Freezer failure left inside MOLDY can this be taken care of.

think it is fixable. May have froze up. Anyway don’t want to bother with if it isn’t safe to use. SOS

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  • Easy fix. While unplugged, wash the entire interior with straight vinegar. Vinegar kills mold spores, bleach does not. Besides you do not want toxic chemicals coming into contact with food. Rinse, dry. Plug back in. Let cool down to proper temperature, and test with thermometer. Now load it back up with food!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 30, 2018
    Wash out the freezer real well with bleach water. Once it is cleaned out real well, spray the entire inside with vinegar to eliminate any spores. Make sure to clean the gaskets real well and spray with vinegar, also, making sure to get it into the folds. Let the vinegar dry real well on its own. The freezer should be unable and really clean, now, the vinegar is an excellent antibacterial and antifungal agent, so it should have cleaned it well. Hopefully the vinegar also took away any odor, If not, try putting a box with some charcoal in it in the freezer for a few days, that should help, as well as a box of baking soda would also. I hope this helps you, Loretta! Hopefully the freezer will still be in working order now. Your problem makes me want to go in the garage to check my spare fridge and chest freezer with the horribly hot humid weather we have been having!

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jun 30, 2018
      P.S. This is what I did in the mid 80's when we lived in Galveston, TX. We went to visit relatives in MN and a hurricane popped up. By the time we got home, the electric was still out and freezer was a mess. The freezer still worked for many years, and it was fine to use once we got the smell out. We had lots of frozen fish and shrimp that we had caught and froze in the freezer, talk about smell, I don't think there is anything worse than spoiled fish!

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jun 30, 2018
    Oh, yes, bag up everything moldy and get it out of the house asap. Make it airtight as mold spores spread through the air as well as across the surface of damp things. Spray ful strength vinegar, white or apple cider both work, everywhere inside the freezer. Let it set a few minutes then wipe down with a sponge or disposable paper towels. Seal those in an airtight bag as well. Repeat. Then change your clothes and leave your shoes out in the sun until they feel warm, like a whole afternoon If this is a refrigerator/freezer unit, you'll need to wash down the other side, too, as they share the same air system. Good luck with the freezer, Loretta!