How to Clean your Fridge Properly

How to Clean your Fridge Properly

Why clean your fridge?

Well DUH, it is where the food is! But do you clean your fridge regularly? Think about all the good things that come out of cleaning it regularly. For one thing, cleaning up fresh spills right away will save you the time and effort of scrubbing them after they have dried. It will also help you avoid going to the doctor’s office to get yourself checked, and maybe even to the emergency room. You’ve probably heard about all the kinds of bacteria that a typical fridge harbors. Well, chances are, it’s probably worse if your fridge is right next to your sink! Here are tips for cleaning it properly.

Green Cleaning

Battling against bacteria sounds like a dirty, dirty job, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be Eco-friendly and safe for your food and most especially, you. Green disinfectant cleaners can be made in your own kitchen using items you already have. Here are some common homemade household cleaners that you can make on your own.

Baking Soda and Vinegar / Lemon

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the area and wipe with a damp cloth or paper towel
  • Mix with equal parts water and vinegar or lemon, apply on areas, let set, and wipe

Toothpaste and toothbrush

  • Use for cleaning chrome fittings. Rinse and dry well

Cotton balls soaked with Vanilla extract (or other oils)

  • Will get rid of unpleasant fridge odors, and adds a clean scent
  • Place inside an open-topped, small container (jar/small tumbler)

Salt and Vinegar paste

  • Create paste of salt and vinegar and apply on surfaces with mold

Cleaning the inside

Unplug and make sure the appliance is turned off. Remove all food and other items from the fridge.
If it has removable shelves, racks and drawers, take them out.

Pour a disinfectant or anti-bacterial cleaner into a basin or into your sink.
Soak the shelves and drawers in the solution. Scrub if necessary.

You may mix baking soda with water to make a paste.
Apply it on tough spots or dried up spills. You may have to scrub hard to loosen the spots. 

Spray or apply your cleaning solution or disinfectant on the walls and other surfaces.
Scrub on tough spots if necessary.

Rinse the shelves and drawers, wipe them dry. Wipe the inside of the fridge clean
with paper towels and with microfiber cloth. Return the shelves and drawers in the fridge,
and wipe clean. Also wipe down food containers to make sure
they don’t bring in bacteria from the outside.

Baking soda is great for ridding your fridge of unpleasant odors.
You can leave an open dish of baking soda, or leave a baking soda shaker in the fridge.
Another way to remove odor is by dousing cotton balls with vanilla extract or oil,
containing it in a half open jar and leave it in the fridge.
Not only will it get rid of bad odor, it will also add a light, clean scent!

Cleaning Tips

  • Regularly clean the fridge handles – this part is the most frequently touched making it one of the dirtiest parts.

  • Keep your cleaning kit nearby. Store it right next to your fridge, in a nearby cupboard, or in a nearby drawer that you can access right away. This will help you feel like cleaning fresh spills right away!

  • Clean fresh spills immediately to save you the time and effort of scrubbing tough spots that have dried up.

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