How to Clean a Refrigerator

A refrigerator is a cooling appliance where food is stored and is used to reduce the rate of spoilage of food. It is the core of the kitchen. All families depend on it to store all perishable foods safely until they are ready to be used and cooked. Unfortunately, not all families know how to take care of their refrigerator like stuffing it full with food and forgetting about the leftovers. There are even spills from mayonnaise, ketchup or other liquid components of food that crystallize or cause stains inside the refrigerator. Even worse, forgotten rotten food inside can give off an unpleasant odor.


It takes time when cleaning the refrigerator. There is a specific set of instructions on how to properly clean a refrigerator since it is one of the many appliances in the household that needs to be handled with utmost care. Before starting to clean the refrigerator, turn off the temperature-control knob inside. If the refrigerator has a drip pan underneath, also remove it for cleaning. The next step is to take all the food and other contents out of the refrigerator. Properly segregate them by throwing away any food that is moldy or spoiled. Take all the removable parts out of the refrigerator, including the shelves, wire racks and drawers, etc. Place them all in the sink filled with warm, soapy water, hand-wash them, and then rinse them in warm water again. Let these removable parts drain in a dish rack, on paper towels or on newspapers.

Also, remove any food matter from the bottom of the refrigerator. Wash and rinse the inside of the refrigerator with a sponge or dishcloth and with warm water. Once this step is done, place all shelves, wire racks and drawers back inside the refrigerator. In addition to how to clean refrigerator, wash the outside of the refrigerator and the gasket with warm, soapy water, rinse and wipe dry. Once the entire cleaning is done, turn the temperature control knob inside the refrigerator back to the recommended setting and return the food to the refrigerator.

There are several easy steps on how to properly maintain the cleanliness of the refrigerator, like wiping up spills immediately and throwing out rotten food every week. It is necessary to clean the refrigerator to ensure the freshness and the safety of the food. Additional tips include cleaning condenser coils, which are usually located in the front of the refrigerator behind a metal plate near the floor, by vacuuming them constantly (like on a monthly basis) to prevent dust buildup. Also, one thing to take note of is by avoiding the use of harsh cleaners or rubbing pads in cleaning the refrigerator. Odor removers are also helpful in the overall cleaning of the refrigerator which includes toothpaste, baking soda, charcoal, and coffee.

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Nilda Nora

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