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    Default Fishy coolers

    Does anyone know the best way to kill the fishy smell in coolers?? My cooler must be wearing out as all attempts have failed badly!

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    I use Clorox spray cleaner with bleach - works great

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    I pour a generous amount of bleach in the cooler and then completely fill with water...let it sit overnight then rinse and let it air out... does the trick for me
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    Put some charcoal in it, it will absorb the smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scnettek View Post
    I use Clorox spray cleaner with bleach - works great
    I second this...

    Works everytime
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    Bleach works, but why in the world would you do that?!?!

    It's like any other sport if you ask me, you wash your equipment and you're just asking for trouble! You're washing out all the good luck, great catches, and fishyness out of there....man, that's no good!!

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    Wipe it down with vinilla extract leave the lid open for a couple days and it's gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjm View Post
    I pour a generous amount of bleach in the cooler and then completely fill with water...let it sit overnight then rinse and let it air out... does the trick for me
    ditto

    occasionally I like to put food/beverages in one of my coolers, and I prefer them not coming out smelling like ripe halibut
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    Bleach is the way to go to get out any smells. Of course you have to let the cooler sit for a while with the lid open to let the bleach smell get out once you have dried it off.

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    Bleach and water after every trip and a good rinse then leave the lid open and turn the cooler upside down to dry. Never store your cooler with the lid closed.

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    Another vote for bleach. It not only gets rid of the stink, it kills bacteria.

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    The bleach and air out works great.

    I also have color coded my coolers. I buy red ones for food stuffs, and blue ones for fish storage. That way any lingering funkiness stays with the fish and out of the food.
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    Default Simple Green

    Simple green and a scrub brush works for me.

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    Default Open for suggestion?

    With so many votes for bleach, you may have a hard time with trying something different? We use Apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, of course were not partial to bleach residue coming in contact with the contents. I know, once it's diluted it's probably fine but our preference is the vinegar. (p.s, apple cider is the red vinegar)

    Oh yea, when meat is hanging in game bags we use the same treatment as it does two things. It will absolutely keep all bugs off AND it modifies the P.H which inhibits bacterial growth, as in your meat gets home in better shape!
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    We've used the bleach method for a long time, and then give it a good hosing with the pressure washer. Even after this method, the cooler smelled like we had gone on one lucky fishing trip! lol We'll give the bleach another shot, and perhaps the vinegar as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alasgun View Post
    With so many votes for bleach, you may have a hard time with trying something different? We use Apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, of course were not partial to bleach residue coming in contact with the contents. I know, once it's diluted it's probably fine but our preference is the vinegar. (p.s, apple cider is the red vinegar)

    Oh yea, when meat is hanging in game bags we use the same treatment as it does two things. It will absolutely keep all bugs off AND it modifies the P.H which inhibits bacterial growth, as in your meat gets home in better shape!
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    Interesting...do you cut the vinegar or do you use it strait up?
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    Default bleach

    If bleach won't work, burn it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushcreekoutdoor View Post
    If bleach won't work, burn it.

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    But that burnt smell is hard to get out too. Any tips?

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    Eddie Murphy immitation immitating Elvis Presley..."Lemmonade! That cool refeshing drink!"

    Lemmonade does wonders! get the Country Time lemonage large container from Sam's or Costco's & make yourslef a nice Wapituli with lemonade...you'll be glad you did...

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    Put a cat in it, close the lid and in two weeks, no fishy smell.

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