Ewwww. Cleaning out the refrigerator? Can’t it wait? No. The longer you wait, the more work and potential damage to the fridge.
First things first. Throw outdated items out. Sounds obvious but you wouldn’t believe how many expired jars of jellies, pickles, mustards, etc. stay in the refrigerator.
Once that is done there are two different methods. One is to take out all refrigerator items, put them in a ice chest then dissemble all shelves and put them in the dishwasher and turn on. You’d be amazed how easy it is to dissemble refrigerators these days. And, if it isn’t then you have a really old one and need to get a new one.
The other is to go shelf by shelf hand washing and drying. Again, if you haven’t cleaned your refrigerator in awhile then you’ll see what I mean about needing to do it on a regular basis.
Do NOT use cleaning liquids. You don’t want your fridge and food smelling like comet. Use some baking powder or tad of vinegar in warm water. You can use some soap but be careful. You can tell by smelling your sponge or pad if it’s too much soap.
When cleaning glass shelves don’t use hot water when the glass is cold. It could break with the sudden change of temperatures.
Clean from the highest shelf down. That was a hard lesson to learn. Food, crumbs, etc. falls down so start at the top. And, again, make sure everything is dry before re-inserting food. And, make sure all of the jars, bottles and cartons are wiped down before putting back. It kind of defeats the purpose putting a messy jelly jar into a clean refrigerator.
Then clean the outside of the refrigerator. You can use the harder stuff for the outside and other interesting items for stainless steel refrigerators. And, if you want to get really in-depth cleaning, then try these other tips.
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