How to Install a Refrigerator Lock

What You'll Need
Rubbing Alcohol
Refrigerator Lock
Clean Rag

There are countless reasons why some people may want to add a refrigerator lock to their fridge and/or freezer. Some of them may include a curious child, keeping a teenager out of the alcoholic beverages, or keeping that bottomless pit of a roommate out of your food in the middle of the night. Whatever your reason for adding a lock to your fridge, this project can be an easily completed by almost anyone. Some fridge locks require installers to drill holes into the fridge itself. Avoid buying these types of locks because it is very dangerous to create holes in any part of the fridge. People drilling holes can destroy the fridge by drilling into essential cooling components, and electrocute themselves by doing so. Make sure to buy fridge locks with the adhesive applying components.

Step 1 - Cleaning The Fridge

The first thing that needs to be done is cleaning the front and side of the fridge where the lock is going to be applied. This is best done by applying the rubbing alcohol to the clean rag and scrubbing off any dirt or grime that may be built up in the fridge’s surface. Some fridges with a larger amount of filth may require more scrubbing. The Clorox magic eraser will remove this extreme grime. Cleaning the fridge is necessary because if there is any leftover dirt, the refrigerator lock will come off, making this time spent useless.

Step 2 - Apply the Lock Hinges

After allowing the rubbing alcohol to completely dry, apply the fridge lock hinges, preferably at the top of the fridge. Most fridge lock hinges come with adhesive, so all you need to do is place one on the side of the fridge and one on the fridge door, where they inter-lock. Make sure to apply as much pressure as possible to ensure the lifespan of your fridge lock. Allow the hinge adhesive to settle for about an hour, then give the lock a few firm tugs to ensure that the locks are firmly in place.

Step 3 - Choose and Apply the Lock

Choosing which type of lock you are going to use determines how safe your fridge is going to be. Padlocks with code entry are safe, but you need to make sure that you scramble the code after every entry, so other house tenants do not figure out the code. The safest locks would be locks with key entry. Padlocks with key entry can not be opened without a key, so unless your child is a lock picking mastermind, your fridge will be safe as long as the key stays with you, whether it be in a safe place, or on your key ring. After applying the lock, you are finished installing your new refrigerator lock.