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Get your refrigerator sparkling clean and ready for fall with this DIY cleaner.

Updated: Aug 17, 2023


Get ready for a new school year with this easy homemade cleaner for your refrigerator.

With busy school days ahead, it is important and helpful to keep your fridge clean and organized.

(Check out our tips on disinfecting and keeping everything organized in this post.)

Ingredients for DIY refrigerator cleaner:

1 cup of warm water

1 tbsp citric acid

1 tbsp concentrated dish soap

Glass spray bottle (glass is best for essential oil storage)


Add warm water from the faucet to the water bottle, citric acid, dish soap and essential oil.

Swirl the bottle around to mix it up.

Give the bottle a gentle shake before spraying each time.

Spray the inside and outside of the refrigerator and wipe off. This works great around water dispensers too.

Feel free to use lemon, orange or purify essential oil. Check the blog post for more ingredient breakdowns.

If you want a powerful acidic cleaning agent for your home, keep citric acid on hand. It has similar properties to vinegar and it’s really fantastic for hard water stains! Like baking soda, it is also powerful for odor absorption.

Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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