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Old 07-21-2015, 07:38 AM   #1
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How to keep mold out of the fridge?

I battle this each time I store my mh.. Is there a secret spray to coat the inside with? Should I leave the doors open? Thanks!!
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Mold is a function of warmth, humidity, and lack of air flow.
Eliminate either of these, and mold has a tough time growing (especially if you have air flow).

If you can't keep the A/C on with SP, then prop open the doors wide and sprinkle baking soda throughout the refer. Check it regularly to clear out caked soda, and add more. That's the best you can do if you don't have SP.

Otherwise, get a tiny fan and place it near the open doors, and keep the batteries charged once/month.
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You can also place charcoal in and around the refer (like on the table) in order to suck up both odors and moisture. Change it out and burn it on the grill when you feel that it's done it's job.

To answer your question, YES....keep the doors open wide.
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We always propped the door open a bit (there are even little do-hickeys made specifically for this purpose - check any "camping" supply outlet) and never had a problem.
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While our current MH stays plugged into shore power, we did not do that with some of our past MH's. The thing we always did when we were not going to be using the MH for extended periods of time, we wiped down the inside of the frig to ensure that all surfaces were dry. Then we set the latches so that the doors were propped open a little. We did not have any issues with mold or odors.
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Neither baking soda nor charcoal sprinkled in the fridge will prevent mold from growing. They will eliminate toe odor from whatever mold does grow. They will also be a big mess to clean up. As others have suggest, leave the door ajar.

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As others have suggest, leave the door ajar.

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My first two RV's ( late 80's early 90's ) the fridges even had a prop open position on the travel latches, to hold the door 1/2" open during storage.
They were eliminated for some reason; probably looks; I guess , that's progress for you.
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We have the prop open latches on our 2011. Before that filled the old refer with balled up newspaper. Probably could use one of those pails of dessicant. The idea is to keep the interior dry when closed up and warm.
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I battle this each time I store my mh.. Is there a secret spray to coat the inside with? Should I leave the doors open? Thanks!!
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See: How To Remove And Prevent Refrigerator Mold Inside Your RV | Fun Times Guide to RVing
For 19 years we have never had mold in our Norcold fridge.
The doors are always propped slightly open whenever the fridge is OFF, (not being used).
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If you store it with the fridge off, keep the doors open!
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I battle this each time I store my mh.. Is there a secret spray to coat the inside with? Should I leave the doors open? Thanks!!
You don't leave the doors open when in storage? Doesn't the refrigerator stink when you go to use the next time? Always get the water and as much moisture as you can out of there with a towel and always leave the doors open, all of them.
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I always leave mine open when stored and keep a open box of Baking Soda inside also...it just stays there during use too. I've been doing this 35+ years and it never smells of anything.
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Neither baking soda nor charcoal sprinkled in the fridge will prevent mold from growing. They will eliminate toe odor from whatever mold does grow. They will also be a big mess to clean up. As others have suggest, leave the door ajar.

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To each his own. What they DO is to draw moisture (not a bad thing) as well as reducing odor. It's the drawing moisture part that inhibits mold growth if in a warm climate and the refer had any moisture left in it.
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We always propped the door open a bit (there are even little do-hickeys made specifically for this purpose - check any "camping" supply outlet) and never had a problem.
Leaving the interior damp/wet and closing the doors guarantees mold/mildew.
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