Asked on Jul 10, 2015

Refrigerator goo

by Deb

I have glass shelves in my fridge and blood from meat has gotten into the rim where glass meets the plastic shelf material. I have tried soaking in bleach water with paring knife stuck in between to allow access, but its not working. Any ideas on how to clean the refrigerato r?

  19 answers
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 10, 2015
    You can remove the whole shelf plastic and glass and soak it in hot soapy water in the sink or tub if it is a big shelf. Put the shelf in the basin 1st, and let the water warm up over it to prevent temperature shock and breakage. After a few minutes, try a green scrubby, the glass will then separate from the plastic. I always wash my shelves in the tub, when I do a bigger cleaning...It is much faster.
  • Ashley Freeman Ashley Freeman on Jul 11, 2015
    On some you can pop the plastic strip off and back on but I usually take mine outside and hit it with the hose. The pressure gets down in there.
  • Ashley Freeman Ashley Freeman on Jul 11, 2015
    Also if you can spray some greased lightning on it and let it slide in there and soak for 20 min before you hit it with the hose it will come right out.
  • Sue Rindflesch Sue Rindflesch on Jul 11, 2015
    Hydrogen peroxide. toothpick...
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jul 11, 2015
    after cleaned; you can cover the shelves with saran wrap and just peel off saran wrap for those smaller messy jobs and add new saran wrap when dirty
  • Sylvia Sylvia on Jul 11, 2015
    Vinegar and baking soda!
  • Sharon Seiber Sharon Seiber on Jul 11, 2015
    An old toothbrush can get into those hard to reach places. I keep a couple in the kitchen, for odd jobs.
  • Dan Leeder Dan Leeder on Jul 11, 2015
    If the blood can get in there, any liquid can. Take the shelves out and let the edges soak in a strong cleaning solution for several hours.
  • Linda T Linda T on Jul 11, 2015
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 11, 2015
    The best cleaner for that type of mess,is ammonia in some warm water.I put my oven racks in plastic bags with ammonia and water tie them up outside for a hour,and the crap just washes off under the faucet.I went to good old dollar tree today and picked up some vinyl placemats to put on top of my glass shelves because I am tired of having to pull them out of the fridge to clean.Ammonia is strong,best cleaner.will strip your nail polish off,wear gloves or dilute with water.Do not inhale,keep away from your eyes,your kids and your pets.Will not remove color like bleach.Do not mix bleach and ammonia together!!
  • Comet Comet on Jul 11, 2015
    Try heavily salted water--if you need to fill your tub and add a LOT of salt--this will help get the blood into solution so it will be able to leave. It needs to be dissolved in something--I don't think bleach will dissolve this. You will probably need to use a toothbrush or something to help but the knife idea is good--to get the solution into where it needs to go. You could also contact the maker to see if the edging comes off.
    • Dan Leeder Dan Leeder on Jul 12, 2015
      @Comet Add hydrogen peroxide to any solution and the blood will disappear.
  • Rosemarie Randolph Rosemarie Randolph on Jul 11, 2015
    My glass shelves come out of, or off of the plastic frames. In our shop, we remove the glass from the plastic frames and spray all with Mean Green cleaner from the Family Dollar Store. We let it set a few minutes, wipe any remaining spots or grime, then rinse with clean water & dry.
  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Jul 11, 2015
    I'm thinking a good toilet bowl foaming cleanser....If they can remove those stains surely blood is no match.
  • Collette Yandow Collette Yandow on Jul 12, 2015
  • Barrbsie Watkins Barrbsie Watkins on Jul 12, 2015
    If you will ever get it out I think baking soda in water will do the trick, would an old toothbrush be able to get in the inbetween? I think either dishwasher liquid or baking soda is the ticket
  • Bji1580934 Bji1580934 on Jul 12, 2015
    Mix peroxide and baking soda and vinegar in spray bottle with warm water spray let sit 20-30 minutes. Rinse with water.
  • Warren A Steele Sr Warren A Steele Sr on Apr 19, 2016
    You really need to take the glass shelves out of the plastic, or metal, frames. Figuring THAT out may send you to find the manual. peroxide, and baking soda if blood is involed, but may not be needed once the glass shelves are out.
  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 15, 2022

    Hi Deb, l hope this helps you out.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 15, 2022

    See if the top part of the frame separates from the bottom. If not... fill a bathtub with water and bleach. Then soak the shelf for an hour in that. The bleach should kill the stinky parts and it can help a bit with the looks of things.