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How to Clean the Rubber Stripping on Refrigerator Doors

Jerrie Lynn South - DeRose

The rubber around the inside of refrigerator and freezer doors gets dirty and grimy. Washing it out with a wet rag and spray usually results in mold and mildew forming in the tight folds of the rubber. There is a trick to cleaning the rubber strips that also deodorizes.

  1. When you are ready to clean the rubber stripping around your refrigerator and freezer doors take an old toothbrush and apply a liberal amount of whitening toothpaste to the bristles.

  2. Whitening toothpaste has a bleaching agent in it that helps clean the rubber stripping and makes the refrigerator smell pleasant, as well.

  3. Apply the toothpaste laden toothbrush to the folds of the rubber stripping and brush to remove the dirt and grime that collects with time.

  4. Rinse the toothbrush in water as needed and apply more of the whitening toothpaste until you have cleaned all the rubber stripping.

  5. Rinse your toothbrush and run it along the rubber stripping to rinse.

  6. After you have finished cleaning the rubber stripping thoroughly, take a thin dry cloth, put it over your forefinger and rub it along the entire rubber strip on your refrigerator and freezer doors to dry. If you do not get the stripping dry the material or water from rinsing will mildew after several days.