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How to Remove Excess Moisture in a Refrigerator

Updated February 21, 2017

Excess moisture in your refrigerator may seem like nothing more than a minor inconvenience that can be cleaned up with a towel. It can be caused by a plugged drain tube, a frozen defrost pan or some other defect in the drainage system. A recurring moisture problem needs to be properly dealt with to prevent the growth of mould and resulting unpleasant odours inside the refrigerator. Monitoring temperatures and installing a dehumidifier can help combat excess moisture in a refrigerator.

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  1. Clean out your refrigerator thoroughly and soak up any pools of water that may have formed.

  2. Purchase a desiccant dehumidifier and place it in the refrigerator in order to absorb moisture (see resources). This device contains moisture-absorbing minerals and silica gel and will also serve to successfully remove odours that may have formed.

  3. Store food in covered containers as a preventive measure against moisture build-up. If you leave an inch between all the containers and packets in your refrigerator, it will allow air to circulate and prevent a moisture build-up.

  4. Observe the temperature of your refrigerator regularly by using a thermometer, ensuring it is between 1.11 and 4.44 degrees Celsius. This will help to prevent moisture from forming.

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Things You'll Need

  • Desiccant dehumidifier
  • Refrigerator thermometer
  • Cloth

About the Author

Alan Temple has been writing since 2007 and has published articles for "The Scotsman" and "The List." He now works in the media department of Motherwell Football Club. Temple graduated with honors with a journalism degree at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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