Clean Living Masthead New



Cleaning To Control Asthma: Refrigerator

Cockroaches are often found around the refrigerator because of food spills and dampness. These spills and moisture also grow mold and mildew. Keeping your refrigerator clean is an important part of controlling allergens.

RefrigeratorIf you have the Owner's Manual, follow the cleaning instructions.

If you don't have the Manual, use these steps:

  • Turn controls off.
  • Unplug the refrigerator.
  • Remove the grille and clean, using a hand dishwashing detergent or an all-purpose cleaner. You may need to ask your maintenance people to do this.
  • Remove drip pan, then clean and disinfect it.
  • Clean mildew on the rubber stripping around the refrigerator door using a solution of 3/4 cup bleach with 1 gallon water (or 3 tablespoons bleach and 1 quart water).
  • Clean walls and shelves with all-purpose cleaner or a solution of baking soda and water.
  • Wipe up any water in the inside drawers, and then clean them regularly.
  • Clean up spills immediately, especially raw meat, poultry and fish juices. Use a disinfectant (antibacterial) cleaner.



Cleaning to Control Allergies & Asthma: Basics
Cleaning To Control Asthma: Bedroom
Cleaning To Control Asthma: Wash Bedding
Cleaning To Control Asthma: Bathroom
Cleaning To Control Asthma: Kitchen
Cleaning To Control Asthma: Refrigerator
Cleaning To Control Asthma: Clutter Control
Allergies & Asthma Publications
Create an Allergen-Control Plan