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Cleaning the Outside of a Refrigerator

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The exterior of your fridge can get pretty dirty from constant use. This is a guide about cleaning the outside of a refrigerator.
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May 6, 20082 found this helpful

To clean the outside of your refrigerator and make it look like new, use baking soda. Take a wet rag, pour some baking soda on it and start cleaning. This cleans the textured parts of the frig, like nothing I have ever seen before.

By Sarah from Vandergrift, PA

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June 10, 2010

Can any one tell me how to remove nicotine stains from the exterior of a refrigerator/freezer? What products can I purchase for the job? Please.

By patricia rainford from England

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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Try magic erasers. I buy mine at Dollar General, they are very good at removing a lot of tough grime and stains.

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They remove my husbands "mechanic grease" from our ref door, so the nicotine should come off fairly easy. Good luck.

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June 13, 20100 found this helpful
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The best overall cleaning product I've found is purchased at Home Depot (maybe other places also). Sorry I cannot remember the whole name (I've run out so can't look at the gallon container) but it's a product made by Zep. It is a degreaser and is a purple liquid. It is very concentrated so I put maybe 3-4 tablespoons in a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. I have used this on my fridge to remove smoke stains and had wonderful results.
Just be sure to clean from the bottom up, no streaks that way. Although a gallon seems like a lot, if you dilute it, it will last a year or so and it cleans anything, inside and out. Good luck!

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October 22, 20110 found this helpful
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I use a paste of Softscrub and OxyClean. Mix it up in a bowl about 3:1 and let it sit while the OxyClean dissolves.

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I use one of those Micro Cleaning Cloths - seems to work best. Scrub it in, let it sit about half and hour or so, then wipe off and rinse. Voila!

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June 10, 2015

There was a black mark on the white refrigerator in my rented apartment. I tried cleaning it and now it has spread :(. I have no clue what it is. I've tried almost every possible solution that I've read. I don't want to end up paying for something that I haven't damaged, but was only trying to clean. Help!

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June 10, 20150 found this helpful

Looks like the paint has come off and you are seeing the metal underneath.

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June 10, 20150 found this helpful

I thought that too initially but it was very dark & has lightened up now. It's a stain that has spread when I wiped it. Now it won't go :(

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June 10, 20151 found this helpful

I'm uploading the before and after image.

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Abigail is right. You aren't spreading it, it's getting worse from underneath. If you documented it when you did your walk through, simply let the landlord know what is happening.

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He can't charge you now or when you move. Some good quality appliance paint will do the trick.

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Could it possibly be mold? If it's getting larger that might be a tip off. Try bleach.

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

Looks like the original paint got chipped and then with the scrubbing, you are wearing off the veneer to me. You might try something white-like paint or ink to try and cover...

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June 11, 20150 found this helpful

I think Abigail is right. I think there were imperfections in the original finish. I believe moisture seeped through these imperfections and caused the underlying metal to oxidize, resulting in the black you see. This is not uncommon.

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I would not use bleach on these black areas. It could cause deterioration of the paint and further exposure to the underlying metal, resulting in more black area.

I have two suggestions for you.

I agree with Sandi, if your landlord is not aware of this situation, make him/her aware of it as soon as possible.

Clean the surface with a cloth dipped into cold water to which you have added a small amount of mild dish detergent, maybe 1/2 teaspoon to a quart of water. Clean the area as best you can with this solution and then rinse thoroughly. Next, dry the area completely, even if you have to use a fan. Once the area is completely dry, you can cover the entire surface with a press and seal type food wrap. I'm guessing the area shown is the freezer door. If the wrap is properly applied, it will be hardly noticeable, but should prevent further moisture damage.

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It looks as if you might have to live with the stain. So just do what you can to prevent it from getting worse.I would speak with the landlord before applying any appliance paint to this stain. He/she may agree it's OK, but unless there has been a recent, significant improvement in these paint products, you probably would just as soon look at the stain as the paint covering the stain. Anyway, it looks as if the area is too large for a 'minor touch up' product. Good luck.

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October 3, 2011

Does any one have any suggestions on what to use to clean black marks off the refrigerator door? I am not sure what is the cause of the black marks. I believe it to be caused by build up of dirt or food stains maybe? The marks run along the side of the door and onto the refrigerator door handle. I tried bleach and nothing happened.

Thank you for any ideas.

By Rachelle

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

Usually bleach or a magic eraser will get rid of those stains. I find that usually the stains on fridge handles are because people do not wash their hand prior to handling food, or using anything in the kitchen.

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

I find the magic eraser magically makes all those marks go away. I had a spot on my fridge that would not come off. I actually thought it was a place the paint got rubbed off or something and I was cleaning using the magic eraser and to my surprise it wiped it away. I particularly find it helpful on the textured handles and the rest for the ice and water on my side by side. I hope they never discontinue them, they are so good at cleaning so many things and no harsh chemicals!

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October 4, 20110 found this helpful

Get one of those 'scrub it' from the dollar store or store ( I think by Clorox or Mr. Clean). Cheap and gets off all black marks and lots more stuff.

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October 4, 20110 found this helpful

You can try scrubbing with Comet or Ajax. And I do find those Magic Erasers to truly be magic. They get rid of spots on my rugs, left from my cats throwing up, etc. They do crumble pretty quickly, though, so I'm going to buy a small piece of similar foam and see how that works. They also have an off-brand at Dollar General for about half the price.

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October 5, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you for all answers. I tried the Ajax method and it works.! Thanks again.

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October 6, 20110 found this helpful

I have used WD-40 on hard to clean spots and rubbed away the spot then take a sudsy dish cloth and wash away the WD-40, works great on stainless steel. and porcelain.
Then dry with a soft cloth.

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