Since refrigerators work 24/7, you can expect them to get dirty more often than other large appliances in your kitchen. And, as an essential part of your kitchen, a fridge can make the room go from looking good to bad depending on whether it is clean.
Don’t forget they fulfill the crucial function of storing your food and keeping it fresh. If your refrigerator is cluttered and dirty, it can reduce its effectiveness and make your food smell bad and deteriorate faster.
So, if you want to know how to get rid of the grime in your refrigerator, keep this fantastic guide at hand.
How to clean your refrigerator with vinegar
Although not its original purpose, white vinegar is one of the most popular cleaning products. Its acidic properties work perfectly to remove stains that otherwise would be challenging, and since it’s an edible product, it’s safe to use in your fridge.
So, for this guide, vinegar will be the chosen one. Follow these steps to leave your refrigerator spotless!
Step #1. Prepare the vinegar
This step is easy. Mix three parts of hot water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Now you are ready to tackle fridge cleaning.
Step #2. Cut off the power
You’ll have your refrigerator door open most of the time, which would mean a significant electricity waste if you don’t cut off the power. Also, using a liquid solution in an electric-powered appliance is risky. So the recommendation is to unplug your refrigerator before starting.
Note: If you don’t have easy access to the plug, you can turn off the circuit breaker.
Step #3. Empty the refrigerator
To thoroughly clean your fridge, you need to empty it first. Take this step as a chance to throw away any leftovers or forgotten food inside the appliance. You can also use this time to organize your food in containers.
Take out all the removable shelves and drawers too. Then, repeat the whole process with the freezer, but put its contents in a cooler to avoid issues.
Step #4. Wash the shelves and drawers
Once outside, you can wash the shelves and drawers with warm soapy water. Damp a kitchen sponge in the soapy solution and scrub them, focusing on any stained spot. After rinsing the shelves and drawers, place them on a clean cloth to air-dry.
Note: If your fridge has glass shelves, let them come to room temperature before using the warm water, or the sudden temperature change might crack the glass.
Step #5. Clean your refrigerator
Time for the nitty-gritty! Take the vinegar solution and spray it all over the interior of your fridge and freezer. Let the vinegar act for 10 minutes.
Once covered, wipe the vinegar and the stains with a lightly damped soft cloth. If there are hardened stubborn spots, dip a toothbrush in hot water and use it to scrub them. That will weaken the gunk, and you’ll be able to wipe it easily. Once the appliance interior seems clean, use a microfiber cloth to dry it.
Tip: You can make a paste with three parts baking soda and one part water for removing tough stains. Apply the paste to the stained area and spray it with the vinegar solution. The fizzling action will make things easy as pie.
Step #6. Get all in place again
After everything is dry and ready, return the shelves and drawers, and connect the fridge to the electricity again (or turn on the main power). Once the appliance is cold, you can place your food inside.
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