Homemade Recipe for Cleaning Your Refrigerator

cleaning-refrigeratorHomemade Recipe for Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Next to the toilet, the refrigerator is probably the most important thing to keep clean, but not many people, including me, actually take the time to thoroughly clean it on a regular basis? Sure, it’s on my “Spring Cleaning” list, and I do try to wipe up unsightly spills and food droppings, but unless it smells like a dead animal or the vegetable bins begin to look like there’s a science project going in them, I never really take the time to pull everything out and give it a good wipe down.


After reading this article , I realized that my trifling, non-cleaning my refrigerator ways were going to have to change. Here’s a simple homemade refrigerator cleaner recipe to help get you on your way to having a cleaner, healthier refrigerator.

What You’ll Need:

1 bucket of Hot water

2 cups White distilled vinegar

1 or 2 drops of dish detergent (I prefer Dawn)


Mix It Up:

Step 1 – Pour distilled white vinegar into a clean bucket

Step 2 – Add hot water

Step 3 – Add dish detergent and swish around with a long handled spoon or stick to mix


Tips and Suggestions:

  • It may be a good idea to turn the temperature setting on the refrigerator up a notch or two since you will be working with the refrigerator door open. Just be sure to set it back once you put the food back in.
  • Before cleaning the refrigerator, be sure to take everything out including the shelves and drawers. If you have one, use a cooler to store your food in while you’re cleaning to help keep your food at a safe temperature. If not, stick food in the oven. It will keep food cooler longer than just leaving sitting out on the counter. Just remember you have food in there, so don’t turn it on.
  • Rinse your rag often with plain hot water.
  • For tough stains, sprinkle a little baking soda on the stain and scrub using your damp rag or sponge.

Just to note, the dishwashing detergent is not necessary. For some cleaning tasks, I have to add a few suds for my brain to believe there’s actually some cleaning going on. Oh, this funny little brain of mine.

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