We got home from vacation last Sunday and noticed a horrible smell (rotten meat or dog poop or something) coming from our side-by-side fridge/freezer. My sister stayed here the whole time and said she had noticed it, too, but couldn't find the source. (Nothing went bad in there; no power outages while we were gone.) So far, we haven't been able to, either.
It was pretty clean and not packed with food to begin with, but I've thrown out anything that could possibly be spoiled -- it's really bare now -- and scrubbed everything down. I put a bowl of vinegar in there (there's also a box of baking soda that lives in there) the day we got back, and the smell did seem to go away, but when I took the vinegar out, it came back.
We're also hit with a blast of nastiness when we open the freezer, too. It's pretty organized in there, and I know everything is fairly fresh -- not to mention, you know, frozen solid! The ice coming out of the ice maker looks and smells normal.
We've pulled out the fridge, oven, and microwave cart to make sure nothing is rotting underneath anything, but everything looks fine. Our kitchen is pretty small, so once the odor escapes the fridge, it kind of lingers and stinks up the kitchen.
This has never happened before, and I'm beside myself trying to figure out how to fix it. Any suggestions on what I'm missing, or what I can do to make it go away are greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading.