How to Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

Keep your refrigerator clean and smelling fresh with these simple tips.

You will need

  • Cooler with ice
  • Bathtub or large tub
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Sponges and rags
  • Airtight containers
  • Vinegar (optional)

Step 1 Remove items Remove all items from your refrigerator, placing food and dairy products in a cooler if you’re worried about taking a long time.

Step 2 Remove shelves Remove the drawers, shelves, and racks, and place them in the bathtub or large tub.

Step 3 Spray Spray the drawers, shelves, and racks with a solution of half water and half bleach. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Step 4 Clean the walls Clean the outside and inside of the refrigerator with a solution of half water and half white vinegar.

Step 5 Throw away spoiled food Throw away any food that is spoiled or past the expiration date.

Step 6 Wipe rims Wipe the rims of salad dressing, jam, and ketchup containers with warm water before putting them back in the refrigerator.

Step 7 Keep in airtight containers Keep leftovers in airtight containers. Clean spills right away before they become dry.

Step 8 Clean often Clean fridge every six to 12 months to keep it sparkling clean and mess-free.