How to Get Stains Out of the Fridge

How to get stains out of the fridge is one question everyone asks themselves once in a while. Families clean out the fridge on a regular basis and find themselves faced with stains. Most often food stains can be removed with a little hot water and soap, but the most difficult of stains to remove from the fridge is mold and mildew.

Remove Fridge Stains

How to Get Mold Stains Out of the Fridge Method 1: Hydrogen Peroxide

What you will need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft cloth
  • Cotton swabs (optional)

There are a lot of stains that could be in your fridge, but one of the hardest to get clean is mold and mildew. There are several ways to remove these stains and this method suggests hydrogen peroxide. This chemical is less harsh then some of the others, yet for the most part it gets the job done.

  1. To begin the stain removal process you will need to make a solution of mild dishwashing soap and water in a bucket.
  2. Use a soft cloth to wash the fridge down with the soapy solution. Try and wash as much of the dirt and mold away as you can. 
  3. Next, you will need to fill the spray bottle with pure hydrogen peroxide. Do not dilute the hydrogen peroxide so that it is at its full power.
  4. Spray the moldy areas thoroughly with the hydrogen peroxide.
  5. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to work its magic for several minutes. You should begin to see the mold and other stains beginning to come loose. The hydrogen peroxide may bubble. This is what is supposed to happen so don't be alarmed.
  6. Using a clean soft cloth wipe the hydrogen peroxide and mold from the surface of the fridge. If you are trying to clean the nooks and crannies of the fridge than you can use a cotton swab to clean the hydrogen peroxide and mold.
  7. Inspect the fridges stained area. If the stains remain you can repeat the process if necessary.
  8. Once the stains have been removed you can wash the surface of the fridge with warm soapy water. This will ensure all of the hydrogen peroxide has been removed.

How to Get Mold Stains Out of the Fridge Method 2: Bleach

What you will need:

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean soft cloths
  • Cotton swabs optional

When you are faced with mold in the fridge there are a few different methods that you can use. This method calls for bleach, but you need to ensure that you have removed all of the food from the fridge. It is not safe to have bleach anywhere near the food you will eat.

*Tip: Never mix bleach with ammonia. The two chemicals combined create poisonous fumes that can seriously injury or cause death.

  1. To begin this stain fighting process you will need to fill a bucket with hot water and a mild dishwashing soap.
  2. Using a clean soft cloth and the soapy water wipe the fridge down. Try and remove as much of the dirt and mildew as you can. The more you remove, at this step, the easier it will be to remove the rest of the fridge stain.
  3. Make a solution of 1 part bleach to 2 parts water in a clean spray bottle. Ensure that you have mixed the solution well so that you have evenly distributed the bleach throughout the water.
  4. Thoroughly spray the stained areas with the bleach water.
  5. Next, you will need to allow the bleach to sit for a few minutes. If you have a stubborn fridge stain you may need to leave the bleach sit for a little longer.
  6. Using a clean soft cloth wipe the bleach and stains from the fridge. You may want to wear gloves so that the chemicals do not bother your skin. Again cotton swabs can be used to clean the really tight crevices of the fridge.
  7. Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains you can continue to repeat the steps as needed. Beware too much bleach can dry out the plastic that is in your fridge. If the stains have not been removed after several applications it might be time to try a different method.
  8. After the fridge stains have been removed you can use the soapy water and a clean cloth to wipe any remaining bleach and mildew from the fridge. Remember you will need to ensure all of the bleach has been removed from your fridge so that it is safe to put your food back in.

How to Get Mold Stains Out of the Fridge Method 3: WD-40

What you will need:

  • WD-40
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Bucket
  • Clean soft cloth
  • Cotton swabs (optional)
  • Mild Cleaner

Many are shocked to see that WD-40 can remove stains from a lot of different surfaces. The fridge is just one of the many places you can use this product to clean and remove stains. As a reminder WD-40 is a chemical and you should remove all food from the fridge before attempting this method. You do not want any cross contamination when your family's health is concerned.

  1. This method starts like the other two methods. You will need to fill a bucket with soap and hot water.
  2. Using a clean soft cloth and the soapy water you will want to try and clean up as much of the dirt and other stains as you can. Remember the more that you are able to remove now the easier it will be in later steps.
  3. Using the spray tube that comes with the WD-40, spray a generous amount of WD-40 on the stained area.
  4. Allow the chemical to sit and work its magic for only a few minutes. Again if you have a more stubborn stain you can leave the WD-40 on the stain for a little longer, but not much more.
  5. Using just a clean soft cloth and cotton swabs, as needed, you will wipe the WD-40 and fridge stains from the surface.
  6. You can repeat this method as many times as it is needed to remove the stain. After each attempt at cleaning the fridge stain inspect the area to determine if more applications are necessary.
  7. After you are sure the stains have been removed you will need to ensure that you thoroughly clean all remnants of the WD-40. You can do this with the soapy water, you made in the beginning, and a clean soft cloth.