Refrigerator Cleaning . . . How to Information
Is your refrigerator turning into a petri dish? I hope not!
Refrigerator cleaning is never pleasant, but it doesn't have to be a chore!
Why should I spend the time cleaning my refrigerator? (I thought I heard you ask that). . .
Well . . .
- A little prevention is worth a pound of hard work later on!
- You will also save money and have less food spoilage.
- A clean refrigerator operates more efficiently, you'll save on those energy bills as well!
What to do?
Here are some simple things you can do on a regular basis to make it easier:
- Create space -- Throw out anything old before going to the grocery store. You'll have more room for your perishables and put up the groceries quickly.
- Wipe Out -- Regularly wipe up spills -- it will save time cleaning later. Blot up as much as you can with paper towels. Use a sponge with warm soapy water to get up the sticky spots.
- Wipe Off -- Wipe off the smudges, finger prints, door handles with a pop-up cleaning cloth after doing the dishes
Refrigerator Cleaning -- How To Information
Washing the Refrigerator
Plan on a good general refrigerator cleaning at least two times a year (spring and fall).
Don't use harsh chemicals, detergents or cleaning supplies.
The best and safest thing to do is to make a simple cleaning solution:
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1 quart of warm water
Baking soda serves as a great sanitizer, odor remover and brightener. There's no need to rinse afterward (unless you've used too much and there is a residue). If that happens, simply wipe it off with a clean, damp rag.
If you use a soapy water mixture, make sure to rinse and wipe dry with paper towels to remove soap traces.
Refrigerator Cleaning -- Cleaning Instructions:
- Round up your bucket, sponge and paper towels.
- Empty the refrigerator and freezer of all contents (put perishables in another refrigerator or ice chest/cooler).
- Be sure to group similar products together (salad dressings with salad dressings, etc.).
- Throw away any spoiled foods or outdated products.
- Prepare your cleaning solution above.
- Remove shelves, drawers, crisper bins, etc. Put them in the sink or bathtub. You can spray them with a mild sanitizer and let them soak while wiping out the main compartment.
- Wipe down walls, door, rubber gasket around the edge of the door.
- Wash the wire or glass shelves. Place them in the sink or bathtub. Wipe them down with the cleaning solution. Wipe, dry and replace in the refrigerator compartment.
- Scrub shelves and bins well. Rinse, shake off excess and dry. Return to the refrigerator compartment.
- Line crisper drawers with paper towels.
- Return items to the refrigerator in an organized fashion (see item #3 above).
- Empty refillable ice cube trays and fill with fresh water. Return them to the freezer.
- Empty automatic ice maker bucket -- start with a fresh batch of ice!
Refrigerator Cleaning -- Keeping It Clean
Now that you've done all that hard work, keep it clean in between times and save yourself some hard scrubbing later.
- Wipe all jars, bottles, cans and other containers with a paper towel or clean cloth before putting them back.
- Rinse and wipe dry fresh fruits and vegetables before putting them in the crisper drawers.
What about the freezer?
Well . . . most refrigerators today are frost free. Defrosting is almost a thing of the past. If you have a more antique version that needs defrosting, be sure to defrost when the frost build up is approximately 1/4 inch. It will save you time.
Never use a knife (you can hurt yourself and the appliance).
Hope this will make your chores lighter!
Check out the information on food safety tips and food storage.
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