How clean is your refrigerator? This is a question many of us cannot explicitly answer. Your refrigerator is arguably one of the most hardworking appliances in your home and one that frequently takes a beating. The refrigerator is not only susceptible to spills and varied odors but is also vulnerable to overcrowding hence staining of its surfaces. The cleaner your refrigerator is, the fresher your food remains. It is therefore extremely necessary to ensure this ‘kitchen workhorse’ is clean at all times. Here is a detailed guidance on how to thoroughly clean your refrigerator.

Step 1

Gather the appropriate cleaning supplies

It is advisable to lean towards natural products to avoid contaminating your food. Avoid using chemical disinfectants such as bleach because if they come into contact with your food, they will render it unfit for human consumption. To be safe either use natural products or cleaning products specifically formulated to aid in cleaning refrigerators. Strictly adhere to the instructions on the label of any cleaning product you choose to use.

It is advisable to use a microfiber cloth or a high-quality sponge as a wipe. This ensures that the wiping material does not fall apart and leave tiny material deposits in your refrigerator.

Step 2

Prepare your refrigerator for cleaning

Empty your refrigerator to eliminate the chances of contaminating your food. Then take out all the removable parts of the refrigerator such as the drawers and shelves.

Step 3

Clean the removable parts of the refrigerator

Fill a container such as a kitchen basin with warm water and a generous amount of dish-washing soap; you can add lemon as it is a natural disinfectant. Soak all the removable parts in this container for close to half an hour depending on whether they have stubborn stains. Gently wipe them and rinse them in clean water then wipe them again this time with a dry piece of microfiber cloth or a high quality sponge.

Step 4

Clean the exterior and interior surfaces of the fridge

Using either a mixture of water and dish-washing soap or commercial wipes, thoroughly wipe the interior and exterior surfaces of your refrigerator. Start with the exterior surfaces and especially concentrate on cleaning and disinfecting the opening handle. Proceed to the interior surfaces, wipe every inch of your refrigerator particularly the corners and crevices.

Step 5

Remove stubborn stains

If you encounter extremely stubborn stains, mix baking soda and water to form a thick paste. Leave the paste on the stained surface for close to an hour then gently wipe it off. The paste is richly concentrated with baking soda which loosens the stain making the it easily removable.

Step 6

Final Cleaning

Conclude your cleaning by wiping the exterior and interior surfaces of your refrigerator with clean water. You can choose to squeeze in lemon into the water to act as a disinfectant. Wipe the fridge with a clean material and leave it open for five to ten minutes to expose it to fresh air.

Tips on how to maintain the cleanliness of your refrigerator on a day-to-day basis

To decrease the hassle of cleaning an extremely dirty refrigerator, there are a few simple ways to maintain the cleanliness of your refrigerator on a daily basis.

  • Regularly check the contents of your refrigerator to remove any expired or rotten moldy food that can contaminate the rest of the food in your refridgirator.

  • Clean up any spills the instant they occur to avoid stubborn stains and prevent the spills from dripping into the other foods in your refrigerator. This also reduces the chances of bad odor particularly when milk products leak.

  • Always keep a small plastic container full of baking soda at the bottom of your fridge. Baking soda absorbs any strong odors emanating from the contents of your refrigerator.

  • Avoid overcrowding your fridge as this increases the chances of spillage and staining of the fridge surfaces.

The refrigerator requires special focus to ensure it is hygienic and clean so as to reduce the chances of food poisoning due to contamination. Contrary to popular misconception, it is not a daunting task, but can be a simple and straightforward process provided you use the right products and appropriate techniques. After all your fridge works hard for you so why not reciprocate by working hard to keep it clean!