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Old 11-17-2013, 07:03 PM   #1
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HELP! Spilled Bourbon In Freezer.

I did some searching for similar topics, but didn't come up with anything regarding spills in the freezer, so here goes. So the family and I just got back from a quick 3 day trip, and during our normal clean out we discovered the bottle of bourbon in the freezer fell over and leaked a bit of its contents into the freezer. I cleaned out all visible liquid and let the freezer thaw out, but we still have an odor in the freezer. Any ideas for further cleaning the freezer to remove the remaining oder? I was toying with removing the metal plates in the freezer and seeing if any of the bourbon is under the metal plates. Has anyone removed those plates? They are one piece and line the top, back and bottom of the freezer. They appear to be held on by bolts in the back, and fasteners in the top and bottom.


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Old 11-17-2013, 07:13 PM   #2
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...the bottle of bourbon in the freezer fell over and leaked a bit of its contents into the freezer. ...Matt
Please tell me that it wasn't single barrel. On second thought, I don't want to know.

My opinion.

I wouldn't start disassembling things because you may cause other problems.

You are dealing with an aromatic. I would keep the freezer/refrigerator turned off, maybe flush a bit with water, prop open the doors and place a fan blowing in to drive off the smell. A Polonis ceramic heater may accelerate the process if you are in a hurry. The air changes should basically take care of your smells. That said, no matter what you do the smell may return a bit during subsequent use of the freezer.

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I am still trying to figure out the problem.......a fridge that smells like bourbon....seems like a nice touch!!!!
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Please tell me that it wasn't single barrel. On second thought, I don't want to know.

My opinion.

I wouldn't start disassembling things because you may cause other problems.

You are dealing with an aromatic. I would keep the freezer/refrigerator turned off, maybe flush a bit with water, prop open the doors and place a fan blowing in to drive off the smell. A Polonis ceramic heater may accelerate the process if you are in a hurry. The air changes should basically take care of your smells. That said, no matter what you do the smell may return a bit during subsequent use of the freezer.

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X2 Plus place an open box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda

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Place two pieces of charcoal in a plastic bowl cup. That will get rid of the smell. But if it was JD I would just enjoy.
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Place two pieces of charcoal in a plastic bowl cup. That will get rid of the smell. But if it was JD I would just enjoy.
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Good ideas on the charcoal and baking soda too. I didn't think to include that. I've had good success just using charcoal briquettes for absorbing odors too.

I presume the JD is Jack Daniel's? Some bourbon drinkers might say that there is a difference between Tennessee whiskey and Kentucky bourbon. Still others say that Tennessee whiskey is a type of bourbon. When it comes to drinking I always say that I'm more a kinda sewer rather than a connoisseur so I enjoy Jack for what it is.

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When I went on a tour of Makers Mark, there was very special rules to qualify something as a Bourbon.
I think it had to age at least 6 years, in Oak Barrel, Barrels could only be used once and were flame treated on the inside.

It was a very interesting tour even though I don't drink. The grounds were gorgious as well.

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Also try an open bowl full of coffee grounds (not used of course). The grounds will emit their smell (wonderful) and absorb other smells (also good), and in the end you might just get a good mix of coffee and bourbon...

The baking soda is a good idea all the time.
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HELP! Spilled Bourbon In Freezer.

Update: a couple of boxes of baking soda seems to have done the job. Thanks for all the suggestions!
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