Cleaning the inside of a fridge is a task almost as dreading as spring cleaning, that is unless you are just one of those people who thoroughly enjoy having everything in the house all neat and tidy, organized and clean at all times.
But for many of us a lot of the times it is more the likes of “If we had only cleaned that spill and wiped that leak before it turned into mold, we now would not be having to deal with such a gross refrigerator”.
A clean refrigerator is essential for your own safety. In fact, the number one reason to maintain the refrigerator clean is food safety, which means less chances of developing food poisoning, which is definitely something you want to avoid.
If you live alone and there is no one else to assume the responsibility or share the task with you, it is time for solo action and there is nothing too difficult about cleaning a refrigerator, really. Simply follow these key steps for a mom-worthy clean in no time and no-hassle.
Empty the fridge completely
- Store the good food in a cooler with ice to prevent it from going bad. Removing everything from the refrigerator – from food to fridge drawers and shelves will allow you to clean thoroughly, including the corners and crevices.
Don’t worry about leaving food out for a short time. This is perfectly fine, just make sure it’s no more than for an hour or so. If it’s the cold season, you could put food outside, otherwise a cooler comes in handy during the summer months.
Dispose of any questionable food
- Throw out expired items and put any inedible food in the trash, then secure the bag to prevent leakage or better yet empty the bin right after.
Wipe up the interior
- Using a mixture of warm water and mildly scented dish soap wash the interior and wipe up all the spills. For heavy-duty ones, dilute some ammonia into hot water and use this mixture to soak the stains first and then scrub.
You can wash all the removable surfaces before starting with the interior so they have plenty of time to dry out before going back in the refrigerator. Any excess water should be wiped off with a clean cloth.
Other cleaning solutions you can use include baking soda mixed with hot water, apple cider vinegar mixed in hot water or even white toothpaste. The latter acts as an abrasive cleanser and is good for removing buildups.
- The doors as well as the top of the refrigerator, the edges, the sides, and the area around the handles deserve equal attention. Clean these with dish-washing liquid and water and make sure you insist around the handles where often times we find sticky fingerprints.
- Dry completely with a clean cloth afterwards.
Place the food back into the refrigerator
- As you pick up items to reintroduce into the refrigerator, make sure you wipe off rims of bottles, jam jars, containers before storing them and check once again for anything past its prime.
- To prevent odors spread some baking soda or fresh coffee grounds on a rimmed baking sheet and leave it inside the refrigerator until the smell goes away. Do this from time to time or whenever needed. You can also keep baking soda in a small plastic box at the bottom of your fridge at all times to absorb the odors.