If you have a well-stocked refrigerator, it can be hard to keep it clean. But keeping a clean fridge can lead to better health. Here are 5 things you need to do:
Before you get started, make sure the refrigerator is unplugged. If it’s not possible to unplug, turn off the circuit breaker or flip a switch (if there are no other electrical outlets in your home). You could also ask an electrician for help if you can’t figure out how to do this yourself.
If you’re still concerned about getting electrocuted or burning down your house by accident, don’t risk it!
Remove, Empty, and Clean All Shelves and Drawers
- Remove all food from shelves and drawers
- Wash the shelves and drawers with a good-quality disinfectant
- Dry the shelves and drawers
Wash the Interior
The first thing you need to do is clean the interior of your refrigerator. You’ll be using a mild detergent and a soft cloth or sponge, so don’t use abrasive cleaners or sponges.
- Wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth or sponge lightly moistened with dish soap and warm water (don’t use hot water). If there are any stains on the shelves and drawers, wipe them down as well.
- Rinse off any remaining suds with clear water until no more suds come out of either dryer when wrung out this will help prevent future build-up of grease/oil on surfaces which may cause corrosion over time if left untreated
Clean the Exterior, Including the Rubber Seal and Vents
Clean the exterior, including the rubber seal and vents. You’ll want to clean all of the areas that come in contact with food and other liquids, like shelves, door gaskets, and handles.
To clean your fridge’s rubber seal:
- Remove any debris from around it using a damp cloth or paper towel; then gently scrub using a mild detergent-like dishwashing liquid if needed. Once dry (about 15 minutes), apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly around it before reattaching it back to your refrigerator door.
Restock Your Fridge
- Keep the fridge clean and organized.
- Don’t keep food in the fridge for longer than necessary.
- Rinse out plastic bags before using them again, or just throw them away if they’re worn out.
- Store leftovers in freezer bags, if you want to avoid any more messes on your counters or floors.
- Mix baking soda with warm water to make a paste that will help eliminate stains on glass shelves that have become dull over time (this also works well for other surfaces such as wooden cabinets).
Keeping A Clean Fridge Can Lead To Better Health!
- If you keep your fridge clean, it will be more comfortable to use.
- A clean refrigerator means fewer bacteria and mold build-up that can make your food unsafe to eat.
- A clean fridge means better-tasting food because there are fewer bacteria in the air around the food so it doesn’t have as much of an effect on how well it tastes (this is especially true if you have a problem with mold). It also means that whatever ingredients are being stored in your refrigerator stay fresh longer because they won’t absorb all those other smells from outside sources.
- Finally, keeping things organized will help save time when cleaning obsessively after every single meal because there won’t be any hard-to-reach areas where dirt could hide behind shelves full of jars filled with spices/gravy/etcetera.
If you’re looking to get your best refrigerator into tip-top shape, these five steps are sure to help. But remember, a good cleaning doesn’t mean that you need to empty every shelf or drawer and scrub them all with a toothbrush. As long as you don’t use harsh chemicals on non-food items like salt or sugar, these simple steps will make your fridge look brand new in no time.