Broken Freezer Leave You With Rotten Chicken? Get Rid Of The Odor With These Simple Steps


There is nothing worse than coming home from vacation to find that your refrigerator broke while you were gone, and you have rotten chicken in your freezer. The bad news is that it's going to take a lot of work to get those foul odors out of your home. The good news is that you can get rid of the foul odors. Here are the steps you'll need to take to get rid of the rotten odors in your home:

Rotten Chicken In The Freezer

If you just came home and found rotten chicken in your freezer, you're going to want to get rid of that odor as quickly as possible. It will take a bit of work, but you will be able to get rid of the odor.

Supply List

  • Bleach

  • Vinegar

  • Baking Soda

  • Coffee Grounds

  • Liquid laundry detergent

  • Bucket

  • Two bowls

  • Vacuum cleaner

  • Gloves

  • Face mask

  • Sponges

  • Trash bags

  • Duct tape


  1. Remove all the food from the freezer.

  2. Sprinkle baking soda in the freezer and allow it to set for about 24 hours (This will reduce some of the odor when you open the freezer.)

  3. Put your face mask and gloves on.

  4. Fill your bucket with warm water.

  5. Add about ½ cup of bleach, and ¼ cup of dish detergent.

  6. Use your sponges to thoroughly scrub the inside of your freezer.

  7. Rinse well with clean water.

  8. Empty your bucket outside.

  9. Refill bucket and repeat the process until most of the odor is removed.

  10. Rinse the bucket out and refill it with clean water.

  11. Add about 1 cup of vinegar and a ¼ cup of lemon juice.

  12. Use clean sponges to wash the inside of your freezer.

  13. Fill your bowls with either baking soda, coffee grounds or vinegar.

  14. Place the bowls inside the freezer and close the door. Do not put lids on the bowls.

  15. Leave the freezer door closed for at least 72 hours.

  16. Open your freezer and take a deep breath.

  17. If the odors are still present, you can fill the bowls with fresh baking soda, coffee grounds or vinegar and close the door for another 24 hours.

  18. The bowls will absorb the odors in your freezer so that you can use it again.

You can't stop unexpected events, like broken freezers or power outages, but you can get rid of the odors that result from those events. Use these simple steps to get rid of the odors in your home. If you have other questions about getting your kitchen back in order with working and clean appliances, try contacting a company like Prompt Appliance Services, Inc. for more information.