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No matter how tidy your house is, the fridge always gets dirty. It’s not necessarily your fault. Milk cartons leak, containers in the back turn over without your knowledge, and meat juices often dribble off a plate or out of a package.

We’re going to tell you how to clean your fridge like the pros do.

Materials needed:

Gloves if you don’t want your hands in it.

A sponge or two.

A rag or two or washcloth.

Some baking soda.

Liquid dish soap.

A stronger cleaner like Fantastic.

Clean, dry, absorbent kitchen towels or paper towels.

Music (optional).

1. Pull out all the food.

If you have enough counter space, then pull out everything at once in the beginning. Everything. Take out every bottle, container, plate, and pull out the drawers at the bottom. If you don’t have a lot of counter space, then you can do this in stages.

Always start at the top and work down. Don’t forget to also pull everything off of the doors. Also, remove all the shelves and anything else that is removable.

You might want to take a few photos of how it was when you started or if removing some of the hardware at the bottom is tricky. Sometimes it’s not so straightforward putting back the assembly on the bottom that holds the drawers, and a photo or two will help.

2. Start by cleaning the walls, doors and bottom of fridge.

This is why you remove all the removable parts because the walls will be dirty. Things splash on the sides and sometimes drain down to the bottom. A warm washcloth or sponge with a little dish soap should make short work of that, but you’ll have to rinse your cloth or sponge frequently.

You don’t want to use a lot of smelly chemicals inside your fridge for cleaning because that’s where you put your food. And water is the universal solvent, so warm water should take care of almost everything.

If you have some nasty things in the bottom of the fridge, then just sprinkle some baking soda on it and lay a warm washcloth over it for a few minutes. That should soften it up.

3. Do not use any sharp tools or razor blades for cleaning.

If you do, you may scratch the interior of your fridge. If you have glass shelves, they are likely tempered glass, which can shatter if you scratch it and break the surface tension. Don’t ever use a razor blade on them. You can use some wooden toothpicks if you need to get into a few crevices.

4. Wash all the fridge parts you removed in warm soapy water.

Dry them and then replace. Either all at once or one by one if you’re doing it a little at a time.

5. Wipe off the bottoms of everything that is going back into the fridge.

This is also a good opportunity to throw away all kinds of stuff you forgot about and is 10 years past its expiration date. It would also be a good idea to wash off the caps and screw threads of all those grimy things like ketchup bottles or jelly jars.

It’s hard to watch TV while you’re doing this, but listening to music can make this job a lot more pleasant. (Our professionals wouldn’t be listening to music, but you can.)

If you have cable TV, you probably have some channels that are just for music. Or an app like Spotify can make creating a playlist really simple.

Maybe some classic rock like Radar Love by Golden Earring will get you motivated to tackle the fridge. Otherwise, classical music goes with everything. Try listening to Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor and then his Venetian Boat Song Op. 19: No. 6 in G Minor. That will definitely make cleaning your fridge a lot easier on a snowy day.

And if you really don’t want to tackle this yourself, then just contact us, and we’ll be delighted to do it for you.

Hubbard’s Maid Service provides reliable and responsible professional cleaners for residential homes. We operate in the Savannah, Georgia, metropolitan area as well as covering Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan Counties. If you have any questions about this article or you would like schedule a cleaning for your home, please call us at (912) 961-9131.