Refrigerator and Freezer Cleaning Checklist

You may think you have the technique down cold, but keeping the refrigerator clean requires more than a box of baking soda. Think of this checklist as a refresher course.


  1. Check Remove food.

    Store the frozen items in coolers. Refrigerated, perishable foods generally won’t spoil during the cleaning process if left at room temperature for under 2 hours.

  2. Check Clean crispers and ice-maker bins.

    Place in warm water with dish soap and scrub. Empty ice maker (ice can absorb odors).

  3. Check Clean doors, shelves, and walls.

    Vacuum food crumbs. Wipe with a solution of two tablespoons baking soda and one quart warm water.


  1. Check Ready, set, vacuum.

    Vacuum with a brush attachment to remove dust that has accumulated underneath the refrigerator, on its rear coils and top vents, and along the wall.

  2. Check Wipe away dirt.

    With a wet, soapy cloth, wash the exterior. If your refrigerator is made of stainless steel, use special stainless cleaner, and rub with the grain for the best shine.