How to Clean A Refrigerator
Wouldn’t it be great if our refrigerator kept that gleaming, shiny look it had when you first bought it? Before you filled it up with your favorite foods and gradually spilled everything under the sun onto its bright surfaces. Those spills and smudges eventually make the walls, glass and wire shelves sticky, and you may find little collections of cashews, sprouts, salad mix or dried spillage underneath the crisper bins. Restoring your refrigerator to its pristine condition is one of the simplest kitchen cleaning routines around. Follow the tips below to learn how to clean a refrigerator interior.
- Use lids when storing leftovers. Uncovered food and dishes will leave more of a mess without a top.
- Clean up spills promptly. If you don’t have time for a full cleaning, at least use a wet paper towel to wipe up the spill immediately – however, a rag or sponge with hot soapy water works best. Don’t forget to wipe the bottom of any cartons or containers the spill may have touched!
- Be extra careful with meats. Clean up spills from raw chicken, raw meat and lunch meat packages immediately with hot water and liquid soap; then rinse and blot dry.
- Wipe down jars, bottles and containers after using. This prevents any liquids or residue from dripping into the fridge.
- Routinely clear out expired or old food. Pitch it before it becomes a mess.
For a deep clean
Sometimes your refrigerator needs a deep cleaning, especially if you haven’t done your best to keep in clean on a daily basis (it’s okay – it happens!). Your best bet is to clean your refrigerator before you do your weekly grocery shopping when it’s not as full.
- Unplug your refrigerator. Do this if you have a lot of deep cleaning to do, so you won’t waste energy. While it’s unplugged, you can also clean underneath the unit.
- Clear out your fridge. Put any perishables in a cooler while you work and take everything out of the doors, shelves and bins. You want to make sure you scrub every last inch and you don’t want any food items hiding stains!
- Remove drawers and bins. Place them into the sink to soak in warm, soapy water and scrub with a sponge. Let them air dry while you continue to clean the inside of the fridge.
- Tackle the interior. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water and spray down the interior with this solution. Wipe down with sponge. Don’t forget to wipe down the door gasket.
- Return drawers, bins and food to the fridge. Inspect all jars and containers before returning them to the fridge, cleaning off any residue as you go.
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