod1fiv80tmb8j@4ax.com>, Nan
<nan@altmothers.org> wrote:

> On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 19:57:30 GMT, <sytech@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> >
> >My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
> >from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
> >I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.
> >
> >Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
> >freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
> >has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
> >freezer.
> >
> >Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
> >odor?
> >
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Sy

>
> I would try several open boxes of baking soda, or activated charcoal.
>
> Nan
>


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Old 06-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #5
me
 
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Napthalene (primary component in mothballs) is virtually insoluble in water,
so simply cleaning the refrigerator with soap and water probably won't do
much good. The naptha is most likely being absorbed into the air from the
refrigerator walls. If you could leave the fridge (isn't it strange how we
write "refriGerator" yet make the short version "friDge?") open for several
days and place a fan in front of it to force air to move through it, you may
get faster removal of whatever naptha is in the walls. It has a relatively
low vapor pressure, so even a tiny amount of it in the air of the fridge
will prevent anymore from coming out of the walls, so it is important to try
and get the air moving through the unit. Leaving it in the sun while doing
this will help, too.
Hope this helps (and works, or else I will feel SO stupid......)

Ryan

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<sytech@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:150820031558189830%sytech@yahoo.com...
>
> My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
> from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
> I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.
>
> Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
> freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
> has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
> freezer.
>
> Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
> odor?
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Sy
>
> --
> Please post and reply to sytech@yahoo.com




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Old 06-04-2007, 07:39 PM   #6
Phisherman
 
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Turn off, open the refrigerator, and turn on a fan blowing into the
refrigerator for a few days. Or, place the refrigerator open outdoors
such that the interior is exposed to the sun.

On Fri, 15 Aug 2003 19:57:30 GMT, <sytech@yahoo.com> wrote:

>
>My refrigerator hasn't been cooling properly so I transferred stuff
>from the freezer to a spare old freezer (which I haven't used in years)
>I have in the basement until I get the problem fixed.
>
>Several years ago I tried getting rid of the stale odor in the old
>freezer by using mothballs. Bad idea! Now the "taste" of mothballs
>has affected the taste of some of the frozen food I put in the old
>freezer.
>
>Does anyone have any sugggestions about how to get rid of that mothball
>odor?
>
>
>Thanks,
>
>Sy


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