LIVE EXTRA TIP: How To Deep Clean Your Ref

Posted May 13, 2022 | First time home buyers

There’s no appliance in your household that works the hardest aside from your refrigerator. So maybe it's time to give it some much deserved TLC (tender loving care) by doing a deep clean every two months or so.

To deep clean your ref, you will need the following:

  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Vinegar
  • Measuring cups
  • Spritzer
  • Microfiber towel
  • Cooler with ice (Optional)
  • Newspapers (Optional)

1. Clear out your ref’s contents

Before you even start cleaning, make sure you have already defrosted your ref the night before. Remove all standing water from melted ice in catch basins such as the chiller or vegetable crisper. Once your ref is good to go, start removing all the food inside your ref. Group items according to their placement in bins or arrange them in a staging area like an empty table. Stow away frozen food items in a cooler with ice to keep them frozen as much as possible. You may wrap fruits and vegetables in newspapers to keep them fresh and dry. And don't forget to place your food in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight to avoid spoilage.

2. Wipe surfaces with cleaning mixture and dry with a microfiber towel

Once your ref is all empty, you can now start the cleaning process! Mix 1 ½ cup of water, 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid, and ¼  cup vinegar, place the cleaning mixture in a spritzer, and spray on the ref’s interiors. Wipe around the ref using a sponge. This cleaning mixture is a healthier alternative to using bleach which can be absorbed by the food. Once you’ve covered all the areas, wipe with a dry microfiber towel and leave the refrigerator door open to air dry. You may also use an electric fan to help speed up the drying process. For removable parts of the ref such as shelves, chiller tray, egg tray, and crisper bin, wash them in the sink and air to dry.

3. Deodorize with a box of baking soda

After a few hours, check if your ref and the trays are already dry and clean! Notice the bad odors are gone? Well, if you want to keep it that way, there’s one more thing you need to do. Open a fresh box of baking soda and place it in the corner of the ref. This helps absorb any strong aromas and foul smells that can build up in your ref overtime. Once you’re all set, you can put back your food in their proper places – but wipe them down first! And here’s an extra tip to maintain your ref squeaky clean: Place liquids, loose ingredients or half-eaten food items in airtight containers so they don't cause a mess when they accidentally spill!

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