How to Clean a Fridge With Bleach

Refrigerators need cleaning often to remove dirt and harmful bacteria. Cleaning the appliance regularly will prolong its life. Allowing the bacteria to grow inside the refrigerator can cause mould to form and the bacteria can harm the food. Disinfect your refrigerator with a diluted bleach solution; chlorine bleach effectively kills dangerous bacteria and it helps to remove offensive odours from the appliance.

Remove the food from inside the refrigerator and place it into an ice chest or cooler. Unplug the refrigerator from the wall.

Remove the shelves, racks and drawers. Clean them with hot water and a mild dish detergent and then rinse with 1 tsp of chlorine bleach diluted with 1 gallon of warm water. Dry the shelves, racks and drawers thoroughly with a towel.

Wipe the refrigerator down with warm and soapy water. Remove odours from inside the refrigerator by combing 1 cup of baking soda with 1 gallon of water. Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with the solution and rinse it off with clean water.

Disinfect the inside of the refrigerator with the diluted bleach solution. Dry the refrigerator thoroughly.

Replace the shelves, racks and doors inside the refrigerator. Replace the food back into the refrigerator.

Wash the exterior of the refrigerator with warm and soapy water. Disinfect the exterior including the handles with the diluted bleach solution and dry the fridge thoroughly.


If you need to clean the freezer as well, place the frozen foods into an ice chest. Defrost the freezer with a pan of hot water and place a pan on the bottom of the freezer to catch the excess water. Wipe the freezer down with warm and soapy water and then rinse it with a diluted bleach solution. Rinse the washcloths or sponges frequently while you clean the refrigerator to remove any dirt and debris. Always wipe spills as they occur in the refrigerator to help keep it clean.


Inspect the foods closely before you replace them in the refrigerator. Throw away any spoiled foods to keep your refrigerator free of harmful bacteria.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice chest or cooler
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Baking soda
  • Towels
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