Fridge Cleaning Instructions

For today’s blog post we are going to go over some simple instructions to clean your fridge.

For the outside of your fridge, make sure you do not use paper towel if your fridge is stainless steel. This can scratch the surface over time. Instead, we recommend a damp microfiber cloth to keep the outside of your fridge scratch free.

Regarding the inside of your fridge, you want to be very careful with your choice of cleaning supplies. Anything toxic is a bad idea. Having food and toxic chemicals together in an airtight container can really be a safety hazard.

We recommend using diluted vinegar to clean the inside of your fridge, one part vinegar to one part water.

The first thing you want to do is remove all food from the fridge. This is the perfect time to go through it all and see what needs to be thrown out. Place the expired or bad food into the compost/garbage and set aside the food you will be putting back into the fridge.

Before you clean the fridge, you want to take some time to clean the items that are going back in. Clean the outer areas of all the Tupperware, drink containers, etc with your vinegar mixture and a microfiber cloth. You don’t want to be putting back dirty containers in your recently cleaned fridge.

I would also take this time to clean the tops of condiments that tend to get very dirty, for example the top of a squeeze ketchup bottle.

Now that your fridge is empty, take some time to locate any stains or caked on materials. The most prominent places for this are the shelves where you store maple syrup and juices. Spray your vinegar mixture on these areas and let it sit while you clean the rest of the fridge.

If you can remove the shelves from your fridge, now is the time to do so. Take out all of the parts you can and set them aside. You can wash them in your sink if they are especially dirty. With the now empty fridge, wipe all remaining surfaces with your vinegar and microfiber cloth. Do the same for any shelves you removed but don’t but them back until they are dry.

A key area you should focus on is the rubber door seals and the rubber seams for shelves. They are usually quite easy to clean but often overlooked. Look for any nooks and crannies in your fridge that bacteria can hide.

The vinegar smell may be potent at first, but it’s completely safe and once it dries it leaves the fridge completely odourless. Once you don’t smell the vinegar anymore, it’s time to put back the shelving. At this time, you can give the fridge another once over spray with your vinegar. Now just put back all the food you had removed and you are done.

Cleaning the inside of your fridge is important, but it isn’t something that needs to be cleaned as regularly as the rest of your home. If you practice good fridge hygiene and remove food before it goes bad, and clean spills when they happen instead of letting them set, you should have a clean fridge for quite a while. The airtight nature of the appliance keeps dust and other contagions out.


As always, if you want your home cleaned in the Toronto area but for whatever reason can’t do it yourself, you can book a cleaning with us easily online in seconds.

If you book a cleaning with us at interior fridge cleaning is not covered in a basic clean. However, we do have it available as an add on for $20.

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