Proper maintenance and cleaning of your fridge is essential to prevent bacteria growth and proper performance.
From the interior to the exterior, here’s everything you need to know when cleaning your fridge.
Supplies | Defrost | Outside | Inside | Maintenance
- Distilled vinegar
- Mop or absorbent cloth
Defrost your fridge
If your appliance doesn’t automatically defrost, it is essential that you do it before cleaning.
Defrosting should also be carried out immediately after frost reaches a thickness of at least an inch to avoid any excessive energy consumption.
To defrost your fridge, empty out it out of its contents. It should be completely empty, with no food or shelf.
Then, simply unplug it and wait until all the water is drained away. Remember to protect your floor with a mop or absorbent cloth/paper.
Don’t forget that the freezer also needs to be emptied out, and that food should not be refrozen.
Clean the outside
The outer part of your fridge can easily be cleaned with a conventional cleaning product, specialized for the maintenance of kitchens and appliances.
Also consider regularly vacuuming the grid capacitor in the back of your appliance. Dust piles up easily and prevents optimal heat dissipation.
Clean the inside
Crispers, shelves and internal compartments should be cleaned every 15 days or every week.
It is not recommended to use household products in the refrigerator. These products may contain toxic agents or leave a strong odor if they are not rinsed out properly. Bleach is also prohibited because its action makes bacteria more resistant.
The ideal cleaning solution is to use a mixture of water and distilled vinegar applied with a sponge.
Take particular care of nooks and crannies that can easily accumulate food particles.
To maintain a clean fridge, store and use best practices for each compartment.
Arrange cooked food in plastic containers, cover bowls with plastic wraps, and don’t keep leftovers more than three days.
For better food preservation, consider locking your bags with clothespins if they don’t have a zipper.