Start on the outside
When you spring clean your kitchen, don’t neglect the outside of the fridge. According to GE Appliances, dirt, dust, and animal fur on condenser coils can significantly impact cooling efficiency. Before you clean the coils, shut off the power supply to avoid getting shocked. The coils will be either under the fridge behind the base grille (you may have to remove grille first), on the back of the fridge, or on the top of the fridge. Use a refrigerator coil brush to thoroughly remove all the dust and debris. Sweep or vacuum up any leftover debris on the floor. If you have a fridge with a condenser on the top, take special care to avoid the sharp edges. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to protect your skin. On a spring cleaning roll? Check out these tips for cleaning all the appliances in your home.
Prep for the inside
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), foods that need to be refrigerated should never sit out at room temperature for longer than two hours. If your fridge needs a spring cleaning that will take more than two hours, use a cooler to store the food you plan to keep. You may also want to unplug the fridge to save energy and avoid running up your energy bill. Fill your sink with hot, soapy water to thoroughly wash the shelves or pull-out compartments. Set out dish towels on the counter tops where they can dry. Make sure to never put these foods in the fridge because you’ll spoil them right away.