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Old 07-22-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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Yesterday, I was getting something out of the refrigerator and a gallon of milk fell on the floor and began gushing. Unfortunately there is an air vent right by the refrigerator and at least a cup or more got down there. Then my husband vacuumed as much of the milk out of the vent as he could and mopped under the refrigerator and around the area. BUT now there is a sour milk smell in the house and I suspect it is comming from the vent. It is a deep vent and I have no idea how to clean it. Is there a way to get rid of the smell or will it just go away on its own?
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Is there a way to get rid of the smell or will it just go away on its own?
You may want to throw some baking soda down there. But it will dissipate in time.
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Old 07-22-2010, 08:24 PM
 
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Yeah. The lactose is being eaten by bacteria and they are causing the smell. Eventually they will have eaten it up and died and mummified and most of the smell will go away. You could drop some yogurt down there and keep the temp in the vent at about 100 degrees for a day, but that would be weird.
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Old 07-24-2010, 02:58 AM
 
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Get a flashlight and a mirror that fits in the open vent.Shine the flashlight down on the spilled milk area.Find the nearest vent,open it and lay on the floor.Lower the mirror down the vent and move it around until you see the milk area.This way you can see how far the milk ran.Make something long enough to reach all of the milk,secure a damp rag around it and mop up the mess.
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