If you love your kitchen, you know there is no better feeling than opening your refrigerator to a clean and sparkling interior. Shelves are organized, drawers are in order, and the surfaces remain free of sticky stains and food particles.
As good as the idea of a sparkling clean refrigerator sounds, it's the act of actually cleaning your refrigerator that remains to be intimidating. It's easy to get overwhelmed when you think about scrubbing at that hardened puddle of juice on the bottom of the fridge or cleaning up that can of sticky soda that spilled over two weeks ago.
Like all things in life, however, sometimes all it takes is a few tips & tricks and a (little bit) of elbow grease. Cleaning the refrigerator is a manageable task when you have an idea of where to start and a list of steps to help keep you organized.
Your refrigerator is where you go to replenish, refuel, and rehydrate. You deserve to have it sparkling! Here are 10 Steps to a Sparkling Clean Refrigerator.
Things You'll Need
Microfiber cloth (optional)
Stainless steel sponge (optional)
Old toothbrush (optional)
1.) Unplug your refrigerator
This step can be done at your discretion, but if your fridge is in need of a serious scrub down you might want to unplug it to conserve energy. Keeping the door open while you try to scrub stubborn spills will raise the temperature and make your fridge work harder to keep your food cold when you're ready to return it to the unit.
2.) Empty it all
Take everything out of the refrigerator and set it aside on the countertop. Throw away or recycle any food that is expired or stale, then grouping items into categories to make the process easier when you’re ready to put everything away. This is a good time to evaluate if your fridge is organized to your liking.
3.) Remove all drawers & shelves
Remove any shelves or produce drawers from your refrigerator that are in need of a good scrub down.
4.) Give them a bath
Wash your drawers and shelves in a sink full of soapy water, scrubbing them clean of any sticky stains or food particles. If your drawers won’t fit in your sink, you can still scrub them with a sponge and hot water, or take them to the bathroom for a soak in the bath. You can even take them outside for a good old fashioned hose down!
5.) Spray the interior
Using a multipurpose cleaner or a homemade vinegar solution, spray the entire interior of the fridge. Spray generously on any sticky spots of spilled food or liquid, letting the cleaner sit for 15 seconds or so.
Want more cleaning tips? Check out our guide to a sparkling clean freezer.
6.) Scrub stubborn spills
Using the abrasive side of your sponge or a stainless steel cleaner, gently scrub down any stubborn spots where the cleaner has already penetrated. Use the old toothbrush to get into crevices and tight corners, cleaning away any caked up debris.
7.) Wipe down
Take your clean dish towel or paper towel and wipe down the interior of the fridge, polishing the surfaces and removing any leftover cleaner. Wipe down the walls and shelves, paying special attention to the shelf seams and the rubber door seal.
8.) Replace drawers & shelves
After drying and polishing with a dish towel, replace all the drawers and shelves that you took from the refrigerator.
9.) Clean and replace all food
Wipe down all the bottles, jars, and containers that you took from the refrigerator with a damp cloth. Make sure that the lids and sides are free of any messy or sticky residue. Replace them back in the fridge, organizing them to your liking.
10.) Wipe down the exterior
Gently wipe down the exterior of your fridge with a damp cloth and dry immediately with a soft dish towel or microfiber cloth. If you have a stainless steel fridge, make sure to dry in the direction of the grain to prevent streaking.
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