How to Clean a Mini Fridge

Dec 22

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Cleaning a Mini Fridge

Keeping your mini fridge clean can sound daunting, but it's actually pretty simple work. Plus, it feels weirdly rewarding for the amount of effort it requires. If you've never cleaned a fridge before, or are just looking to make sure you aren't missing any basics, this post is a great place to start!

How to Clean a Mini Fridge

The Judgement

Check your foods. Do they smell weird? Look weird? Is something growing on them? If yes, toss them! Even if they look alright, make sure to check the expiration date. The last thing you want is food poisoning after your hard deep-cleaning work.

The Move

Once the old stuff's gone, take out all of the remaining contents and throw them on a nearby counter. Don't worry: they'll be fine on their own for a bit. Just don't walk away for an hour mid-clean! If for some reason you can't remove all of the food items from the fridge, move the items to lower shelves and clean from top to bottom.

The Cleanse
To actually clean the fridge, use a small amount of liquid detergent with a soft brush, rag, or sponge. Wipe the shelves, the sides, and the bottoms of the fridge down. Don't leave any spot un-wiped! Rinse your rag or sponge frequently to keep it from just spreading around the crumbs you're trying to clean up.

The Dry

After wiping down the fridge, make sure to dry it well, especially any areas that are metal or have moving parts. Use a dry towel or a few paper towels and really dry it down! If those areas stay wet, it can result in rust or cause damage to the mini-fridge.

The Outside

This part might seem counter-intuitive, but it's important to keep the outside and coils of your fridge dust-free to keep the fridge in prime condition. You can probably get away with cleaning the coils and vents on a monthly basis. Use the vacuum cleaner to remove dust, dander and pet hair. Lastly, wipe down the surface with multi-surface cleaner and towels. The fridge should now be sparkling. Congratulations! At this point, you can move everything from the counter back in, and pat yourself on the back.

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