How to Clean Under the Fridge and Other Appliances (Plus, a Shortcut for a Squeaky Clean Space)

updated Apr 10, 2024
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When vacuuming and mopping our floors, we inevitably and unavoidably clean around our major appliances, such as the dishwasher, fridge, and washer and dryer. They’re far too difficult to move and no regular cleaning tool is narrow enough to fit beneath them. So week after week, dust and other “collectibles” gather beneath these square graveyards of household debris. That’s about to change.

Use this handy guide to learn how to clean under the fridge and other major appliances in a few simple steps. Plus, use the shortcut method (outlined below) between deep cleans to keep your space squeaky clean.

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How to Clean Under the Fridge and Other Appliances

There are two options for this essential cleaning project: a shortcut way and a more thorough super feel-good way. A thorough deep clean is needed at least once a year, but the rest of the time you can get away with doing the shortcut method.

How to Clean Under the Fridge and Other Appliances Thoroughly

The thought of moving appliances might raise your mental hackles, but knowing that the space underneath your appliances is spotless (at least for a while) is pretty satisfying. And it’s not as bad as you might think.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to clean under the fridge and other appliances:

  1. Sweep a broom handle or yard stick under the appliance to get any loose items that might make it difficult to move the appliance.
  2. Unplug your appliance.
  3. Move your appliance: Many refrigerators are on rollers. For washers and dryers, you may need a partner to help you scoot the appliance out.
  4. Vacuum or sweep the area that was underneath the fridge or other appliance.
  5. Follow with a damp mop. To help loosen grease and grime, try a solution of water and white vinegar.
  6. Let the floor air dry for an hour or two.
  7. Replace the appliance and plug it back in.

A Shortcut for Cleaning Under the Fridge and Other Appliances

To clean under your appliances without moving them, grab a yardstick and cover the end with an old pair of pantyhose, a microfiber cloth attached with a rubber band, or an old tube sock. Sweep your tool multiple times under each appliance. Vacuum or sweep up what you’ve unearthed.