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How to Clean the Inside of Your Refrigerator with Bar Keepers Friend 

June 23, 2021

How to clean the inside of your refrigerator is a question we’re asked often. Let’s face it – when it comes time to clean inside your refrigerator; it can be a daunting task. Partly because, well, it can be a little gross. 

Spilled milk that has dried to a yellow crust, blood that leaked out of a Rib Eye steak wrapped in butcher paper, and something on the middle shelf with a bite out of it that has turned greenish-blue. Yeah. Gross, I know.

So, at least for me, when I tackle the inside of my fridge, I don’t want to mess around. That’s where Bar Keepers Friend comes in. We don’t mess around. We turn the mess around! 

How to Clean the Inside of Your Refrigerator with Bar Keepers Friend 

I prefer using Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray + Foam because it’s quick and easy, and I can set it to spray on horizontal surfaces or Foam on vertical. The Foam doesn’t flow down the sides like a liquid does. It sticks to the vertical surface you’re cleaning. 

However, the original Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser works just as well as MORE Spray + Foam. You can make a paste of BKF powder and water and apply it to sections you’re cleaning, or you can wet the surface and sprinkle BKF powder on the wetted spot. 

Step One

Empty the fridge. BKF products are some of the safest cleaning products on the market, but you don’t want to mix them with food. There are two schools of thought on emptying your refrigerator to clean. One is to do it a shelf at a time, and the other is to empty the fridge. We recommend completely emptying your fridge before you start cleaning. 

By emptying the fridge, you don’t chance exposing any food to the cleanser, and another advantage is you can fully see the task ahead. You’ll have a good idea of where to concentrate your efforts.  

Step Two   

Apply either the BKF MORE Spray + Foam or original cleanser to the surface. It’s best to clean one area at a time so you can follow the proper procedures. 

How to Clean the Inside of Your Refrigerator Using Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser 

  • Wet the entire area to be cleaned
  • Shake the powder on the wetted surface
  • Clean one section at a time
  • Use a soft sponge in circular motions to clean the area
  • Repeat as needed 
  • For difficult stains, make a paste of BKF and water, allow it to sit for one minute, and then wipe with a soft sponge.
  • Rinse the area with a soft wet cloth
  • Use a soft dry cloth to polish the inside of your fridge  

How to Clean the Inside of Your Refrigerator Using Bar Keepers Friend MORE Spray + Foam

  • Shake the More Spray + Foam before using.
  • Rotate trigger spray nozzle to ON position
  • Open nozzle flap to choose spray/mist option for horizontal surfaces, or close nozzle flap to choose spray/foam option for vertical or hard-to-reach surfaces
  • Apply product to one section at a time
  • Gently rub the area with a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge
  • Let it sit no longer than one minute
  • Rinse thoroughly 
  • Wipe the surface dry and polish with a soft cloth

With either product, you may be tempted to let the BKF sit on a tough stain for longer than one minute but don’t do that. Leaving our products on too long can dull the finish. Rather than let it sit longer than a minute, rinse it off and reapply the product. You can do this as many times as needed without adversely affecting the finish. 

Pro Tip: Decaying food is a breeding ground for mold and germs — not something you want next to your food. To avoid a buildup of bad Ju Ju, do the following:

  • Immediately clean all spills
  • Once a week, check for outdated food and spills you’ve missed
  • Empty and clean the fridge every three month

If you’d like to learn more about how and when to clean you fridge We recommend this post from  Molly Maid — How Often Should I Clean My Refrigerator?

A clean fridge is a welcome sight, and staying ahead of your cleaning is a lot easier with Bar Keepers Friend. 


About the Author

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Randy Clark is a speaker, coach, and author. He publishes a weekly blog at Randy Clark Leadership.com. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He’s a beer geek and on weekends (after COVID-19) he can be found fronting the Rock & Roll band Under the Radar. He’s the proud father of two educators; he has four amazing grandchildren and a wife who dedicates her time to helping others. Randy is the author of the Amazon bestseller The New Manager’s Workbook: A crash course in effective management.

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