May 23, 2017
The refrigerator is an essential part of any kitchen yet when it comes to being cleaned it gets neglected.
It is always one of those tasks that e will get to one day BUT that day never shows up.
The result is the fridge becomes dirty, smelly and the job just becomes so much bigger.
Here is an easy schedule to follow daily, weekly and seasonally to ensure that your fridge is kept sparkling clean and tidy.
Wipe up spills immediately, before they have a chance to dry. Ensure everything that goes into the refrigerator is immaculate.
Ensure everything that goes into the refrigerator is immaculate.
Always wipe the rims of jam jars, salad dressing bottles, and ketchup containers before storing.
Check for spoilage and throw out foods and beverages that are past their prime.
Place anything likely to drip or leak, such as defrosting meat or cartons of berries, on a rimmed plate.
Wipe doors, including edges, and top of the refrigerator with a cloth dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and water.
Pay special attention to the areas around the handles, which can harbour sticky fingerprints.
For a stainless-steel surface, use commercial stainless-steel spray and wipe in the direction of the grain.
Turn off the power at the power point and unplug.
Put food in a cooler; remove glass shelves and crisper drawers and bring to room temperature so there’s no danger of cracking when you wash them.
Wipe the interior with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 946 ml hot water.
Rinse with a damp cloth, and then dry with a clean towel.
Do not use soap or detergent; they can leave behind a fragrance, which will be absorbed by food.
Do not use abrasive cleansers, ammonia, or bleach.
To remove caked-on residue, rehydrate by liberally applying the baking soda solution mentioned above with a wet towel.
Leave the door open, and let the residue soak in the solution for 10 minutes, or until it starts to crack or soften (reapply if necessary).
Wipe the stain away with a clean, damp towel. If the stain won’t come off, repeat the process with a mildly abrasive, chlorine-free household cleanser such as Bon Ami; dilute 1 tablespoon cleanser in 473 ml of hot water to avoid scratching plastic surfaces.
Soak shelves and bins in a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda for every 946 ml of warm water.
Do not wash in the dishwasher.
Dry thoroughly before replacing.
Clean the door seals, which can collect crumbs, with hot water and mild dishwashing liquid; dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.
Check the seals periodically. An improper fit can cause cold loss and temperature fluctuations.
Clean the drip pan or tray (also known as a defrost pan), which holds water from the continual process of defrosting -- if your refrigerator has one.
You’ll have to remove the base grill first to look for the pan; it often sits on a set of black condenser coils. Before pulling it out, check to see if there’s liquid in it. If so, soak it up with paper towels (wear rubber gloves and a dust mask first in case the water is mouldy).
When the pan is dry, pull it out and examine it for signs of mould.
Wash the pan with warm, soapy water; if it’s mouldy, follow with a 1-to-10 solution of bleach and water.
Dry thoroughly and vacuum the area around the pan before replacing it.
To clean a fixed drip pan, wrap an absorbent cloth around the head of a clean ceiling fan brush or a clean paint roller and secure the cloth with rubber bands. Dampen it with warm soapy water and clean the pan.
Wipe with a clean cloth and let air-dry before replacing the grill.
Good luck with all your cleaning.
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