It’s very easy for your fridge to become dirty and disorganised. Every once in a while you need to set aside 20 minutes, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. Out of date food that has been hiding away needs to be tossed out and the shelves have to be washed down. Although it’s not a fun task to do -let’s be honest, no house chores are. Knowing how to clean a fridge in an effective and efficient manner will save you plenty of time and hassle.
1. Remove everything from your fridge. We recommend dedicating the closest work surface to your fridge as a place to put the contents, this will save you a lot of running back and forwards. We also suggest at this point that you take a look at our 11 Foods that are not meant to go In the Fridge.
2. Throw away any old or out of date foods. The quarterly …. (or once every 6 months if we are being honest with ourselves) fridge clean can be a nice trip down memory lane. You will start to dig up old jars and pots of ingredients you bought specifically to cook a dish miles your of your culinary comfort zone. So unless you are planning to create another ‘bad food dinner party anecdote’ and want to try cooking another Norwigen Rakfisk, that jar of pickled trout juices should probably be tossed away.
3. Remove all shelves, drawers and any other removable surface areas from the fridge. It may seem like a short cut to simply clean inside the fridge now but we promise that by removing everything first makes it a lot easier and most importantly cleaner.
4.Wash everything by hand. Most of what you have just taken out from inside the fridge won’t fit inside the dishwasher. You will also have a kitchen work surface covered in food that you need to get back in there asap, using your dishwasher will drag this process out a lot longer than it needs to be.
Few things to note;
- Never pour hot water on to cold glass that you have removed directly from the fridge. The sudden change in temperature will cause the glass to crack.
- Make sure that everything is bone dry before you put it back into the fridge.
5. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator. It isn’t recommended that you use any chemical cleaners or soap on the inside of your fridge as foods are prone to absorbing smells. Instead we recommend using one of these natural cleaning solutions;
- Half a cup of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water
- Two table spoons of baking soda and one cup of hot water
- For very difficult stains apply a small amount of white toothpaste.
6. Make sure you don’t miss out on the doors. It’s very easily done and it will drive you crazy if you have a clean fridge with dirty doors
7. Dry and replace all of the shelves and drawers. Use a dry tea towel to get rid of any excess water.
8. Clean the fridge door seal. This also gets called a gasket, we wouldn’t recommend removing this to clean it as they can be quite tricky to replace. By using the same solution you used to clean out the inside of the fridge, simply run a sponge along the seal making sure you get out any trapped dirt.
9. Re stock your fridge. Make sure that you clean off any containers before you place them back in otherwise you’ll very quickly be back to square one.
Once completed your fridge will be back to looking like new. If you are still experiencing some bad odors after you have cleaned your fridge you should read our guide on how to get rid of bad smell in a fridge. If your fridge is beyond help and you are in need of a new one you can see our range of cheap fridge freezers here.