How to Clean a Black Plastic Water Dispenser on a Refrigerator

Shining clean black or stainless steel appliances with black trim provide an upscale feel to kitchen decor. Keeping these appliances clean is a challenge. The black plastic requires frequent cleaning and easily shows fingerprints and water marks. The ice and water dispenser located in the door is a specific challenge. The buttons and openings on the dispenser are frequently used and susceptible to buildup from hard water stains. You can keep your black plastic water dispenser shining like new with routine cleaning.

Black or stainless steel appliances provide an rich look to a kitchen.

Step 1

Wipe the dispenser drip area dry with a clean towel. Keep this area dry to prevent water from spilling over and running down the front of the refrigerator and onto the floor. Standing water can also cause mineral deposits to build up on the drip area.

Step 2

Remove any buildup in the drip tray by filling it with vinegar and allowing it to soak. Wash away the vinegar and buildup with fresh water and dry the drip tray with a clean towel.

Step 3

Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 liter of warm water. Use this baking soda solution and a clean towel to wash the dispenser cradle and surround.

Step 4

Rinse the dispenser cradle and surround well with warm water on a clean towel. Wipe all surfaces dry with a clean towel.

Sally Syak

Based near Kansas City, Mo., Sally Syak began freelance writing in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, primarily focusing on home improvement, hobbies and business marketing. Syak is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy at Pennsyvania Valley Community College.