Bacteria, molds, foul odors, and dirt, are all found in fridges. Food stains or liquid spills dry up in the long run. These stains and spills can cause unwanted microorganisms to live and grow inside refrigerators and freezers. Scraping can damage your refrigerator so is not recommended. It is a fact of life that every household must face, but there is a method to properly cleaning refrigerators. Failure to follow the proper procedures, then your refrigerator may lot last its lifespan. Follow these guidelines and it your fridge will last longer.
First of all, turn down the temperature on the unit as low as it can go. Remove everything from the fridge. Refrigerators are much easier to clean when they are empty versus trying to work around lots of food. Some people like to move things around and clean one area at a time. If you lack counter space, you can do this. Alternatively, you may use a laundry basket or box to temporarily place foods in while you clean out the fridge.
Next, remove all of the racks and any shelves. These parts of refrigerators are much easier to clean if you simply take them out and clean them separately. Bring each part that can fit in the kitchen sink and clean it there with a microfiber cloth or sponge. Be sure to have to water hot. Be careful not to use anything too abrasive or you may scratch the plastic.
For larger parts that do not fit in the sink, take them into the bathroom and clean them in the tub. Another option is to quickly step outside if the weather permits and wash these with the hose and a soapy scrubber or sponge.
Wash everything and thoroughly rinse it. You don’t want a soapy residue to come into contact with food in the fridge after cleaning is complete. All parts of the refrigerator should be either air dried or towel dried before they are placed back into their respective areas of the unit.
Take a dishcloth, mild scrubber or a sponge and make sure it is hot and soapy. Clean the interior walls of the fridge, including the top and bottom. Rinse it afterward with a cloth that simply has hot water without any soap in it. Rinsing removes any residue left over detergent. Dry the interior with a clean towel before putting any racks or other parts back in.
After replacing all shelves, drawers and racks, turn the temperature of the unit back to its normal setting and close the doors. Wash the exterior of the unit. Don’t forget the top, sides, and bottom, as these areas are often mistakenly neglected.
Sometimes fridges and fridge freezers can need replacing. Most companies will now provide free delivery with purchases over a certain limit.