MJ Pinto |

Published: September 13, 2023

A Fresh Start: How to Clean Your Refrigerator

Our refrigerators are workhorses in the kitchen, tirelessly keeping our food fresh and safe to eat. Over time, however, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and odors if not properly maintained. Regularly cleaning your refrigerator is not only essential for hygiene but also helps extend the lifespan of your appliance. In this post, we’ll guide you through the steps to clean your refrigerator effectively and efficiently.

Materials Needed:

  • Warm, soapy water
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Microfiber cloths or sponges
  • Toothbrush or soft-bristle brush
  • Empty spray bottles
  • A cooler or a second refrigerator to temporarily store food
  • Optional: Fragrance-free disinfectant wipes

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Preparation:

  • Start by unplugging your refrigerator or turning it off at the circuit breaker. This will save energy and ensure your safety during the cleaning process.
  • Empty the contents of your fridge into a cooler or a second refrigerator, or place perishables on a countertop with ice packs to keep them cool.
  • Remove all removable parts such as shelves, drawers, and door bins. These can be cleaned separately.

2. Interior Cleaning:

  • Mix warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap in a bucket or large bowl.
  • Dip a microfiber cloth or sponge into the soapy water and wipe down all interior surfaces, including the walls, shelves, and drawers.
  • Pay special attention to spills and stains. Use a toothbrush or soft-bristle brush to scrub away any stubborn residue.
  • Rinse the cloth or sponge frequently and change the soapy water as needed.

3. Deodorize:

  • To eliminate any lingering odors, prepare a solution of one part white vinegar and three parts water in a spray bottle.
  • Spritz this solution onto the interior surfaces and wipe them down with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Alternatively, you can leave an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors. Replace it every three months for best results.

4. Exterior Cleaning:

  • Wipe down the exterior of the refrigerator with a clean, damp cloth or sponge.
  • Pay attention to handles, buttons, and any exposed coils on the back or underneath the fridge.
  • For stainless steel surfaces, use a stainless steel cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water to maintain shine.

5. Replace and Organize:

  • Once the interior and exterior are clean and dry, replace all the removable parts back into the fridge.
  • Organize your food items neatly, checking expiration dates and disposing of anything past its prime.

6. Power Up:

  • Plug the refrigerator back in or turn it on at the circuit breaker.
  • Allow the refrigerator to cool down for about an hour before returning the perishable items.

7. Regular Maintenance:

  • Make it a habit to clean your refrigerator every 3-4 months or more frequently if spills occur.
  • Be mindful of food storage practices to prevent future spills and maintain a clean fridge.

A clean refrigerator not only ensures the safety and freshness of your food but also helps your appliance run efficiently. By following these simple steps and making refrigerator cleaning a regular part of your household routine, you’ll enjoy a fresher and more hygienic kitchen environment. So, roll up your sleeves and give your fridge the TLC it deserves!

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