Our Best Fridge Cleaning Tips

Wipe Fridge Shelves

Put time in your cleaning schedule to keep your fridge in like-new shape.


Unpleasant odors, dried-up spills, unsightly stains: The wear and tear on your refrigerator needs periodic cleaning. These seven steps make it super-simple to get a sparkling-clean fridge.

1. Remove everything from both freezer and refrigerator. Take out all food containers and any removable elements, including drawers and shelves.

2. Throw away any food containers or items that are expired or old. Scrub containers that have stains or spills.

3. Wash refrigerator and freezer shelves and drawers in warm, soapy water (use the sink, or use the bathtub if the pieces are oversize). Dry.

4. Use a sponge or rag and warm soapy water or a multipurpose cleaner, scrub the inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Don't forget the inside of the doors. Follow this how-to to clean your water and ice dispenser.

Replace Fridge Shelves and Drawers

5. Put the shelves and drawers back in the refrigerator.

6. Put the clean food jars and containers back inside the refrigerator.

7. Using a vacuum hose or a long-handled duster, clean underneath the refrigerator. View cleaning solutions for these hard-to-reach spots.

8. Wipe the exterior, including the top, with these tips for cleaning stainless steel.

Replace Fridge Shelves and Drawers

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