It's that time of year again. Time to start cleaning the areas of your home that rarely get cleaned. One of the most important areas you'll be deep cleaning if your fridge, but what's the best way to do it? Let's take a closer look at how to deep clean your fridge.
Remove Everything From the Fridge
You want to start with a clean slate. This means that you need to remove everything from your fridge and freezer. If you have a big fridge, this might take a while and a lot of space. However, it's imperative that you remove everything so that you can get to every nook and cranny of your fridge.
Toss Anything That's Expired
As you're removing things, check the expiration dates. Chances are you have at least some items that need to be tossed. For example, you might have a bottle of soy sauce that you only use occasionally that expired months ago. It's handy to have a garbage can nearby as you empty the shelves.
Clean Up Any Spills
If there are areas where juice has spilled or meat packages have leaked, use an equal mixture of vinegar and water to clean those areas. You can also wipe down the walls to remove any loose gunk.
Create a Mixture of Baking Soda and Vinegar
Add enough white vinegar to baking soda to create a thick paste. The amount of vinegar needed will depend on the humidity. If you're starting with a cup of baking soda, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar at a time until you have a thick paste.
Apply the Mixture and Let Set
Use a sponge to apply a layer of the cleaner on all the surfaces of your fridge and freezer, except for the drawers, and allow it to set for 15 to 20 minutes.
Wash the Crisper Drawers with Dish Washing Liquid
While the baking soda and vinegar mixture is doing its job, remove the drawers and clean in the sink with dish washing liquid. If the drawers are really large, you may need to wash them in your bath tub.
Wipe Down the Surfaces with a Wet Sponge or Cloth
Last, but not least, wipe down the surfaces with a wet sponge or cloth, rinsing it in clean water several times throughout the process. Once all the cleaning mixture is gone, and the fridge is clean, wipe down the surfaces with a dry cloth and put everything back in the fridge and freezer.
No one likes spring cleaning, but it's got to be done. Thankfully, deep cleaning the fridge is easier than you might think.
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