If you own a refrigerator with a water dispenser, chances are you have experienced the unpleasant side-effect of dripping water residue.

Magnesium and Calcium can build up to leave a funky-looking water trap.   I admit to not paying much attention to it, until I am found with a situation like this.

How to Clean Your Refrigerators Water Drip

Yeah, it’s embarrassing to show this, and that was only after 3 months from the last time I cleaned it.

It may look simple to clean at first, but don’t be fooled.  Those calcium and magnesium build ups are not messing around!   They are tough, hard and nearly impossible to get clean, short of spending 3 hours scraping off tiny bits, piece by piece.  And let’s face it, you don’t have 3 hours to clean minerals off plastic, right?

Enter Vinegar and Baking Soda.

Two very inexpensive and wonderful cleaners that, when combined, can create magic.  The acetic acid in the vinegar creates a chemical process with sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda, which helps eat away the build-up, making your life a LOT easier!

How to Clean Your Refrigerator’s Water Drip:

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp vinegar

Clean your water drip with baking soda

Here’s How You Do It:

  • Pour baking soda into water drip
  • Set into sink (trust me on this) and slowly pour vinegar onto baking soda
  • Allow to sit at least 10 minutes
  • Rinse away baking soda mixture.  If there are any calcium build-ups left, use a lightly abrasive sponge or a butter knife to gently scrape it away (being careful not to damage the plastic or metal).

Clean your water drip with baking soda and vinegar


The whole process should take 15 minutes or less, only costs pennies, and you’re left with a clean water drip!  

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One Response to How to Clean Your Refrigerators Water Drip

  1. Janice Trinh says:

    WOW. Does this only work with plastic? I’m eager to try this!!!

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