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The easy way to clean the fridge – keeping it fresh, clean and well organised in just a few minutes – easy cleaning tips that work! 

How To Clean The Fridge

Keeping the fridge clean and well organised is really important.

After all it’s where you keep your food and if you don’t keep the fridge clean it will become a bacteria magnet…

It’s actually super easy to keep the fridge clean and organised it’ll just take a couple of minutes every day and then a deep clean weekly.

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Clean The Fridge As You Use It

This is the best way to ensure your fridge stays clean!

  • Every time you use an item from the fridge be sure to wipe off any spills or drips on the bottles, that way the fridge won’t get sticky.
  • Wipe up any spills in the fridge as soon as they happen.

How To Clean The Fridge Weekly

The fridge needs a thorough weekly clean – it’s best to do this the day before you do the weekly shop.

  • Remove all the food from the fridge – throw away any food that’s past it’s use by date or spoiled.
  • Run a sink of warm (NOT HOT) water – add some dishwashing liquid and a cup of vinegar. This helps cut through any grease and will leave glass and plastic squeaky clean.
  • Remove all the shelves, door compartments and drawers – put them onto the kitchen work top or table and allow them to come to room temperature before you wash them. Washing cold glass or plastic in hot water can cause cracks and splits.
  • Wipe out the inside of the fridge using a cloth soaked in warm soapy water – you can clean the inside of the fridge whilst you wait for the shelves and compartments to come to room temperature.
  • Don’t forget to clean the fridge drain hole – you’ll find this at the back of the fridge usually near the bottom just above the salad/vegetable drawers. Just wiggle the drain hole plug free and give it a wash in warm soapy water. Then use a vinegar soaked cotton bud to gently clean around the drain hole to remove any build up of gunk. Then dry it well and put the dry plug back in.
  • Wipe in the door seal – this can often get crumbs gathering in it, you could use the soft bristle vacuum brush for this job or kitchen paper dipped in hot soapy water to run along each crevice.
  • Dry the inside of the fridge with paper kitchen towels.
  • Wash the shelves, compartments and drawers – once these have reached room temperature they’ll be safe to wash in warm soapy water. Be sure to dry them well after washing.
  • Put all the shelves, door compartments and drawers back into the fridge.
  • Put the food back into the fridge – arranging it so it’s easy to access items you use often. It’s best to wait for the fridge to re-cool before re-stocking with food.
  • Clean the outside of the fridge and wipe the door handles – the fridge door handle can actually be one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen!

How To Clean The Fridge Monthly

  • Pull the fridge out and vacuum behind and underneath it. Use the soft bristle brush vacuum attachment to vacuum the back of the fridge to remove any dust build up.

Can I use Vinegar To Clean My Fridge?

You can use white vinegar to clean the fridge. However it’s best to make it into a spray using – 1 part vinegar, 2 parts warm soapy water – then spray – leave the door open and wipe clean. 

How Often Should I Clean The Fridge

Well… the fridge is where you keep your food and spills or spoiled food can cause bacteria build up so it’s best to give it a thorough clean out once a week. 

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How To Get Rid Of A Bad Smell From The Fridge?

  • First – empty it and clean it using the cleaning tips above.
  • Next leave a container of baking soda in the fridge – this absorbs smells.
  • Also try putting in a few cut lemons for a fresh lemon scent. 

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Can I Use Bleach To Sanitise The Fridge?

I don’t ever use bleach in the fridge – the smell tends to linger and nobody wants to eat food that stinks of bleach!

If I’ve spilled something like juices from raw meat or chicken then I tend to use Dettol antibacterial spray which kills off 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and doesn’t leave a scent behind. 

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How To Deep Clean The Fridge

How to do a weekly deep clean of the fridge

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost £1

Materials

  • Warm water 
  • Dishwashing liquid 
  • Cup white vinegar 
  • Paper kitchen towel
  • Cotton buds 

Tools

  • Soft cleaning cloths 
  • Tea towels 
  • Vacuum cleaner 

Instructions

  1. Remove all the food from the fridge – throw away any food that’s past it’s use by date or spoiled.
  2. Run a sink of warm (NOT HOT) water – add some dishwashing liquid and a cup of vinegar. This helps cut through any grease and will leave glass and plastic squeaky clean.
  3. Remove all the shelves, door compartments and drawers – put them onto the kitchen work top or table and allow them to come to room temperature before you wash them. Washing cold glass or plastic in hot water can cause cracks and splits.
  4. Wipe out the inside of the fridge using a cloth soaked in warm soapy water – you can clean the inside of the fridge whilst you wait for the shelves and compartments to come to room temperature.
  5. Clean the fridge drain hole – you’ll find this at the back of the fridge usually near the bottom just above the salad/vegetable drawers. Just wiggle the drain hole plug free and give it a wash in warm soapy water. Then use a vinegar soaked cotton bud to gently clean around the drain hole to remove any build up of gunk. Then dry it well and put the dry plug back in.
  6. Wipe in the door seal – this can often get crumbs gathering in it, you could use the soft bristle vacuum brush for this job or kitchen paper dipped in hot soapy water to run along each crevice.
  7. Dry the inside of the fridge with paper kitchen towels.
  8. Wash the shelves, compartments and drawers – once these have reached room temperature they’ll be safe to wash in warm soapy water. Be sure to dry them well after washing.
  9. Put all the shelves, door compartments and drawers back into the fridge.
  10. Put the food back into the fridge – arranging it so it’s easy to access items you use often. It’s best to wait for the fridge to re-cool before re-stocking with food.
  11. Clean the outside of the fridge and wipe the door handles

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