How to Clean a Refrigerator

A look at a messy fridge can often leave you disgusted and irritated. While cleaning it, the process comes with its own set of headaches. We give you some simple steps that will help you clean your refrigerator efficiently.
HomeQuicks Staff
One fine day, you decide to take care of your old friend, the refrigerator. Can you imagine how difficult life would have been if it wasn't for this dear device? All you need to do is bring one home, plug it in, and it is ready to use. We keep stuffing it with leftovers, cola cans, water bottles, milk cartons, without any care for how overstuffed the appliance is. The back of the refrigerator often becomes a permanent house to spiders who populate it with webs. While we may all recoil at this description, sadly, the most-used kitchen appliance is also one of the most neglected conveniences. So, when we finally get down to cleaning the appliance, it can be quite the task. Here's how you can make the job at hand a little simpler.

Steps for Refrigerator Cleaning

Once you have taken the decision to clean your fridge, don't delay it. The sooner you deal with it, the better it will be, is the mantra here. Here are some simple steps that should help.
  • First and foremost, it is important that you organize yourself. Get everything that you need in one place; this includes water tubs, cleaning rags, soaps, detergents, etc.
  • Always get some help. Not only will this help you finish your work faster, but when you need to move the fridge and clean the area at the back, you will need help with the heavy lifting. Also a little company will always help.
  • Ensure you unplug the appliance for at least 30 minutes to an hour before you empty it of its contents. This will help prevent food spoilage caused due to a sudden change in temperature.
  • Once the refrigerator is empty, you will need to push it away from the wall or its current position. This is important so that you can clean underneath the fridge as well.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner attached to a narrow nozzle to clean up the dust and grime on the coils.
  • Clean the drip pan that is located under the fridge. To do this, you need to pull it out. Do this carefully as it is the storage space for water and grime. Clean this tray properly with hot water. Soak it in hot, soapy water for a while, before you clean it properly.
  • Use either a broom or a vacuum cleaner to clean the dust under it.
  • Most retail stores stock refrigerator cleaning brushes that you can use in order to clean the surface properly.
  • You can now move the drip pan to its original position.
  • Now comes the more difficult part which is cleaning it from inside. Dealing with food stains can be quite a pain, but it is in no way impossible. Begin by removing all the shelves and compartments and soaking them in hot, soapy water.
  • Now use a cleaning rag and a detergent-water solution to clean the insides. Use an old toothbrush to get to those places that are hard to reach.
  • In case there is a bad odor, you can use baking soda to get rid of it.
  • Clean a hard-to-remove stain with vinegar. Just heat it a little and place it in the fridge. Close the door, and the steam of the vinegar should loosen the grime.
  • Use a clean rag and water to finish off the process. Ensure that you either rinse the cloth regularly or change the cloth so that there are no stain remnants from the cloth.
  • Now you can rinse the trays and shelves that were being soaked and place them back.
  • You can now stock your fridge again. Just ensure that you organize it well so that it does not become messy again.
  • Plug in the refrigerator. It is now ready to use.
The best way to keep the appliance clean is to wipe off any food or liquid spills immediately. You should clean your fridge every 6 months, if you want to keep any mold away.
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