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« on: June 04, 2010, 03:55:08 PM »

I recently puchased a Coleman cooler on eBay and when it arrived it didn't smell so great on the inside. Any recomendations on how to remove odors from coolers?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250637765281

This is my first post. I have been researching and reading these forums for the last month as I save up and prepare to purchase my own pup. For now I will be enjoying the outdoors in my tent.

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010, 03:59:25 PM »

You could try these- http://www.doityourself.com/stry/refrigodor
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010, 04:13:27 PM »

Perfect, I will grab some baking soda on my way home from work and look for some activated charcoal. Funny thing is, I just watched the Modern Marvels about carbon and probably should have known the answer to this question.

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 05:19:55 PM »

I have also heard that if you leave it open and in the sun it helps. Never tried it but it costs nothing.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2010, 06:03:27 PM »

I swear by coffee grinds. We forgot to check the freezer in the Aliner but emptied the fridge. Turned it off and went about our business until 2 weeks later I opened the and about diedl from the smell of 2 week old smelly hamburger...talk about wanting to puke. the whole camper stunk and the freezer was gross.

We tried the baking soda, charcoal , vanilla, and even newspaper...nothing worked. I tried the Coffee on a suggestion from a message board. That is what worked.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010, 02:09:57 AM »

I had a coleman cooler that recommended wiping the inside with vanilla extract to remove odors but never tried it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2010, 09:07:52 AM »

You bought a 'used' cooler on eBay for $52???

I agree with the coffee trick. Just don't add cream & sugar.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2010, 09:46:37 AM »

Arizona dry heat will take care of the smell, just leave it open.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2010, 10:19:58 AM »

I love Simple Green.  I would start by pouring in 1/4 cup or so, filling the cooler with warm water, and letting it sit for a day or so.  Then roll the thing onto its top and let the SG+H20 run out as it soaks the inner surface of the lid, as well.  Then a scrubdown with straight SG and a scrubby-sponge and rinse thoroughly.  Dry in the sun.  Have a sniff and see if that didn't make it all better.
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2010, 04:08:41 PM »

An open box of baking soda has worked for me.
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2010, 05:19:47 PM »

Welcome to pop up....hope you find the camper of your dreams soon.Enjoy the tent for now.

About the cooler ...#1 I would wash it with bleach(because I don't know whats been in it) Then let it dry good in the sun with top open...# 3 place some newspaper or foil in the bottom,then place some plain ole BBQ charcoal brickits on top of that and close it up for a few days. When you open it up again the smell should be gone...let the charcoal dry in the sun and use it on the grill.

We have done this with coolers and with ice box and freezer( after a storm called Ike) and it works real good. Also when you store your camper you can split a bag of charcoal down the middle lay it on a cookie sheet then close up the camper. It keeps the musty order out and again just dry the charcoal in the sun and use it on the grill.Oh and don't forget to place some foil in the bottom of your ice box or cooler when you store them for the winter and put some charcoal in them too.

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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2010, 06:55:17 PM »

Coffee grounds, definitely. Last year our main house fridge had a spill or something, and even after a complete head-to-toe scrubbing still smelled awful. On a tip we bought a big tub of Folgers and put a tray of it on the bottom shelf for a week. I was blown away by how well it worked.
 
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2010, 10:58:07 AM »

You bought a 'used' cooler on eBay for $52???

I agree with the coffee trick. Just don't add cream & sugar.

Yeah, I'm a sucker for nostalgia. It's the cooler we had when I was growing up and camping the Great Lakes in Michigan with my parents. Thanks or all the replies. We are headed to Mesa Verde in 3 weeks and I'm going through all of my gear getting it ready. I want to make sure the food doesn't take on any extra flavor from the cooler.
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