Tip & How-To about Refrigerators

Refrigerators cleaning tips

The first thing that you need to do is keep the weekly and the daily cleaning of the refrigerator up to date.

  • Clean up any spills as soon as they happen. That means that you need to remove the drawers and clean under them. This is the location with the most potential for trouble as the stains are likely to stay.
  • Always store food in covered containers. Open things can easily spill or be pushed to the back and forgotten about until they spill.
  • Keep an eye on the leftovers. Throw out food when it expires or goes bad. Food that is stored too long will develop mold which could contaminate other foods.
  • Monitor the temperature. You need to keep the gauge set accurately so that food does not spoil and bacteria does not grow.
  • To stop odors, store an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator.
  • Use a sanitized towel to wipe down the shelves, handles and door each day or week as needed.

If you take the time to keep up the fridge, you will have less trouble in deep cleaning it later. Of course, this means less scrubbing if you keep up on it from the beginning.

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My refrigerator/ freezer doesn't seem to be too cool. Cleaned bottom coils and left unplugged for 24 hrs. Turned back on and it worked fine for a week. Now it is not cooling again. Any ideas why?


Hello Chris Conrad,

Worked fine for a week... is actually a pretty good sign...
MOST likely means the cooling is OK...

FROST-FREE (defrost)... should become your focus

TYPICALLY... (assuming you have that type of UNIT).

after the week... is it clogged with frost / ice (cool in the freezer area but not the refrigerator... (a week is a little less than average to become non-functional in the refrigerator (cheap little refrigerator thermometers come in really handy here... (but still cool in the freezer area where all the REAL cooling is done))).

Can you see frost/ice blocking any air slots in the FREEZER AREA??

Is water being put in the (I assume) "defrost pan" daily...?

Easy to check... put a strip of typing paper folded over the edge of the (water tray) defrost pan...

Still clean, straight & dry tomorrow = defrost circuit failure
(again.... assuming it is a "frost-free").

Yes (clean & straight) means I am wrong: paper
will look rumpled & ugly (possibly wet).

Then...

You have a HUGE AIR INTRUSION problem you need to fix first... (door alignments, gaskets, etc.) then get sophisticated about makes, model numbers... & how soon it takes to get ICE-BOUND.

You can comment me back... or get out the original
refrigerator documents... (typically) looking for:
- Defrost timer or control board
- Defrost thermostat
- Defrost HEATING ELEMENT

OR

Search on line to parts/spares + appliance+ (your model number).

Good luck...

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A horrible sickly sweet smelling odor blowing out back of refrigerator


would check ur drain lines for food residue that rotted u may need to defrost and clean the drain line in freezer and fridge
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Jun 22, 2015 | LG Refrigerators

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There is quite a lot of mildew on my refrigerator gasket. How can I safely and successfully remove it?


There are 4 trusted methods for removing mildew from your refrigerator gasket.

Hydrogen peroxide - clean the area first and then spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide. Leave to sit for a short time then wipe down with a clean cloth. Follow up by re-cleaning the area to remove any leftover traces of hydrogen peroxide.


Bleach - try not to use this method unless absolutely necessary as it may dry out your gasket.

WD-40 - first clean the area, then spray WD-40 and allow to sit for moments. Wipe down and re-clean the area.

FYI - vinegar acts as a great barrier to ward off future attacks of mildew.

Jul 17, 2012 | Continental Refrigerator Gasket, 23 5/16"...

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smell under the unit, kenmore elite model number 44703


Hi: Not knowing your model number I would look where the milk was spilled and see if there is a hole. Possibly behind a panel for the defrost water. If so pour a little clorox bleach ane water in it. If not look for any cracks in the liner of your fridge. Those will expose the foam insulation to absorb the milk and cause odors. Clean them and seal them with teflon tape or a repair kit from the manufacture. On the off chanch the mild spilled to the front of the fridge and leaked behing the front grill the coils there are quite warm and will spoil milk fast. Pull the grill off and clean. I hope this helps, Jeff

Jul 07, 2009 | Refrigerators

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