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How do you clean your fridge?

How do you clean your fridge?

Cleaning your fridge is essential as it steps stop the spread and breeding of germs that can cause diseases like food poisoning. 

Here are our steps on how to clean your fridge!

1- Empty out your fridge. 

Make sure you empty the whole contents of your fridge before you start cleaning. As you empty out the fridge you can check all perishables to make sure they are in-date. If they aren’t make sure you follow the local trash advice on how to correctly dispose of the items.

Any removable shelves or draws should also be removed and left to one side. This is to allow the item to get to room temperature before the item is cleaned to mitigate the risk of the item splitting or cracking.

2- Wash the inside of the fridge.

Once the fridge is empty use a clean cloth and warm soapy water to wipe down the fridge. The key is to start from the top of the fridge and work your way down to the bottom of the fridge. This allows for any excess water to drain towards the bottom of the fridge and residue is not being spread on the clean surfaces. One cleaned dry the inside of the fridge with a clean dry towel.

3- Wipe the rubber seals clean.

When you are satisfied with the cleanliness of the inside of the fridge you can move onto the rubber seals or ‘gaskets’ around the fridge. These rubber seals are important to maintain as if they become cracked or loose they will make your fridge less efficient and more costly to run. To clean the gaskets use warm soapy water and a toothbrush and gently clean, starting from the top and making your way down. When cleaning the gaskets make sure they are not cracked or loose. One cleaned add a little Vaseline to the gasket to help condition the rubber. 

4- Clean the removed items.

Once the shelves and draws in the fridge have reach room temperature, you can now clean the items. Use a clean cloth and warm soapy water to clean the shelves and draws. Once cleaned dry with a clean towel and remove any residue. Once dry the shelves and draws can be added to the fridge.

5- Sanitising your fridge. 

Sometimes your fridge might need more than just a simple clean. The way to do this is add 1 tbsp of liquid bleach to 1 Gallon of warm water. Then dip a clean dry cloth in the mixture and wipe down the fridge starting from the top and working your way down. Then leave your fridge open for 10 minutes to allow the mixture to work. Any left over residue clean with a dry cloth.

6- Restocking the Fridge.

Once the fridge is clean and dry you can restock your fridge with all the items you removed at the start. It is important that these items are clean when they are put into the fridge. Just wipe the items with some water to clean. 

7- Cleaning the outside.

When the inside of the fridge is sparkling clean, you can then tackle the outside of the fridge. To do this use a soft damp cloth with dish soap with out chlorine and wipe the fridge clean. Lastly wipe the fridge dry with a clean towel.

Other useful tips

To prevent odours in your fridge you can place an open container of baking soda, this will eliminate any unwanted odours. 

Once a year you should clean the condenser coils on your fridge. To do this unplug your fridge and use a vacuum cleaner with a brush head attachment to clean the coils. This is particularly important if you have pets. 

Make sure that the drain hole for the fridge is clear. To do this use a cotton bud and insert it into the hole and work it around until any potential debris has been cleared. If there is mould around the hole then use a clean cotton bud dipped in white vinegar to clean the area. Make sure you clean the fridge after you have cleaned the fridges draining hole.

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