Let’s face it. Not much is as unsightly as opening the door to the refrigerator and seeing a dirty mess. But the thought of cleaning it seems just as unsightly. Still, there are some easy steps to help you get a clean fridge in a small amount of time. Here are five rules of thumb to help when you clean it.
1. Don’t Forget the Coil
The coil that helps cool the refrigerator is located at the bottom of the unit just behind the metal or plastic footplate. You can remove this footplate and simply brush away any excess dirt, dust or grime. Make sure and clean the footplate as well. This insures the air will flow freely to the fridge and keep everything cool. If you get a home warranty plan, your coil will most likely be protected in the event that it breaks. This site is a good resource for anything home warranty related.
2. Go Ahead, Dump It
For many of us, that leftover casserole that’s been sitting for three weeks simply can’t be thrown out. I mean, we still could eat it! To really get a clean fridge, you can’t be afraid to throw out the old. Any expired items obviously need to go. But the same is true for leftovers that have been left over for a little too long. Leave only what is good, and you know you will use.
3. Remove drawers and shelves
Instead of simply running a rag across a shelf or inside a drawer, remove these pieces and clean them individually. Grime can hide in the rails that secure the drawer or underneath the shelf where you may never see it. Pulling these out and cleaning in the sink can ensure a truly clean fridge.
4. Go All Out
Make sure and remove everything from the refrigerator to really clean it. While all content and shelves and drawers are out, wipe down everything with an antibacterial spray to ensure any and all germs or killed. Pay special attention to the interior roof of the fridge and the very bottom where spills and loose items tend to collect. Make sure and gather these and throw away, then wipe the area down.
5. Add Some Soda
Once everything is cleaned and drawers and shelves are replaced, add a small container of baking soda to the back corner before returning the food. Baking soda neutralizes pH levels and removes odors caused by acid. It will leave your new, clean fridge smelling fresh until the next time you clean.
Just Do It
With these simple steps, a refrigerator cleaning doesn’t have to be a dreaded exercise. It can be done quickly and efficiently and leave everyone in the house, food included, happy and cool.