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How to Clean Your Fridge to Give it a Sparkling Finish

Your fridge is integral to the health, energy, and ultimately, the happiness of your family. Here’s how cleaning your fridge with Cif will keep it shiny, beautiful, and hygienic for any food preparation. You won’t believe your eyes when you open it and see it so beautifully clean!

Cleaning your fridge can be easy with Cif products. Feel the joy of having a fridge so clean you can see your reflection in it if it’s made of stainless steel! Here are a few tips on how to clean a smelly fridge to help your fridge look brand new again.

Fridge cleaning

It’s important to know why your fridge should be kept spotless. Cleaning the inside of fridges is vital to reduce the risk of food poisoning, since they are used to store both raw and cooked foods.

We open our fridges multiple times a day. If it’s cluttered and smelly, the contents of a fridge suddenly become rather unappetising, and might put you off cooking altogether!

How often should you clean your fridge? It’s easy to keep on top of things by cleaning your fridge each week. It’s a good idea to give your shelves a wipe once a week and arrange for a deep clean once every few months.

How to clean a fridge quickly

If you just need to quickly clean a spill or a specific area of your fridge, then try using Cif multipurpose wipes. They make it easy to remove visible dirt from your fridge from the first wipe. Enjoy revealing the beauty of your fridge by wiping away dirt and grease with ease, thanks to Cif.

Cleaning a fridge: A step-by-step guide

Here’s a quick guide on how to clean every single part of your fridge, including the drawers, seals, doors, and shelves.

  • It’s often best to start at the top of your fridge and work your way down so that you don’t spend time cleaning up after any errant drips
  • The best way to clean a fridge and other food storage units is to start by removing any items or cleaning your fridge before going food shopping so that you don’t have to displace as much food. This makes cleaning inside your fridge a lot easier and removes the possibility of contamination
  • Pull out the shelves and any removable drawers and leave to soak in a basin of warm water and dishwashing soap. Shelf grooves are a commonly missed area when cleaning a fridge, so make sure you can reach them
  • Remember to clean the outside of your fridge as well by wiping any stains or marks off the door and handle. That way, your fridge will look beautiful both inside and out!

With Cif products on hand, it’s easy to avoid a smelly refrigerator. Goodbye ugly dirt, and hello beautiful fridge!

Remember: before using any cleaning product, carefully read the instructions and warnings on the label. Always test any product in a small, inconspicuous area first.

10 Tips for a Cleaner Refrigerator

  1. Create a homemade all-purpose cleaner by combining the following in a gallon of hot water: 1 cup clear ammonia, ½-cup vinegar and ¼-cup baking soda. Pour into a spray bottle, or use from a bowl with a sponge. This no-rinse formula is a degreaser that prevents mold and mildew. Wipe down the entire refrigerator with this solution, including the drawers and shelves.
  2. To prevent grease and odor buildup on top of the refrigerator after you’ve cleaned it, just buff some paste wax into the surface.
  3. Use toothpaste to remove tough stains. It contains a gentle abrasive and has a pleasant odor.
  4. To get those dust bunnies out from under the refrigerator, remove the grill and run a yardstick covered with a pair of pantyhose underneath. Also check the pan of water under the unit, since it can hold unpleasant-smelling water.
  5. To combat household odors, fill a clean old sock with activated charcoal from an aquarium store, tie a knot in the top and place it in the back of the refrigerator. This will last a month or two, depending on the size of your refrigerator and how heavily you use it.
  6. For a faster fix for odors, sprinkle vanilla extract on some cotton balls, place in a shallow dish and put in the refrigerator. Orange extract also works.
  7. Eliminate lingering odors in your vegetable bins by putting a crumpled piece of a brown paper grocery bag inside and leaving it for 48 hours. The paper will absorb the odor.
  8. Check for adequate tightness of the insulating seam around the door by placing a lighted flashlight inside the refrigerator and closing the door. Turn off the lights in the room (this should be done at night) and see if any light escapes from the seams. This will help you pinpoint any leaks.
  9. If you don’t keep your refrigerator full, fill a large bottle (at least a gallon) with water and leave it in the refrigerator. It helps keep the refrigerator cool and running efficiently.
  10. Keep your refrigerator at 37 degrees.

Newer refrigerators are fairly easy to clean. There is no defrosting involved, and it is pretty simple to just remove shelves and wipe everything down. However, an older fridge is a different story. Even a newer model that is several years old can be a challenge to clean, if there is caked “stuff” inside it, and if you happen to be moving into a home where one of these appliances are present, you know you are going to have to make sure it is completely spotless before putting your own food inside! Now, if you happen to be moving out or selling your old refrigerator so you don’t have to pay the professionals from one of the best moving companies to haul it, you will need to put that same amount of cleaning into it.

Keep in mind that just because you don’t see bacteria, does not mean it isn’t there. So, even if the fridge in your new place looks clean, it is important to give it a little attention. Both mold and bacteria are capable of living and growing in cold temperatures. Contamination can spread throughout the appliance and into food that can make you sick. Crevices, where drips tend to run to are always concerns and other trouble spots, include under the drawer, the gasket that runs around the perimeter of the door and even hardware that holds racks in place.

Remove Everything

If you are cleaning your own fridge, which the best moving companies advise, don’t even think about wiping around everything! If you dust around everything on your shelves rather than move them, then the thought may have crossed your mind.

All the drawers and shelves need to be removed. You can set them in your bathtub. Go ahead and spray them down with a household cleaner, and just let them sit while you deal with the fridge.


If you are one of those lucky folks who gets to defrost your refrigerator, you are going to need some towels. Unplug the appliance from the electrical outlet first. Pull it away from the wall so the back is exposed, and if there is a cover on the coils, it will need to be removed. The best moving companies can assist you when it comes to relocating a fridge.

Next, wedge the towels between the floor and the fridge to catch the ice particles and drips. You might need to use a screwdriver or something similar to carefully chip away at any stubborn ice accumulations on the coils. Once the coils are thawed, clean and dry, replace the faceplate.

Cleaning the Inside

The best thing you can use to clean the inside of your refrigerator is a mixture of one part baking soda and four parts warm water. The great thing about baking soda is not only is it a brightener, sanitizer and odor remover, you don’t have to rinse it away unless you feel a heavy residue. Note that you must never use hot water to clean a cold glass shelf because it could shatter.

For the most part, a wet cloth will be all you need. However, an old toothbrush will definitely come in handy for any build up, and to scrub hardware and crevices. Once completely clean, you can sanitize with a solution of water and vinegar or simply dry it out. The best moving companies will move nay type of fridge and recommend a cleaning both before and after the move.

Now you can go clean the shelves in the bathtub. The baking soda and water solution will work great on them as well.
Even if you hire one of the best moving companies to relocate appliances, you will need to clean your refrigerator twice. Clean it once really good before the move, and then make sure you give it a good scrub down at the new place, just to make sure it is sanitary before you add your food.

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At first glance, our fridge doesn’t look so bad, but let me tell you, it is so dirty. Cleaning it may look like it’s a really big job, but I promise you it isn’t. Let me show you How To Deep Clean A Refrigerator In 15 Minutes, and mark that baby off of your list!

The kitchen is often said to be the heart of your home. That’s definitely true for us, and if the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the refrigerator is the main hub. It holds most of our food and drinks, and I bet ours is opened and closed a gazillion times a day. When your refrigerator gets too full and cluttered, it’s hard to know exactly what foods you have, and also harder to plan meals. Getting your refrigerator clean and organized will make meal planning, lunch packing and healthy snacking so much easier. Let’s get started!

The first thing you need to do is empty your refrigerator out completely. This is a good time to throw out any old or expired foods, throw out any old leftovers, and take inventory of things you may have multiples of.

Be sure to check the expiration date on all of your condiments, sauces, salad dressings and any other packaged items. Don’t forget to check your pickles too!

Now onto our dirty little secret…well, not really a secret, but it’s definitely dirty. This is our meat and cheese drawer. We mostly use it for cheese of all kinds, lunchmeat, hot dogs, sausages and bacon. This drawer gets a ton of use, obviously.

This is one of the shelves inside of our fridge doors. Can you guess what used to be there? It was BBQ sauce…we have a sick obsession with different types of BBQ sauce.

Now that you’ve seen the filth, let’s move on. Start by removing any pieces that can be removed, except for the main shelves. Remove drawers and any door shelves that you can, and place them near your kitchen sink. Some older models don’t have the option to remove the door shelves, so if you have an older model, no worries…just remove the drawers. Our meat and cheese shelf is kind of hard to remove, so I just left in place.

Now, grab a large bowl and add two tablespoons of dish liquid to really warm water. You will need to grab a clean cloth or sponge too.

Gently scrub all surface areas. You may need to use a scrubber to loosen and really tough food spills.

Be sure to lift the glass on the shelves if they are removable and clean under the lips of the glass and where the shelves rest. Once you have wiped down the inside of your refrigerator with the soapy mixture, use a clean towel to dry and remove any moisture.

Time to clean those drawers. Simply take your soapy mixture and use it to clean the insides and outsides of your drawers and removable shelves. Rinse well and dry with a clean towel.

Put all of the clean pieces back into your refrigerator, then stand back and admire your work! I’m telling you, once you’ve completely cleaned out your fridge, you will be so happy that you did!

Cleaning our refrigerator always feels like just the jumpstart I need to be more aware of the foods that I am eating, and it’s the perfect time to organize our refrigerator so that it makes more sense.

Now that the inside of your refrigerator is clean, give the outside a nice wash down with some warm water and dish liquid. For tough stains, you can use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove them.

Once your refrigerator is clean, you’ll want to organize it, right? Check out my Easy and Inexpensive Refrigerator Organization Ideas HERE…it’s a true game changer for meal prep, cooking and lunch packing!

If you have a stainless steel refrigerator, fin How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances and keep them fingerprint and smudge free HERE!

Now that our refrigerators are clean and organized, we can move on to the rest of the kitchen! Next up, pantries and countertops!

Find all of my Cleaning Hacks and Home Tips HERE on my Home Tips Page

How to Deep Clean Your Fridge

Our refrigerators might possibly be the most overlooked area in our home when it comes to cleaning. Constantly in use, this essential appliance doesn’t usually get a second thought. Whether we just don’t think about it at all, or assume that because food is kept cold or rotated through, that the fridge stays relatively clean, the truth is that cross-contamination, spills, splashes and all sorts of disgusting things I’d rather not talk about can spread throughout the fridge in this perfect storm of moisture, food, dirty hands and frequent use.

In other words, a messy fridge is a health hazard.

But that’s not the only problem.

Believe it or not, a messy fridge is also costing you money. When our refrigerators become so full that we can no longer find anything, we are in serious danger of wasting a lot of food, from forgotten leftovers hidden behind the milk to produce that goes bad before we remember it is there, to condiments that have been expired for years still taking up space.

And it’s not just the food waste taking a bite out of your budget. Surprisingly, your fridge can increase your energy bill by a LOT. Peak efficiency requires plenty of air circulation, clean coils, and clean seals that are tight and working properly. You can boost the efficiency of your fridge and lower your energy costs simply by keeping things clean.

If it’s not already, your refrigerator should definitely be added to your regular cleaning list. Your weekly fridge duties should include wiping down the surfaces, disinfecting the door handle, and carefully rotating food as it gets older to prevent spoilage. Food should be properly stored in covered, clear glass containers that can be easily identified and cleaned. Wipe off lids, put a paper towel under items that are likely to drip, and pay attention to dates and ages.

Even so, at least a few times a year, you may still need to dive in and really deep clean your refrigerator. (Dum dum dum…) And while that may sound scary, I promise it is not as bad as it seems! With a little prep and this easy-to-follow plan, you can get it done in less than an hour. Here is what to do:

1. Gather your supplies

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Old towel for floor
  • Bucket with baking soda and water (2 TBSP to 1 QT water)
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Multi-purpose surface spray
  • Butter knife or putty knife
  • Trash bags
  • Cooler
  • Vacuum


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2. Prepare

Be sure the fuse or circuit breaker to the outlet is turned off, then unplug the fridge. This ensures your safety any time you’re using water around appliances. You may also want to be sure that you put down a towel to protect floors from any spills (especially if you have wood flooring in the kitchen).

3. Remove food

Place items in the cooler. Check dates on everything and toss anything that’s expired. Be merciless with your purging. If it’s close to the date and your family will never use an entire bottle of pickle relish that you purchased for ONE recipe six months ago—toss it out.

4. Remove shelves and drawers

Over a towel, wipe each shelf carefully with the water/baking soda solution (it absorbs odors). For stubborn crusties, use a butter knife or putty knife to gently loosen the gunk.

5. Soak

Start shelves and drawers soaking in a sink or empty Rubbermaid bin filled with more water and baking soda. This will help to really get everything clean. While they’re soaking…

6. Wash inside of fridge

Use your spray or a cloth dipped in the cleaning solution. Thoroughly wash the built-in fixtures, the bottom of the fridge, and the nooks and crannies of the door. Be sure you get in the cracks and under the shelving. Your butter knife may come in handy again here to get in some of the cracks where crumbs and food particles tend to collect.

7. Dry inside with a cloth

Make sure the inside is fully dry and clean before replacing the shelves and bins. You should wipe each bin dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

8. Clean the door seals/gaskets

One of the grimiest areas of the fridge is the door seals. They have little folds that can collect debris, crumbs and at the very worst, grow mildew and mold. Be sure to clean them very thoroughly and dry impeccably. This will prevent mildew and keep the seal tight and working at maximum efficiency.

9. Vacuum the grate/kickplate and coils

Carefully pull the fridge out from the wall and vacuum the coils to remove any dust that may have collected. Carefully remove the kickplate or grate from the bottom of the fridge as well, and do the same. Some fridges (particularly if the freezer is side-by-side or on the bottom) may have a drip tray or pan. If this is the case, remove the tray and clean as you would the shelves, then replace.

10. Replace items in the fridge

Take care to secure each lid and wipe the tops and anything sticky, before putting it back in the fridge. Put items like meat and seafood on the bottom to protect any spills from spreading. I like to put a folded paper towel in the drawers and under liquids (milk, juice) to absorb condensation and keep things extra clean. Add an open box of baking soda to absorb odors.

11. Remove frozen items

Most freezers these days don’t need a defrosting, just a simple cleaning will do. Due to the perishable nature of freezer items, you must work quickly when you organize the freezer. First, remove items and store in the cooler. Check expiration dates. Anything you don’t immediately recognize and anything with ice crystals or freezer burn on the inside (I’m looking at you, half-container of ice cream)—get rid of it! Check things that are frozen in a solid mass, such as vegetables or fruit. This is an indication that they’ve been thawed and refrozen, so they should be discarded, due to food borne-illness concerns.

12. Wipe the inside of the freezer

Wipe it all out just as you did in the fridge. This is usually a much faster job, but be sure to wipe baskets and shelving carefully.

13. Discard ice

Wash ice cube trays and replace the ice with fresh water.

14. Replace items in freezer

Organize like-items together, stack boxes and keep less-perishable items like frozen vegetables in the door. Move meats and fish to the back and on the bottom.

Taking care to organize your fridge and deep clean it every season can ensure you have plenty of extra storage space. You’ll save money because you won’t be re-buying things you didn’t realize you had buried in the back of the fridge. Plus, your fridge will work more efficiently and be more cost-effective.

Most importantly, though, having a clean fridge will help keep your family healthy and safe!

Cleaning Your Refrigerator Because of a Food Recall

If you have a recalled food item in your refrigerator, it’s important to throw out the food and clean your refrigerator. Germs in the recalled food could spread to drawers or shelves in your refrigerator.

How to Clean your Refrigerator After a Food Recall

Items needed to clean your refrigerator:

  • Sealed Bags
  • Hot, Soapy Water
  • Clean Towels
  • Optional: Water + Bleach

STEP 1 – Throw out recalled food

  • Throw out the recalled food, and any other foods stored with it or touching it.
  • Put it in a sealed bag in the garbage.
  • If the recalled food was stored in a reusable container, wash it with hot, soapy water before reusing.

STEP 2 – Empty your Refrigerator

  • Empty the rest of the items in your refrigerator and put them on a counter or table while you clean.
  • Take out shelving, drawers, and any other removable parts.
  • Don’t leave unrefrigerated food out for more than two hours.

STEP 3 – Wash Removable Parts

  • Wash shelving, drawers, and any other removable parts by hand with hot, soapy water.
  • Dry with a clean towel.
  • Don’t run cold glass shelves or drawers under hot water – the glass could crack. Let them come to room temperature first.

STEP 4 – Clean and Sanitize Inside the Refrigerator

  • Wipe the inside of the empty refrigerator with hot, soapy water, then wipe with clean water to rinse off soap.
  • Dry with a clean towel.
  • Don’t forget to wipe inside the doors and any drawers that cannot be removed.

* Optional Step

Use a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach in 1 gallon of water to sanitize your refrigerator. Do this after cleaning it with hot, soapy water.

STEP 5 – Return Shelves, Drawers, and Food

  • Put the shelves, drawers, and other removable parts back in the refrigerator, along with the other items you took out.
  • Wipe food and drink containers with hot, soapy water before returning to the clean refrigerator.

And don’t forget!

  • Wash your hands with water and soap once you’ve finished cleaning.
  • Use hot, soapy water to wipe kitchen counters that held food, drinks, refrigerator parts and any cleaning materials.
  • Wash any towels you used to dry the refrigerator before using them again.

How to Clean a Refrigerator

Ah, the kitchen fridge. You probably aren’t cleaning it as often as you should, leaving perishable items to be forgotten in the back. But regular cleaning keeps your fridge in good condition and wards off unpleasant odors. Don’t feel overwhelmed—all it takes are some common household items to clean things up. The best way to clean a refrigerator is to arm yourself with natural cleaning ingredients like baking soda, water, dish soap, and dry cloths. Then move your food to a cooler and you’re all set to tackle the task of cleaning a refrigerator.

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Cleaning Refrigerator Shelves and Drawers

Remove and hand-wash removable refrigerator shelves, wire racks, and drawers in hot water and mild dish soap. Let any glass components warm up to room temperature before bringing them in contact with hot water; otherwise, they might crack. Cover stubborn food spills with a warm, wet cloth for a few minutes to soften the spills for removal with a nonabrasive scrubber. Pay special attention to the bottom of wire racks, which is a spot that attracts debris.

Cleaning the Fridge Interior

For drawers and shelves you can’t remove, along with the sides of the internal compartment, grab baking soda and some water. Wash inside your fridge with a mixture of 1 part baking soda and 7 parts water. Beware of commercial cleaners as their scent might transfer to food. Work from top to bottom to prevent drips from landing on already-clean surfaces. Use a toothbrush designated for cleaning or toothpicks to reach cracks and crevices you can’t get to with a cloth, such as hinges and other hardware. Wipe everything dry with a clean towel.

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Removing Fridge Odors

The last thing you want your food to come into contact with is bad odors. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the kind of environment your refrigerator fosters unless you take necessary action. And best of all, you can tackle pesky refrigerator smells without having to use any harsh chemical cleaners.

Once you’ve rinsed and dried all surfaces, deodorize your refrigerator by filling an open container with dry baking soda and leaving it on the bottom shelf. This will absorb any future odors from lingering near your food, so do not remove it when you refill your fridge. Once your refrigerator is clean and deodorized, put everything back. Now is a good time to also do a little decluttering and refrigerator organization. Toss any expired or spoiled food, group like items together, and consider using bins and containers to corral items.

Cleaning the Gasket

Pay special attention to the rubber gasket around the fridge door. It needs to be kept clean and supple to maintain a tight seal. Use warm water and liquid dish soap for normal grime and a bleach-based cleaner if you find mold. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. Then coat the seal with a thin layer of petroleum jelly to keep it from drying out.

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How to Clean a Refrigerator Exterior

Help your refrigerator put its best face forward with a good exterior cleaning. Simply wipe with a cloth sprayed with all-purpose cleaner, giving a little extra elbow grease to the handles where grime loves to hang out. From time to time, wipe down the top of the refrigerator, too. While this may not see the day-to-day traffic of the handles and doors, dust bunnies love to hang out here.

The method for how to clean a stainless-steel refrigerator is a bit different, but you can make a stainless-steel refrigerator sparkle with these tips for cleaning and eliminating smudges and fingerprints. For a quick cleaning, wipe the surface with a damp microfiber cloth, then wipe with a dry microfiber cloth. When the grime is a bit more stubborn, look to rubbing alcohol. Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth and rub over the stains. When cleaning stainless-steel appliances, always wipe with the grain.

How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

And then there are the parts of the refrigerator you can’t see, such as the refrigerator coils. While cleaning coils is a bit more intense, completing the chore can help your refrigerator run better and last longer. Follow these steps for how to clean refrigerator coils and you can check this home maintenance task off your to-do list with confidence.

Before you start cleaning refrigerator coils, take a peek at your owner’s manual. Don’t have it or can’t find it? Go online. Most appliance manufacturers have their manuals online and you can find yours by searching for the model number. The owner’s manual will provide specific instructions for your appliance.

No matter what make or model you have, the first step in cleaning coils is always unplugging the refrigerator. Then you’ll need to locate the coils. Some are on the back of the refrigerator and some are on the underside. If yours are on the back of the refrigerator, carefully pull the appliance away from the wall. Use a coil brush (a long, skinny brush similar to a bottle cleaning brush) to clean around the coils. Sweep or vacuum any debris on the floor, move the refrigerator back in place, and plug it back in.

For models with coils on the bottom of the appliance, remove the grill piece on the front of the refrigerator. Use a coil brush to carefully clean around the coils. Vacuum or sweep up any debris and replace the grill, and plug the appliance back in.

How to Clean a Refrigerator Water Dispenser

Fresh, cold water straight from your refrigerator is a delightful daily luxury. To continue enjoying this refrigerator feature, give your water dispenser a good cleaning from time to time. Like with refrigerator coils, you should consult your owner’s manual before cleaning. Systems vary from model to model and a manual is often a good source for specific instructions, as well as information for troubleshooting major water dispenser problems. Consult the manual for your water dispenser and ice maker filter replacement schedule, too. Replacing the filter as recommend will help keep the dispenser and ice maker in good working condition.

The water dispenser tray is prone to water spots and stains. To clean it, wipe down with a vinegar-based cleaner and dry. If the tray is removable, take it out and clean it in your sink. Clean underneath the tray, too. A soft toothbrush can help get in any nooks, crannies, and vents.

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How to Clean Mold from a Refrigerator

Whether something moldy spilled inside, or a refrigerator was left empty, unplugged, and shut for a long period of time, refrigerators with their chilled and sometimes damp environment can be susceptible to mold. While you’ll want to eliminate the mold, don’t turn to abrasive or bleach-based cleaners to get the job done. Grab baking soda and mix 1 tablespoon into a quart of warm water. Wipe down the moldy surface then thoroughly wipe dry. Excess moisture is a boon for mold.

Cleaning a bit of mold from a spill or from a refrigerator sitting empty is pretty straightforward. However, bigger catastrophes, such as a flood or an instance when a refrigerator full of food stops running and is left sitting for an extended period, may warrant more extensive cleaning. In these instances, consult with an appliance repair professional who can give your refrigerator a good once-over and make recommendations. If mold is growing in the inner workings of the refrigerator, a simple cleaning won’t restore the refrigerator to its original state and you may have to consider more extensive measures, such as recycling a refrigerator and replacing it with a new model. This buying guide can help you select the right refrigerator.

Preventive Measures

Don’t give sticky spills a jump start by reloading the fridge with sloppy food containers and spoiled fruits and vegetables. Toss anything that’s expired or of questionable freshness. Use baking soda and water to wipe off any jars, bottles, or cans with drips or crusty lids. Make sure you use clean cloths and dry everything thoroughly before putting it back. Make this task easier by doing it as you use items in cooking and meal prep.

Speed-Clean Your Refrigerator Checklist

  • Minutes 1 to 2: Unplug the refrigerator. Slide a coil brush underneath the unit’s kick plate (the rectangular panel just above the floor) to remove dust.
  • Minutes 3 to 7: Empty the contents. Toss anything past its prime into a trash bag. Recycle glass and plastic containers.
  • Minutes 8 to 10: Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water, and liquid dish soap. Leave them out to air-dry.
  • Minutes 11 to 15: Douse the interior with a multisurface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf. (Don’t forget the shelf seams and the rubber door seal.) Use an old toothbrush and a spritz of cleaner to dislodge grime from crevices.
  • Minutes 16 to 17: Plug in the refrigerator. Return the drawers. Put the food back in, wiping down jars and bottles.
  • Minute 18: Attach the baking-soda pod’s suction cups to an interior wall.
  • Minutes 19 to 20: Clean the exterior. For enameled steel: Use a multisurface solution and paper towels. For stainless steel: Dampen a microfiber cloth with distilled white vinegar and rub in the direction of the grain. All done!