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Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:03 AM

How do you get a bad odor out of car?


BIL left raw chicken parts in truck over weekend….and the windows were rolled up, and 100 plus weather...


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Reply How do you get a bad odor out of car? (Original post)
raccoon Jul 2012 OP
Capt. Obvious Jul 2012 #1
closeupready Jul 2012 #62
auntAgonist Jul 2012 #2
MannyGoldstein Jul 2012 #3
Gman Jul 2012 #4
RebelOne Jul 2012 #49
slampoet Jul 2012 #65
CBGLuthier Jul 2012 #5
coalition_unwilling Jul 2012 #31
SidDithers Jul 2012 #6
tridim Jul 2012 #15
tammywammy Jul 2012 #7
GoCubsGo Jul 2012 #35
JNelson6563 Jul 2012 #61
xmas74 Jul 2012 #68
2pooped2pop Jul 2012 #8
smirkymonkey Jul 2012 #70
no_hypocrisy Jul 2012 #9
HappyMe Jul 2012 #27
lastlib Jul 2012 #52
SoCalDem Jul 2012 #64
elehhhhna Jul 2012 #71
Scootaloo Jul 2012 #10
hedgehog Jul 2012 #11
aquart Jul 2012 #12
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Sea-Dog Jul 2012 #14
Demonaut Jul 2012 #16
1-Old-Man Jul 2012 #17
erinlough Jul 2012 #66
lunatica Jul 2012 #18
tridim Jul 2012 #24
Kadie Jul 2012 #41
tridim Jul 2012 #43
Kadie Jul 2012 #50
demosincebirth Jul 2012 #19
malaise Jul 2012 #21
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GoCubsGo Jul 2012 #30
DCKit Jul 2012 #37
GoCubsGo Jul 2012 #39
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raccoon Jul 2012 #47
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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:04 AM

1. Drive it into a pond

Make sure the bodies are still in the trunk

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 05:05 PM

62. LOL

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:07 AM

2. buy some cheap coffee, ground coffee and sprinkle it all over the interior.

I used to drive truck and hauled overseas containers. Some shippers would NOT ship if the containers smelled bad. A can of coffee always did the trick. You'll need at least 2lbs of it.


Good luck.

aA

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:07 AM

3. Check cartalk.com

I think the Tappet Brothers have answered this one...

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:08 AM

4. Febreeze?

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Response to Gman (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 02:17 PM

49. Yes, that usually works on anything. I keep a good supply in my house. n/t

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Response to Gman (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 05:42 PM

65. If you don't need to use the car, you can hotbox it with Febreeze for a week.

But a light coating wont due. Soaking all and rolling up the windows to let it stew for at least 4-5 days.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:08 AM

5. Ask it to get out and see if you got a flat and then take off real quick

Well that was how I got my brother-in-law out.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:28 AM

31. LOL - Good one! - n/t

 

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:10 AM

6. The Beast!!...

/Seinfeld

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:48 AM

15. Beat me to it.



I also thought of the Mythbusters episode with the rotting pig in the corvette.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:12 AM

7. Charcoal and baking soda

First I'd open the windows for a while and see how much that gets the odor out. Sprinkle baking soda around and leave some charcoal out and i. t'll get rid of the smell, but it could take a couple of days

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:34 AM

35. Or, kitty litter.

That stuff is amazing! I have used it to clean up oil spills. It sucks it right out of the concrete. The old-fashioned kind is just fine, although they do make versions with baking soda and/or charcoal.

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 05:03 PM

61. Yes, both of them together.

Lots of people are unaware of the odor absorbing power of charcoal.

Julie

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #7)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 06:55 PM

68. Second.

Charcoal and baking soda are fantastic. Also, scrub the seats and carpet with plain white vinegar.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:13 AM

8. Throw Mitt out of it

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should take care of it. Oh nm. I see it was chicken parts, not chicken hawks.


that being said, try vinegar

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Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 07:00 PM

70. I was going to ask if he accidentally hit a republican.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

The charcoal and baking soda should do the trick, however.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:14 AM

9. Ozium

Doctors use it to neutralize the most putrid odors (e.g., urine, shit, vomit).

http://www.amazon.com/OZIUM-SANITIZER-OZM-1-ORIGINAL-SCENT/dp/B000CSWCAG

It has a rather strong smell initially but when it fades, so do the odors.

BTW, we used this to hide our pot smoking in college.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:48 AM

27. Winner, winner,

chicken dinner!


Ozium is truly a miracle product.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #27)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:32 PM

52. Except the chicken spoiled--that's what caused the odor in the first place...

(Sheesh--do I hafta 'splain everything to ya?)

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 05:11 PM

64. Leave the car open if possible to "air it out"..in addition

to some of the other remedies..

The smell will have permeated the headliner, and cloth surfaces, so a good airing out will help a LOT..

Failing that, you might have to replace the carpeting

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:14 PM

71. If all else fails, call a Servpro and ask what they'll charge

to stick an ozone machine in there for an hour or two. Ours here near Houston did it for like 40 bucks if the car owner brought the car to the shop. Scrubs the air by breaking the molecules apart blah blah whatever. Works like crazy.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:17 AM

10. Oh, that's easy.

Take a toothbrush, a box of baking soda, a pan of water, and a bright red speedo.

Drive your brother in law to a busy mall marking lot, hand him these items and say "put this on and start scrubbing my car, or you walk home."

Be sure to post the video on youtube.

"left raw chicken parts in the truck over the weekend," I mean what the hell, man...

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:17 AM

11. Years ago, my husband was gifted with Brut aftershave -

he poured it under the floor mats. I always liked the smell of his car!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:25 AM

12. Ask Romney to leave.

I did not do that.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:31 AM

13. I can remember this happening years ago with some milk

Think I used household ammonia to kill it.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:36 AM

14. excuse me one minute

 




that's better

burn it out I guess

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:48 AM

16. remove the body

or shower more

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:52 AM

17. Ozone ....

If you know anyone who has an ozone generator put it inside the car for a couple of hours, that will be a good start. Then open up all the windows and leave them open for a few days. In the meantime change the interior air filter, if you car has one - something that nearly no one ever does. There are also a few sprays that work to some extent, one that I've tried and seemed to work was called 'Ozonium', and I've read about some cleaner that you squirt into your air ducts that is supposed to work well but you'd have to go searching on that one.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #17)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 06:11 PM

66. My step son used to detail cars and used ozone

To get out smoke smell from interiors. Most autozone type places have it.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:53 AM

18. I would try Febreeze

So far it's worked very well with all the odious odorage I've encountered. It also neutralizes pot odors.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #18)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:27 AM

24. Febreeze does work, the only thing that bothers me about it is the cost.

I'm guessing this is one of those products that costs pennies to make. Apparently it's just modified corn starch in water.

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Response to tridim (Reply #24)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:10 PM

41. I haven't tried this yet,

but here is a 'recipe' for febreeze...



This is a recipe that my friend has used and loves! It's just pennies per bottle compared to the over $5 bottle that you can buy in a store!

-1/8 cup fabric softener
-2 Tbs baking soda
-Hot Tap Water to fill up the bottle

Put fabric softener and baking soda in spray bottle. Fill up the rest with hot water. Use like you would Febreeze.


http://www.mommysavers.com/c/t/203152/homemade-febreeze






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Response to Kadie (Reply #41)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 01:44 PM

43. Thanks.. I was looking at those recipes after reading this thread.

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Response to tridim (Reply #43)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:26 PM

50. Thanks!




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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:57 AM

19. Try sprinkling a lot of baking soda all over the interior over night then vacuum it up the next day.

See how that works. You should be glad it wasn't fish he left over night.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:07 AM

21. Best and cheapest way

Next day I'd spray Lysol Disinfectant spray

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:32 PM

53. Just don't dump the used baking soda on the grass..

I made that mistake once.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:38 PM

55. (we did that to a friend at his wedding...put dead fish under the back seat of his car...

...during his reception. He told us later it took him two days to find the source, and another month to get rid of the smell. Twenty-some years later--almost thirty--I don't think he's forgiven us yet!)

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:05 AM

20. Wake up Eric Cantor and say "Your cab's here, stupid!"

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #20)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:17 PM

58. Mmmmm! Duuzzzyyyy!!!!!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:08 AM

22. I once went fishing at a pier and left frozen squid in the car over the weekend..

12lb bag of baking soda and charcoal from the local pet store.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:17 AM

23. "What? Am I hard of smelling?"

classic Seinfeld.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:40 AM

25. Easy - Trade it in for a new one.

 

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 10:46 AM

26. Take some used coffee grounds, spead them out on a plate and leave it in the car for a few days. Of


Of course, the odor will be gone, but your vehicle will smell like coffee. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:20 AM

28. Put a dead body

in the trunk. After a few hours you won't notice the rotten chicken smell.

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #28)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:48 AM

36. The brother-in-law might be a good place to start.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:25 AM

29. Wait a sec, I gotta ask Mitt...

...ok, done.

Mitt says you should send a different car up the elevator until you get a new one to replace the smelly one. A couple hours for paperwork and delivery, and you're all set. Better yet, order from two places, and let them know that the one who delivers first is the one that gets paid.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:28 AM

30. Find a nice, sunny spot....

...empty the truck, leave the door open, and let the sun shine in. There is a reason we have the saying, "Sunshine is the best disinfectant.". It's a great way to get the odor out of your kitchen sponges, too. The smell comes from bacteria, an sunshine kills a lot of it.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #30)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:01 PM

37. Microwaving works on sponges and dishrags too.

 

15-30 seconds (depending on how wet it is) and it kills everything, including the smell.

Do not attempt this with a whole car.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #37)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:05 PM

39. Yep.

Sometimes, it doesn't work on the odors, however. But, when it doesn't, setting the sponge or rag out in the sun for a day or two does.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:30 AM

32. Open door. Step out.

Sorry! Sorry!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:31 AM

33. Thanks for sarting my day with a good laugh. Entire thread is DUzY-worthy and is

 

being nominated by me

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 11:31 AM

34. Divorce

Oops... I just read the rest of your post, and I see it's a food smell.
My solution may not apply to your situation.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:04 PM

38. Go to the pet store and get "SIMPLE SOLUTION" -- it has enzymes that get rid of bio-based odors

like cat pee and other biologically based odors. It's worth a try.

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Response to Lex (Reply #38)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:39 PM

56. +100 n/t

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:09 PM

40. Not sure, but why you speak like Russian immigrant?

Apologies if from Smolensk.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #40)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 02:15 PM

47. Russians don't use articles? LOL typo.... nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #47)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:21 PM

59. Is all good.

Sorry about stinky car.

In Smolensk, we use vodka.





For everything.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 12:11 PM

42. Make it ride on the roof.


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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 01:58 PM

44. Pull carpet/mat out of trunk and wash and dry thoroughly in the sun.

If the trunk has drain plugs, you can remove them and use a little soap and water. As much fresh air as possible. The odor will go away eventually. A woman friend once left 5 lbs of fresh shrimp in my trunk over the weekend in Fl summer, I know what you're dealing with!

Edit: Misread truck in OP as trunk. Removing carpet and using soap and water probably not possible. Instead, reccomend spray n vac foamy carpet cleaner, and an odor absorber. As much fresh air as possible, too. It will go away in a few weeks. Maybe trade vehicles with BIL during that time? Lol!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 02:02 PM

45. a sack of Krystals (or White Castle burgers depending on where you live)

leave the bag of burgers in there for a few days and after that you'll only smell burgers. After another day the burger smell will disappear. I used this technique to get the pot smell out of my car a bunch in school. It also works on getting the fish smell out of your truck.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 02:14 PM

46. In space, no one can hear you stink.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 02:17 PM

48. Road flare.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:27 PM

51. Let it rot outside for a day or two


Oh, wait, I thought the question was

"How do you get a bad odor out of a CAT?"

Never mind.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:37 PM

54. Jerry Seinfeld had a simlar problem

https://&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL4C20F84F29665BE0

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 03:48 PM

57. When that happens, I make my BIL walk.

My advice is to never let my BIL into your car at all. And that goes double if he has eaten sauerkraut.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 04:56 PM

60. Oh, that's awful! But at least it is not what my daughter had to put up with

When my daughter moved into her first apartment in the Houston area, about five minutes away from my house, she took her cat without using a pet carrier. Well, Mr. Kitty did not like his first car ride, and he spent the ride under the passenger seat, where he peed. We tried everything to get that smell out, and finally gave up. We just rode with all the windows down, even in 100 degree heat, and called that little Honda the "Cat Piss Express"!

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 05:10 PM

63. Park it at Chik-Fil-A...

right near the entrance

people entering will think it's coming from the restaurant

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 06:50 PM

67. Get a bag of powdered garden lime

Just put the bag on the floor of the car and cut a big X in the bag so it can start absorbing the odor. Leave it in for several days.

We did this when we moved into a house that reeked of rancid curry.
Normally we love Indian food, but the smell was appalling.
It just took a few days for the lime to absorb the smell.

Bonus: you can sprinkle the lime on your lawn afterward.

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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #67)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 06:57 PM

69. Bonus #2..the lime can be sprinkled on the body (chicken parts my ass!) that BIL left. nt

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Mon Jul 30, 2012, 09:24 PM

72. Find an auto detailer that is willing to take on smoke

(not as in cigarette or cigar smoke, but is in fire = smoke.) If they can get out smoke residue, then they can handle rotting chicken smell.

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Fri Jan 31, 2014, 06:31 PM

74. what?

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