Refrigerator and Dishwasher Exterior Cleaner

Refrigerator and Dishwasher Exterior Cleaner: Gleaming metal refrigerators are the norm in most kitchens today, but they seem to be a magnet for dog noses, baby hands, and oily splatters. That is, if you can see any of the surface of the door behind magnets and papers. Textured plastic or painted metal refrigerators offer another set of challenges because of their texture; stains seem to cling in the crevices with a vengeance.

But a clean refrigerator door sets the tone in a kitchen and it is worth making up a batch of spray to keep things spic and span. Of course, you’ll need to take down artwork and wedding invitations, which is a good excuse to cycle things through and keep the refrigerator “calendar” up to date.

• ¼ cup white vinegar
• ¼ cup distilled or boiled and cooled water
• 6 drops peppermint essential oil
• For stainless steel: Add 1 tablespoon olive oil
• For plastic/painted metal: Add 1 tablespoon castile soap

Mix ingredients in an 8-ounce spray bottle. Shake well before use. To Use: Spray liberally and use a textured cloth to rub in circles with the grain of the stainless steel, or to get into the texture of the plastic.

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