The refrigerator is one of the most important areas to focus on when you’re cleaning your kitchen. Housing both raw and cooked foods as well as drinks and condiments, it’s vital that the appliance is kept clean and hygienic to reduce the risk of food poisoning. However, cleaning the refrigerator isn’t quite as straightforward as cleaning other areas of the kitchen, and certain products shouldn’t be used to clean the fridge. However, fridge cleaning doesn’t need to be a daunting process, this guide explains what products are suitable for cleaning the fridge and some simple techniques to help you get the task done in no time!
Can I Use Ordinary Kitchen Cleaning Products?
Some kitchen cleaning products, such as gentle surface wipes that use natural citrus oils, are OK to use inside a refrigerator, but other products should be avoided. Kitchen cleaners can be very strong, containing many chemicals that kill common kitchen germs. However, these products should not come into contact, either directly or indirectly, with food; while you can rinse the products off the inside of the refrigerator, it’s simply not worth the risk of a lingering chemical residue that could cause contamination. Instead you can use your normal kitchen dishwashing liquid, like Lux Sunlight, and some warm water to wipe the insides of your fridge and soak the drawers. Always follow the instructions on the label of any cleaning product.
Is Disinfectant OK to Use in the Fridge?
Disinfectants – like bleach – should never be used inside refrigerators. As with other kitchen cleaning products, any disinfectant that comes into contact with food could make people ill because of the strong chemicals they contain. Stick to specially formulated products that are safe to use inside a fridge, or opt for natural cleaners instead.