How to Clean Your Refrigerator Efficiently
Your refrigerator is a very expensive piece of equipment and so it is very important that it functions 100% all the time. It runs 24/7 and it never rests or takes time off. And, most importantly, you cannot live without it.
To keep it functioning at its optimum capacity, you need to clean the inside of the refrigerator at least once every 6 months – the outside too. And check its contents every 2 weeks or so – depending on the climate you live in and what temperature you have set the refrigerator to. If it breaks down, it can cost you an arm and a leg – not only will all your food go bad, but you will have to pay for the expensive repair work.
Inside your refrigerator you probably have loads of food and drinks, including sauces, milk, eggs, salad ingredients, fruit, left over meals, some bits of old food that is slowly turning a pale shade of sickly green, and some awful smelly, moldy cheese! Yes – what a mess and what a terrible whiff! You will forgive me if I say that cleaning my refrigerator is nowhere near my favorite task. So, lucky for you, I am going to give you some pointers on how to clean your fridge from top to bottom and from the inside out – and end up with a spotless, refreshed refrigerator.
Steps to Follow for a Spotless Refrigerator
- Take all the food out – every single little piece – yes, including those bits of pizza and cheese stuck to the shelf!
You need everything out so that you can assess the mess and the damage!
- Discard all the moldy, smelly food that looks disgusting – put it in a waste paper bag and get rid of it.
You are probably now starting to realize that there were some choice pieces of food in the refrigerator that you were going to use for a fancy meal a week ago, and now it’s all spoiled. None of it passed the test of time
- If you have jam jars and pickled dill cucumbers in there that are long past their expiration date – and nobody has eaten them – well, now you know – do not buy them again no matter how much little Johnny nags – more than likely, he was fascinated with what they looked like in the jar more than he actually wanted to eat them!
- Take out the shelves and the drawers and wash them by hand in the kitchen sink – none of it should go in the dishwasher.
Have lots of soapy suds and a gentle brush to scrub with and away you go.
Do remember, please, not to put cold glass shelves in hot water – or you could be looking for new shelves because your current ones have shattered. Either use cold water or let them reach room temperature before washing them.
For stubborn stains and revolting food spills, mix a little bit of Ammonia in hot water (1:5 ratio) – and soak the item.
Make sure all the shelving and removable pieces have thoroughly dried before putting them back into the refrigerator.
- Wipe down the inside of the fridge with a soft cloth and a gentle cleaning solution such as 2 TBS of Baking Soda with 4 cups of water or 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts hot water. Do not use any chemicals that will discolor the sides of the appliance.
If the stains are really hard to dislodge, you can also use some white toothpaste as it has
a slightlyabrasive texture that could shift the marks, and it smells fresh!
Do not forget to clean the fridge door / doors – and the shelving, if there are any.
- Clean the gasket with a solution of ½ water to ½ vinegar. You can also use bleach but dilute it first with lemon oil or mineral oil to keep the rubber flexible.
- Leave the fridge open for an hour or so to get it aerated and properly dry once you have finished cleaning the inside of the refrigerator.
- Wipe all the containers that you took out of the fridge with a clean cloth – including all jars and bottles. Check expiry dates before you put the food back into the fridge.
Some Extra Cleaning Tips
- You need to replace your water filter every 6 months. Or else it w
ill clog up the ice maker and cause unpleasant smells.
- Mark off a day every 4 months to clean the refrigerator so it never reaches a horrible, icky state again. And every 2 months or so, take out the food and wipe down all the surfaces with the baking soda or a vinegar solution. Just think how much time this will save when it comes to the big clean in 4 months if you keep this up every 2 months
- You can make you own air freshener to use in the fridge – before the food starts to go off and the bad smells filter in the crevices and spaces, douse your fridge with your fantastic air freshener made from a clean sock full of activated charcoal – works like a dream (from an aquarium store, not from a BBQ).
- Grind up some fresh coffee beans and that will absorb odors too. A container of baking soda also filters out bad smells – replace every 30 days.
- Put some nice pleasant smells into the fridge to give it a hint of a flavor – such as vanilla or mint – the operative word being subtle. Place it in a little dish at the back of the fridge for a nice touch.
- Lastly, squash up a brown paper bag and put it in the vegetable rawer in the fridge – it miraculously gets
And there you have it – your quartlerly guide to keeping your refrigerator fresh, clearids of all unpleasant salad smellsn and sweet-smelling with minimum effort and easy homemade recipes. Isn’t it great to be saving money on cleaning items and not having to spend a fortune on expensive fridge cleaners? I bet your husbands will be thrilled you managed to save some money – maybe you go out for dinner at a restaurant for the money you managed to save, all because you worked hard to clean inside of the refrigerator.