How to Clean Fingerprints Off White Refrigerator Doors


A white refrigerator has a clean appearance that attracts many homeowners. In a light-colored kitchen, it can help create a bright atmosphere. In a dark kitchen, it can create a stunning contrasting focal point. Whether your kitchen is light or dark, a white refrigerator covered in fingerprints made from skin oils and dirt, food or beverages though can look grimy. Over time, fingerprints can also harden and stain making them difficult to remove. To clean fingerprints off your white refrigerator doors, you need to remove any old prints and then maintain the surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Mild detergent
  • Scratch-resistant scrubbing pad
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Baking powder
  • White vinegar
  • Open your refrigerator door, and transfer food items from the door shelving to the interior racks.

  • Wipe the interior and exterior of the refrigerator doors and the door handles with a soft, microfiber cloth moistened with hot water and a few drops of your favorite dish detergent.

  • Rub away old fingerprint stains with a moistened scratch-resistant scrubbing pad. If you’re dealing with textured or grooved door or handle surfaces or refrigerator door gaskets, sprinkle a damp, soft-bristled toothbrush with baking soda and brush away the particles.

  • Dip the scrubbing pad in 1/3 cup white vinegar, and sprinkle it with baking powder to deal with a tough stain. Scrub the stain gently using a circular motion until you’ve removed it completely.

  • Moisten another cloth with warm water, and then wipe the doors and handles again to remove residues. When you’re finished, buff the surfaces with a dry cloth and return the food items on the racks to the door shelving.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have difficulty removing a tough stain, dampen a melamine resin foam eraser and scrub the area gently with a side-to-side motion.
  • If you can’t remove fingerprints from the underside of a refrigerator door handle, detach the handle.
  • To prevent future stains, wipe away fresh fingerprints as they occur.
  • Additionally, wipe the door down at least once a week with a slightly soapy cloth, and then rinse and dry. Although you can’t see skin oils, they can cause dust to collect on refrigerator surfaces, making prints.
  • Protect the finish of your white refrigerator doors by applying a white cream polish made for appliances to the surfaces biannually.
  • Always test any commercial products on a small inconspicuous area of the refrigerator before use, including a scrubbing pad, foam eraser or polish. Abrasive cleaning tools and harsh chemicals can damage certain painted and plastic white refrigerator surfaces.

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