How to Clean a Dometic RV Refrigerator

How to Clean a Dometic RV Refrigerator
Dometic makes a fine line of refrigerators that are perfect for RVs. Just like refrigerators everywhere, Dometics get stained with food and sometimes even start to smell. This is a particular matter of concern in an RV refrigerator, because they are left deactivated while the RV is not in use. Cleaning your Dometic refrigerator should be part of what you do at the end of every RV trip, lest you start your next one with an unbearable stench waiting for you.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spray bottle of kitchen cleanser Dishwashing detergent Pail or big bowl Old rags Baking soda (recommended)
  • Spray bottle of kitchen cleanser
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Pail or big bowl
  • Old rags
  • Baking soda (recommended)
Step 1
Unplug the refrigerator if you are cleaning it while the RV is still in use, or otherwise turn off the RV's power.
Step 2
Open the freezer, if there is one, and begin defrosting it. Remove all contents and shelves from the RV. If you are not transferring any perishable foods into your kitchen, you should store them in a cooler or perhaps a Dometic portable camp refrigerator. Wait until the freezer is defrosted before proceeding.
Step 3
Apply kitchen cleanser from a spray bottle over any and all food stains inside the Dometic. Wipe or scrub them away with an old rag. Sop up any water or other fluid that might be on the refrigerator floor. Leave the refrigerator doors open for a while so it will air out.
Step 4
Take the shelves outside, and make a soapy mix of dishwashing detergent and water in a pail or large bowl. Scrub any stains or encrusted food off the shelving grillwork with the soapy water and a scrub brush. Rinse with a hose, and let the shelves dry in the sun.
Step 5
Make a new cleansing mix if smell was even a minor problem before you started cleaning. This time the proportions are 2 tbsp. of baking soda per quart of water. Wipe down the interior of the Dometic using a fresh rag.
Step 6
Put the shelves back in the Dometic when both the shelves and the refrigerator interior are dry.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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