Is It Time You Cleaned Out Your Fridge?... The Beginner's Guide

Is your fridge starting to look a bit of a mess due to a clutter of unused and out of date food or spillages? Are you starting to realise bad smells every time you open your fridge door? It might be time you gave your fridge a good cleaning out. This article will guide you through the process of cleaning your fridge, repairing any cosmetic damage and maintaining a clean and odour free fridge, along with providing some handy hints and tips along the way. 


Giving your fridge a good clean not only removes and stains and spillages but will make a distant memory of those bad odours that escape into the kitchen every time you open the fridge door.

First of all you want to remove all food and drinks from your fridge and throw away anything that is:
  1. Passed it's "used by" date, or...
  2. Is open but unlikely to be used again before the recommended date. 
The next step is to remove any shelves, crisper drawers, door trays etc.. so that they can all be cleaned by hand.

Tip: There are many specialist cleansers available but if you do not have any and would prefer to save a bit of cash you can use a combination of water and vinegar to clean your refrigerator. Simply mix 3 parts water (warm to hot) with 1 part vinegar.


Once you have cleaned all shelves, drawers, trays etc... using a specialist cleaner or your own home made concoction, and dried them off using a dry cloth or kitchen roll, it is time to turn your attention to the main body of the fridge. Clean all of the inside of the fridge including roof, walls, bottom and inner door ensuring when you have done so that any excess water it thoroughly dried up to prevent a build up of mould and odour. Finally give the outside of the fridge a quick wipe down, removing any marks or stains.  

Tip: Whilst cleaning the outside of the fridge it may be beneficial to run the vacuum cleaner over the compressor coils to remove any dust, bits of food etc.. that may be clogging it up. This will help increase the life of your appliance. For more info on making your appliances last longer click here.

Once the refrigerator is clean, reinstall all shelves, drawers, trays etc.. and reintroduce any food you have not thrown away making sure to clean any dirty jars and containers before they are put back in. 


During the cleaning process it may have come to your attention that parts of you refrigerator are damaged or are no longer functional. For example you may notice that the bulb no longer works or that there is a crack, chip or split in one of the shelves, drawers or door trays. Although this may not affect the functionality of your fridge it may decrease it's aesthetic appeal, and can be fixed cheaply and easily.


Tip: If you do come across a part that needs replacing, we have a huge selection of reasonably priced parts for many different refrigerator models and manufacturers at or alternatively you can call our customer helpline on 0345 2577276.


Now that you have a nice, clean and odour free refrigerator, you will undoubtedly want to keep it that way, these tips will help keep it looking clean and smelling fresh for as long as possible. 

Firstly, with regards to the food in your fridge, make sure any opened food is wrapped up with cling film or tin foil. This will help it keep for longer and prevent bad odours. Also rotating the food in your fridge ensuring older food is at the front will reduce food wastage and prevent old food "hiding" in the back of the fridge from going off and creating bacteria and unpleasant odours.

Tip: There are many products on the market that can help fight unpleasant odours in your fridge and keep it smelling fresh, although, if you prefer to save a bit of money this can also be achieved by placing an open box of baking soda in your fridge.This will absorb and bad odours. 


Finally, to maintain a clean and odour free refrigerator, ensure that all future spillages are cleaned up as they happen and try to go through it on a weekly basis disposing of any out of date food or drink. 
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