Mold in the refrigerator appears due to the reproduction of fungi, and in addition to the aesthetic problem, there is also an unpleasant smell, not to mention the fact that storing food in such conditions is unacceptable. Luckily, there are a number of ways to get rid of mold in your refrigerator without time or effort.

Soda and vinegar against fresh mold in the refrigerator

Measures to clean the refrigerator from mold should be taken immediately, when even the slightest signs of mold have been noticed.

The cleaning instructions look like this:

  • Switch off the refrigerator from the mains.
  • Remove all products from the chambers.
  • Wait until the appliance is completely defrosted.
  • Soak a new sponge in a soda or soapy solution, since it is these products that can eliminate the root of the problem, namely the spores of the fungus.
  • Wipe the surface of the refrigerator with a sponge, you can even wipe the appliance a little if the situation requires it.
  • Pay special attention to hard-to-reach places, as these are favorite places for mold. Such places include the corners of the refrigerator, the egg compartment, the blades for attaching the shelves, the space between the rubber gaskets. If the sponge can’t get to the mold, you can use an old toothbrush.
  • When the refrigerator is washed, soak a rag in vinegar and once again wipe all the places where the mold was previously.
You need to treat the refrigerator with vinegar in order to get rid of the smell of mold in the refrigerator. Other odor removers can be found here.
  • The final step is to treat the surface with a cloth soaked in ordinary warm water to finally kill all germs.

Cleaning refrigerator surfaces

It’s good if housewives have a lamp with ultraviolet radiation in their arsenal, because at the end of the cleaning process it is recommended to put it inside the refrigerator for several hours so that the fight against mold is as effective as possible.

How to get rid of black mold in the refrigerator?

Hydrogen peroxide has antifungal, disinfectant and bleaching properties, so it effectively eliminates even black mold.

The cleaning instructions are as follows:

  1. Prepare 3% hydrogen peroxide in which to dip the sponge.
  2. Walk with such a sponge over the entire surface of the refrigerator, and not only in those places where there are signs of mold, since sometimes the fungus does not yet have time to visually manifest itself, but this does not mean that it does not exist.
  3. Wipe the household appliance again with a sponge soaked in ordinary warm water.

Hydrogen peroxide should not be used if the appliance is painted in a dark color, as this agent can change the color of the appliance and leave light spots.

Cleaning the refrigerator from mold with antifungal agents

You can choose not improvised means, but purchased antifungal ones, including:

  • Sif
  • Cillit
  • Sano
  • comet
  • Domestos
  • Mister Muscle

Given the fact that store-bought anti-fungal agents contain chemical elements, they should be used with caution, and before cleaning, be sure to wear rubber gloves to protect the skin and a respiratory mask so that chemical fumes do not enter the respiratory tract.

Cleaning the refrigerator from mold

The principle of working with special antifungal agents is exactly the same as with others:

  • Apply the agent to the sponge.
  • Wipe the entire surface of the refrigerator with a sponge.

If you use a spray, you need to spray the entire surface of the refrigerator and rub it with a sponge.

  • Then carefully go through the refrigerator with a new sponge dipped in warm water to ensure that all detergent residue is removed.

But, this does not complete the cleaning of the refrigerator. Since chemicals have a specific pungent odor, the refrigerator must be additionally washed with a sponge and vinegar, and then wiped dry with a regular cloth.

Mold is very dangerous for the human body. You should always wipe the refrigerator dry if water has appeared in it, as well as monitor the expiration date of the products and throw them away on time. These preventive measures will help prevent mold in the refrigerator.

Viktor Datsky

Consultant in the field of household appliances. I help guests of the SovetExpert.ru project to choose the right product and save money when buying. I have an unbiased opinion. Ready for dialogue.


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