Written by Melody Thacker, Independent Watkins Associate on July 7, 2007
You’ve put it off long enough, and it’s time to clean the refrigerator! Since you have the time and the patience; let’s give you some quick refrigerator cleaning tips to hurry along the process.
- Take everything out of the refrigerator, I prefer to do one shelf at a time so I can quickly and easily put items back in the same spot.
- Throw away any outdated cans, jars and plastic bottles.
- Take out the vegetable bins; wash and dry.
- Use a wet cloth to clean the shelving and the inside of the door. You may want to add some baking soda to the wash water.
- Put the bins back, and sprinkle a bit of baking soda in each if you like.
- Put back whatever items you have left.
- Place an opened box of baking soda towards the back top shelf.
- Wipe down the exterior of the refrigerator; top sides and doors.
You’re done! That was easy enough, right? Well that’s because you have been cleaning it religiously every month. Alas, there are some refrigerators which have not been so lucky, and cleaning will require more time.
To keep your refrigerator clean so that a simple once-over is required, here are some additional tips to follow.
- Use tin foil under your milk cartons to prevent leaking.
- Use food containers to store your leftovers.
- Change the box of baking soda every three months.
- Set the temperature to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Try not to accumulate more than two items. Check certain items before buying them. Oftentimes, we buy too much of one item, and it just stays in the refrigerator for months on end.
- Keep your vegetables in zip lock bags or better yet re-usable plastic containers to maintain their freshness.
- Line the bins with paper towel or something similar to absorb moisture and spills.
- If’ it’s not a frost free model defrost your freezer at least once a month. Don’t forget to place a box of baking soda in there as well.
By following these simple tips, your next cleaning will be easier and faster and you’ll feel like a lazy man.