Barbara German
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Asked on Jul 13, 2019

How do I clean mildew from the refrigerator gasket?

Nancy TurnerAlexis @ Chemistry CachetBaxter


The rubber gasket that seals my refrigerator and freezer closed gets moldy along the outside grooves. How do I clean this mold off without harming the gasket? The gasket has grooves in it which makes it even more difficult!

4 answers
  • Zard Pocleeb
    on Jul 13, 2019

    Mix 1-quart warm water and 1-tablespoon baking soda. Clean the seal with a toothbrush to get into the grooves then wipe with warm water.

  • Baxter
    on Jul 13, 2019

    Use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar, which are both safe and which both kill mold. Put full-strength hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in a spray bottle, spray the gasket, then wipe of all the blackening with a clean cloth. Use a toothbrush to reach under the gasket and scrub out all the mold that's growing deep in the grooves. Rinse with clean water and wipe dry. I would leave the door open long enough to let the gasket dry thoroughly. Good luck!

  • Nancy Turner
    on Jul 14, 2019

    I would go with the hack that Baxter suggested, but I would use straight vinegar myself. It is a really good antibacterial and antifungal agent. Make sure to get it all out of the folds.

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