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Old 08-17-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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Refrigerator STINKS on "new to us" Coach

Just bought a 2003 Monaco Windsor. Will be bringing it home early next week. Its a great looking coach, mostly clean and well cared for. The fridge however, has a horrible "mildew" odor... I think it has been stored for a while with the fridge/freezer closed. Any specific suggestions for how to go about deodorizing it when cleaning it after I get it home?
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A big box of baking soda opened, then dispose and replace I keep a box in ours at the S&B and the MH.
I also have one of those small fridge fans from CW.
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A place to look for mildew is around the seals. You can gently pull them away from the door framed with your finger enough to look. Almost guarantee you that the refer was stored with a damp interior with the door closed. The green and black mold was most likely wiped from the visible portions of the interior. You should also suspect the drain tube and between the fins.

Wipe the seals clean with a diluted mixture of bleach on a soft cloth. Dry thoroughly, then place a paper plate full of baking soda in there for a few days. On the drain tube, pour some of the diluted bleach down it. Careful on the fins, bleach and aluminum aren't friends.
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Just bought a 2003 Monaco Windsor. Will be bringing it home early next week. Its a great looking coach, mostly clean and well cared for. The fridge however, has a horrible "mildew" odor... I think it has been stored for a while with the fridge/freezer closed. Any specific suggestions for how to go about deodorizing it when cleaning it after I get it home?
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H a d ice chests for hunting that would get that way. Would wash nor just lightly but watery wash with a high concentration of vinegar. Then the baking soda. We still keep baking soda in the refer freezer.

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After a good cleaning (especially the seals) spread some dry coffee grounds around in it and let it sit there for a day or two
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A box of baking soda for us too...
and prop the fridge open for air flow
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Clean well with soap and water. Dry. Then take a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water wash again. Making sure to get all seals. Vinegar will clean and clear mold by killing it. And not harm the seals. Lock the doors open so that the refrigerator will not close so it gets air circulation. As stated here by others baking soda will eliminate odors in a refrigerator. Open the box leave it sit in the refrigerator. It will help a lot. I advise against bleach as it may eat at the seals. Depending on how seals are made or if they are glued on. I have never had a problem with vinegar and 50/50 mix works well for us. We clean our fridge before we winterize every year. And then before we use it in the spring.
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We have found the product Odo-Ban to be exceptional at helping to remove odors especially obnoxious ones. It is available at Home Depot, Loews. Spray the frig, wipe down and the use baking powder on plates. Should work wonders.

Baking powder works great but will not help to destroy odor causing microbes. Odo-Ban seems to take care of that.
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That picture looks like the refrigerator has been well taken care of. I'll bet when you get it cold any smell will leave. Good luck.!
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