How to Use a Mini Refrigerator

Hal Bartle

The mini refrigerator is a staple in college dormitory rooms on campuses across the United States. Mini fridges are small refrigerators, typically of less than 4 cubic feet, that are used to refrigerate beverages and smaller food items.

In most cases, the cost of a mini fridge is less than $175, and the refrigerator's portable nature makes it easy to transport between locations. You can find mini fridges at most appliance stores, such as Sears, Target, Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

  1. Remove the mini refrigerator from its box and clean the interior and exterior. Clean the fridge with a standard kitchen cleaner. Allow the mini fridge to stand upright for four hours before plugging it in to the electrical outlet.

  2. Place the mini refrigerator in the location where you would like to use it. Keep the device 5 inches from any wall to allow air to reach it and prevent overheating.

  3. Plug the mini refrigerator into the electrical outlet. Mini refrigerators have regular sized electrical cords and plug into a standard wall outlet. Allow the mini fridge to cool for roughly three hours prior to putting food and beverages into it.

  4. Place food and beverages into the mini refrigerator to keep them cool.