What can I do to remove/eliminate the spoiled meat smell from my small chest freezer? What products/methods do you recommend?
You would think a simple cleaning compound like bleach or ammonia would knock out the smell but rarely does it do a good job. It will kill most of the bacteria but the odors from rotting meat and food can be quite persistent and will remain after using these household cleaners alone.
To get rid of the spoiled meat smell altogether, use NNZ which you’ll find listed in our ODOR CONTROL ARTICLE. It’s very effective at neutralizing odors stemming from food, waste or dead bodies. Simply spray or hand wipe the freezer down and let it air dry. Repeat this process at least twice in the same day being sure to get the outside of the unit as well as the inside. This means the bottom, sides, top and back.
Two treatments in one day should resolve the issue; the odor should be completely gone by the second day. If you find it still lingering, treat it one more time and that should do it. NNZ is biodegradeable and once the unit has air dried and smelling fine again, you can go right back to using it like you did once before with no concern or further cleaning needed.