How to Clean the Refrigerator
If your fridge has removable shelves and drawers, these can be tackled first. Unless heavily stained with food residue, they need nothing more than a good long soak in a basin of warm water and dishwashing soap like Lux Sunlight Lemon. For stubborn stains, consider using a dedicated cleaner designed for the refrigerator, a food-friendly antibacterial cleaner, or even a natural, homemade solution.
You can buy products designed specifically for the refrigerator from most local stores. They often come is spray bottles for ease of use, and are food-friendly – meaning that although you shouldn’t spray these solutions directly onto food, it is generally safe for food to be replaced into the fridge once it’s been cleaned with these products. Alternatively, use a good, all-purpose kitchen cleaner, like Jif Actifizz Summer Fresh, that is food-friendly. Disinfectant sprays and surface wipes are ideal, but stay away from anything with strong chemicals, especially bleach and bleaching products.
Some people prefer to take a more natural approach to cleaning the fridge. Refrigerator interiors can be tackled with a paste formed from baking soda and warm water; or with a white, distilled vinegar and warm water solution. You might consider adding a few drops of lemon juice to eliminate the strong smell of the vinegar. An open dish of baking soda left in the fridge will absorb any strong food smells.
Cleaning the Fridge & Keeping a Schedule
A comprehensive cleaning schedule will ensure that the fridge and its contents are kept clean and healthy. It doesn’t need to be too in-depth, it just needs to contain reminders that keep you up to speed. If you want to keep on top of your refrigerator hygiene think about including the following in your kitchen cleaning schedule: