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Refrigerator Cleaning

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Refrigerator Cleaning

Refrigerator Cleaning: Is your refrigerator turning into a petri dish or is it sparkling clean and inviting? I hope not it's not a petri dish!

Refrigerator cleaning is never pleasant, but it doesn't have to be a chore!

You might ask yourself: "Why should I spend the time cleaning my refrigerator?"

Here are some reasons why you should:

  • You won't risk getting sick on spoiled food and bad bacteria,
  • You will have less food spoilage,
  • Less food spoilage means you save money,
  • A clean refrigerator operates more efficiently, you'll save on those energy bills as well!

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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, fingerprints, door handles with a pop-up cleaning cloth after doing the dishes.

Washing Your Refrigerator

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Plan on a good general refrigerator cleaning day at least two times a year.  May choose spring and fall, but whatever works best for you.

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 towels to remove soap traces.

General 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).
  • Throw away any spoiled foods or outdated products.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 or wax paper.
  • Return items to the refrigerator in an organized fashion.
  • Be sure to group similar products together: salad dressings with salad dressings, etc.
  • 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!

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Keep 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.
  • Use a refrigerator deodorizer to keep it fresh.

Tackling the Freezer

What about the freezer?

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.  When defrosting, never use a knife, you can hurt yourself and the appliance.


Steps to tackle what's in the freezer:

  • Remove all items in the freezer,
  • Throw out anything that is old, outdated or has freezer burns,
  • Check the food storage guidelines to be sure it's good to keep,
  • Wipe down the inside of the freezer,
  • Put like things together: Veggies with veggies, meats with meats, etc.,
  • Return items to the freezer,
  • Be sure to do this quickly before things defrost.

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