We often overlook the maintenance and upkeep of the most important part of our kitchen- the refrigerator. From time to time your refrigerator does require a thorough cleanup job and it is important that you give it one especially if you are to keep the fragile items that we often store in it fresher for long. It is the only appliance in your kitchen that works nonstop and takes up a lot of beating from bad odors to nasty spills.
However, if you are effectively and efficiently able to clean your refrigerator, it is surely going to save you a lot of time and effort. Not to forget, properly maintaining and keeping your refrigerator clean means a long and health life for it also. So scroll down for a step to step guide on how to keep your fridge clean and fresh.
Unplug the refrigerator to avoid any Unwanted Accident
One of the fore most rules of cleaning any appliance is to first of all unplug it from the main power before working on it. This is especially important when it comes to cleaning refrigerators because you have to leave its doors open for long periods and that will only run up your bill.
Empty out the Food
Next, take out all the food from the refrigerator and arrange it in two piles: one for throwing away and the other that will make its way back into the fridge. The best way to determine the food that needs to be thrown out is by checking its expiry date. Anything that is close to getting spoiled needs to be dumped into the bin. You can also throw out any bagged food that hasn’t been used for 2 to 3 days. Understand that this is the cooling area of the refrigerator and not the freezing part so edible items tend to spoil easily here.
Remove the Shelves and Drawers to Start the Cleaning Process
If your refrigerator has any removable shelves and drawers then definitely take them out. This will help you in cleaning the interior better as you will have an easy access to all intricate parts of the fridge that are otherwise hidden behind drawers and shelves. Also, it will be easier to wipe of the surface easily and in one go rather than having to poke around the corners and occasionally just over look them.
Clean the Interior Using Vinegar, Baking Soda or Lemon
Here comes the important part of your refrigerator cleanup. You may employ different ways to clean up the interior of your refrigerator. For example, make a water and vinegar solution or a baking soda and water solution and spray it around the inside, leaving it to rest for a little while before wiping it off with a rag.
The second option is to make a water, salt and lemon solution by adding a cup of salt to a gallon of water and a freshly squeezed lemon. Apply it on the insides and also wipe it off after letting it rest for a little while. You may also use a mild detergent or dish soap solution to clean the insides. You might occasionally have to use a non abrasive scrubber occasionally but that too only on tough spills that won’t come off easily.
Take Shelves and Drawers to the Sink and Wash Them From Inside and Outside Both
Your removable shelves and drawers of the refrigerator can be easily washed under the sink with detergent or dish washing soap. Don’t be afraid to scrub them under warm water if there are any tough spills on either. But make sure not to use warm water on a cold tray as it may shatter the glass due to the sudden change in temperatures.
You can also use the same vinegar and water solution mentioned above to clean the shelves and drawers also but make sure in either circumstances, your racks, drawers and shelves are completely dried off before returning to their right full place inside the refrigerator.
Return all contents back into the Refrigerator at Their Particular Place
As you fix all the removable parts of your refrigerator back inside, it is time to return all the contents back inside also. But first turn your refrigerator back on so the cooling can start again. Since you have already thrown off the unwanted items, you are left with the ones that need to go back in. Now is your time to properly organize your refrigerator. Use post aids o mark the due dates f each product and put these products on a shelf where they are easily accessible to you so you can discard them off when need be.
Wipe Exterior Using Vinegar Solution
The inside of your refrigerator is shining clean, so now you can move to its exterior. Use the same vinegar solution mentioned above to clean the exterior of the refrigerator and then use a clean rag to wipe it off. Using the vinegar solution has its major advantage of tackling unpleasant odors as well.
Once you are done thoroughly cleaning your refrigerator, it is important that you take some step to keep it clean and tidy for the long run. Regularly cleaning of the inside of the fridge with a baking soda or vinegar solution will ensure a healthy and clean fridge. However, to keep your fridge free from any unwanted and unpleasant smells, place a cup of ground coffee or an open box of baking soda which will surely absorb all the smells. Other methods to keep your fridge smelling good include by putting some vanilla extract or lavender essence inside. The health of your family members depends on the maintenance and well being of your refrigerator.