How To Clean Your Fridge

The refrigerator is the favorite of the kitchen. We safely store our perishable food here until ready to eat. Unfortunately, we do not use refrigerators in the best way. We can fill more than necessary, we know what to throw away, we clean it until the crumbs crystallize. Despite all this, we start to complain instantly even when there is a slight odor. Here are the steps we will tell you how to clean your refrigerator:

How to Clean the Refrigerator

1-Remove Food

Throw away all past foods. Empty your fridge by putting your edible food in ice for a while and prepare it for cleaning.

2-Remove the shelves and drawers

If there are any pieces that can be removed in the refrigerator, remove them and set them aside. You can also wash racks or drawers made of plastic or metal under warm water with the help of dish soap. However, to prevent the ceramic or glass pieces from breaking or cracking, you will have to wait until they come to room temperature to wash them.

3-Wipe the inside of the refrigerator

Mix some dish soap and hot water and wipe the inside of the refrigerator with a cloth. You can start wiping from the upper parts to prevent dirty water from dripping on the parts you wipe. You can use a plastic sponge or cleaner for stubborn and adhering stains. Another option would be to leave a heated cloth in this area and wait for it to dissolve for a few minutes. After this process, the stain will soften and be easy to remove. Then rinse it several times with clean and damp cloths to make sure that it is cleaned. Notice the indents and protrusions, as well as the areas where stains can accumulate. Finally, you can wipe the inside of the cover.

4-Clean the shelves and drawers

Now, after your shelves and drawers get a little warm, you can wash them with the help of dish soap and hot water and then let them dry. You should be careful, especially when carrying glassware. You can use dish gloves to prevent breakage and injury.

5-Dry the inside

Use a clean and dry cloth or towel. Wipe them beautifully to make sure the inside of the refrigerator is completely dry. Do not forget to wipe the inside of the cover and dry it.

6-Place food back

Place the food in the fridge. In this step, you can also clean your jars or pots that are dirty outside. In this case, you should make sure that you use clean and dry cloths when cleaning.

7-Clean the Freezer

Repeat the steps described above for your freezer. The best thing about freezers is that spills that will require long scrubs do not usually occur here. That's why cleaning the outdated products is the most important part. If your freezer requires a deeper cleaning, you can repeat the above operations again.

8-Clean the outside

Starting from the top, you should wipe the outside of your refrigerator beautifully with the help of hot water and a dish soap. If you have a stainless steel refrigerator, you should use a sponge or cloth that will not scratch here, and you can also use vinegar or glass cleaner to polish the exterior. You should not forget to wipe the sealed plastic in the corners of the lid with warm water and dish soap. Dirt that accumulates here can cause the seal to break.

9-Seasonal: Dropper cleaning

Some refrigerators have a dropper section that collects condensed air and can be removed. In this case, you should find the dropper part and remove it. It is usually placed in the upper parts. Before you put the dropper back on, you should clean it with warm water and washing-up liquid. You can also use bleach if necessary. If you are not sure, check the instructions for use of the refrigerator. Then dry the dropper and put it back on.

10-Seasonal: Clean Refrigerator Coils.

Unplug the refrigerator and move the refrigerator forward carefully and slowly. If the refrigerator coils are at the back, you can clean this part using the brush head of your vacuum cleaner. On some side models, the coils may be buried at the top, bottom or at the back of the refrigerator. In some, ventilators may even be screwed onto the coils. In these models, it would be much better to follow the instructions for use for cleaning. After the process is over, put the refrigerator back in and plug it in.

Refrigerator Cleaning Tips

1-As soon as the stains occur, you can both keep your refrigerator clean and use it for a longer period of time thanks to small steps such as wiping, cleaning old food weekly.

2-You can use a packet of baking soda to prevent odors in the refrigerator or freezer. This will be especially useful if you do not want the onion ring scent to fall into the cold water in the refrigerator.

You Will Need
  • Ice and cooler
  • Lots of clean fabric-cloth
  • -Dish Soap
  • -Hot water
  • -A plastic, anti-scratch cleaner or sponge
  • Vinegar or glass cleaner (for stainless steel models)
  • -Dishwashing gloves
  • -Bleach
  • Electric broom (with brush attachment)