Refrigerator Drip Pan

This question was submitted from Carmine

“I have a side-by-side refrigerator with an in-door water dispenser. The drip pan, though, is always nasty. I’ve tried cleaning it in a solution of vinegar and water, and some of the water deposits go away, but it doesn’t stay clean for long and not all the water deposits are cleaned. Help!”

Vinegar and water is a good way to remove water stains. However, if the dripping is on-going, it maybe hard to remove the constant staining.

Try these techniques:

  • Try using a strong acidic based cleaner, available at a janitorial supply store. It will be more effective at removing the water stains.
  • To really effectively clean the nastiness out of your drip tray you should use a bleach and water solution which will kill bacteria, hopefully the nastiness.
  • Use a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach and 3 part water; if possible remove the tray and soak for ten minutes and rinse well with water.
  • If the tray is a color other than white there may be concern that the bleach will affect the color. If that is the case you can go to a janitorial supply store and buy a food safe disinfectant that will do the job of bleach although it will be more expensive.
  • Try to slow the growth of bacteria by empting and rinsing the drip tray as much as possible.

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