From the outside, you may not think your refrigerator needs to be cleaned. However, it is one of the most important households that you need to pay attention to. Especially when your fridge gets too full and cluttered, it can lead to the risk of food poisoning. So, it is essential to clean a refrigerator periodically though it’s not the most pleasant task. Keeping your fridge clean and tidy will help you save time to find foods and have a healthier life.
Organize your food in the fridge
Before starting to clean a refrigerator, you need to take your food out of it. You can plan to clean the fridge when your food level is low, or before your shopping trip. Remember that you should not leave the food outside more than an hour because they can turn into spoiled.
While doing this, it’s a proper time to check your food. Throw out any moldy, inedible or expired foods. Some BBQ sauces, cheese or salad dressings that you saved, maybe you won’t use it anymore. When you finish to clean and organize your food, remember to manage the pin in the right way afterward so that your house doesn’t smell of all the food you throw out.
Clean all the shelves and drawers
Then you should take out all the removable shelves and the salad vegetables drawers from the bottom of the fridge.
The next thing is washing all those thoroughly with dish soap or washing-up liquid. Using warm water is a good idea to remove bacterium. Be careful with glass shelves because hot water can shatter them.
With heavy stains by sauces, don’t be afraid to use the power of hot water or strong cleaning liquid. Baking soda is also a good alternative.
After cleaning the shelves, make sure to leave them dry naturally while you can move to the next step.
Wipe inside of the refrigerator
Using a clean cloth or sponge with water to clean a refrigerator. Not to use scented soap of strong cleaning liquid because food may absorb the smell. You can use natural solutions such as baking soda and water or apple cider vinegar.
Moreover, you should pay more attention to the grooves on the sides of the fridge interior. They can be hotspots for dirt which hard to see. In this case, a cotton bud is a handy tool for wiping old food out of these.
Clean outside the fridge
Areas such as the handle and the door surround are places germs can build up through frequent contact with our hands. So don’t overlook it.
You should usually clean the outer surfaces of the refrigerator out of dust, day by day if you have spare time. Using a towel and all-purpose cleaner is suitable for this.
Use a homemade air freshener for your fridge
Besides doing a seasonal check to keep it fresh and clean, you can do some natural air freshener for your fridge.
A dish or cup of freshly ground coffee will work very well at absorbing odors.
Activated charcoal — from an aquarium store can absorb bad odors for up to three months.
A cup of opened baking soda works well to keep your fridge smell good.