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Posted: 10/9/2004 9:53:59 AM EDT
I left my lunch thermos in my truck for about a week and a half. It was closed and had a few tablespoons of chili left in it.

When I opened it up, it stank like rotting garbage.

I cleaned it several times with dishsoap, and even ran some bleach through it.

It still smells like trash.

Did I ruin the thing, or is there a good way to get the stink out that I haven't tried yet?

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:55:11 AM EDT
baking soda and warm water--let sit
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:56:42 AM EDT
Distilled white vinegar.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:57:59 AM EDT

Piur in bleach.. diluted with water 2 to one.. let sit for a few hours..

rinse good...
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:58:45 AM EDT
i let them soak overnight with about a teaspoon of pure bleach and hot water - then I rinse the hell out of it and do the same with baking soda and water (I use the same trick on my gym water bottles).
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 9:59:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JarheadChiro:
Distilled white vinegar.

Dang... beat me to it!!!

Another thing you can do is a 50/50 mixture of Tang and water. Tang is VERY high in citric acid and eats the stank away. We use Tang to eat up the mineral deposits in dishwashers.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:00:08 AM EDT
If there is a glass liner only the seal and the air gap (some types have a vacuum between the liner and the housing) between the glass liner and housing can retain the oder. If the unit can not be taken apart and washed, try packing it 1/2 to 3/4 full with fresh baking soda, lightly sealed, and let it sit in a cool dry place for awhile.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:01:19 AM EDT
Sheesh ... Tannerite!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:04:23 AM EDT
Try carbonated water too. It's what Stainless-Steel food service equipment is cleaned with.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:07:54 AM EDT

Use the tablets that you clean dentures with. Fill it with hot water, drop in a couple of tablets, ley it set over night.

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:08:45 AM EDT
Use stuff like Natures Miracle.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:11:54 AM EDT
I'm probably going to cause the thing to explode with all of this vinegar and baking soda.

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 10:15:06 AM EDT
well, if it'll get fish stink off your hands after a 3 day fishing trip, it just might work here as well
try good ole yellow mustard. then wash it out good with soap and water.

good luck with the cleaning.

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 1:45:28 PM EDT
Use baking soda and vinegar then let sit.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 1:51:26 PM EDT
buy a new one.
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:20:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:30:11 PM EDT
Method to get rid of the smell… guranteed to work!

Hold Thermos securely in your right hand…

Walk to yard…

Open trash can with left hand…

Hold Thermos over trash can and release grip…

Place lid back on trash can…

See! Smells gone!

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:30:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By wheelow:
buy a new one.

At about $20-25 it ain't worth the hassle. I would still see if I could get the funk out of it, maybe use it as a back up, but no way I would show up for work Monday without a new one!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:31:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Max_Mike:
Use baking soda and vinegar then let sit.

Link Posted: 10/9/2004 2:44:54 PM EDT
A bottle of Hydrogen peroxide does a good job too!
Link Posted: 10/9/2004 3:10:23 PM EDT
wash with salt, vinegar and ice - swill it around for a while. Then use some baking soda and water and let it sit.
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