Fridges can get seriously grubby, fast, and while cleaning them out regularly isn’t a task most of us relish, it is the only way to ensure that it stays clean and that whatever is stored inside it, remains fresh and healthy for us to consume.
However, while fridge cleaning is a horrible job, if you don’t have a professional cleaning company who can do it for you (and if not, why not??), this quick but effective guide can help you get the job done with minimal fuss:
Firstly, give it a thorough clear out
This step is easiest to do when your fridge is relatively empty, and while you’re removing the contents, check for expiry dates and any spillages on bottles or containers that need to be wiped before being returned.
Secondly, clean the interior
Take out all removable drawers and shelves and soak them in a sink filled with hot, soapy water. Then, start tackling the interior with this DIY cleaning solution:
- Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with a quart (or 4 cups) of warm water
Wipe the solution over all grubby parts of the fridge, and leave it to sit for a few minutes before wiping, or scrubbing, it off and drying it.
You can also place a bowl with baking soda in it at the back of the fridge to help absorb any odors.
Once the interior is clean and dry, you can replace all items.
Thirdly, check the seal
The seal of your fridge may be grubby upon closer inspection, as crumbs and other debris can easily gather there. If dirty, simply wipe it down with warm, soapy water and you may find a toothbrush helps to get into the creases. For mold, use vinegar or bleach to scrub it off. To help preserve the rubber seal of your fridge, you can apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to it once it has been cleaned.
Next, tackle the harder to reach parts of your fridge
Coils and drip pans may need some attention, but you should always refer to the manufacturers guide before attempting to clean these parts. If you do choose to clean the coils (which most manufacturers say should be done every six months or so), unplug the fridge first and gently remove any dust. The drip pan can be emptied and cleaned with warm, soapy water, before bring dried and returned.
Lastly, clean the exterior
What’s the good of a spotlessly clean fridge inside, if it’s grubby on the outside? Thoroughly wipe down the exterior of the fridge, taking extra care to clean the handles, as these typically get the grubbiest, even if the dirt isn’t always visible to the naked eye.
Fridge cleaning can seem like a thankless task, but it’s worth it, especially if you want to keep all members of your household safe and free from consuming any harmful bacteria. Hate the thought of tackling your grubby fridge, especially when it always seems to be full? Hire a cleaning service and have them take care of it for you.