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Old 08-18-2005, 08:49 PM   #11
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Fill containers with warm, soapy water and add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda, more if container is large. Leave overnight, turning occasionally. Repeat if necessary.

Fill container with cold water and malt vinegar or vanilla essence. Leave for several hours. If smell is still faintly there, leave in direct sunlight for an hour.

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Old 08-18-2005, 09:27 PM   #12
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Charcoal absorbs odors. There is a kind called activatied charcoal, but I can't remember where Mom got it. Our freezer got unplugged accidentally and wasn't discovered for several days and the smell just about knocked you over. I've also heard that kitty litter absorbs odors. Good luck.

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Old 08-18-2005, 09:57 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by jpmcgrew
Try all of the above and then set bowl in the sun eventually you will get smell out if not toss it.
I agree ... wash it with whatever you want (I personally would probably use Comet) ... but then sit it outside in the sun UNCOVERED for a week or two.
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Old 08-18-2005, 10:47 PM   #14
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Try pure vanilla....or a very good vanilla extract like Watkins.....I use it too get that icky cooler smell out of my coolers, after a weekend of good camping....has never failed...
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Old 08-25-2005, 08:50 AM   #15
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I just saw a tip on GMA about this subject. They say to crumple up newspaper and seal it inside your tupperware bowl for 24 hours, then wash. The newspaper supposedly absorbs the odors. Sounds worth a try.
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:31 PM   #16
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Once it is absorbed in to the plastic, there is little chance you will get the smell out all the way. I am a plastics engineer in real life, I have used material that is reprocessed milk containers. This material have been cleaned, ground, melted at 400 plus degrees, pushed through an extruder, peletized and still smells of spoiled milk. On the plus side, when we are proceesing it, the whole place smells like cheese.

Plastics are very porus, you can kill the germs on the surface but that which gets in to the material is there until you heat it up and it will still have the odor
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Old 09-03-2005, 12:57 AM   #17
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I once burned garlic in my microwave creating the most hideous odor throughout the house for weeks. NOTHING would remove the odor...

I did the same thing once, Alix yeas ago, when I was living someplace without an oven. Somehow the novel idea of roasting garlic in the microwave popped into my head. Boy, was that a stupid idea!!! It smelt to high heaven and probably took four months before the smell was out of the microwave.

NEVER try to roast garlic in the microwave! (Talk about a lesson learned!)



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