how do you clean the draining hole Im your fridge?

(28 Posts)
mosaica Sat 22-Dec-12 13:05:07

Help please!

My fridge absolute stinks. I cleaned it top to bottom and realised the smell came from the draining hole at the bottom me the fridge. I tried to clean it but obviously haven't done it well, as the smell is still there, its even worse if possible! Any tips?

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Wingedharpy Sat 22-Dec-12 14:45:06

I clean mine with a cotton bud.
Make sure you pull out the fridge and empty the water collection tray thingy at the back (if it has one - which presumably it does as the water has to go somewhere).

janek Sat 22-Dec-12 15:08:03

Water collection tray? What does it look like? I've had my fridge over ten years and have never done this...blush.

FlibberdeGibbet Sat 22-Dec-12 15:13:31

Water collection tray! WTAF! I have a built in fridge, and regularly (well, whenever it looks gunky) clean out the hole with a cotton bud, but never given much thought to water draining down there.....

I am now worried that a tidal wave of fetid fridge overspill will engulf my kitchen imminently...

TimeForMeAndDD Sat 22-Dec-12 15:39:29

A plumber once advised me to broddle the drainage hole regularly with a cable tie to keep it clear as the broddle thingy that comes with the fridge isn't long enough to get to where it matters. So I use a cable tie then follow up with a cotton bud. HTH

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Sat 22-Dec-12 15:50:23

I cotton bud it then pour hotish bleach or detergent through it... Make sure you know where your outlet is though

chickensarmpit Sat 22-Dec-12 15:50:36

I had no idea fridges had a water tray, i bet mines minging!


PigletJohn Sat 22-Dec-12 16:07:24

it is a dish on top of the motor. The heat evaporates the water. You have to unplug and pull the fridge away from the wall to get at it. It will be full of grime and fungus. Putting food against the back wall (especially meat) leads to juices running down the drain.

be careful not to allow water to drip or spill onto any electrical part.

PigletJohn Sat 22-Dec-12 16:08:06

(pouring bleach or water down the pipe might make the dish overflow)

Wingedharpy Sun 23-Dec-12 03:19:01

I didn't know my fridge had a collection tray either until I caught sight of the back of the fridge one day when we had to move it out of the kitchen completely to have new flooring laid.
There wasn't a lot of water in it as most had evaporated but the water that was there looked a bit like engine oil thanks to the dust, muck and bullets that had collected in it for the many years the fridge had lived with us.
It truly was a health hazard so it maybe you too have a foul tray and it's that which is causing your foul smell OP.

Nonnus Sun 23-Dec-12 18:04:03

How do you do this if you have a built-in fridge?

PigletJohn Sun 23-Dec-12 18:20:59


maybe you have to leave it until the heaving mass of fungal growth pushes your fridge over.

Or maybe you can get to it underneath? Perhaps the instruction say.

How do you get dead mice out from behind a built-in fridge?

HollaAtMeSanta Sun 23-Dec-12 18:45:49

This thread has upset me. I have lived in my apartment for 7 years and the fridge was there when I moved in. I have never moved it and couldn't if I wanted to as it is a monster fridge freezer and I am on my own. What do I do?

Have always vaguely wondered where the water drains to but decided it was better not to dwell on it... shock

janek Sun 23-Dec-12 21:23:39

Same here! I knew there was a hole that drained. I couldn't dwell on where to, i didn't like the thought of the answer...

tangfastico Mon 21-Mar-16 13:12:40

I shouldn't worry about health hazards. The smell may be a problem if it does smell. Just clean it out with a cable tie and cotton bud occasionally and it should be fine. I'm sure most people don't even know there's a drainage hole!

nannygoatgruffalo Sun 21-Jan-18 14:56:43

Read this entire thread and it made me laugh! Don’t tell your kids what horrors lurk at the back of your fridge! A rat ate a hole in the back of my fridge last winter and then I decided to mend it today with expanding foam. It was full of black gloop with eyes in it

BrutusMcDogface Sun 21-Jan-18 18:47:32

I use a wire curtain hanging thingy on the recommendation of someone I know. It's a built in one though, so no idea how to get the water tray thingummy out- been here nearly 10 years and haven't ever seen it, let alone done anything to it......blushenvy

DontFundHate Mon 22-Jan-18 08:49:28

Draining hole? In the fridge? shock

bouncydog Mon 22-Jan-18 21:47:13

DD moved into an apartment with an awful smell. We eventually traced it to the fridge and realised the previous tenant had spilled milk down the drainage hole. It was grim! We had to unplug and up-end the fridge and cleaned it with some special anti bacterial cleaner from the lab where she worked! The landlord even had contractors investigating the roof space for dead birds it was so awful.

Lookingtothehighlands Tue 23-Jan-18 08:42:00

I use a piece of florists wire bent back on itself about a cm or 2 to form a hook. You can fish out loads of slimy gunk. Very satisfying.

WellTidy Tue 23-Jan-18 12:26:36

Do you wrap anything around the wire/cable? Like tissue or something? I am wondering how the gunk would be able to attach to the wire. Mine is an integrated fridge so I need to be inventive!

MrTumblesSpottyHag Fri 26-Jan-18 07:30:05

Stick a straw down the drainage hole and blow in it to clear blockages.

HKPurchas Tue 24-Apr-18 23:04:04

We've just used a straw sellotaped onto the end of our turkey baster and sucked all the water out of the drain hole. Worked a treat!

Hattifattenner Wed 25-Apr-18 08:18:33

I have NO IDEA what any of this means?! Fridges have water in them?! What?! Surely they'd need plumbing in?! Huh?

brains101 Fri 11-May-18 13:49:47

Pipe cleaner, like the children's craft ones do the job nicely

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