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How to clean your refrigerator – helpful tips

Learn how to clean your fridge effectively and efficiently

Cleaning the inside of your refrigerator isn’t fun, but it is essential. Wiping down shelves, drawers and interior walls can help eliminate stains and odors. It also helps clear away mold spores or bacteria that can spoil food. Not sure how to get started? Our guide gives you practical tips on how to clean a fridge and keep it in better shape between cleanings.

1) Before you clean your refrigerator, remove and take stock of your food

When you start cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, turn off the power (via the fusebox) or unplug your appliance. Next, remove all of the food from your refrigerator and freezer, placing it in coolers so everything is stored safely. Use this opportunity to throw away any spoiled or expired food, and then take out removable shelves and drawers. Let these items warm to room temperature before washing.

The inside of an empty stainless steel refrigerator.

2) Deep clean the refrigerator with a mild cleanser

When cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, look for a non-abrasive cleaner that degreases and can help kill mold, mildew and germs. Thoroughly wipe down the walls, ceiling and bottom of your refrigerator with the cleaner, then rinse it with a soft, damp cloth. Do the same with the drawers and shelves, then dry all surfaces completely before reinstalling the shelves and drawers.

3) Clean underneath your refrigerator as well

Cleaning the inside of your refrigerator helps prevent mold, mildew and odors, but did you know that it’s important to clean underneath your refrigerator as well? Using a specialized cleaning wand, gently sweep under the bottom of your refrigerator to clean the condenser coils.

4) Cleaning the outside of your refrigerator is important, too

After you clean the inside of your fridge, take a few moments to clean the door seals, doors and handles with a mix of mild dish soap and water, then dry everything thoroughly (especially the door seals). Clean the doors with a specially formulated kitchen and appliance cleaner to avoid streaks or residue.