Deep cleaning your fridge is a vital skill to have in order to keep food safe adn your family healthy. While it can seem intimidating, we’ve got tips for how to cleap your fridge from top to bottom without spoiling your food.
If you’re in a cleaning mood, we are one in the same. This fall I find myself cleaning alllllll of the things. I think you’ll love today’s post where I’m going to share my tips for how to deep clean your fridge without ruining all of your food!
How to Deep Clean Your Fridge
First off, I do suggest deep cleaning your fridge right before you do a big shopping trip and it’s a bit bare.
That’s almost always when I do it, mostly because that’s when I can really see all of the ew.
Clean the door of your fridge first.
Next, go through the contents and check expiration dates, throw out old leftovers, consolidate anything that can be consolidated. This is the time to make note of what you’re low on and what you’ve opened 2 or 3 of by accident.
We’ll do the doors first. In order to clean the fridge with food still in it without spoiling all of the food, we’ll need to remove these little drawers.
Move the food to another shelf and take one or two shelves off at a time.
Starting with the top shelves, move all contents down to lower shelves or the interior fridge. Then remove the empty shelves.
Quickly clean behind where they sat with a cleaner of your choice before closing the door and washing the shelves in warm soapy water in your sink.
Dry and replace shelves, repeating the process with the lower shelves until done.
Finish cleaning the door. Make sure you get the grooves for this part that seals the fridge, as it can get nasty.
Wipe down the neglected spot near the hinge of the door, and the frame and base of the fridge. If the floor that is usually covered by the door when closed and needs some love, quickly do that as well.
Deep Clean Your Fridge Shelves
Head to the inside. Again, working from top to bottom move any contents of the fridge down to the next level(s), remove the shelf.
After wiping down the back and sides of the interior of the fridge, wash the shelf in your sink. I like to use a quick spray of glass cleaner as well.
If you have drawers like I do, make sure you pull them out and clean the nastiness that collects under there. We rarely spill in the fridge, but somehow the condensation puddles at the bottom and turns a gross color and just gross. So clean that out.
Return all shelves and food to their proper places. Close the door and if possible leave it closed for a couple of hours – this would be a good time to do that big grocery shopping trip. Be sure to also wipe down the outside of the fridge and the often forgotten top of the fridge.
Now, I’m not writing about how to clean your freezer since I’ll admit – I’m not sure I’ve ever done it. (ew.) But according to Alex and the interwebs, it requires being turned off and coming to room temp to clean it. This looks like a really great tutorial for the Kitchn, though, so I would check that out if you’re looking to clean the freezer.
And there you go – you have now learned to deep clean your fridge without all of your food going bad! It really shouldn’t take more than 15 or 20 minutes depending on the state of your fridge and how distracted you get. I try to do this once a month but I’ll be honest and say I usually end up with 2 hours between cleaning. Oops.
So tell me – any tips on how to deep clean your fridge? Or your freezer? Are there any other cleaning tips and tricks you’d like to see me tackle? I’d love the inspiration (and motivation!)! Let me know in the comments!!
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