How to Deep Clean Your Fridge
Regularly wiping down the interior of your fridge is a cleaning best practice, but twice a year it’s a good idea to give your fridge a deeper clean both on the inside and the outside. Read on for how-to deep clean your fridge.
Tools for Deep Cleaning Your Fridge
- Recycling bin / compost bin / trash bag to collect expired food items
- Sponge or cleaning cloth for scrubbing
- Microfiber cloth for drying
- Multipurpose cleaner or dish soap with water
- Vacuum and soft brush attachment (for cleaning exterior condenser coils)
How to Deep Clean Your Fridge Interior
- Remove all food and condiments and toss any that have expired.
- Remove any shelves or removable drawers and wash with soap and water
- For more scrubbing power, sprinkle surfaces with baking soda before scrubbing with a damp sponge
- Use a sponge, warm water, and dish soap to wipe down the interior of the fridge and freezer
- Wipe dry with a microfiber cloth
- To eliminate lingering odors, spray a mix of one part water, one part vinegar, and a few drops of lemon essential oil and let sit for a minute or two before wiping dry
How to Deep Clean the Exterior of Your Refrigerator
- Unplug your refrigerator and pull it away from the wall
- Locate the condenser coils – according to GE Appliances, they will be located either under the refrigerator behind the base grille, on the back of the refrigerator, or on the top of the refrigerator (NOTE: not all refrigerators have condenser coils in a location that can be cleaned by the consumer)
- Brush, vacuum, and wipe down the condenser coils (I recommend following these more detailed instructions by GE Appliances)
- If you have a plastic covering at the base of your fridge, remove it and vacuum underneath
- Wash the plastic covering with soap and water then dry completely before reattaching
- Cleaning tips for stainless steel appliances
- Clean enamel fridge exteriors with soapy water, a 1 part vinegar 1 part water cleaning solution, or rubbing alcohol for stubborn grease stains
Ready to put everything back? Here is a helpful article from Real Simple about how to organize the contents of your fridge.
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Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.