The fridge is one of the most important kitchen items that we’d find very difficult to be without. In its honour, someone created the absolutely-crucial-to-adhere-to* #cleanoutyourrefrigeratorday

Regular fridge cleaning is vital for food safety, helping to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and moulds. Spills, leaks, and leftover food can become breeding grounds for bacteria and cross-contamination, leading to potential foodborne illnesses.

And then there are the smells. Over time, food can release odours that can be absorbed by the fridge’s interior. Some smells can be overpowering, others a little more subtle, but either way regular cleaning helps eliminate these odours, keeping your fridge smelling fresh.

Let’s not forget that cleaning is caring for our appliance. A clean and well-maintained fridge operates more efficiently, with air able to circulate better when it’s free of spills and bits of old food. This means the fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature, making it more efficient and economical to use, as well as increasing its potential lifespan.

How to Clean Your Fridge: A Step-by-Step Guide

Empty your fridge

Remove all items from the refrigerator, including shelves, drawers, and any removable parts. Throw away expired or spoiled food that is no longer edible.

Remove Shelves and Drawers

Take out all removable shelves, drawers, and trays. Wash with warm, soapy water. Dry thoroughly.

Clean the Interior

Mix a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or use a specialised refrigerator cleaning solution.

Wipe down the interior surfaces, including the walls, shelves, and drawers. Pay special attention to any spills and stains ensuring they are completely removed.

For stubborn stains or sticky residue, applying a paste of baking soda and water, allowing them to sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a soft brush or old toothbrush to gently remove from surface.

Clean Door Seals and Gaskets

Wipe along the door seals and gaskets with a damp cloth, checking for any signs of mould or mildew as you go. Baking soda added to warm water can help to remove these, or use a specialist mould remover for fridges.

Replace shelves and drawers

Ensure they are dried thoroughly before doing so.


To eliminate odours, place a few slices of lemons in a dish and leave in the fridge for up to six days. Find more tips on cleaning with lemons here.

Clean the Exterior

Wipe down the exterior of the refrigerator with a clean, damp cloth, paying close attention to handles and control panels as these are the most often touched areas. If your refrigerator has a stainless steel exterior, use a stainless steel cleaner to prevent streaks.

Always refer to your refrigerator’s specific care and cleaning instructions provided in the user manual, as some models may have unique features or requirements.

A weekly wipe-down is not enough so it’s worth establishing a monthly routine for doing a more thorough clean. Additionally, it’s well worth getting into the habit of promptly addressing spills and getting rid of decaying or food past its best as soon as you notice it’s no good for consumption.

Kent Gurkha has been providing commercial cleaning services to schools, offices and commercial properties throughout Kent since 2006.

Outsourcing your business’s cleaning tasks to a professional service such as Kent Gurkha will allow your business to maintain a clean and healthy environment while saving time and resources.

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*It’s actually not.