How to Clean a Refrigerator With Baking Soda & Vinegar

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Keep your refrigerator clean with natural products.
Keep your refrigerator clean with natural products. (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The refrigerator can be the source of challenging kitchen odors and messes, but you do not have to resort to strong chemicals to keep it clean and sparkling. Clean a refrigerator with baking soda and vinegar instead, knowing that you are using natural ingredients that will not harm your health or the environment. Not only can you eliminate stubborn odors with the baking soda, the two ingredients together react with fizzing bubbles to knock out stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning rags
  • Old toothbrush
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Spray bottle

Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into the small bowl and add enough white vinegar to make a thick paste. Stir the ingredients well until you combine them completely.

Remove all the food from the refrigerator. Go through the food items and discard any food products that are past freshness dates or are inedible. Take any removable shelving out of the refrigerator.

Saturate a cleaning rag with warm water and wipe down the inside surfaces of the refrigerator.

Place a small amount of the baking soda and vinegar paste onto a damp cleaning rag and begin rubbing the inside surfaces of the refrigerator -- including the insides of the doors -- with the paste to clean it. Continue cleaning all interior surfaces with the paste until you remove all visible stains.

Dip the old toothbrush into the baking soda and vinegar and use it to scrub tight crevices.

Rinse the cleaning rag with warm water and use it to rinse away the baking soda and vinegar. Continue rinsing the rag often with warm water until you finish removing all remnants of the baking soda and vinegar.

Use the baking soda and vinegar paste to scrub any shelves you removed from the refrigerator. Rinse the shelves well with warm water after you finish scrubbing them.

Combine 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 tbsp. dishwashing detergent and about 1 cup of white vinegar in the spray bottle. Shake the ingredients well to combine them. Spray the baking soda and vinegar spray onto the outside surfaces of the refrigerator. Wipe down the outside of the refrigerator with a damp cleaning cloth to finish cleaning the refrigerator.

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