The presence of a functional refrigerator in a kitchen is not only convenient and useful but also a thing to worry about when it comes to cleaning it. Most of us do not think about that latter aspect when we nonchalantly stuff things into it with the sole idea of preservation in our minds. But hey! Don’t you worry about it because cleaning a fridge need not be an unachievable feat nor is it something that only a house cleaning service can do. If you follow a few quick tips listed below, it can be something close to a piece of cake.
Even though it’s not too difficult a thing to do, I do agree that fridge cleaning is not that easy either if you’re doing it for the first time. Well, nothing is easy for the first time, is it?
The primary task of a fridge being preservation, the cleaning process also requires some pre-planning because evacuating the fridge is something that is a vital pre-requisite step in the whole process. If you have to evacuate it, then you should have another plan to preserve the food items for the time being. So it’s always better to plan your cleaning a few days before you go shopping so that you have the minimal quantity of items to be kept away. Storing these away in pre-chilled ice bags would be a good idea.
What solutions to use
Surface wipes containing natural extracts could be used to wipe the inside of the fridge such as drawers and shelves or even the walls. Strong chemicals could be avoided so as not to harm the food being stored. While using a dishwashing liquid is also okay, the foam produced would come as a difficult task to get rid of. Instead, using a solution of lemon and vinegar or baking soda solution (1:7 baking soda to water solution) would prove to be easier to wipe using a soft cotton cloth. This will remove the odor and keep the appliance hygienic. The outer surface of the fridge can also be cleaned with the same solution. But needless to say, make sure that you renew the solution after a few dips of the cloth in the solution so that you don’t wipe the dirty liquid over again and again.
How to reach those deep crevices and joints
It would be advisable to use a toothbrush, a toothpick, or any other object with a pointy end or bristles to reach deep into those crevices or joints inside or outside the fridge.
You may want to follow these tips
- While hot water is a good disinfectant, using it to wipe may result in more cooling time for the fridge while restarting. So plan that extra time much in advance.
- Leaving an open container of dry baking soda in the fridge will absorb any future odor that could build up in the fridge.
- Remember to cover whatever you store in the fridge.
- The handle of the fridge is the most prone to dirt with regular use. Remember to clean it regularly with some kitchen cleaning liquid or a normal surface wipe.
- Removing the water from the tray underneath the fridge will prevent any odor arising from stagnant water.
- The baking soda solution can also be used for cleaning any mold accumulated on the inside
- Cleaning up any spill immediately will help this regular fridge cleaning process much easier. That will save you the nine stitches if you mend to the first one in time.
Let’s be neat and cool while keeping our things neat and cool!