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After 3 1/2 days of power outage, do I toss everything from the refrigerator and freezer? What is the best way to clean and keep the odor out? Any suggestions?

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Asked by Java68 at 4:28 AM on Jun. 24, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • If the things in the freezer are defrosted you will eith have to cook it all if you want ortoss it. Everything in the frig will have to be tossed.

    Answer by louise2 at 6:03 AM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Yep, the contents of the fridge pretty much have to go. Just remember that you can save things like ketchup, mustard, and jelly. Any fruits and vegetables you had in the fridge should be okay too. Be sure to get rid of all dairy, meat, poultry related items, mayo and any other perishables.
    If the freezer food remained frozen solid, you can keep as is. If it is still partly frozen or very cold, you need to cook it and eat it or toss it. You cannot refreeze it. You can use it to cook up meals and then freeze the cooked foods. Just don't refreeze uncooked freezer food. If the freezer food got warm at all, you need to toss it too.

    Answer by momofkids at 6:39 AM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Agree with the above answers. You can use whatever you like to clean the frig and freezer but keep the doors open afterward (until the power comes back on) and there should be no problem with any odor.

    Answer by confused969 at 10:01 AM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • momofkids is right on. As for the cleaning question, you can use some 7th Generation surface cleaner (I would choose that rather than harsh chemicals simply because it's so close to where your food will be soon... Windex probably won't hurt, but who knows). Then go over everything with the rough side of a sponge and some paste made of baking soda and water. It'll get those stains and odors right out.

    Answer by cypressandsage at 12:08 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • I would toss everything as a safety measure. To get rid of smells, wash with wet sponge and baking soda. To keep odors away or to absorb odors, fill a clean sock with fresh unused coffee grounds. The coffee will absorb the odors in the fridge and freezer after you clean it and wait for the power to come back on. Good luck.

    Answer by Joeygoat at 1:19 AM on Jun. 25, 2011

  • Toss everything.

    Answer by sherribeare at 1:09 PM on Jun. 26, 2011

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