Out of the Blue

There was a bad smell in the kitchen that took a couple of days of sniffing around before it was traced to an aging bag of potatoes in a cabinet that had ceased being food anymore. Emptying the cabinet and airing it out for a couple of days with bowl of baking soda inside may have helped some, but it's still unpleasantly stinky, so I'm looking to accelerate the process by investigating other suggestions for ways to absorb the stench. Of course one of the suggestions is that this can be accomplished using potatoes. Maybe I'll ignore the potential irony here and try that... it's like the old saying, set a thief to catch a thief.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2015, 09:41
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Aug 19, 2015, 09:41
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No Batgirl obit, Blue?

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Aug 19, 2015, 10:06
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Aug 19, 2015, 10:06
 Verno
 
I would just open up a can of old coffee grounds and leave it in there overnight, should do the trick. My girlfriend is fond of dryer sheets but I find they don't work very well.
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Aug 19, 2015, 10:07
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Being a bachelor, I mostly eat out. But one time i decided to bake some potatoes in the hardly used oven. Heavy drinking happened and the forgotten baked potatoes were discovered many weeks later, when it was almost impossible to go into the kitchen and not retch from the vile stench.

I think the only way to get rid of the smell would be to mask it with an overflowing litterbox.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2015, 10:10
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The cabinet "had ceased being food anymore?"

What flavor was that cabinet?
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2015, 10:29
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Killer Kane wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 10:10:
What flavor was that cabinet?

Sour potato infused medium density fiberboard w/a dash of formaldehyde.
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Should have burnt more toast to offset the odour.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2015, 10:41
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As much as I despise the retch-inducing odor of vinegar, it is tremendously effective at absorbing other odors. Pour some in a bowl and place the bowl in the cabinet. Check in after several hours and, once you start smelling the vinegar over the rotting no-longer-food potato smell, you can pull it from the cabinet and you should be fine.
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Aug 19, 2015, 10:51
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Wipe the inside down with lemon oil. If that fails, get some zero odor spray.
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Aug 19, 2015, 12:20
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Blue, Pine-Sol. That shit will kill ANYTHING! My mom must have had thousands of gallons of the stuff hidden away somewhere because whenever there was a stinky mess (usually a pet or when we were little ones, sometimes a tragic accidental poop...oh WHO am I kidding, I pooped them last week ). Well anyway it leaves a funky smell of it's own but it'll go away soon enough.
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Aug 19, 2015, 12:21
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Aug 19, 2015, 12:21
 

In all seriousness the previously mentioned vinegar, coffee grounds and lemon oil should help.

Googling reveals "'Fridge-It' Naturally Activated Charcoal Odor Absorber" available from amazon, might be worth a try.
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Aug 19, 2015, 12:32
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isopropyl alcohol
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I say nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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Aug 19, 2015, 13:18
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The bag most likely leaked. I keep ours in the basement and only bring up a few at a time. It is surprising how fast potatoes go bad. The liquid that the things excrete is noxious. I would wipe the area with a bleach solution, then water.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2015, 13:27
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I don't know, I find potatoes and most tubers keep for quite awhile. It depends on temperature, light and moisture though obviously. I usually get at least a few months out of them if stored properly, some much longer too.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 19, 2015, 13:29
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Potatoes kept sitting on the counter keep for a significantly long time, and have the benefit of being unable to spoil surreptitiously. Each passing day left uneaten only strengthens their resolve. A point comes where one cannot so much as pass by without sensing a prickling upon the nape, the very gaze of the starchy orbs a palpable and increasingly disconcerting force not to be ignored except at one's peril. The very air seems tinged and dulled as it by the wraiths of a thousand long-dead Irishmen, waiting eternal for the potato that never was, judging always judging you as you ignore the veritable bounty of potatoes upon your counter top. The choice is simple: eat your potatoes, or be driven mad by unbearable guilt.
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Aug 19, 2015, 13:37
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What Bats said: the most thorough way would be to empty the fridge and clean it with bleach. It's a lot easier to throw a bowl of vinegar or baking soda in there, but you'll still have residual odor left over.
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Aug 19, 2015, 13:38
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Verno wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 13:27:
I don't know, I find potatoes and most tubers keep for quite awhile. It depends on temperature, light and moisture though obviously. I usually get at least a few months out of them if stored properly, some much longer too.

Yeah, that was the whole purpose of a root cellar back before refrigeration.
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Aug 19, 2015, 13:55
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Wipe the cabinet walls down with white apple cider vinegar. (We use a splash in every load of laundry to help the washing machine stay fresh too.)
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Retired wrote on Aug 19, 2015, 13:18:
The bag most likely leaked. I keep ours in the basement and only bring up a few at a time. It is surprising how fast potatoes go bad. The liquid that the things excrete is noxious. I would wipe the area with a bleach solution, then water.

I second this. Especially considering the heat and humidity that the east coast has been getting recently. If you're not comfortable using bleach where you'll store food then vinegar should suffice.

Another potential option that I haven't seen mentioned is a small bowl of vanilla, not sure if it really absorbs or just masks the odor but it's WAY more pleasant than rotten potato juice.

Something else I remember my mom doing back in the day was boiling yeast to get rid of (or at least overpower) smells. Our bathroom was connected to the kitchen and sometimes you just have the stomach flu and, well, NO ONE wants to smell diarrhea before or during mealtime (or pretty much ever).
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Aug 19, 2015, 15:26
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Try Windex Blue. Greeks use it to fix everything.
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