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07-15-2013 01:05 AM
junglejim Smelly situation.Hello people i would like to say thank you to those of you who sent me various ways to get the smell out of my beer...errrr i mean water cooler.I will post what solutions i try and the results,thanks again.
07-04-2013 08:18 PM
Spanky Clean

Originally Posted by PRDarnell View Post

Is TSP legal in Canada? Here in New York State it has been banned. We have to do with a "TSP substitute". It is just not the same! One of these days I'm tempted to smuggle some in. Grrrr.
Jim; I use it a lot! Can't speak for the other Provinces but it's certainly available in B.C. Detail like this is normally a Provincial jurisdiction rather than Federal.
Now, disturb a rock on an ocean beach and watch the Feds show up!
07-04-2013 07:33 PM
MEBCWD Try hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a little soap. Use fresh ingredients, not some that you have had for awhile.

My wife and young dog got into a skunk and the tomato juice thing just did not work. One application of the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and soap and the smell was gone!
07-04-2013 02:05 PM
dutchman 46 My Wife believes that vinegar is great for removing odors from coffee pots, water bottles, and uses it for odors in vessels, pots, pans glass, and anything ! I would worry that any commercial cleaners would have orders of their own! Good Luck. and may all Your odors be small!
07-04-2013 12:09 PM
Tagwatts1 Jim, I am not sure this work in your case, but living where do we often have problems with skunks like this. When this happens, we use a mixture of tomato juice and onions. This creates and odor of it's own. However it gets rid of the smell. sometimes the smell is so bad you think you can taste it. The other thing we do, if it is in an enclosed area, as mentioned before, we use Charcoal. We place this around in different places in the room. Give it good try before you toss the water cooler
07-04-2013 11:23 AM
An ozone machine for the odor

I have an ozone machine (8x8x12"). I use it for odors all the time. A friend went away for 3 months and the power to his "new" fridge went out - shortly after he left according to the smell. It smelled bad, really bad. He scrubbed it and scrubbed it and didn't touch the smell. My friend was going away for a couple weeks to see his Dad so I placed my ozone machine in the fridge - with the door cracked open (must do). Let it go for a couple days (too long and you will melt the plastic). Turned it off for a couple days, then ozoned another 2 days. Then did the same to the freezer. Absolutely no smell, smelled like a new unit. He was amazed. Another carpenter friend stained and varnished his office - the smell of the chemicals soaked into his lounge chair - he put my machine in the room for 3-4 days and the odor was gone. See if a friend has one or if you can rent one. Ozone at high levels can be toxic, so don't be in the room while ozoning.
07-04-2013 11:23 AM
PRDarnell Jim,

Is TSP legal in Canada? Here in New York State it has been banned. We have to do with a "TSP substitute". It is just not the same! One of these days I'm tempted to smuggle some in. Grrrr.
07-03-2013 03:30 PM
DaninVan Jim; absolutely try Jim's suggestion, but you also might try just putting a freshly opened box of baking soda in the fridge. (not baking powder).
It's amazingly efficient at absorbing odours.
The other thing that works well for purging odours is the citrus based cleaners. I use an orange based shampoo on our dog for those 'special' occasions... rotted fish on the beach+rolling in it. I hear it works on skunk as well.
Orange Peel Oil Shampoo :: earthbath® - totally natural pet care
07-03-2013 01:24 PM
OPG3 Jungle Jim,

Richard has given you an excellent solution (no pun intended)... Another thing you may wish to try is setting some charcoal in an open container within the cooler - it will absorb some odors, just don't use the kind of charcoal that lights without fluid. Just use plain charcoal and it should do the trick.

Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
07-03-2013 12:56 PM
gwizz If it were me, I'd zip over to Home deport or the closest paint store to you and purchase the large container of TSP ( Trisodium phospate ) TSP which is a crystal you may be familiar with to mix with warm water and wash / degrease walls with prior to painting.

What you want to accomplish is approximately a 15 to 1 ratio Water to TSP ( fill the cooler - wear rubber gloves and safety glasses and slosh it around / wipe all the interior surfaces ) Trisodium Phosphate is a strong alkaline so it will sting the skin.

I use TSP for cleaning copper pipe and fittings for high pressure oxygen use and believe me it cleans as good or better that all the expensive cleaners. rinse it out after with lots of tap water and I can't believe there would be enough chemical residue of anything left in there to smell. TSP by the way in mild portion is also used as a food additive so while you want to rinse it out, any residue will not be a threat should you store ice cubes etc that wind up in drinks.

Have a Cool 1 ......
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