Midsection of janitor cleaning refrigerator with spray bottle and sponge

How to clean the refrigerator

Following the stove, the refrigerator is the most important appliance in the kitchen. That’s where we keep most of our food. However, we are often very careless – from spills, spoiled foods, etc. This is why cleaning is so important. To help you create a complete guide, with helpful tips on how to clean the refrigerator.

What you will need to clean the refrigerator:

Liquid soap
Sponge
Soft cloths
Toothbrush
Hot water
Plenty of space at the table.

Essential steps to clean the refrigerator:

1. Switch off the refrigerator (optional)

If you need to clean the refrigerator thoroughly it may be best to turn it off to save electricity. However, pay attention during the process not to damage the quality of food.

2. Remove food

Evaluate the damage. Throw away any spoiled foods. Those still in good condition keep them in a bowl with ice. (Do the same with the freezer).

3. Clean the removable areas

Remove shelves, drawers and the like to clean the refrigerator. Then scrub each container with a sponge, along with warm soapy water. Finally, let it dry.

Tip: Never wash a glass shelf with hot water immediately when cleaning the refrigerator. The sudden change in temperature will cause the glass to crack, or crack. Instead, use cold water, or allow the shelf to adjust to room temperature before washing it.

4. The interior spaces

Clean the interior with your favorite product. Use a damp sponge or a clean towel. Always work from top to bottom to avoid splashing on areas that are already clean. Pay attention to the seams of the shelves, the rubber door seal and the back of the refrigerator. At this stage, you can use an old toothbrush. Finally, clean the interior doors.

Tip: If you do not want to clean with the chemical detergent you can always use baking soda, apple cider vinegar, or even toothpaste – indicated to eliminate difficult stains.

5. Clean shelves and drawers

Now that it has taken time for the shelves and the drawers to dry, you can put them back in the fridge. Take special care with the glass shelves as they can be slippery. 

6. Dry interior

To ensure that the inside of the refrigerator is completely dry, wipe with a clean cloth. Do not forget to also dry the interior door areas.

7. Everything in its proper place

After cleaning the refrigerator replace all food, as well as bottles and bottles – all properly cleaned. Also, make sure all containers are dry by wiping excess water thoroughly with a dry cloth. If you turned off the refrigerator in the first step, it’s time to turn it back on.

8. Almost ready

After cleaning the refrigerator inside, pay attention to the outside. Remove the magnets and discard the outdated coupons, among other items. Afterward, make a quick clean with hot/warm water and a mild detergent. Starting at the top and down to the bottom. If your refrigerator is made of stainless steel use a soft cloth (not scratch) and vinegar, or the product you usually wipe with the glass so that the surface is shiny. Also, remember to wipe the rubber gasket around the edges with soap and water.

Final considerations

Cleaning the fridge regularly is essential to avoid. As soon as you notice spills, or stains, clean immediately. Every three months do a thorough cleaning. A refrigerator with bad odors is not favorable for the conservation of food. As you know, to ensure that the food you keep in the refrigerator is in perfect condition, it is imperative that this appliance is always clean.