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How to Clean Refrigerator | 5 Organizing Tips

by Keneth Walters 07 Sep 2021

Who has never come home with that hunger, went to open the fridge and was surprised by an unpleasant smell? We lose our hunger and then questions arise: how to clean the refrigerator properly and when to clean? We'll explain everything to you in this post. Check out!

We should be concerned about frequent refrigerator cleaning, not only because of the accumulated odor, but also because of the possible contamination of food due to the proliferation of bacteria in dirty environments. To avoid these risks, you need to follow some tips on how to clean the refrigerator and keep it organized.

First tip: All food that is stored inside the electro must be in closed pots or pots sealed with plastic film. This prevents the spread of odors. We also recommend cleaning the inside of the fridge every week, and it doesn't take much work, you'll see!

Check out now tips on how to clean the refrigerator and also how to better organize the food inside it:

How to Clean Refrigerator | Step by step

You will need:

  • Water;
  • Sodium bicarbonate;
  • Container;


  1. Unplug the refrigerator from the outlet;
  2. remove all food from inside;
  3. place food that can still be eaten in a Styrofoam box with ice;
  4. remove shelves and drawers
  5. mix, in a container, one tablespoon of baking soda to two liters of warm water;
  6. apply the solution both on the internal walls and on the shelves of the electro, with the aid of a soft cloth;
  7. also clean the rubber that seals the refrigerator door;
  8. dry the entire interior with another cloth, dry and clean;
  9. reconnect the electro and reorganize the food.

Note: Below we will explain how to properly organize the food inside the refrigerator.

Bonus tip: Whenever any liquid or solid spills into the refrigerator, clean it up immediately. Use a damp cloth with water and a few drops of neutral detergent

And to say goodbye to that phantom smell that no one discovers where it comes from, follow the tips:

  • Put a small amount of coffee in an open pot and leave it inside the refrigerator;
  • or baking soda;
  • or vinegar;
  • and even two pebbles of coal.

How to clean the fridge from the outside?

Just as it is important to sanitize the interior of the refrigerator, it is also necessary to pay attention to the external surface of the refrigerator. Mainly, because contact with the external environment facilitates the accumulation of dust, stains and other dirt.

You will need:

  • Soft cloth;
  • soft sponge;
  • water;
  • neutral detergent.


  1. Remove all surface dust with a soft, dry cloth;
  2. mix in a container, two liters of warm water with eight drops of neutral detergent;
  3. moisten a soft sponge in the solution and wipe the entire outside area of ​​the refrigerator;
  4. don't forget the most difficult corners;
  5. Afterwards, remove excess detergent with another cloth damp with water;
  6. dry with a dry cloth.


  • Steel wool, as it can scratch the refrigerator's paint enamel;
  • chemicals with alcohol, acids or other abrasive elements.

Condenser cleaning

Despite the refrigerator being one of the most essential appliances in the house, it is also one of the biggest responsible for energy consumption. Therefore, anything that can reduce expenses is always welcome, isn't it?

And a tip that can make electricity consumption drop by up to 30% is to clean the condenser weekly, the part that is behind the refrigerator. Dust is easily accumulated in this region and it is this that causes consumption to increase.

And to clean it, just:

  1. Unplug the refrigerator from the outlet;
  2. With a mop, dry cloth or brush, remove dust.

No water, ok?

How to clean the freezer

The method for cleaning the freezer is the same as cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, however, there are models where the freezer still produces ice. So check out how to remove the ice quickly:

  • Remove food from the freezer (with the refrigerator already turned off) and place them in a Styrofoam box;
  • to remove ice, use a cloth dampened with warm water;
  • after removing, perform the cleaning method taught above.

Note: Never use knives or other sharp and sharp objects, as they can cause damage such as scratches and perforations.

How to organize food in the refrigerator

It is important to know how to distribute food on the refrigerator shelves, as this means valuing our health. By doing this, you save money (which is always good) and neither waste nor lose food. And each area of ​​the refrigerator has a different temperature, so we'll teach you how to organize your food, according to the environment:

  • In the refrigerator (freezer): ready-made products that will be reused;
  • in the coldest part of the refrigerator: meat, cold cuts, fruits and eggs;
  • first shelf: Milk and dairy products, and food leftovers;
  • lower shelf: fruits, liquids, fruits, etc;
  • on the doors: drinks, preserves and condiments.

Check out the tips for correct packaging:

  • Store leftover meals in glass jars, preferably and transparent, for easy location;
  • prefer square or rectangular pots, for better use of space;
  • meat and eggs must be placed in the coldest part of the refrigerator, always;
  • the larger drawers are suitable for fresh vegetables. Always wash them before storing, and put them in jars instead of a plastic bag;
  • ripe or cut fruit can be kept in the refrigerator, otherwise, leave the others at room temperature;
  • organize the pots or bags with identification on reusable labels and also with expiration date;
  • Never store an open can in the refrigerator, as the food can be contaminated.

Shelf life of each food

  • Meat and chicken: one to two days;
  • soup: three to four days;
  • mayonnaise and other processed solids: approximately two months;
  • cold: three days;
  • milk: two days;
  • leftover meal: two days;
  • vegetables and fruits: three to seven days;
  • vegetables: two to three days.
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