How to Clean Refrigerator in 7 Steps
(2022 Updated)

Your refrigerator might be the most crucial kitchen appliance. It undoubtedly plays has a critical job in keeping your food fresh and bacteria-free. Regular cleanings help on both counts.


In today’s article, Zanussi Hong Kong will provide you a complete step-by-step guide on how to clean your refrigerator easily, what to use to clean refrigerator, how to clean refrigerator in and out. Learn how to do the job right so you can go longer between deep-cleans to make it shiny, clean, and odor-free once again.

The satisfaction of a sparkling-clean refrigerator


The satisfaction of a sparkling-clean refrigerator


Before the cleaning


Before we roll up our sleeves for the deep cleaning job, let’s make sure to get the following things done first:

Schedule a proper timing for your refrigerator cleaning 


Timing your refrigerator cleaning before the weekly or daily delivery of your grocery shopping will make your life easier. If yours is a refrigerator freezer, you would also want the freezer compartment as empty as possible when you start the clean-up.


Besides, you may wonder how often we should clean the refrigerator. This depends on the type and quality of the refrigerator that you own. For a regular quality refrigerator, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that you lightly clean the refrigerator at least once a week.


Of course, this is also determined by several factors that may necessitate the cleaning of the refrigerator, such as the expiry date and condition of the food stored in it.

Prepare surface area for temporary food storage


Since it’s obvious that we will need to completely empty the refrigerator before cleaning, preparing enough surface area for temporary food storage would be a good idea. You might want to empty your kitchen sink as well.

What to use to clean refrigerator?


Here is the list of supplies you will need for your cleaning:

  • Vinegar or baking soda
  • Spray bottle – the container for our food-safe cleaner made from vinegar/baking soda and hot water
  • Scrubby sponge or cloth
  • A large microfiber towel to place at the bottom of your refrigerator to absorb the water drops if any


And don’t forget a recycling bin. You can put it somewhere nearby as you might be tossing expired items.

Spray bottle – the container for our cleaner


Spray bottle – the container for our cleaner

 

Turn off & empty your refrigerator


Now turn off your refrigerator and make sure to let the plastic shelves come to room temperature before you start removing them in the next steps. Trying to remove plastic shelves from your refrigerator when it’s still cold might cause unwanted cracks or other damages.


While you are transferring all the contents of your refrigerator onto the kitchen countertops or any surface area, remember to:

  • Check for use-by dates and through away anything that’s already expired or spoiled. Our simple tips to make plant food from leftovers might come in handy here.
  • Clean the bottom of sticky jars or bottles.
  • Consider putting your perishables in a cooler, especially if you are planning for a really thorough clean.


Step-by-step on how to clean your refrigerator properly

 

Step 1: Remove & soak the shelves and drawers


Now that the refrigerator’s inside must have come to room temperature, take all the shelves and drawers out and soak them in the kitchen sink. If they won’t fit your sink, spray them with dish soap and hot water.


Leave them there while we are heading to work on the inside of the refrigerator.

Step 2: Soften the accumulated gunk from inside of the refrigerator


Spray all over the interior of your refrigerator
with the DIY vinegar solution mentioned earlier. Concentrate on areas with gunk. The simple combination of vinegar and water works like magic at cleaning up not only sticky germs, but also smelly refrigerators as well.


Leave the refrigerator’s interior to soak while you get back to the disassembled shelves and drawers earlier.

Step 3: Wash the shelves and drawers


The gunk on the shelves and drawers should be loosen by now. It’s time to wipe and clean them in dish soap water. Let them dry while you return to wash the inside of your refrigerator.

Step 4: How to clean inside of refrigerator


First, give the refrigerator walls an initial scrub to wipe out any gunk. Then, clean the refrigerator’s interior surfaces thoroughly with a soft, damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to have it rinsed and squeezed out regularly.

Clean inside of refrigerator thoroughly with a damp microfiber cloth


Clean inside of refrigerator thoroughly with a damp microfiber cloth

Step 5: Dry and reassemble all washed parts


When all the parts which are disassembled in the initial steps are dry completely, you can start having them reassembled.

Step 6: Clean jars and bottles before putting them back


It’d be pointless if we put sticky jam jars and crusty bottles back into a thoroughly cleaned refrigerator.


If you have already cleaned the bottom of those containers at the very first steps while clearing out your refrigerator, that’s pretty much all the main work. However, sometimes gunk has accumulated around the edges of the cap or the seal, so you might want to take the lid off and wash it in the sink before putting them all back to the refrigerator.

Step 7: How to clean refrigerator outside

Don’t forget to clean the outside of your refrigerator, too!


Don’t forget to clean the outside of your refrigerator, too!


Once everything is in place in your sparkling clean refrigerator, spray the vinegar solution all over the outside of the refrigerator. Then use a soft and clean microfiber cloth to wash it off. Don’t forget to give a good cleaning to the refrigerator handles, edges, and seals.


After the cleaning

 

How to turn on your refrigerator after the cleaning?


Good news – once your refrigerator is clean and dry, it's ready to go. You can turn on your refrigerator right after the cleaning without having to wait anytime at all.

Clean kitchen counters or surface areas that held food, drinks, refrigerator parts 


Don’t forget to wash your kitchen countertops or any surfaces that held your food and refrigerator parts. Give the floor a quick clean-up is also a good idea as the whole cleaning process might leave your floor dirty.


Extra tips on how to clean 2-door refrigerator


Zanussi door refrigerator give you more space for food storage


Zanussi door refrigerator give you more space for food storage


As big-sized refrigerators obviously contain a lot more stuff than 1-door counterparts, here are 2 extra tips for owners of 2 door refrigerators:

  • Use folding table or a few chairs to get more space for temporary food storage. Whatever you might use, make sure you prepare at least enough space to hold a shelf’s worth of stuff.
  • Clean shelf by shelf: Not everyone has enough space on kitchen countertops to hold all the stuff taken from the refrigerator before cleaning. So, working shelf by shelf is the go-to cleaning method for owners of side-by-side, 4-door, 2-door, or any big refrigerators. By doing so, your perishables won’t be left out for too long.


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