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Kind of a random post today, but thought it would be worth the share.
During our move it was raining, and our refrigerator ended up with water spots I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried.  I used a number of citrus cleansers and the followed it up with the companion polishes, olive oil, soaping it down, etc.  Nothing would work.  In a matter of hours or 1-2 days those spots would be back.  Taunting me.  Then one day while I was cleaning my sink I had my aha moment.  I was cleaning the sink with exactly the same thing I should have been using on the fridge all along.  Bar Keepers Friend.  Duh.
I have no clue why I didn’t do this sooner.  I think it’s because I fell into the old consumer trap that says you have to buy different products for every different item you’re trying to clean.  Let’s not reinvent the wheel here people!
I wish I had taken photos of the fridge with the crazy rain spots, but I didn’t.  That would have been an awesome before and after!  This is just your usual kid’s finger prints, water drips, and grime.

And after.
I just sprinkled a little onto a warm, wet sponge and went over the entire front of the fridge.  Rinsed the sponge off with water, wiped it clean, and dried it off with a kitchen towel.
Nothing fancy, but the results are the best I’ve had.

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It will be so nice to toss out all of those other bottles!


  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    i love this stuff! you know what else works well for the fridge? olive oil!

  2. Catherine Hansen Peart Avatar

    I use lemon Pledge on mine. Seems to work a treat but I will definitely be trying this for the grimy hand/food prints next time as well.

  3. Mindy Avatar

    I love that stuff. It works really good on Revereware (sp?) pans, too.

  4. Samantha Hawes Avatar

    WD40 girl! No joke. It stinks, but your fridge will shine. Learned that trick the hard way just like you. Ha!

  5. Melissa Blake Avatar

    Had no idea!!! Will definitely keep it in mind! 🙂

  6. Bernice Parsons Avatar

    It looks like the Bar Keepers Friend did the trick. It’s always nice to discover something new, or find new uses for things we’ve been doing for a long time that can make things easier. At the very least, you now have a way to clean your refrigerator anytime it starts looking dull again. Thanks for sharing this with us, Shelley. All the best!

    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising

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