I’m using the kitchen of a recently closed restaurant to produce confections and desserts for my business. I made the mistake yesterday of opening a freezer that I noticed had been unplugged, to see if there was anything in it. Just a puddle of rotting, fermenting sludge in the bottom that I wish I could un-smell. I plugged it back in to hopefully slow any further decay before someone gets around to cleaning it.
Do you think if I held my breath and threw a bunch of baking soda on the sludge it would help the issue, or just make a bigger mess? I’m not worried about corrosion, they used to keep rock salt in there for oysters. I don’t want to be the one to clean it because it’s not my freezer and I didn’t unplug it in the first place, but I also want to minimize the smell coming from that corner of the kitchen.
Is baking soda worth a shot or just a bigger mess?