Removing mildew from the refrigerator

The refrigerator tends to be something that you don’t clean as often as you clean the rest of your house. And for the most part, unless you make a huge mess, it probably goes unnoticed. But since this is a place where you store food, it’s definitely an appliance that performs and looks better when it is cleaned regularly.

Sometimes food can go bad, like that apple we forgot about in the bottom of the crisper or a container of mayo that doesn’t get used very often. In these cases, merely getting rid of the food is not always the only solution to ridding your fridge of the bacteria that spoiled food can sometimes leave behind. When you don’t get it all right away, mildew can end up forming and when that happens, we suggest a stronger cleaning solution than just a cloth with some soap on it.

You can clean mildew from the refrigerator interior or door gasket using a soft cloth dampened in a mild water and ammonia solution. Simply mix one gallon of water with half a cup of ammonia.

Another option is to rinse the inside of the fridge with a mix of water and baking soda. Once you’ve cleaned and dried the surface, you can then also leave a box of baking soda in the fridge to soak up any odours that might be lingering from the bad food.

What you shouldn’t do, though, is use abrasive cleaners, bleach or concentrated cleaning agents as these will end up doing more harm than good.

For more advice on how to keep your appliances in tip top shape, visit or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.