From the Fridge to the Freezer: A Guide to Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Are you tired of your refrigerator being a cluttered mess? Do you feel like you can never seem to keep it clean for more than a day or two? Well, today is your lucky day! 

In this blog post, we're going to teach you how to clean your refrigerator in just a few simple steps. So read on, and start decluttering that fridge of yours!

How Often Should You Clean Your Refrigerator?

This is a question that gets asked a lot, and there isn't really a definitive answer. Some experts say that you should clean your fridge once a week, while others say that once a month is sufficient. 

Ultimately, it depends on how often you use your fridge and how dirty it tends to get. 

If you have a family of four who likes to eat many home-cooked meals, then you'll probably need to clean your fridge more often than someone who lives alone and only eats out.

What Cleaning Supplies Do You Need?

Again, this depends on how dirty your fridge is. If it's just a light cleaning, then you only need some soapy water and a sponge. But if it's been a while since you've given your fridge a good cleaning, you might need more robust supplies, like white vinegar or baking soda.

That said, some standard cleaning supplies that you'll need for any type of fridge cleaning include:

  • Sponges
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Bucket
  • Soap (dish soap or all-purpose cleaner)
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Baking soda (optional)

Alternatively, you can buy a commercial fridge cleaner at your local grocery store. Some people prefer these, as they can be more effective at removing tough stains and smells.

How to Clean Your Refrigerator From Start to Finish

Now that you know what supplies you need, it's time to start cleaning! Follow these simple steps, and your fridge will look spick and span in no time.

Cleaning the Inside of Your Fridge

First things first: you need to empty out your fridge. This means taking out all of the food and any removable shelves or drawers. If you have a lot of food, you can put it in a cooler or a second fridge (if you have one). Otherwise, just put it all in a big box or on the counter.

Once your fridge is empty, it's time to start cleaning. Take out your sponge and soap and start scrubbing down the inside of your fridge. Don't forget to get the top, sides, shelves, and drawers (if they're removable). If you're using a commercial cleaner, follow the instructions on the bottle.

If you're dealing with tough stains or smells, you can try using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Rinse the area well afterward, as you don't want your food to taste like vinegar!

Another option is to make a paste out of baking soda and water. Rub this onto any stubborn stains, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it away.

Once you're finished cleaning the inside of your fridge, give it a once-over with a clean sponge and some plain water. This will remove any soap residue and leave your fridge smelling fresh and clean.

Cleaning the Outside of Your Fridge

Now it's time to move on to the outside of your fridge. Unplug your fridge and dust it with a clean rag or paper towel. Get the top, sides, and front of your fridge. If your fridge has a stainless steel finish, you can use a special cleaner designed for this material.

Once you're finished dusting, move on to cleaning the coils. These are usually located on the back of your fridge and can get quite dirty over time. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any dust or debris accumulated on the coils.

Finally, wipe down the door gasket (the rubber seal that runs along the edge of the door) with a damp rag. This will help keep your fridge sealed tight, preventing cold air from escaping and saving you money on your energy bill.

And that's it! Your fridge is now clean from top to bottom. Just be sure to give it a good cleaning every few months to keep it in tip-top shape.


Cleaning your fridge may not be the most fun task on your to-do list, but it's definitely necessary. Following these simple steps, you can quickly get your fridge to look and smell like new. Just be sure to do it regularly; your fridge will serve you well for years.

And, if you're looking for some help, you can always hire a professional cleaning service to do it for you.

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