You do know you’re supposed to clean your fridge every once in a while, right? Maybe you were aware that this chore would have to find its way into your schedule eventually, and maybe you were postponing it as much as you could, but the time has finally come to give your fridge a good scrubbing.
You might be thinking that this is good for hygienic purposes, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but that is not the only reason why you should clean the fridge. Food residue and dirt accumulation can hinder the fridge’s performance, making you waste energy and shortening its lifespan in the process. In order to avoid this, here is a complete guide on how to properly clean a refrigerator.
The tools you’ll need
In order to give your fridge the scrubbing it deserves, you will need a set of tools aimed at making the job straightforward and simple. You will need a non-abrasive sponge for those persistent stains, a multipurpose cleaning spray, some dish soap, and a few dishclothsđ.
Don’t forget to arm yourself with paper towels as well, an old toothbrush, a stainless steel cleaner, and a microfiber cloth. The last three are optional, but they can be extremely handy when trying to reach those tiny nooks and crevices.
Don’t waste energy while you clean
Firstly, you want to conserve energy while you clean your appliances so make sure you unplug the fridge before proceeding. This will not only save precious resources, but it will also help keep your fridge operating in top condition.
Use this opportunity to take everything out of the fridge and place it on the counter. If your shelves are removable, take them out as well. You can even leave the fridge running if you are adamant about closing the doors between steps. If not, make sure the fridge is turned off.
Remove the shelves and clean the insides
If you want to have an easier time cleaning the insides thoroughly, be sure to remove the shelves and drawers, and clean them separately. This will allow you to clean the walls of the fridge easily as well. Modern appliances such as the new Maytag refrigerators have automatic defrost systems, glass shelves, and easy-to-clean surfaces, so if you have a contemporary unit, you shouldn’t need to resort to abrasive stain removers.
Wash the shelves and drawers in a sink or bathtub with soap and warm water. Rinse them thoroughly, and leave them to air dry while you tend to other parts of the fridge. Use the multipurpose cleaner to wipe down every wall, nook, and cranny, including the shelf seams and the rubber door seal. Use the toothbrush to reach crevices, and a non-abrasive sponge to remove hard stains.
Clean the contents of the fridge
Now that the insides are squeaky clean, you want to clean the contents as well before putting them back in. After all, why should they be any cleaner than the fridge itself? Be sure to wipe down every jar, bottle, and container, paying special attention to throw away the things that have expired.
Don’t forget the exterior
Finally, you can plug the fridge back in. Close the doors and proceed with cleaning the entire surface – don’t forget the top and the back side as well. Damp the cloth in clean soapy water and wipe down the exterior thoroughly.
In order to avoid water and soap stains, you want to dry the surface immediately with a dish towel, a paper towel, or a microfiber cloth. In case you have a stainless steel fridge and you want to go an extra mile, you can use a stainless steel cleaner, but be sure to dry in the direction of the grain in order to avoid leaving streak marks.
The fridge is one of the most important appliances is a household. You want to make sure you are doing your best to keep it functioning properly, and minimizing its impact on the environment. Be sure to follow this simple guide to make cleaning your fridge a fun and rewarding experience.