Use Vaseline to Soften a Refrigerator Gasket

If you are having trouble with ice build-up on the heater coils in the back of an older fridge and are having to go through the lengthy process of removing the food and shelves to defrost with a hair dryer -- a little Vaseline may be all you need!


It turns out that the plastic seal around the edge of the door loses its elasticity over time and so may not be sealing as tightly. I got a tip from a repairman that simply rubbing the seal with petroleum jelly will help soften it up. It completely eliminated the problem for me!

By Tahlula from Northfield, MN


August 21, 20090 found this helpful

Using a petroleum based product may break down the gasket material over time. I like to use silicon lube spray. Works great on your car door and window seals too. Spray it on and work it in with a rag or paper towel. This will work well to keep the material flexible and seal better and doesn't leave that gooey residue.

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