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Cleaning the Interior of the Refrigerator

How to Clean the Interior of your KitchenAid Refrigerator 

Why should you clean the interior of your refrigerator? The refrigerator and freezer sections automatically defrost. Air circulates between both sections, so any odors formed in one section will transfer to the other. You must thoroughly clean both sections to eliminate odors.  

Suggestions for Eliminating or Reducing Odors:

  • Keep foods tightly wrapped or covered; it also helps keep food from drying out.
  • Wipe spills up immediately.
  • Clean both sections about once a month.
  • Keeping the Refrigerator and Freezer well organized, including crisper drawers, will help you manage freshness levels.
  • Discard any spoiled or rotten food.

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How to Clean the Interior

  1. Remove all food.
  2. Unplug the refrigerator or disconnect the power.
  3. Hand wash, rinse, and dry removable parts and interior surfaces thoroughly.
    • Use a clean sponge or soft cloth and a mild detergent in warm water.
    • Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners such as window sprays, scouring cleansers, flammable fluids, cleaning waxes, concentrated detergents, bleaches, or cleansers containing petroleum products on plastic parts, interior and door liners, or gaskets.
  4. Plug in the refrigerator or reconnect power. 

How to Clean the Drawer and Shelf Channels

To clean the drawer or shelf channels:

  1. Use warm, soapy water.
  2. Thoroughly rinse and dry.
  3. Completely dry with a soft microfiber cloth.

Spillovers inside the refrigerator may get into the slide control of the crisper bins or shelves and cause them to stick. If the spillover is heavy, it may be necessary to use a soft cloth and mild dish soap to clean the frame.

Remove drawer or shelf channels by pulling straight up on each end of the rail to clean. Use warm, soapy water.  Thoroughly rinse and dry Completely dry with a soft microfiber cloth. Place the rails by sliding the shelf rail into the slots on the door and pushing the rail straight down until it stops.

Additional Information:

  • Refrigerator shelves with under-shelf LED lighting are NOT dishwasher safe.
  • Glass Shelves and Bins are dishwasher safe, but hand washing is primarily recommended.
    • Place Shelves and Bins on the top rack of the dishwasher.
    • Ensure the shelves and bins have come to room temperature before placing them in the dishwasher to avoid cracking and breaking.
  • Please reference your Owner's Manual for instructions on removing the shelves and bins from your refrigerator. 

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