So, some of my posts result from mistakes I’ve made and this is one of them. Yes, it’s humbling. Humility is a good thing so I can’t say it’s all bad. :-p I painted with an oil-based primer – which is not a bad thing in and of itself. But the oil-based primer stinks really badly.
Well, I made the mistake of putting the paint roller in the fridge so I could reuse it the next day. I do this all the time with my paint rollers and it’s usually no problem – I wrap them in several grocery bags and then I can reuse them. Well, this is fine for latex paint though I will probably never do it again b/c I’ve been sufficiently traumatized.
The next day, I open the fridge and almost passed out from the smell. I tried to eat a piece of pizza that had been in the fridge and immediately spit it out. It tasted like paint-za. Everything in the fridge was ruined. The lunchables that I bought the kids to snack on, the milk, the sandwich meat, even the stuff in the freezer was ruined (the ice especially)!
I thought (or hoped) it would air out on it’s own but it continued to stink for weeks even after I took the roller out. Everything I put in there got ruined so I knew I had to do something about it. Here’s what I did to fix it:
1.) I had to throw out all the food, drinks, ice, etc which luckily wasn’t that much b/c it wasn’t full stocked just yet.
2.) I wiped the entire fridge down with the ammonia, vinegar, baking soda mix.
3.) I aired it out by leaving the doors open until the fridge kicked on and then once I heard the fridge kick off again, I opened the doors again and kept doing this throughout the day to get fresh air circulated into the fridge.
4.) Then, I also bought some activated carbon and put it in there on a plate on both the fridge and freezer side.
5.) I also put in some sliced lemons on a plate because I heard that soaks up the smell.
Finally, the fridge smells back to normal. I really thought I’d permanently messed up the fridge. It took a couple of days to get it fully aired out, but it’s all good. Whew!