How to Clean a Refrigerator

When cleaning your kitchen, the refrigerator is one of the most important areas to focus on. Refrigerators are designed to help keep your food fresh and safe, but they require regular maintenance to stay clean.

But keeping it clean doesn’t have to be a complex process. Follow these simple steps and your fridge will be fresh in no time.

Remove everything

In order to get into the tight spaces and corners, you’ll need to make sure all of your food and drinks are out. In addition, remove the shelves and drawers. In short, get it completely empty before you start scrubbing it.

Use a simple solution

Many chemicals are toxic, but there are a few simple, natural ingredients you can use to clean your fridge effectively. Warm water has faster moving molecules than cold water, so it’s preferred to use that in your fridge. And most importantly, it’ll kill more germs.

Additionally, baking soda can aid in removing stubborn stains. You can also squeeze a lemon into a towel and scrub the surface of your fridge. Lemons will keep your fridge smelling fresh and curb any wanted scents from old food or spills.

Keep your soap separate

Some kitchen cleaning products are okay, but there are many that should be avoided. Because most kitchen cleaning products are super strong, it’s important that they don’t come into direct contact with any food due to the chemicals.

Wash your hands thoroughly after using cleaning products and before returning food to its rightful place. And most importantly, always make sure to follow the instructions when using cleaning products for your fridge so you don’t contaminate your food.

Refrigerator rules

Outside of cleaning your refrigerator on a regular basis, there are a few simple rules to follow to keep it clean and odor free. Always monitor expiration dates on food and toss it if it’s passed.

Keep your refrigerator temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit at all times so your food doesn’t spoil and clean up any spills as soon as possible.