Cleaning the kitchen doesn’t just involve wiping the work surfaces and washing the cooker top – it includes the refrigerator, too! In fact, the fridge is one of the most important places to keep clean, as stale food can pollute fresh food products with fungus and bacteria, increasing your family’s risk of contracting food poisoning. The risk is even greater from raw meats and fish that can potentially spread germs like e-coli and salmonella. When cleaning the fridge, it’s important to use the right products, and it’s helpful to work out a schedule that will maintain a high standard of hygiene in your kitchen. Here’s how to clean a fridge:
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 liquid. 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 Cif Power & Shine, 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.
This step-by-step video guide shows you how to clean a fridge in no time: