The purpose of the fridge gasket is to create an air-tight vacuum seal to form a cold barrier within the freezer or refrigerator. They are an important aspect of your cooling unit only because it keeps the warm air outside and the cold air inside. And by doing so, it helps regulate the internal fridge temperature along with the freezer compartments.

However, like every part of the refrigerator, the gasket is bound to wear down, eventually giving rise to improper sealing issues. When this happens, the unit is made to work harder by consuming more power. Whenever you come across the issue of your unit not sealing properly due to a worn out gasket, then the best thing would be to get it cleaned properly.

And to do that, here are some expert’s suggested DIY tricks to ensure proper cleaning.

Trick 1:- “Cleaning The Filthy Gasket Using Vinegar And Water.”

Carl Johnson- specialising in fridge repairs in Darlinghurst clearly states:-

“Hard detergents like ammonia and bleach can be harsh on the unit’s gasket, if misused, despite the vinegar removing the existing bacteria and mould in the process.


  • For the perfect solution:- you should mix two parts water with one part vinegar to achieve proper cleaning.


  • In a 2 cup measuring glass, take half cup of vinegar. Slowly fill the water and till it reaches up to the 1 1/2 Stir the solution properly and using a wet sponge and a bristle toothbrush to remove any leftover food, dust, debris on the gasket surface.


  • Rinse thoroughly and once done, use a clean, dry paper towel to give it a good wipe. Doing so will ensure a proper cleanup of the gasket.


Trick 2:- “The Mixture Of Water & Bleach To Clean The Gasket.”

Nic Sherman:- another specialist in fridge repairs in Strathfield clearly says:-

“There are many who cannot stand the idea of using a vinegar solution, especially with the kind of problems it can cause to the unit’s gasket. Fortunately, there’s an equally good alternative.

The solution should be of one part bleach and four parts water. And while you are at it, be sure to not put concentrated bleach straight on to the gasket.

Take a 2 cup measuring glass and add 1/4th cup of bleach to it. Then slowly add water on to the measuring cup and fill it up till it touches the 1/4th mark.

Stir slowly, and once the solution is ready, employ a wet sponge and a bristle brush to clean the gasket of any food, dirt, dust and debris that remains. Once proper cleaning is achieved, use a dry paper towel to give it a good wipe.”

Special Note:- To make the gasket rubber supple; you can use a small amount of lemon oil, mineral oil or body lotion right around the gasket’s perimeter. Include this simple chore to your cleaning calendar every 3-4 months to achieve quality results.

However, there is a far easier method. If you don’t get time from your busy schedule to clean your unit’s gasket properly. All you need to do is convey the time and location, and they will send their experts over to clean it properly.

Author's Bio: 

The author has heaps of experience in fridge repairs in Strathfield for years. With that, the author is also a writer who loves to educate the readers on various aspects and types of fridge repairs in Darlinghurst.