How to clean refrigerator mold with common cleaning products

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When you think of mould, you probably think of it growing in a dark, musty corner of the basement, or even in your shower. But what about your fridge? Mould can and does grow in fridges too, and it's more common than you'd think. Since the fridge is a darker environment that usually has some moisture in it from foods, this is the perfect place for mould to grow. Certain types of mould also love to grow on foods which has probably happened to you at one point or another in your life. Usually, it's best to just throw mouldy foods out right away because the mould isn't good for us to consume at all. Mouldy food is easy enough to throw away and get rid of, but what about mould that's growing in your fridge, on the fridge surfaces? Any time you see mould growing anywhere in your home, it's important to learn how to remove mould and what kills mould so that it doesn't come back. You can use natural ingredients to clean the mould in your fridge, and it's actually pretty easy to do. Since the materials of a fridge are not too porous mould doesn't have a chance to get deeply ingrained in the plastic or glass of the fridge. Other materials like wood or drywall are easier for mould to embed itself in and sometimes need to be replaced if the mould removal process didn't do anything.

Usually, mould growing inside your fridge can be wiped off with a cloth or paper towels and killed with some white distilled vinegar. If it leaves a stain behind you can use some bleach to lighten the stains. Do get some distilled white vinegar, bleach, a cleaning toothbrush, cotton swabs, cloths or paper towels and a spray bottle. When it comes to what kills mould, vinegar is one of the best natural ingredients for killing mould. Also, tea tree oil works really well as well. You can also use bleach if you like, but vinegar works just as good, and it's non-toxic too. Just pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray down the inside of your fridge with the vinegar. It might smell really strong so make sure you put on your kitchen fan and open a window or two while you're doing this. You should also wear a mask, eye protection and gloves while cleaning any mould. Let the vinegar sit in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to kill the mould. Then take a cloth or paper towel and wipe down the entire fridge. Throw away the cloths since they have come into contact with mould and you don't want to spread it around.

Wipe out the fridge until it's all dry and make sure you clean out the drawers really well too. You can remove them from the fridge and wash them in your sink or bathtub with hot water and some dish soap. Also, remember to clean the door compartments and the hinges as well. Use the cleaning toothbrush to get into the smaller crevices to scrub all of the mould out of the fridge. You can also use the cotton swabs as well to clean out the smaller areas. You can then give the entire fridge one final wipe down with some vinegar and a cloth and then dry it the final time and put back all of your items. Be sure to keep checking your fridge for signs of mould and clean it up right away again if there is any more mould growing back. Try out these cleaning tips and learn how to remove mould from your fridge for good.***

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