I believe this has been asked already but I'll ask it again. How do I clean a refrigerator with no removable shelves? I am renting an appartment so this fridge isn't mine exactly. I have no idea what make or model it is either and I'm guessing it's pretty old (70s or 80s 90s at the latest). I tried to adjust the shelves when I first moved in bc they looked like they could come out and I can't fit tall bottles in there on any shelf. However, I was not able to remove the shelves because the fridge is shoved flat into a corner so the door won't open wide enough and the door including the shelves looks to be one piece. On the inside there is one glass or plastic (clear) shelf with removable drawers underneath but the shelf itself appears to have been screwed or otherwise permanently secured to the fridge. I can wipe it clean no problem but I'd rather not have to leave it open to dry for fear of it burning itself out. Also towles notoriously don't to much of anything in my appartment because I got cheapies and there is no airflow due to my appartment having all windows on the same wall and being located directly above the laundry room. My fridge isn't much better due partly if not all to it's age. So again, how can I clean it without ruining the thing?

  • "but I'd rather not have to leave it open to dry for fear of it burning itself out." - You can unplug it or turn it off, right?
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 19:07
  • Yes I can unplug it but I'd have to pull it out. And I'm not that strong. Also I have no idea how long or where the cord is in the back. Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 20:26
  • Favour returned! Question upvoted! :-)
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 5:51
  • Anything that precludes you from... wiping as much as you can dry by using up one or two 30 cent rolls of paper towels? Commented Jun 30, 2018 at 22:29

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200 proof alcohol to the rescue! (If you cannot get that locally, use the cheapest vodka with the highest alcohol content you can buy)

Pour a bit into an atomiser for best results (but a good spray bottle will do¹), spray a tiny amount inside the fridge and wipe it off with a kitchen towel after a few seconds. It'll sterilise your fridge and any leftovers you didn't wipe will evaporate naturally.


200 proof alcohol is combustible, so don't:

  • cook
  • smoke
  • burn candles
  • ...

while you're doing this and please: keep the kids away and store any leftover alcohol in a safe place.

You'll go from a dirty fridge to the cleanest fridge in a 50 mile radius.


Note¹: A spray bottle will do, a squirt gun will not: the alcohol has to be nebulised at least a little... ;-)

  • Can I use this with a regular spray bottle? I don't have a nebulizer. Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 20:27
  • Yes, a good spray bottle will to fine as long as it's one that doesn't squirt: you want it to be moist, not soaking wet.
    – Fabby
    Commented Jun 29, 2018 at 20:41

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