How to Get Rid of Rotten Meat Smell

If you are unfortunate enough to encounter the Smell of Death, aka rotten meat smell, it is a stench you won’t soon forget. It has the capacity to make even people who brag about having a cast-iron stomach feel like they are going to throw up. The smell is just completely rotten. You may not even be able to stay in the same room once you encounter it. This is a world-class stink, and it means business. It’ll slap you up the side of the head before you know what hit you, and don’t even think about asking for mercy. You won’t find any from this rotten stank.  This guide will teach you How to Get Rid of Rotten Meat Smell.


A meat mishap can happen with a freezer, refrigerator or in a travel trailer, so we’ve offered solutions for all of these situations. You may be faced with these kinds of funky situations following a power outage. They can also happen if you forget about a package of meat in the back of your fridge. In the case of a travel trailer, it’s very easy to overlook food in the refrigerator/freezer section after your last trip of the season. If you are ever in the unfortunate position of having to deal with this horrible smell, the solutions listed here will tame it.



How to Get Rid of Rotten Meat Smell from Freezer

1 Baking Soda and Lemon the Smell Out

To deal with a major league smell issue like rotten meat, you are going to have to load up the freezer with a lot of baking soda. Let it sit and rinse well with water. Then cut a lemon in half and rub down the inside of the freezer with the juicy side out. Repeat the process a few times until the smell is gone. An alternative to this solution is to make a paste with baking soda and lemon and scrub the inside of the freezer to bring the funk factor down.


2 Tomato Juice Trick

This solution is from the “Simple But Effective” file. Pour some tomato juice into the freezer. Close the lid and let it sit for at least a day before cleaning it out with some all-purpose cleaner. This should get rid of the rotten meat smell.


3 White Vinegar in a Bowl Solution

Fill a bowl with pure white vinegar. Place it inside the freezer and leave it in place for a few days. The vinegar will absorb the odor and freshen up the freezer.


Get Rotten Meat Smell Out of Refrigerator

1 Coffee Grounds on a Plate

Pour unused coffee grounds on some shallow plates or aluminum foil pie plates. Place them on shelves at different levels in your refrigerator. Close the door and give the grounds a few days to absorb the stank. You may want to give them a stir every so often to help the process along.


2 Charcoal Out the Smell

Rotten meat stank is no match for activated charcoal. You should be able to find some at a hardware store or a garden center. Place the charcoal on a plate or or a low bowl in your fridge. The charcoal will absorb the smell. Give the charcoal a few days to work, and the problem of a stanky fridge will be solved.


3 Baking Soda and Vanilla Extract

Another good way to get the stench of rotten meat out of your refrigerator is to mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with one or two Tablespoons of vanilla extract. Place the bowl on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator. Leave it in place for a few days. This mixture should effectively get rid of the smell from your fridge.



Remove Rotten Meat Smell from Travel Trailer

1 Bleach the Smell Out

The refrigerator/freezer unit of a travel trailer can be a haven for the smell of rotten meat if the unit is not emptied out in between trips. Mix up a solution of bleach and water (1 part bleach to three parts water) with some dish detergent. Wash the unit out thoroughly and rinse with clean water.


2 Apply OdorXit and Get it Out

OdorXit is a specialty product made to remove the smell of rotten meat or fish. This product is safe to use in travel trailers, cars, and trucks. It can also be used on furniture, clothing, and leather goods. The product is available online by special order. Use as directed for best results.


3 Newspaper Pack-in

Start by giving the refrigerator/freezer unit a good cleaning. Next, pack it with some old newspapers. Close the door and leave the papers in place for several days. The papers will absorb the funky smell. Take out the papers after a few days and check the unit. If you still smell rotten meat, replace the papers and close it up for a few more days. Keep replacing the newspapers until the rotten smell is gone. This is a simple and cost-effective way to deal with the smell issue.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

2 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Rotten Meat Smell”

  1. I accidentally left a package of raw hamburger on the carpeted floor of my mini-van until it rotted. I put some old liquid designed to get out pet smells and other odors. It didn’t work. I just read about something called Odorxit. I read about cleaners that break down enzymes. What do you suggest?

  2. Got back from a 2 weeks vacay to find out that an electric group stopped working which the fridge was connected to! Black stuff around the fridge emerged with worms and the rest was horror! We threw everything away! Put the fridge outside cleaned everything with bleach still the smell remains! As if something died! Today we’re going to try the vinegar/ bakinksoda trick! But I’m afraid that the fridge will never get back to normal! Any extra tips?

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