There are some jobs that very few of us want to spend a Saturday doing. Cleaning the refrigerator is one of them. But your refrigerator can be one of the hardest working and reliable appliances you own. Here are some simple ways to clean your refrigerator and keep it clean and smelling fresh.
Clean as you go: Wipe up spills as they happen. Wipe rims of jars, salad dressing, ketchup, etc. before you put them away.
Check for spoiled food every day or two. Why wait until garbage day to throw out old food you’re not going to eat? Cleaning it out every day or two keeps odors and from growing.
Wipe the doors, handles, top of refrigerator with damp cloth once a week. Use a mild dish soap and water.
Clean door seals once a month. Wipe away crumbs and other things that have gathered, using a dry, clean cloth. Check the seals quarterly
Use toothpaste to scrub stains. It contains a gentle abrasive that makes getting rid of stains easy.
Empty the refrigerator and remove all the shelves, drawers and walls once a quarter. Put your food into a cooler to keep it fresh. If your shelves are glass let the warm to room temperature. Clean the inside, shelves and drawers with a mixture of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart hot water. This doesn’t just clean, it removes odors as well.
Vacuum the coils. Unplug the refrigerator and move it away from the wall. Use an attachment to get the dust and dirt that has collected in the coils.
Clean underneath the refrigerator. As long as you’ve pulled the refrigerator away from the wall, now is the right time to clean the floor where your refrigerator stands. To do this more often and not only when you move your refrigerator, take a yard stick covered in a pair of pantyhose and drag it under the refrigerator to catch dust and dust bunnies.
Keep a box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb odors.
Put a few drops of vanilla or orange extract onto a cotton ball and put them in a shallow bowl in the refrigerator for a quick fix.
Put a crumbled piece of brown paper bag in the vegetable drawers to eliminate odors. Leave the crumpled bag in for 48 hours. The bag will absorb the odor.
If you don’t keep your refrigerator full, put a gallon of water in there and leave it. It will keep the refrigerator running efficiently.