Your fridge is designed to keep food fresh and stop it from going off, but did you know you should also clean it on a regular basis? Some people say you should clean your fridge out every month, but experts say that as long as you do a complete deep clean every 3 months, you should be fine.

Fridges are fortunately not conducive to encouraging bacterial growth, and unless we leave food to spoil or go off and go mouldy, these appliances stay relatively clean and germ free. Even if you put things that don’t necessarily belong in the fridge and could be in the pantry or a cupboard, the chances of creating a haven for bacteria are limited.

Quick clean

A quick wipe of your fridge should be done every 2 weeks or so, with a dishcloth soaked in hot, soapy water. Any spills can then be mopped up easily, and if there is any food residue that has been left behind, this can be eradicated too.

The shelves of your fridge can collect food residue quite easily, so wiping these down more often helps keep your fridge clean.

Deep cleaning

Every 3 months, it is suggested that you do a complete fridge clean out. If you are using commercial refrigeration, such as that available at somewhere like, you should be cleaning more frequently, but a fridge at home is far different to that used in a catering or restaurant kitchen.

To properly clean a fridge, remove all the shelves, egg racks and any other removable components and wipe down and deodorise the inside with a mixture of one litre warm water and one tablespoon baking soda. You can do the same to the shelves or removable components, or you can wash them in warm soapy water, and dry them off afterwards to avoid any residue.

Cleaning behind and around the fridge is also important, so if you can move it out a little and then vacuum up any dust, or sweep and then mop the floor. The back of the fridge may also collect dust, and you should be able to vacuum this off too. Lastly, wipe down the door seals and ensure that they still close tightly, as if they don’t, they can compromise the temperature inside.

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