How to Clean Smoke Stains from a Refrigerator

Flor asked, “How do you remove a smoke stain on the body of the refrigerator?”

Cooking can create smoke and smoke can leave stains on the nearby appliances. Select the cleaner that will be the most safe for your refrigerator’s surface and you will have the smoke stain removed shortly.

You Will Need:

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Formula 409

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Baking soda is effective for removing smoke stains from most surfaces. Add one cup of baking soda to five quarts of water. Dip a cloth in the solution and wipe away the soot.¹
  2. Combine equal parts of white vinegar and water, and use the solution to wipe away the soot.²
  3. Formula 409 is safe to use on most surfaces and removes soot so well that it is even recommended for removing soot stains on fabrics.³
  4. Place several drops of a grease-fighting dish soap on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe away the greasy stain.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Baking soda is a mild abrasive, however it can usually be safely used on stainless steel. Test a small, hidden area on the refrigerator first if you are concerned about scratching the finish.


  1. The Super Stain Remover Book by Jack Cassimatis
  2. The Complete Household Handbook by Good Housekeeping
  3. Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic



  1. Veronica says:

    I got a refrigerator that had been in a house fire. Now my house smells like it has been in the fire. The smell is coming from underneath and the back of the refrigerator. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the odor?

  2. Melanie says:

    You can try placing a bowl of vinegar, activated charcoal or baking soda near the fridge for a few days to absorb the odor. This article has more information on smoke odors: How to Clean Smoke Damage.

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