Refrigerators are built to last many years. But be honest, when did you last give that fridge a really good cleaning? Using these simple tips, your refrigerator can be brand new clean in no time.
- Begin by getting together the necessities, including coolers, old towels, rubber gloves, trash bags, paper towels, baking soda, vinegar and a no scratch scouring sponge.
- Remove ALL food items from the fridge tossing anything expired, things you can’t readily identify, or perishables you know you are never going to eat. Now take out all removable shelves, baskets, drawers and door inserts and soak in a sink or bathtub filled with warm water and baking soda to clean. Towel or air dry before replacing.
- Wipe off all stationary shelves, interior surfaces and clean around the door gaskets using a toothbrush if necessary. While some people swear by a diluted bleach mixture, remember food does absorb odors and a solution of baking soda, vinegar and warm water is the perfect scent-free cleaner.
- Don’t forget the drip pan. Check your owner’s manual if you can’t easily remove the grill cover then carefully detach the pan just in case there is standing water. If your pan is fixed in place wrap an old washcloth around a long-handled brush and soak up any standing water. Then wet the cloth in warm soapy water and gently scrub the entire pan. Remember when vacuuming the condenser coils to also vacuum the grill cover.
- When replacing the removables take time to consider shelf placement. Is it a tight squeeze every time you take the milk or OJ out? Now is the best time to make any adjustments.
- Start cleaning out the coolers, stopping to consider item location before restocking the fridge. Once again check dates, especially on condiments. Clean off the outside of all bottles, cans and jars.
- Finally wipe down the top, sides and front of the refrigerator. Now the outside looks just as good as the inside!
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