How to Tidy Up a Fridge in 5 Steps

by Pristine Beers | White Lilac Cleaning - December 2, 2022

How-to-Tidy-Up-a-Fridge-in-5-StepsAlthough fridges usually don’t look dirty, that isn’t the case and fridge maintenance doesn’t just come down to throwing away the expired food. Luckily, there is a straightforward method of tidying up your fridge in 5 simple steps.

Since removing all the dirt and grime from the fridge is a formidable task many people confide in a reputable residential cleaner in Palmer, AK, to help them. This article will provide you with some clever tricks for easy and efficient fridge cleaning.

How do you clean a fridge at home?

Tidying up your fridge can be a breeze if you follow these 5 steps:

1. Clear out the fridge

Just like when you clean an attic, you need to declutter first. That means that you should throw away the food that is past its prime or that looks suspicious. Next, empty all the food from the fridge. Since some kinds of food like meat and dairy products are particularly sensitive, you should put them in cool bags with pre-chilled cool bag blocks to keep them cool. Otherwise, you’ll create a fertile ground for bacteria build-up.

2. Wash shelves and drawers

Take out the salad crisper drawers from the bottom of the fridge, wire racks and all removable shelves. Wash them thoroughly with hot water and washing up liquid. As the shelves are made of glass, you should let them reach room temperature before you wash them to prevent glass shattering in hot water. Use a toothpick to remove the food residue that has accumulated in the hard-to-reach areas. Rinse the shelves, wire racks and drawers and let them dry naturally.

3. Deep clean the interior

When it comes to the fridge interior, you can use the same solution that you would use for the thorough cleaning of the oven. Mix 1 part baking soda and 7 parts water. Wipe the interior from top to bottom to prevent drips from landing on the surfaces that you have already cleaned.

Pay special attention to the grooves on the sides of the fridge where the shelves rest. This area is usually covered with grime and old food residue. You can use cotton buds to remove the dirt.

4. Clean outer surfaces

Spray some non-abrasive cleaner on a damp microfiber cloth and wipe the fridge door. Use the crevice nozzle of your vacuum cleaner to remove crumbs that have collected in the folds of the door seal.

Pay special attention to the handles as this is a hard touched surface prone to grime build-up. Next, wipe the surface with a dry cloth. If there are some stubborn stains or grime, put a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a cloth and rub over the stains.

5. Spruce up the condenser coils

Condenser coils are usually neglected as they are at the back of the fridge. Nonetheless, you should clean them at least once a year to prevent them from becoming clogged. If this happens your fridge has to work harder and spend more energy, which increases your electricity bill and shortens its lifespan.

Unplug the fridge and use a coil brush to clean around the coils. Finally, use one of the must-have cleaning tools and supplies, namely your vacuum to remove the debris from the floor.

How-do-you-clean-a-fridge-at-homeWhere can I find a reliable residential cleaner in Palmer, AK?

If deep cleaning of your fridge is exhausting, there is no need to despair as White Lilac will gladly come to the rescue. Our experienced specialists will make your fridge spick-and-span in the blink of an eye. We use entirely green cleaning products that are perfectly safe for your family.

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