How To Clean A Fridge

Most of us wipe our fridges after the occasional spill. But how often do we declutter our fridges and deep clean them? This appliance is responsible for keeping our food safe, so preventing bacteria growth through cleaning is essential to maintain a hygienic kitchen.

Cleaning your fridge is easy. It can be done in a few easy steps with everyday equipment. Read on to learn the best way to clean a fridge.

What You'll Need To Clean A Fridge

You only need three items to keep your fridge in top condition:

Cloths, Specialist Fridge Cleaner, Washing Up Liquid.

How To Clean A Fridge: Step by Step

Follow our six steps to achieve a fridge that’s clean inside and out:

1. Empty the fridge

2. Clean the fridge shelves and drawers

3. Sterilise the fridge interior

4. Wipe clean the fridge exterior

5. Allow the fridge’s temperature to restore

6. Restock your fridge

Step 1: Empty The Fridge

Before you can clean your fridge, you’ll need to empty it. So remove its contents, making sure to throw away any outdated food. Then slide out all drawers and shelves.

Step 2: Clean The Fridge Shelves and Drawers

Pop your shelves and drawers in hot soapy water, wiping away dirt with a cloth. But before dipping them in water, ensure the shelves reach room temperature, as cold glass can shatter when it hits hot water.

Step 3: Sterilise The Fridge Interior

The best way to clean a fridge interior is with a specialist product, using a cloth to ensure every inch is reached. Avoid abrasive cleaning products, as these can cause damage. Our Frigo Care spray is gentle, easy to use and doesn’t require rinsing.

Step 4: Wipe Clean The Fridge Exterior

Using the same application method above, you can clean the fridge exterior with our Frigo Care spray. Alternatively, opt for our steel-friendly cleaner if the surface is stainless steel.

Step 5: Allow The Fridge's Temperature To Restore

Now that the fridge is clean close the door and allow the temperature to recover. Wait for the cold temperature to return before restocking the fridge with food.

Step 6: Restock Your Fridge

Now that the fridge has cooled, you can slide the drawers and shelves back in place, adding all your food.

You’ve learned how to clean a fridge in just six steps and can now store your food safely and hygienically. For more fridge hacks, see our guide on how to prevent your fridge from freezing.

Your Fridge Cleaning Questions

Got a fridge-related query? Explore our frequently asked questions to learn everything you need to know about cleaning your fridge.

How Often Should I Clean My Fridge?

You should clean your fridge every three to four months to maintain a hygienic place to store your chilled food. Of course, you should also wipe away spills as they happen.

Why Should I Clean My Fridge?

E.coli, salmonella and listeria are among the bacteria that can thrive in a dirty fridge. So to minimise the risk of food poisoning, a clean fridge is vital. You should also regularly throw out any food that’s out of date to prevent decay

How Do I Maintain A Clean Fridge?

As well as wiping away spills and binning outdated food, you can maintain a clean and hygienic fridge by sticking to the correct temperature, so its contents are less likely to spoil.

Another great way to keep your fridge clean is by getting organised. So make sure you store your food on the correct shelves:

· Top: Store ready-to-eat food like cooked meats, desserts and leftovers

· Middle: Keep dairy products here

· Bottom: Reserve this for raw meat

· Drawers: Store loose fruit and vegetables here

After allocating food to the correct shelves, use baskets to keep them organised. You can also line your drawers with an anti-mould mat that soaks up residue and prevents foul odours, making cleaning your drawers much easier.

When Should I Clean The Condenser Coils?

As the mechanism that keeps your fridge cool, your condenser coils must be kept in good condition and cleaned once or twice a year.

Condenser coils are usually found at the back of a fridge, so you’ll need to disconnect the appliance and pull it away from the wall. As this is a quick process, you won’t need to worry about your food getting warm.

To access the coils, remove the protective panel. The best way to clean fridge condenser coils is to wipe away dust using a soft-bristled brush. You can even use a vacuum with a narrow nozzle if a deep clean is needed. When you’re happy that the coils are clean, replace the back panel

Check out other ultimate cleaning guides on washing machines and ovens for a complete kitchen clean up.