Think about how many times a day your fridge is opened and closed – it’s probably a lot, isn’t it? The constant use of our fridges means food and drink spillages are inevitable. Nobody wants dirty stains in their fridge, so it’s essential it gets some good old TLC now and again. By giving your fridge a regular clean it not only keeps up the good hygiene standards, but also maintains the quality of the fridge, ensuring it lasts for longer!
Cleaning your fridge is actually more simple than you think, and doesn’t need to be a long drawn out task. By following these five super simple steps every few weeks your fridge will be in tip-top condition.
Before you start the cleaning process, decide a time to do it. We recommend cleaning the fridge before you do your weekly shop. This will mean there will be less food and drink inside the fridge making the whole cleaning process much easier and quicker.
Get rid of expired food
When emptying the fridge, go through all your items and ensure they are all still in date or in a good condition. It’s not uncommon to find an old opened jar lurking at the back of the fridge. Anything which is no longer edible, throw away immediately!
Take out the shelves and drawers
Now your fridge is empty, it’s time to grab your trusty rubber gloves because the proper cleaning can commence! If you can, carefully take out any drawers and shelves from inside the fridge. Pop the drawers and shelves in a sink full of hot soapy water and give them a good clean, ensuring you don’t break any glass. Once cleaned, leave them on your drying rack to air dry. If you can’t remove the drawers and shelves from the fridge itself, just give them a clean with an antibacterial spray and follow up by wiping down with a clean cloth.
Wipe and clean down the interior
Now it’s time to focus on the inside of the fridge. Vinegar is a fantastic natural household ingredient that can help with this step. Fill a spray bottle with lukewarm water and vinegar in equal parts and simply spray the interior of the fridge. Gently rub the mixture in and then wipe down with a clean microfibre cloth.
You can also use a toothpick to remove any food residue which may have collected in the crevices within the fridge.
Clean the outside of the fridge
Be sure to not forget the outside of the fridge – the exterior needs some love too! Use a disinfectant spray and a clean cloth to wipe down the door and handles. Finish your quick fridge clean by putting your fresh drawers and shelves back inside.