How to Clean Your Refrigerator’s Drip Pan

An important, yet little-known component of your refrigerator is the drip pan. If you own an auto-defrosting refrigerator, excess water from your freezer flows through the drain pipe as it defrosts and empties into the drip pan. Most of this water quickly evaporates, but sometimes it will sit and provide a place for bacteria to develop. If you notice unpleasant odors coming from your refrigerator, or the thought of bacteria growing under your fridge bothers you, here is how to clean your drip pan:

  1. Unplug the refrigerator from the wall
  2. Locate your refrigerator’s drip pan. On most models, it is located on the bottom of the unit, behind the toe kick plate. If you are having difficulty locating yours, refer to your refrigerator’s owners manual.
  3. Remove the toe kick plate from the bottom of your refrigerator.
  4. Put on rubber gloves and slide out the drain pan. Do it slowly, if there is a lot of water, it could splash.
  5. Wash the pan under hot water using a scrubbing brush and dish detergent. Scrub until all visible grime is gone.
  6. Completely dry off the drip pan and place it back under the refrigerator. Replace the kick plate and plug the refrigerator back into the outlet.

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