Your refrigerator holds all of your food, but it can also hold a lot of bacteria too. Regular refrigerator cleaning is absolutely necessary in order to keep your family healthy. Follow this guide on the best way to clean your refrigerator.
Gather your supplies. To properly clean your refrigerator, you'll need the follow supplies:
- Rubber gloves
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- A few rags
- Warm water
Turn down the temperature on your fridge. Since your fridge door will be open for some time while you're cleaning it, you should turn down the temperature on the fridge. No sense in wasting energy! Turn off your freezer as well.
Go through the contents of your fridge. Now you can start to clean out your fridge. Start by taking everything out of the fridge (yes, everything!). Throw out anything that is expired or gone bad. Keep the rest of your food in a cooler or a box lined with towels while you continue to clean your fridge.
Take your fridge apart. Once your fridge is empty, the best approach to cleaning it is piece by piece. Remove all the shelves, trays and bins from your fridge. Fill your kitchen sink (or your bathtub) with hot, soapy water and allow these pieces to soak as you clean out the cavity of your fridge. (If they all won't fit, give each piece a quick soapy bath and then place the soaped piece on your countertop to rest.)
Wipe down the inside of your fridge. You can now clean the inside of your fridge once it has been emptied of all its contents and fixtures. Use a rag and some soapy water to scrub down the walls of your dishwasher. Clean off any shelves that weren't removable. And don't forget to thoroughly disinfect the rubber seal around your fridge and freezer (since this is where food particles tend to land and collect over the months.) Tough stains can be treated with vinegar, which is much better than using a harsh chemical inside of your fridge.
Once clean, use some baking soda to go over the inside of your fridge wall again. Create a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and a half gallon of warm water, and wipe this mixture all over the inside of your fridge. Rinse it well with water and then pat dry. (This helps to get rid of odors!) You can omit this step if you plan on keeping an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator.
Clean the shelving. When the inside of your fridge is clean, you can begin to clean the shelves and racks. Scrub and rinse each piece thoroughly. Dry each one off before replacing it in the fridge.
Restock your fridge. Your fridge is now clean, so you can begin to put all of your food back into it. Try to be organized with this so that you can always find food when you need to. (No more ‘honey, where's the mayo?'). Have a specific spot in your fridge for every type of food, drink and condiment.
Turn your fridge back on. Don't forget to turn the temperature back up on your fridge and freezer.
The best way to clean your fridge is thoroughly. Don't leave any crack or crevice dirty. Disinfect everything and organize your fridge in a useful way. And continually wipe the outside of your fridge when grease and fingerprints appear. Frequent cleaning of your refrigerator is best for your family and shows your guests that you're a great housekeeper.