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How to Remove Stains Inside a Refrigerator

Tiffany Silverberg

It's the place you store all your perishable foods. It's the place you keep your most delightful gourmet delicacies. Unfortunately, it's also the place where mold settles in and stains splash onto walls and shelves, as food is taken in and out all day.

Your refrigerator can be a haven for dirty spots, but you need to keep it clean to maintain a healthy family and an easy cooking process. With just a few easy steps, you can free your refrigerator of messy, germy spots.

  1. Remove all food products from your refrigerator. Throw out any spoiled or unusable items.

  2. Mix a solution of half warm water and half vinegar in the sink or a large bowl.

  3. Wash down the inside of the refrigerator, including the walls and shelves, with a sponge or wash cloth dipped in the vinegar solution.

  4. Pour baking soda onto the sponge or wash cloth and scrub any stains or dried food particles. For stubborn stains, add 100-percent vinegar to the sponge or wash cloth.

  5. Rinse out the sponge or wash cloth with water and wash out the inside of the refrigerator, paying particular attention to the areas with baking soda.

  6. Use a dry towel to dry out the inside of refrigerator.

  7. Tip

    Vinegar and baking soda are also deodorizers. Place a cup of either in your refrigerator to prevent unpleasant odors.


    A mixture of baking soda and vinegar will cause bubbling, so use a little of each at a time as you wash stains to prevent an even bigger mess.