How to Clean a Refrigerator | Professional Cleaning

How to clean a refrigerator. blue gloved hand wiping inside a lit refrigerator.
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Cleaning a refrigerator is a simple task.  Yet most professional cleaning service providers only perform this task for their customers when asked.  Did you know that you could get paid extra for cleaning a fridge? So why don’t you ask them?  Keep reading and I’ll show you how simple and easy it is to clean a refrigerator and get paid extra.


Let me first explain, every cleaning service is different, and their list of basic, expanded, and premium cleaning packages can vary across the board. 


If your cleaning service does not offer refrigerator cleaning, give it a try. Why you may ask?  Because not only will you make more money by doing so, but you will make your customers even happier with your services too.


And trust me, ain’t nothin’ like a happy customer!


Now, notice I said offer because you don’t want to provide this service and not be compensated for the additional time you’re giving.  Additional time = additional 💲💲💲.  So ask to clean the refrigerator first before you do it and come to an agreed amount.


Got it!


And it isn’t not being “not nice” to your house or office cleaning customers, it’s just business.  It’s good business!  (Yep, I meant to say it


And, to help you get over the “asking part”, ‘cause sometimes we all need a little encouragement with our professional maid and janitorial services, let me show you how simple this process can be.

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How to clean a refrigerator

how to clean a refrigerator. Fridge full of food.

Materials needed to clean

Note: use a non-toxic mild soap preferably something with no scent because you don’t want to drown out the smell of your customer’s food with a cleaning agent.  Also, cleaning a refrigerator with bleach may not be a good move.  Find another cleaning agent that can disinfect as well as be safe around food. 

  1. Mild soap (I like antibacterial Dawn or Thieves.)
  2. Bucket of water 
  3. Plastic scraper 
  4. Non-scratch scour pad 
  5. Towels
  6. Magic Eraser®

Instructions for cleaning refrigerator with non-toxic products

  1. Take a picture with your camera phone to make sure you put all items back where they go when you’re done. (I learned that the hard way.)
  2. Remove all food. In this step, ask your customer if you’re at liberty to toss out any spoiled or expired food.
  3. Remove drawers and shelves if you can. Soak in a sink full of water and mild soap.
  4. Take bucket with warm water, add mild soap, dip towel and go to work wiping from top to bottom.  Use the Magic Eraser® and non-scratch scour pad as you need for tough stains and spills.
  5. Wash the inside of the freezer also.
  6. Clean the exterior sides, the front, and the top as well.  Oh, big one… don’t forget the outer edges where the rubber seals are.
  7. Replace all racks, shelves and drawers according to your picture.
  8. Replace all food and items according to your picture from your phone.


    That’s it you’re good.

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  1. Olivia Grace says:

    Thanks for writing a helpful blog.

    1. says:

      You’re welcome!

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