A cluttered refrigerator is a common headache. Especially in case of a single door refrigerator, it seems almost impossible to keep things organized even for a day! If you have finally made up your mind to have the best organized and fresh smelling refrigerator, then you know you are up for a daunting task! But don’t let that demotivate you because we are here to your rescue, with a fool-proof, 7 steps cleaning plan to clean your refrigerator from inside-out.
1. Choosing the Right Cleaner
There is no secret code you need to crack while choosing the right cleaner for your fridge. The right type of cleaner depends on the construction material of your appliance. Basic cleaners which can be used for cleaning the interiors and trays of your refrigerator are mild dish washing soap, vinegar, baking soap or even a simple cotton cloth can be very helpful.
2. Preparing your Refrigerator for the Task
To prepare your fridge for cleaning, start with switching it off and then give it a thorough cleaning session. Apart from this removing all the removable parts like trays, vegetable counter etc. while cleaning gives you access to all the corners of your refrigerator for a deep cleansing of your appliance.
3. Be Methodical while Cleaning your Fridge
The next step is to wait for about 10-15 minutes. Keep the removable aside, and wait for these and the appliance to acquire room temperature. This is done because the cleaning requires water at a temperature little higher than lukewarm to clean well. Treating too cold a refrigerator, interiors or exterior, with a hot water solution may cause the smooth surface of the fridge to be damaged. In case of shelves with enamel coating, the enamel may get damaged too.
4. Restock your Fridge, Remove Unused Stuff
The most important thing to do while cleaning your single door refrigerator is to get rid of the food items and stuff which are no longer in use, making it de-cluttered. Remove all the expired, rotten foods and every food/food product that is no longer fit to be consumed it will give you enough space in your appliance and will also make it more hygienic.
5. An Inside-out Cleaning
For this you will need a clean cloth or sponge, an old but clean toothbrush, baking soda and water. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water to prepare a cleaning solution. The solution is advisable since it does not leave an odor, unlike regular kitchen cleaners. Clean the refrigerator and the removable parts thoroughly with the solution. The process will not only clean, but also deodorize them thoroughly.
6. Final touches of Rinsing and Drying
The cleaning of your appliance with baking soda or soap solution can leave marks of water on getting dried. To avoid these, run the removable articles under water and use a damp sponge/cloth to clean the solution traces on the surface of your refrigerator. Once done, let it all dry. Use of mild soap on your fridge’s exterior with a sponge and damp cloth is the best way to give it a shiny clean look.
7. Lastly! Reassemble and Reorganize
The last step is to reassemble the parts and neatly organizing the necessary food items/articles. (Hope you did get rid of the unfit items as mentioned in step 4!)
And with this you have for yourself a sparkling, spotless refrigerator that could be labeled as good as new. In case you are thinking how to maintain this brand-new look, mark this routine on your calendar for once every one or two months. We promise you won’t stop flaunting a non-cluttered fridge that is organized, stacked with all that you need for a healthy living!