How do you know if it might be time to give your refrigerator a good, deep clean? Well, ask yourself the following questions: have you noticed a funny smell every time you walk in your kitchen? Are you finding it hard to fit fresh groceries in your overpacked fridge? If you answered “yes” to one or both, you might have been putting off this necessary household chore. To combat your procrastination, here are three steps to getting the job done.
Remove the fridge’s contents and throw out old food.
Begin by taking everything out of your refrigerator and turning the temperature control to “OFF.” Throw away any food that is old, spoiled, or moldy. Don’t forget to also check your condiments’ expiration dates and toss out any that might be outdated.
Clean racks, shelves, and drawers.
Take out all the removable parts from the refrigerator, including the shelves, racks, and drawers. These parts should all be hand washed in warm soapy water. Be sure to only use a mild dishwashing detergent, as harsh and strong cleansers can damage the surfaces. Let the shelves, racks, and drawers drain on a towel or dish rack while you clean the inside of the refrigerator.
Wipe down the inside and outside of the fridge.
Using warm, soapy water and a sponge or dishcloth, wash the inside of the refrigerator, starting at the top of the compartment. Don’t forget the inside of the door and any compartments or racks on the door. Rinse the inside of the refrigerator compartment with clean water and let it dry completely. Using the same soapy water, wipe down the exterior of the fridge.
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