If you’re getting ready to move or just need to store your refrigerator, make sure you do it correctly the first time. Take your time and don’t rush into it, as an improperly stored fridge can create lots of problems, like mice, bugs, mold and unpleasant odors.

Instead, follow the fridge storage steps we outlined below and your fridge will stay clean and in good condition for as long as you store it.

Things You’ll Need

Before getting started, make sure you have all the equipment and cleaning supplies listed below.

  • Trash bags
  • Non-toxic cleaning solution
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Bowl of warm water
  • Clean cloth for dusting
  • Old towels
  • Old blanket

8 Steps for Safe Fridge Storage

  1. Take everything out. Before you can start cleaning, you’ll first have to remove all the food from your refrigerator. That includes crumbs too. Once you’ve removed all of your food, use a damp rag or paper towel to gather up all those little bits of food at the bottom.
  2. Defrost. To properly defrost your fridge unplug it first. Next, place a bowl of hot water inside and close your fridge. After a few minutes, the steam from your hot water will melt any ice and defrost your fridge completely. Be sure to put a rag or old towel on the floor to catch the water as it melts.
  3. Clean Drawers and Shelves. Next, take out all your drawers and shelves and clean them in soapy water. Set them aside to dry.
  4. Clean Interior. Now it’s time to clean the inside of your fridge. Mix your cleaning solution, make sure it’s non-toxic, in a bowl of warm water and clean with a damp rag. This will get rid of any extra bits of food and sanitize your fridge.
  5. Clean Exterior. Clean the outside your fridge using the same method as mentioned in step 4. Use a clean cloth to dust off the back of your fridge and coils.
  6. Dry. Wipe down your fridge, inside and outside, with a clean towel and leave the door propped open to air out for a full day. Moisture attracts mold so make sure your fridge is completely dry.
  7. Cover. Cover your fridge with an old blanket or sheet to make sure it stays clean during transport.
  8. Move. Move your fridge using a dolly. This way you won’t tip it on it’s side. Transport and store it standing up. Keeping a fridge on its side for too long can damage the compressor.


Storing a refrigerator is a simple chore, if you do it correctly. Be sure to follow the steps mentioned above and your fridge will stay clean and in excellent condition for years to come. For more information about storage and our company, visit our blog or send us an email. We’d love to hear from you.