How Often Do You Clean Your Fridge?

As I mentioned in my previous post, our refrigerator has been out of commission for the last 13 days.  But not any more!  I met the repairman at the house and within 30 minutes, he had replaced the motor; the fridge was cooling again; and I had spent $300.  OUCH!  I have to keep reminding myself that it is cheaper than buying a new one.


After the repairman left, I emptied the fridge of a few things that I didn’t put in the coolers and wiped the shelves and baskets down again.  Then I noticed the shelves on the door.  GROSS.   As much as it pains me to admit, I don’t think they have been wiped out since I first bought the fridge…almost 4 years ago.  Nothing was spilled on them, but they had collected some trash.  I took the fronts of the shelves off, washed them, and wiped down the shelves before replacing the fronts.  After wiping down the top, which had collected quite a bit of dust, it’s as good as new again.


Clean fridge...time to grocery shop...

Clean fridge…time to grocery shop…


But that got me to thinking, how often should I deep clean the fridge?  I never thought the refrigerator was dirty, since we’re really good about getting rid of old items weekly and wiping up as needed.  I put “deep clean the fridge” on my cleaning schedule to be done once a month, but I was thinking more of quickly wiping down the inside and out and going through the contents to throw out anything that had expired.  I wasn’t really thinking about taking out all the bins and shelf fronts to wash…or pulling the fridge away from the wall and vacuuming up dust bunnies.  That’s another task I hadn’t done in 4 years until last week when the husband pulled the fridge out to see if he could repair it; another thing I don’t want to readily admit, the back of the fridge was fuzzy with dust.


While I know both of those tasks need to be done more than once every 4 years, I don’t think it is necessary to go to that extent monthly.  My hope is that the monthly semi-deep clean will keep it in good condition, and I’ll do the overhaul twice a year.


So how often do you clean your fridge – deep clean or otherwise?