How to Clean Your Refrigerator Completely

Maintaining a clean refrigerator will help it function effectively.

Your refrigerator is perhaps the kitchen appliance you use the most because it’s continuously humming, you open and close it frequently throughout the day, and the shelves are always replenished with the items your family loves to eat. Given how important it is to your everyday existence, you want to take every precaution to keep it in good working order.

How should that be done best? Make routine maintenance a priority. Without it, your machine won’t function as well as it should. Scheduled cleanings, which optimize air flow and protect your food and drink from going bad soon (and keep your machine in operating condition for years to come), are part of that maintenance.

Reason Of Cleaning Refrigerator Frequently

It’s critical to clean your refrigerator on a regular basis for efficiency, hygienic, and health reasons. According to Kathy Cohoon, director of franchise operations at Two Maids, “an overstuffed fridge can lead to decreased energy efficiency, bad air flow, and forgotten foods going bad and creating stenches.” “To keep smells, spills, and germs at bay aim to clean your fridge out weekly and always keep an eye out for rotten produce, forgotten leftovers, and expiring products,” she advises.

Every three months, in addition to weekly maintenance, give your refrigerator a thorough cleaning.

Materials Required To Clean Refrigerator

  • Before you begin, make sure you have these supplies on hand.
  • microfiber material (s).
  • A sponge.
  • soda for baking.
  • distilled vinegar (white).
  • Plate.
  • spray canister.
  • outdated toothbrush.
  • Unprocessed dish soap.
  • Swabs of cotton.

Guide to Clean Your Refrigerator

Once a week, give your refrigerator a thorough cleaning. This will guarantee that stains and smells don’t accumulate there and will facilitate thorough cleaning in the future.

  1. Take stuff out of the fridge.
  2. Wipe out all of the internal parts and crumbs using a microfiber cloth.
  3. Combine equal amounts white vinegar and baking soda to make a paste.
  4. If you have any stains, apply the paste to them and let it sit for a maximum of five minutes.
  5. Remove the discoloration with a moist sponge.
  6. Combine a few drops of dish soap with hot water in a basin.
  7. Wipe down your refrigerator’s inside and all of its shelves with a clean sponge dipped in the solution.
  8. To erase any soap residue, dab with a moist microfiber cloth. Next, use a microfiber towel to wipe dry.
  9. Use a surface-safe cleaner to clean the outside, being sure to disinfect the handle.

Cleaning Your Refrigerator Deeply

Although deep cleaning requires more effort than regular cleaning, your refrigerator only has to be cleaned once every three months.

  1. Empty your refrigerator of everything.
    Empty your refrigerator of everything before beginning. “Store perishables in a deep freezer or cooler while you clean,” Cohoon advises. Make sure to look for mold and food that has gone bad as you remove objects. Throw anything dubious in the trash.” Wipe anything that you intend to keep clean with a moist microfiber cloth. Take off all of the shelves and drawers from the refrigerator when it is clear of all food, drinks, and condiments.
  1. Clean the Drawers and Shelves
    Combine warm water and natural dish soap in a bucket. After dipping a clean sponge into the solution, thoroughly clean the drawer and shelf surfaces. Under running water, rinse the compartments to get rid of any soap residue. Apply a microfiber cloth to each shelf and bin to dry them out.
  2. Clean Up the Interior
    In a spray bottle, mix equal parts vinegar and warm water. “Spray down all surfaces of the interior and allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping with a soft cloth,” Cohoon advises. Don’t forget to spray any grooves and the refrigerator’s built-in side drawers. After the solution has had time to settle, thoroughly clean the refrigerator with an old toothbrush. After removing the cleaning solution with a damp sponge, use a microfiber towel to wipe the inside dry. Put the drawers and shelves back in the refrigerator.
  3. Clean Up the Outside
    Before cleaning the outside of your refrigerator, consult the handbook; cleaning techniques and guidelines may differ. “But as a general rule, any exterior can benefit from a little warm water and dish soap,” advises Jennifer Parnell, co-founder of the non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning product brand Humble Suds. If any stains remain, use a paper towel to buff them and a solution of equal parts water and vinegar to spritz the outside. “Microfiber towels may have debris that could scratch stainless steel,” she explains. After cleaning, give the outside a dry wipe.
  4. Wipe the Gasket Off
    According to Parnell, washing refrigerator gaskets on a regular basis helps maintain the appliance’s seal. Refrigerator gaskets gather a lot of dirt. Combine equal amounts of vinegar and water to clean the gasket. Run a cotton swab along the seam of the gasket after dipping it into the solution. Repeat with a microfiber towel until it is clean and dry.
  5. Clean the Coils Off
    For information on finding and cleaning the coils in your appliance, consult the handbook. Usually, you only need to complete this step once a year. “The coils are responsible for keeping your refrigerator at the preferred temperature,” Parnell explains. “Unclean coils may cause your refrigerator to overwork, which might increase your power costs or shorten the life of your fridge.” 
  6. Clean the Fridge Footprint
    Take the refrigerator out of the wall outlet and move it aside. Cohoon advises, “Vacuum or sweep the floor under the refrigerator.” Using a mop moistened with an all-purpose cleanser, wipe the floor and then pat dry. Put your refrigerator back where it belongs and plug it in.
  7. Return Everything into Your Refrigerator
    You may put back whatever goods you removed from your refrigerator at the beginning after cleaning all of its parts. “Take this time to make any edits to your organization that will help you utilize sauces more or cut down on food waste by putting things like products front and center so you remember to use them,” Cohoon advises.

Removing Your Refrigerator Odors

There are two reliable methods to eliminate unpleasant odours from your refrigerator if any still remain after cleaning. “Our two favorite options for removing odors are baking soda and charcoal,” Parnell explains. “Please put one or two pieces of charcoal in a dish at the back of the refrigerator, or a box or bowl of baking soda. These will eliminate any unpleasant smells.”

Tips for Keeping a Refrigerator Clean

In between thorough cleanings, keep your refrigerator neat by adhering to a few easy maintenance procedures.

  1. Clean up spills as soon as they happen.
  2. When replenishing the refrigerator, dispose of any outdated food, advises Parnell.
  3. Rotate the food so you can see all that is offered. Parnell adds, “This is also great for inspiring meal planning.”
  4. Attend to any locations that require obvious cleaning each time you replenish your refrigerator.

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