When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, one of the things that many people overlook is the inside of the refrigerator. That is, until it becomes offensive in odor and appearance. Unfortunately, when you let it get to that point, you run the risk of malfunctions in the refrigerator due to clogs and other issues. Here are a few things you should know about properly cleaning your refrigerator.
It's best to have everything ready before you start cleaning your fridge. That way, your refrigerated foods won't have to be out at room temperature any longer than necessary. You will need a sponge that isn't abrasive, and some all-purpose cleaner., some paper towels and a soft dish towel.
Cleaning Things Out
Start by removing everything from the refrigerator. You'll need clear shelves to be able to completely clean the inside of the refrigerator. If you suspect it's going to take you more than 20 minutes or so to clean the fridge, put everything into a cooler with ice so that it stays cool. As you're taking things out, throw away the things that are nearing or past their expiration dates.
Unplug the refrigerator so that you're not wasting energy trying to keep the refrigerator cold while you're cleaning it. Otherwise, it's going to run overtime trying to keep the inside of the refrigerator cold while it's open for cleaning.
Disassemble the Shelving
Remove the shelves and drawers from the inside of the fridge. If the shelving on the door is removable, pull that out too. Wash all of the shelves out in the sink using dish detergent and warm water. Scrub them if necessary to clean off any residue. Make sure you clean both the inside and outside of the drawers. Rinse and dry everything thoroughly. Don't put things back in wet, otherwise you risk mold and mildew growth.
Clean the Inside of the Fridge
Spray the inside surfaces of the fridge with an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe everything down with the sponge, taking care to clean out small cracks and crevices as well. Clean the tracks where the shelves and drawer sit to avoid any mildew or other spoiled food. Then, rinse a washcloth in clean water and wipe all of the surfaces clean. Dry everything before moving on.
Replace The Shelves and Food
Reposition the shelves and drawers in place. Make sure that everything is level and secure. Place the food back on the shelves where they belong. As you're returning things to their shelves, you should clean glass jars and other containers to make sure that there's nothing on the jars that will transfer back to the shelves and dirty the fridge again. Plug it back in right away so that it can start chilling again.
If you have any problems with your refrigerator's operation, call an appliance repair specialist like those at All Appliance Service Inc.