A clean refrigerator is fundamental for preserving your food healthy and safe for eating. If you don’t clean your refrigerator regularly, it can develop bacteria and mold in hidden spaces where humidity accumulates. They can expand to products in the refrigerator without any difficulty and cause many problems. Detailed cleaning should be performed regularly, with the usual superficial cleanings in between.
When you want to perform detailed cleaning, you are going to need insulated bags, baking soda, water, cloths, bucket, and all purpose cleaners. First you should empty the refrigerator. Things that need to be kept cold should be put in insulated bags. Other foods will be fine if you just leave them on the counter or the table. Any items with an expired date should be thrown in the trash can. Then, you should pull out the drawers and the shelves very delicately. They should be placed in a sink or a container.
Naturally, they should also be cleaned with water and cleaning products. While they are drying, you can clean the inside of the refrigerator. Now, prepare a mixture of ¼ cup of baking soda with 4 cups of water. Baking soda is not dangerous for appliances and can be extremely useful in sterilizing and deodorizing. You can also add soap, but make sure you rinse it away entirely. Damp the cloth with the mixture you made and wipe down the inside walls and door with the cloth. If you wish, you can wash it off with clean cloth and clean water.
Next, wash the gaskets around the door to get rid of dirt or fungi that might have prospered on that surface. Dry them with a smooth cloth.
When you clean the inside from any splashes, drips or leftovers, put the clean drawers and shelves back inside. Naturally, also put the food back inside and do this on a regular basis.
When you want to clean it superficially, you are going to need warm water, smooth cloths, and maybe soap. It is best to perform this when your refrigerator isn’t completely full, but almost empty.
Perhaps the best time would be that day before the big grocery shopping. Damp the smooth cloth in warm water. If there are some dirtier areas, you can also add soap, but make sure you rinsed all the surface properly and removed any soap residues.
Maneuver your food around so that you can clean any spills, drips or leftovers. Get rid off any expired foods.
Clean the gaskets on the doors, because mold grows easily here, and you can prevent that with regular cleanings. Jam and syrup bottles, as well as milk jugs are prone to leaving marks on the surfaces and they easily collect dirt.
They should be wiped as often as you can to eliminate all the dirt quickly. Baking soda also helps with the odors.
Cleaning your refrigerator is not the most pleasant task, but if you know how to do it skillfully and productively, it will save you a lot of time and inconvenience.