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Brucester
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PostWed Apr 13, 2022 4:03 pm 
The cooler: small plastic Engel cooler.

Garlic? Partially open plastic jar of garlic left inside for a month.

I've tried dishwashing liquid, baking soda, coating interior with baking soda paste and leaving activated charcoal inside...

I'm guessing the odor permeated into the plastic?

I'm not sure if ozon'ing the cooler (with ozone generator) would work since plastic is non porous.

Suggestions?

Also food grade coatings that would seal in odors, do they exist?

Repurposing ideas?

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PostWed Apr 13, 2022 4:35 pm 
I've used Nature's Micracle Odor Destroyer to kill the scent of dog pee from a stone patio.

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PostWed Apr 13, 2022 5:31 pm 
I used ammonia and baking soda to get a strong cat urine smell out of a blanket.

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PostWed Apr 13, 2022 5:52 pm 
Stone and blankets are porous.

Plastic and rubber can hold odors.

When I cleaned houses after fires the refrigerators were the hardest to getting back to preloss condition. Smells sometimes linger. The gasket seals usually had to be replaced but not always.

Maybe I will reclean and see.

Curious about this garlic. Maybe I will try vinegar.

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PostThu Apr 14, 2022 8:28 am 
If we ever get some sun just leave it open and let it "sanitize" outside for several days.

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PostThu Apr 14, 2022 3:59 pm 
I left a pound of beef jerky and a whole watermelon in a cooler, under the cap of my truck for 10 days in the Chelan sun once. Almost barfed. I think the smell is gone now after maybe 7 or 8 years. Good luck!

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PostSun Apr 17, 2022 12:25 pm 
The smell is mostly from sulfur compounds in the garlic. A weak acid, like lemon juice or vinegar may do the trick -- although humans are so sensitive to the smell of garlic that even a tiny amount can still be detected.

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PostTue Apr 19, 2022 10:28 pm 
I recently found after a trip the smell of smoked Gouda I had in my BV450 wasnít coming out. A little white vinegar, half a small box of baking soda and leaving it for a week or so cleared it up.

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PostWed Apr 20, 2022 9:36 am 
If your previous try with baking soda was "dry", try wet.  Fill the container w/water and at least a cup of baking soda.  Add lemon juice also.  Leave it for several days. Let it air out in sunshine.

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PostThu Apr 21, 2022 12:14 am 
Had this same issue not too long ago. Tried multiple things... bleach, vinegar, baking soda and other cleaning chemicals with no luck. This is now my cooler I use to brine meats for my smoker. Also use it to "rest" after smoking. Nice tool to have if you use a smoker..

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PostThu Apr 21, 2022 11:23 am 
I used vinegar to get fish smell out of a cooler that I hold fish in. Works well.

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PostFri May 13, 2022 1:47 pm 
1. Take the garlic out of the cooler.
2. Add fish and let it sit.
3. You won't notice the garlic anymore. smile.gif

My mother used to have great success getting organic smells out with enzymes - kind of the same idea as putting meat tenderizer on a bee sting to neutralize the sting. But I am no expert on what enzyme to use for garlic.

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PostFri May 13, 2022 2:14 pm 
I feel like we need an update on the cooler. Iím sure a lot of baking soda and time will fix it. smile.gif

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