You know to go through your fridge and get rid of any expired food, but did you know that you should be cleaning your refrigerator on a monthly basis? Regular cleaning can help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, as well as keeping you in the loop in what’s in your refrigerator. Luckily, all cleaning the refrigerator takes is warm water, dish soap, and a little elbow grease.
First things first — remove all food from the inside of your refrigerator. Go through each item, and throw out anything that’s spoiled or expired. Place the remaining food into a cooler with ice to keep it cold while you tackle cleaning the rest of the refrigerator.
Remove Shelving and Drawers
Remove all of the drawers and shelves in your refrigerator and set aside. Any drawers made of plastic or metal can be washed immediately using hot water and dish soap, but any glass or ceramic pieces will need to warm up to room temperature in order to prevent cracking.
Clean the Interior
Using a clean cloth with hot water and dish soap, wipe down the interior of the fridge working from top to bottom; this will prevent dripping water on surfaces that are already clean. For any stuck-on spills, use a plastic, non-abrasive scrubber to gently remove it from your refrigerator’s surface. While cleaning, rinse the rags that you are using thoroughly. Be sure to pay attention to the bottom crevices and the back of the refrigerator. Lastly, wipe down the interior door, and dry the entirety of the refrigerator’s interior.
Clean Shelving and Drawers
Once your shelving and drawers have come to room temperature, you can clean them using hot water and dish soap. Carefully dry when done. Then, replace shelving and drawers in your refrigerator.
With everything wiped down, you can now place all of your food back inside of your refrigerator.
Clean the Freezer
Clean your freezer by following the same method you used to clean out your refrigerator. Be sure to check the expiration date on any food, and toss anything that is clearly freezer burnt.
Clean the Outside
Finally, clean the outside of your refrigerator following the same top to bottom method. You can use hot water and a little dish soap. For stainless steel refrigerators, use a soft rag and either vinegar or window cleaner to keep its shine. Be sure to clean the rubber gasket thoroughly.
Cleaning your refrigerator is a great monthly chore that can help keep your refrigerator in great condition. When dirt and grime build up, you are at risk of mold and mildew growth, as well as parts drying out and breaking. For refrigerators that need more repair than just a deep clean, give All Temp, located in Orlando, a call at (407) 857-7800.