How to Clean a Refrigerator


Greetings and thanks for taking the time to visit – if you need help or tips with cleaning your refrigerator, then take a quick look through this post that will give you 10 simple steps that you can follow.

A neat and clean refrigerator not only looks good but it is also healthy. A dirty refrigerator can be a host of molds, yeast, bacteria, other harmful organisms and chemicals that can cause disease. Cleaning a refrigerator and making it free from all these harmful things is not difficult. Just follow these simple guidelines and your refrigerator will be spick and span in no time. The best time to clean the refrigerator is when you have the lowest level of food in it before you are doing your weekly groceries.

Step 1—Turn off Power

Whenever you want to do some work on your electrical appliances, be sure to turn off power, preferably from the circuit breaker or if that is not convenient, pull the plug from the electrical socket.

Step 2 -- Empty the refrigerator

Take out all food and vegetables, raw, cooked and frozen out the refrigerator and the freezer compartment. Take out all the trays and removable racks, shelves and empty them.

Step 3 – Wash the trays and racks

Wash all the trays racks, shelves, glass in the kitchen sink with warm water and dishwasher liquid, using a soft sponge.  For heavy stains use a soft brush to scrub down any stains. Avoid using very hot water especially for glass items.

Step 4 – Clean the inside

Next, clean the insides with a damp sponge. Avoid using soap or a strong detergent. Instead, make your own cleaning liquid my making adding 2 tablespoon baking soda in a quart of warm water. Also add 1/3rd quart apple cider vinegar. Use this mixture clean the stains on the inside of the refrigerator. This will not only clean the interior but also remove any smells lingering inside. Clean the racks in the door and also clean the gasket that seals the door. The gasket is notoriously difficult to clean so you may use a soft toothbrush to clean the hard to reach seams of the gasket.

Step 5 – Drying it

Sponge off any water that may have accumulated. Also, dry the entire interior with a fresh dry cleaning cloth. Dry the gasket, making sure that no water has accumulated in the seams.

Step 6 – Putting it all in

Now put back all the shelves and rack in their original positions. Make sure that they fit in their groves.

Step 7 – Clean the exteriors

Clean the outer surface of the refrigerator with the sponge with a mild detergent, all the while make sure that no water drips onto the cooling mechanism, at the back of the refrigerator.

Step 8 – Clean the cooling coils

There are condenser coils which are located at the back in most models of the refrigerators. These condenser coils give off heat, which is extracted from within the refrigerator. Using a soft brush remove any dust or debris from the cooling coils. This will improve the cooling efficiency of your refrigerator.

Step 9 – Check food items

Before returning the food items into the fridge, this is a good time to check and remove any moldy or rotten items. Check expiry labels of any food and drinks cans or cartons and remove any expired items. Return all remaining items in their proper shelves.

Step 10 – Power up

Turn on the electrical power and adjust the thermostat as per your desired temperature.


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