Sometimes the task of cleaning your refrigerator can seem daunting. It is a chore that must be done though. Keeping a refrigerator clean and cleared of old food will make it run more efficiently and use less energy. Plus ,nobody likes to open their fridge up and get a whiff of nasty, old, smelly food.
Take all of the food out of your refrigerator. As you are taking items out, decide what is to be thrown away and put that in a separate pile to clean out those dishes, or just send it straight to the trash. If you have multiple bottles of the same item, then combine them into one to save space. Nobody needs three bottles of nearly-empty ketchup in their refrigerator door.
1. Fill a household spray bottle with a couple teaspoons of white vinegar and warm water. Don't make the water too hot because you don't want the cold plastic or glass components of your refrigerator to crack from the temperature change when you spray directly onto the surfaces inside the refrigerator.
2. Remove all drawers and wash them in the sink in warm soapy water. If shelves are removable, it is a good idea to take them out to wash them as well. Spilled liquids may be stuck in the grooves of the shelves, so check to see if you can take them out for better cleaning.
3. Spray the entire inside of the refrigerator with the water and vinegar mix and let it penetrate for a minute. Spray extra on any spills or sticky spots.
4. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with clean, dry paper towels. If any spots still remain, re-spray with the vinegar mixture and wipe it clean again.
5. Spray the rubber seal that surrounds the door with the vinegar mixture and wipe it clean. Make sure to get any crumbs or residue that is down in the grooves. Cleaning this regularly will make the seal of the door stronger and conserve the energy your refrigerator uses.
1. Dry the drawers and any other parts you removed to wash and place them back into the fridge. Then place all of your fresh food and condiments back inside as well.
2. Place an opened box of baking soda inside the refrigerator to absorb any odors and change it every month.
* Line drawers with paper towels to catch any leaks and change them regularly.
* Make it a priortiy to clear out old food and leftovers at least once a week. Put it on your to-do list and in your planner to make it easier for you to stay on top of this task.