DIY Refrigerator Mats

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Cleaning is definitely not one of my favorite things to do! I’d rather being reading a book or spending time outside. When it comes to cleaning the refrigerator, I’m pretty sure I’d rather clean anything else in the house, even the toilet!{Seriously, I despise that darn refrigerator!} It never fails, when something spills I am always the one to find it. Last week, it was a quart jar of pickles. It tipped over on the top shelf and the juice ran down all 3 shelves and pooled in the bottom of the refrigerator. Refrigerator shelves is a whole other blog post, who in the world decided it was a good idea to put heavy glass shelves that need cleaned frequently in a refrigerator?? There has to be an easier way to get this darn refrigerator to stay clean.

DIY Refrigerator Mats

I picked up my new bottle of Palmolive® Multi Surface Dish Soap, yes a soap to wash your dishes that also serves as a multi surface cleaner, and got to work cleaning up pickle juice and other unmentionable dirty refrigerator stuff. As I lugged those heavy glass shelves in and out, I remembered a few months back I had seen someone selling refrigerator mats. Mats that overlay your shelves and can be wiped clean of spills and yuk! If there is a way to save time and do less cleaning , I am all for it!

diy refrigerator placemats

Even though I am very “uncrafty” I was sure DIY Refrigerator Mats was something even I could handle. All you need is plastic place mats and a pair of scissors. You may need a tape measure or paper to make a template. I couldn’t find a darn tape measure, so I used paper templates to measure my refrigerator mats.

Palmolive Multi Surface

To get started you will need to remove everything from the refrigerator and clean it thoroughly. Refrigerators are full of yucky stuff and can breed bacteria. “Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces.” Killing bacteria and cleaning all in one shot. Another time saver for me!


I have been putting this project off for a few weeks, okay maybe months. I happened to have a large supply of plastic place mats on hand, from clearance last summer. They are so pretty and I seriously, I was just waiting for the perfect project to pop up so I could put these beauties to good use. These Refrigerator Mats are going to make my refrigerator the envy of the neighborhood!

refrigerator mats

Once you and Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap have tackled that bacteria and have the refrigerator sparkling clean, it’s time to cut your mats. Actually in my refrigerator, I put two place mats beside each other and they fit perfectly on my shelves. They overlap slightly, but I chose not to cut them and they are working out just fine. Remember, I like to save time!


I did have to break down and actually have to cut the place mats I used for my door shelves, produce drawers and lunch meat drawer. I couldn’t find the tape measure, so I cut pieces of freezer paper for templates to prevent waste. I am sure your house isn’t as chaotic as mine and you’ll find a tape measure. Measure each section you want to cover and cut accordingly.


With the help of ten place mats and Palmolive® Multi Surface I had a sparkling clean refrigerator and the DIY Refrigerator Mats turned out better than I expected. I am looking forward to wiping up spills easily and when I do have to clean the refrigerator, hopefully the Refrigerator Mats will mean less cleaning time. Less time cleaning means more time for reading!

finished refrigerator

Here’s a shot of the now clean and full refrigerator. Look at all that stuff! How in the heck can these college aged kids open the refrigerator door and say we have nothing to eat?? Ahh, I bet they are only opening the door so they can see these awesome DIY Refrigerator Mats. (They probably won’t believe I made them!)


You can find Palmolive® Multi Surface in the dish detergent aisle at your local Walmart store. While you are there, check out their selection of place mats so  you can save time and money, too!

DIY Refrigerator mats final

How do you save time when doing cleaning tasks?


Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    Cynthia Knisely
    April 22, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I absolutely love your review of refrigerater mats. I never would of thought of it. It is awesome

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    Sarah J
    April 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Popping over from Inspire Me Monday=) What a quick and easy project to keep future fridge clean ups quick and easy =) I might have to pop by walmart today. Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 8pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

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    Alyssa @ Piece of Home
    April 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Cool! Good idea! It makes the fridge look pretty too!

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    Teresa @ Crafty Wife
    April 29, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I love these mats! I did this a while ago in my refrigerator and it cut down my cleaning time in half, which is always great. Thank you for sharing this project on The Wednesday Roundup this week! I’m also sharing this on my blog facebook page.

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    Samantha K
    April 30, 2015 at 2:47 am

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have 3 little ones that spill milk and juice in the refrigerator almost every day. It is frustrating cleaning it up and sometimes I don’t notice it right away (and they don’t tell me) and the next thing I know things are stuck to the shelves and it’s a mess. I can’t wait to try this!! #client

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    Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle
    April 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Popping over from the Your Turn to Shine link party! I love this idea…I am like you, cleaning the refrigerator is a job that I HATE! I need these mats in my life ASAP! We would love for you to share with us at Party in Your PJs, our weekly link party.

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    April 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    I dig this idea. I also dig the color on your mats. I think I need to do this, my question is, how well do the mats stay in place?

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      Michele Brosius
      May 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Deedra, The mats do not move. I think the moisture in the refrigerator holds them in place. I did notice some of the paint is getting scratched on the placemats, but no biggie to me. I’ll just get a new set after a few washings.

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    May 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

    This is a great idea! I’m going to try this!! Thank you for linking up with us at Idea Box link party!

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    Joanne/WineLady Cooks
    May 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I love your DIY refrigerator mats, a genius idea everyone can do. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday party this weekend. Pinning/sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – We hope to see you again next week!
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    May 5, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    love these great idea ! #homemattersparty

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    May 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I am definitely envious of your beautiful refrigerator! 🙂
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    June 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I never thought about making mats like this! These are gorgeous and help to keep the fridge clean. I want to try making these and thanks for the idea.

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