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Cleaning Yellowed Refrigerator Handles

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Your refrigerator handle can get yellowed from a combination of age and use. This is a guide about cleaning yellowed refrigerator handles.


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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

I have a GE refrigerator and the handles are turning orange. They said to use a cleaner called Hot Melt which cannot be found anywhere. Can you give me the name of a cleaner to clean them?

Jo Ann


April 16, 20091 found this helpful

I use vinegar in my kitchen to clean everything. It cuts the grease & etc. Good luck.

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July 3, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, I found a silly solution on another web-site, I was so frustrated with my handles , I just tried it. It worked.

Spray shaving cream on the handles and let it sit for 10 min. I actually let it sit for about 20 minutes and then scrubbed it with a small nail brush. It's actually worked. Not sure if it was the shaving cream or the scrubbing with the brush - but who cares - it worked.

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January 25, 20100 found this helpful

My door handles are quite dirty, yellowing, some stains, etc. I tried using shaving cream and a toothbrush to clean (let the shaving cream sit for 1 hour before cleaning), and nothing! Still yellow and still stained. Shaving cream might clean off light dirt and soil, but so will anything! No, shaving cream is NOT the solution, no magic there.


Read on another site the best solution for the common yellowing due to sun exposure is to paint with a paint made for plastics, like Krylon Fusion (sold at Walmart for $6). This is a sure fire won't fail method to get it white. Not sure how durable the paint is, but probably better than door handles that seem to yellow after just 5 years!

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September 8, 20170 found this helpful

Jo Ann. Please take a closer look at your GE fridge handles. Mine also was beginning to look orange. Upon closer inspection, it was found that the coating has worn away. No cleaner will help that I'm afraid.

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September 28, 20170 found this helpful

This may seem as an odd thing to use, but I have found PCV (plastic pipe) cleaner removes yellowing from plastic materials. It is used by plumbers to clean (there are 2 types of cleaner, one removes stains, the other softens the plastic before gluing together) you may use either depending upon your need, ask hardware which is best for you. For rubber use Westley's Blech White (it is an automotive product made to clean whitewall tires and white lettering...


by both cleaning and then bleaching... I personally used to on a white vinyl top years ago that had black in it, nothing else touched it, after cleaning I rinsed for a very long time to remove bleach which would damage anything left on too long; then soaked top with [I don't remember which anymore but was either Armor-All or Son of a Gun].

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July 8, 2012

My double door fridge is white. The handles have turned yellow. I have tried lots of things to get them clean, my latest being oven cleaner, but to no avail. They never come clean. Any suggestions?



July 11, 20120 found this helpful

Try making a paste with baking sida & white vinegar. Apply & scrub with a net ball or old toothbrush.

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July 16, 20120 found this helpful

I used a Magic Eraser on mine. White again.

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October 27, 20150 found this helpful

I, too, use Magic Eraser. It gets all the grubbiness and discoloration.

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