You can’t but agree that the refrigerator is the main device in every kitchen. It is so important because all the food is stored there for it not to be spoiled. We often forget to use it accurately. That is why we often stuff it with all the possible products which later turn into spoiled leftovers which we forget to throw away. It becomes dirty when all the splashes of food dry up and because of all these factors an unpleasant odor appears. In order to clean the refrigerator properly you should know some useful tips which are mentioned in this article.
1. Pull out the food.
Throw away all the old and spoiled products. All the good products should be put into the freezer in order to be preserved while you are cleaning other parts of your refrigerator.
2. Take away all the shelves and boxes.
In order to make the process of cleaning easier you should remove all the shelves and boxes from the fridge and put them away. Ones that are made of plastic or metal can be simply washed with a hot water. Shelves and boxes made of glass or ceramic should be washed with warm water only, because hot water can spoil them, and appearance of cracks is possible.
3. Surface cleaning.
To clean the outside surface of the refrigerator you will need wet sponge and a bit of cleaning soap which you usually use for washing up. You should start from the top to prevent from dripping on already clean surface. If you need to remove dried splashes, you can apply wet sponge on the dirty area for a few minutes. It will soak and the splashes will be removed easily. After that you should wipe the area with dry sponge or cloth to remove the drops. Pay attention to the almost inaccessible back part of the refrigerator, where splashes can be found. In the end you should wipe the interior doors.
4. Shelves & boxes cleaning.
After your shelves and boxes have soaked in hot or warm water, you can clean them properly. You should pay special attention to glass and ceramic ones because they are sloppy, and you can crash them. In order to prevent from this, you can use special gloves made of rubber.
5. Dry out the inside surface.
To dry up the inside surface of the refrigerator you will need dry towel or some other material. Dry it properly.
6. Put the food back.
Now you can put the food into the clean refrigerator. You can see what dishes, containers and jars are dirty and you have the possibility to clean them. You must make sure that the sponges and other materials you are using for wiping are clean. Don’t forget to wipe the capacities with a dry cloth.
7. Freezer cleaning.
In cleaning the freezer all the same methods can be used. Usually there are almost no splashes and dirt in the freezers, so it is easier to keep them clean. The only thing you should always remember is that you must remove old and spoiled food from there. But in case if it is dirty, then all the same methods listed above can be applied here.
8. Outside cleaning.
Use some warm water combined with soap meant for washing up and start to clean the surface from the top in order to avoid drips. If your refrigerator is made of stainless steel than you should be careful in order not to scratch the surface. Use vinegar and a soft cloth to receive a radiant surface in a safe way. Remember that you should also clean the rubber pads on the edges of the door, and you can do this with the help of soap and warm water.
9. Drip pan should be considered.
There exist some models of refrigerators that have removable drip trays. They are used as condensers. If you are an owner of such a model, then the following instruction is for you. Peel off the protective grille from the front part of your fridge and find a drip tray. Drip trays can be covered with mold and in order to protect your skin you should use gloves. You should clean the drip tray properly. To do this you may need whitening agents. Then the drip tray should be dried and put back. If you have some questions you may consult the instruction for your refrigerator.
10. Refrigerator coils.
Disconnect the refrigerator from the power and pull it away from the wall. If the coils are situated on the back side of the refrigerator you can use a brush to vacuum them. There exist some models in which coils are located behind the vent on the top bottom and some in which vents are screwed on over the coils. In these cases, narrow tube of your vacuum cleaner should be applied. If you are puzzled, then you should consult the instruction of your refrigerator. Finally, you can turn the fridge on and put it on its place.