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How to Clean Samsung Refrigerator Like Never Before: The Pro Guide

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How to Clean Samsung Refrigerator

Sometimes I open my Samsung fridge, and it smells like there’s a dead zombie somewhere inside.

Damn! That odor!

At that time, I wished I had a cold, and my nose was blocked like some old channel.

Wait a minute! Do you feel like that too?


So, what are you waiting for? Clean up the fridge and get rid of that smell.

Oops! I forgot that’s what you came here for.

Don’t worry; I’ve got your back.

So, here’s the deal. I’ll show you how to clean Samsung refrigerator, and you’ll give me a treat.

Just kidding!

If you can shine up your fridge again like new after reading, that’d be enough for me.

Let’s get started.


Key Takeaways:
The easiest way to clean the fridge is to unplug it, clean the interior, remove bad odors, clean up the drainage tray, and condenser coil, and finally, clean up the exterior.
The best way to maintain the fridge is to keep it at the right temperature, avoid overcrowding, defrost the freezer, and replace the water filter regularly.

9 Steps on How to Clean Samsung Refrigerator

First thing first: What is the difference between you and a professional?

The knowledge.

So, what if you take that part?

Then I don’t see the point in paying them thick bucks just because they know how to clean Samsung refrigerators better than you.

Steps to Clean Samsung Refrigerator
Steps to Clean Samsung Refrigerator

So, here’s how they do it. Or, should I say, how should you do it?

Step 1: Bring in the Right Supplies

Pick your weapons wisely for this mission. But which ones should you go for? Well, here’s the list. I bet you’ve already got most of them.

  • Mild Dish Soap: For breaking down grease and grime. Feel free to use a refrigerator cleaner as an alternative.
  • Vinegar: For tougher stains, baking soda can be used as an alternative.
  • Microfiber cloths: To wipe down the interior and exterior. You can use sponges too, but make sure they’re soft and non-abrasive.
  • Bucket: For mixing and using cleaning solutions, you use the basin for the same purpose.
  • Warm water: For cutting through grease more effectively.
  • Soft-bristle brush: For reaching tighter spaces such as vents and coils.
  • Paper towels: For drying up the wet surfaces.
  • Glass Cleaner: For removing the stains from stainless steel doors.

Step 2: Unplug the Refrigerator

Next up, you need to unplug your Samsung refrigerator, as you don’t want accidents. Make sure you remove all the food from your fridge. Put them in a cooler place if possible, especially the ones that can deteriorate without a cooler temperature.

Step 3: Clean the Interior

Get your solution ready first. Mix up warm water with a few drops of mild detergent or dish soap in a bucket or basin.

Now start with the drawers, shelves, and bins. Usually, most of these refrigerators come with glass shelves. So, if you’ve got the same, remove the glass shelves carefully and soak them in the cleaning solution.

After leaving them there for 10–15 minutes, use a clean cloth to wipe off the stains, food residues, and spills. You can also use a sponge if you want. After cleaning up the stains and spills, rinse them all properly and air-dry them.

Once you clean the shelves, go for the surfaces and walls. Use a damp cloth with mild detergent on the walls.

Wipe the doors, interior walls, and surfaces gently. If you see anything stubborn or sticky, use a baking soda paste mixed with water and use it there. Leave it there for 10 minutes, and rinse it with water after gently scrubbing it off.

Step 4: Remove Bad Odors

Lingering odors are something very common in uncleaned refrigerators.

So, if your fridge is the same, even after you deep clean it, sprinkle some baking soda inside and leave it there overnight.

If you don’t have that much time in hand, you can use a vinegar solution on the surfaces and wipe them all with a fresh and clean cloth.

Step 5: Clean Up the Drainage Tray

First, find where the drainage tray is. It is supposed to be at the back of the refrigerator or at the bottom of the interior.

Once you find that, take it out and clean it with warm, soapy water. There’s no problem with using a cotton swab to clean the drain hole. But make sure you’re dipping it in soapy water before using it.

Step 6: Replace the Water Filter

If you’ve got a faulty water filter, it can mess with the water and ice maker. So, if you’re using your water dispenser too much, make sure to replace the filter. Also, you should know the proper way to clean and maintain the Samsung refrigerator ice maker.

But I’d suggest you always use Samsung brand filters to avoid compatibility issues—of course, the ones your manual suggests.

It’s better to change the filter every 6 months.

Step 7: Adjust the Temperature

Once you’re done with interior cleaning, move to the exterior. But make sure you’re fixing the temperature at the right point first.

No, it might not always be necessary to fix the temperature manually after cleaning your refrigerator. But if you’re seeing that it’s not where it should be, adjust it manually. Make sure it suits your fridge contents.

Step 8: Cleaning Up the Exterior

Now it’s time to begin cleaning the exterior. But the process depends on the finish of your finish.

If you’ve got a stainless steel model, I’d say try a glass cleaner. Make sure it’s specifically designed for this type of surface. This should make it all easier to clean.

And if you’ve got a different finish, a soft cloth and a mixture of water and soap should be enough here. Also, remove dust and debris from the back of the fridge.

Step 9: Check the Door Seals

Lastly, check the seals when the doors are closed. Inspect if there are any problems, such as cracks or tears. After all, with a faulty gasket, a refrigerator door can’t keep the cold air in. As this part can collect dust too, clean it up if you see any.

“Use warm, soapy water here and keep the wiping gentle, as too much force can uproot it.”

How to Maintain Samsung Refrigerator?

Like any other appliance, the best way to keep your Samsung refrigerator at its optimal performance and longevity is to maintain it regularly.

Here’s how:

  • Keep your fridge’s temperature at 2°C to 4°C. This should keep the bacteria away and the food fresh.
  • Don’t overcrowd the fridge with food, and toss away the expired ones.
  • For optimal cooling, clean up the condenser coil every 6 months.
  • To prevent ice buildup, defrost the freezer regularly.
  • Replace the water filter every 6 months (depending on usage).
  • Keep the door seals in check to detect any wear and tear; replace them if necessary.

Most significantly, you can easily remove doors from Samsung refrigerators for maintenance purposes.

How Do You Clean Dirty Condenser Coils in a Refrigerator?

When it comes to regular cleaning, one of the most challenging parts is cleaning the condenser coil.

This is how it should be done:

  • Unplug the fridge first for safety.
  • Reach the coil at the back of your fridge; remove a grille if you need to.
  • Vacuum the dust with your vacuum cleaner; there should be a hose attachment for this.
  • Use a soft-bristle brush for stubborn dust and grime.
  • Wipe the coil with a damp cloth and also the area that surrounds it.
  • Place it back after cleaning and drying.

Common Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning a Samsung Refrigerator

Okay, I admit it, keeping your refrigerator clean is a hell of a task.

But this can be way harder if you make these mistakes while cleaning their fridge. So, if you’re making these too, skip them from now on:

  • Not Unplugging: This is the biggest mistake you can make while cleaning your fridge. Prioritize safety more than anything.
  • Using Harsh Chemicals: Not only can these mess with the surface and interior of your fridge, but can harm the food later on as well.
  • Skipping the Door Seals: Neglecting the door seals during fridge cleaning can have a serious impact on the cooling. It simply lowers the efficiency of your fridge.
  • Using Hot Water: This is the easiest way to wrap your fridge components. So, keep it warm, not hot.
  • Using Abrasive Scrubbers: Using these will do nothing but leave your fridge scratched. So, it’s better to have sponges and soft clothes.
  • Skipping the Filter: It’s a must to replace the filter every 6 months. You don’t want to get sick with impure water, do you?

Final Words

Hello, to-be expert!

I guess now I can call you that, as you know how to clean Samsung refrigerator. To ease things up a bit, I’ve mentioned here how to properly clean Samsung refrigerator drip trays and condenser coils as well.

Hence, don’t forget to look into the mistakes you need to avoid while cleaning the fridge. And to clear up the confusion you’ve got on the maintenance part, I’ve shared how to do that as well.

So, I hope from now on, you won’t have to shed any thick bucks on those cleaning professionals anymore.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if you don’t clean the refrigerator coils?

Cleaning your refrigerator coil every 6 months has no other alternative. Otherwise, it can reduce the fridge’s efficiency, increase your energy bills, and damage your fridge.

Why does my Samsung refrigerator smell bad?

The potential reasons for this are spills, improperly stored and spoiled food within, and dirty drain trays. Neglecting the water filter for too long can also lead to that.

How often should you wipe out the inside of your refrigerator?

It’s wiser to do that every 3–4 months. But if you’re seeing any spots, try cleaning it as soon as you can. That will save you from hassles later.

Can I use vinegar to clean my Samsung refrigerator?

Of course, you can. In fact, Samsung itself suggested using water and vinegar as an alternative cleaning solution.

Do you need to replace your refrigerator’s bins, shelves, or drawers?

You don’t need to replace your bins and drawers unless they’re cracked or broken. For shelves, check if they’re wrapped or bent. If you’re seeing something like this, replace them.

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