How to clean a refrigerator in 5 single steps

The refrigerator is an essential piece of home furnishing appliances. All our fruits, vegetables, leftover food and other perishable edibles are stored in the “cold-cupboard.” Over time, the fridge gets dirty due to the accumulation of dirt from our hands, droplets of spilled food, soil, etc. Over even more time, the fridge starts smelling too, if it’s not cleaned right away.

But cleaning a fridge, whether big or small, is a tedious task and usually requires the fridge to kept switched off for a day or two; this repels us from cleaning the fridge now and then, fearing that all the items stored in it may go bad, given the climate of our country. However, the fridge must be cleaned at least once a month to ensure our fruits and vegetables stay fresh for a longer period of time, as the bacteria from an unclean refrigerator can and will spoil the food eventually, no matter what the temperature.

Refrigerator Cleaning Process

  1. Remove Items
  2. Switching-Off
  3. Wiping
  4. Adding Coffee Beans in an open container
  5. Use Vanilla Extract


Refrigerator Cleaning Requirements
Fridge Type Residential
Time Taken 12-13Hours
No Of Persons Required 1
Tools Required Microfiber cloth or a good sponge, Mild Detergent, Baking Soda, Ground Cofee Beans, Vanilla Extract


Step 1: Remove Items

Remove all the items from the fridge including the ones in the door

Removing everything from food to shelves, including the ones in the door

Step 2: Switch-Off

switch off the fridge for few hours

Switch the fridge off, it will stay that way the whole day now

Step 3: Wiping

a girl wiping and cleaning the fridge using detergent, baking soda

Wiping the walls of the fridge will ensure that all dirt is removed without leaving scratches on the walls, making them more prone to catching dirt and smell and eventually becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Use a microfiber cloth or a good sponge along with a mild detergent to clean the walls. Use Baking Soda for Stronger Patches. Baking soda is not only a powerful cleaning agent but is also helpful in absorbing all smells from the air. Keep some baking soda in an open container in the fridge for a day or two. This will absorb most of the smell from the fridge.

Only cleaning your fridge regularly wouldn’t fend off any damp or unpleasant smells from your fridge. Though cleaning will reduce it to a great extent, here are some tips you can follow to get rid of all unpleasantries from your refrigerator:

Step 4: Add Coffee Beans In An Open Container

coffee beans

Coffee beans have been known to absorb smells for a very long time now and can be very well used to absorb smells from our fridge too. Crush some dried coffee beans and keep them in an open container in the fridge for a day or two. After that, you may throw the beans away, or use it as a fertilizer in your garden.

Step 5: Use Vanilla Extract

using vanilla extract to remove the pungent smell coming from the fridge

Vanilla may not absorb the smell but can make it pleasant. Using Vanilla extract can be very useful to enhance the aroma of your refrigerator. Soak a cotton ball in a little vanilla extract in the morning and leave inside until the evening. Your fridge will smell fruity, flowery and nice.

Prevention is better than cure: Letting your fridge get dirty and then cleaning it will take a lot more energy than keeping it clean and not letting smelling things dwell inside your fridge is the best course of action. Make sure you take away any food that is catching molds, as it may generate bad odor and can also contaminate other food items, or any other foods that may be going rancid and potentially cause health concerns.

Following these tips will keep your fridge and the food items in your fridge healthy for longer periods of time. Be sure to clean your fridge regularly and also keep your fridge at optimum power setting, to keep the food fresh for long, while keeping a check on the electricity bills.

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