How to Clean Refrigerator

You may think you know everything about cleaning a refrigerator. Still we suggest you to follow our efficient and cost-effective recommendations which will help you keep your refrigerator clean and even extend its lifetime. Thus, these handy tips will save your time, money and nerves.

So first things first:

Cleaning Products

Empty your refrigerator from all food. Try to plan cleaning before your next shopping, when your refrigerator is not filled up. During hot summer period put food into a cooler. In case, you don’t have a cooler, you may leave food out for a secure time – 1 hour. If you fulfil cleaning in winter time, you may place your food outside without having to worry that food will be spoiled.

Any aged, moldy or “suspicious” food is to be thrown away. Check expiry dates of products. After such a so-called “revision”, you will be surprised by the amount of food to be thrown into a trash bin. Get rid of those products you don’t intend to eat in the near future or you don’t like them at all.

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Is Disinfectant OK

It is not OK. Avoid using any disinfectants inside a refrigerator. Disinfectants contain strong chemical components which may cause unacceptable health risks. That’s why keep disinfectants far away from contact with food. For cleaning purposes you may use any dishwashing soap, baking soda, apple cider vinegar. Apply toothpaste to remove the most stubborn stains. There are many other natural cleaners you may find in grocery supermarkets, and which are to be safe to clean a refrigerator. Before using any cleanser, carefully learn list of its label and follow the instructions.

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The Best Cleaning Methods

After having removed all your food out of your refrigerator, it is ready to be cleaned. An empty refrigerator in particular will give you an ability to clean all surfaces and the most outermost areas. Pull out all shelves, drawers and other removable elements. You may leave them for a while in some basin filled with warm water and your preferred cleanser. Such a soak will ease their cleaning.

One of the best cleaning cloth are a microfiber or a sponge – they neither fall to pieces nor leave particles. Thoroughly wipe all surfaces with a recommended cloth.

Even the most intractable stains are easily removed with baking soda and water. Produce a paste using these ingredients and leave it on stains for an hour. You will see awesome results of magical effect of this paste. Afterwards, just rinse surfaces and areas with clean water.

Cleaning Methods

Preventative Measures

What can you fulfil to prevent frequent cleaning of your refrigerator?

Regularly check expiration dates on products to make sure they are still good. Throw all inedible products and those ones which have any signs of getting moldy.   

As soon as you notice any spills and splatters, clean them up at once, since they may be a reason of an unpleasant smell.

Baking soda is an excellent mean for absorbing fridge odor. Place a small plastic box filled with a baking soda on the bottom of your refrigerator. Change boxes every two months.

If your refrigerator doesn’t have a no-frost system, defrost your freezer every 3-4 months.

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Cleaning Refrigerator in steps

So, let’s review the key steps of cleaning:

  •   Take all food out. Check expiration dates on products. Throw all inedible food.
  •   Remove all removable shelves, drawers and other parts. Soak them in warm soapy water.
  •   Wipe and rinse areas and surfaces either with a microfiber or sponge.
  •   Use mix of baking soda and water to get out stubborn stains.
  •   Conduct preventative measures.

Besides, we insist on paying a thorough attention on the following areas:


While cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, don’t use any strongly scented cleansers because food may absorb their smell. We propose to produce natural cleansers: make a mix of baking soda and warm water. You may also use apple cider vinegar: 1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water.

Don’t forget about the inside of the fridge doors. Since it is regularly used, thoroughly wipe shelving spaces with cleanser and a microfiber.

Dry off all removable shelves and drawers and place them back into your refrigerator.

Now it is a turn to return food back. Wipe off all bottles and jars before placing them back.


Move your refrigerator forward in order to have access to all its parts. Use an appliance glide to avoid scratching your floor. Now you can easily clean all exterior surfaces: front, back, top and sides having used a microfiber and a cleanser.

There may be coils in your refrigerator’s model. In that case follow our instructions described below.

Condenser Coils are Dirty

Cleaning the Condenser Coils and Fan Blade

Debris and dust on condenser coils and fan may complicate the work of your refrigerator. In order to prevent it, try to clean these parts every six months.

Each model has diverse position of coils: along the back of the unit, under a unit or in front of it. In order to clean the coils and fan properly, apply a coil brush. Then you may use a vacuum cleaner with a brush to remove debris and dust. Use of any cleanser is forbidden.


Replacing Your Water Filter

Replacing water filter must be in time – every six months. Worn-out filter may be a source of debris clogging and unpleasant odor. You may contact Care & Repair to ask for required water filter. We have details to all models of refrigerator: Whirlpool, Samsung, Frigidaire, LG, Bosch, Maytag, Liebherr and many others. We will definitely supply a necessary water filter to your refrigerator around Toronto. Warranty is up to 1 year.

Now your fridge is completely clean and ready to perform a smooth functioning.  

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