This scenario may sound familiar to you: Your refrigerator is a mess and cleaning it just seems like such a daunting task to take on that it rarely ever gets done. Don’t worry, the refrigerator repair experts at Action Appliance aren’t judging. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you know how to clean a refrigerator the right way.

If you break down the process step-by-step, it’s not as scary as you may think. We’ve found a great video on YouTube to illustrate this. It’s from Melissa Maker’s YouTube channel “Clean My Space”, which she started after she founded her own cleaning company in 2006. So she definitely knows what she’s talking about!

How to Clean a Refrigerator: Kitchen Cleaning Ideas

#1 Remove Everything from Your Refrigerator

The first step is to pull out your garbage can and clear the clutter out of your fridge.

Melissa’s advice: Be realistic about what you should keep in there. If it’s been stored for six months or more, it’s probably time to toss it.

how to clean a refrigerator

#2 Clean Refrigerator Walls

After removing the drawers and shelves (if possible), it’s time to apply all-purpose cleaner to the whole inside of the refrigerator.

Melissa’s advice: Since this is a task that isn’t done regularly, apply the cleaner liberally. If there are areas with tough stains, add some baking soda to those areas.

how to clean a refrigerator

#3 Clean Refrigerator Drawers & Shelves

Now turn your focus to giving the drawers and shelves a thorough cleaning.

Melissa’s advice: No special cleaner needed here, just fill up your sink with warm, soapy water. Use a sponge and/or a microfiber cloth to scrub the drawers and shelves over the sink or stove top w/towel underneath, if you need more space. Use clean water to rinse off the soap residue.


#4 Wipe Interior Clean

Since you’ve let the cleaner in your fridge soak for a bit, wiping out the fridge with a sponge or microfiber cloth will usually be a breeze.

Melissa’s advice: If there’s a lot of crumbs that have accumulated in your fridge, have your garbage can handy while wiping out the fridge. To keep your fridge smelling fresh, she recommends applying a little bit of vanilla extract to a paper towel and wiping down the insides after wiping out the other cleaners.

*Don’t forget to clean the condenser coils!


For all of Melissa’s refrigerator cleaning tips and tricks, watch the full video below!