Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Because your refrigerator is the hub of your kitchen, it is a good idea to clean it on a regular schedule. Most importantly, when it comes to food hygiene, cleaning a refrigerator is a must.

First and foremost, throw away any old or expired food. Separate the fruit and vegetables that are still edible and place them in a cooler box to keep them fresh while you clean the rest of the fridge.

Next, remove all detachable shelves, cabinets, and racks from the refrigerator. Wash them in a soapy sink. If there is a dirty spot, make a mixture of warm water and baking soda to clean it up, then rinse clean.

Now it’s time to get your damp cloth and start cleaning the inside of your refrigerator. To avoid dripping on the already spotless metal surface, work from the top area. 

A non-abrasive scrubber may be required to remove tough, stuck-on messes. Another option is to place a warm wet cloth over the area to make it easier to wipe away the mess.

Don’t forget to check the drain hole for any residue. Using a clean towel, pat everything dry. At this point, you can reinstall the drawers, shelves, and storage boxes.

You can use the same techniques to clean out the freezer. The nice thing about freezers is that they very seldom have spills and require much less cleaning. You might only have to check for any expired food.

You should clean out your fridge once a month. Keep in mind that some refrigerator designs have a detachable drip pan that gathers the refrigerator’s condensation. It is typically found on top of the cooling coil.

Before replacing the drip pan, remove and sanitize it. Bleach may be required. When in doubt, refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

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