Especially with current times, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to ensure your home and especially your refrigerator is clean and hygienic. Your refrigerator houses both raw and cooked foods as well as drinks, and let's face it, your fridge is bound to get dirty with a few unpleasant odours. So, if you are looking to keep your fridge clean and make sure it's sparkling, we have put together a guide on how to clean your fridge to reduce the spread of disease.
Empty Your Fridge
Firstly, empty all your food from your fridge. As bacteria can multiply very quickly at room temperature, it is best that you put any dairy products, meat and other chilled foods in a cool bag to ensure they're kept cold.
Tip: Clean your fridge before your weekly shop when there will be less food in the fridge.
This can also be a good time to throw away anything this is past its use-by date or simply past its prime.
Clean Any Shelves and Salad Drawers
Now, remove the salad drawers and any shelves which are removable - if you're not sure how to make sure to check the user manual before you start - it'll make the task a whole lot easier and reduce the risk of you accidentally damaging your fridge!
Then, wash the shelves and salad drawers thoroughly with hot water and washing up liquid, removing food residue that has collected in the shelves and inside of the drawers. Once fully clean, simply rinse and dry, then they'll be ready to put back in once the rest of the fridge is cleaned.
Cleaning the Interior
Next, it’s time to turn your attention towards the inside of the fridge itself. It’s best to avoid using hot water to clean as it can raise the temperature of the fridge and delay how quickly you can put more perishable foods back in. Instead simply cover the interior with a vinegar and water mixture, concentrating on any areas with dried-on grime. It’s best to use a more natural cleaner, as chemical cleaners can release harmful substances and odours onto your food.
Once you've left this to soak, simply wipe back over the interior with a soft, damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
Another great natural cleaner is bicarbonate of soda. If your fridge isn’t too dirty, wipe over a paste of bicarbonate and hot water and rinse off with a clean cloth and dry with kitchen roll.
If your fridge is smelling due to food going off, the first important thing to do is ensure that the fridge is at the right temperature. Your fridge should be at or below 4c, and the freezer at -18c.
If you've found that your fridge is at the right temperature, it simply just needs to be cleaned thoroughly! Again, either vinegar or bicarbonate can be great for this, but if you don't have those handy, try:
- Ground Coffee, spread evenly across a tray and left in the fridge over a couple of days.
- Activated Charcoal, which works the same as coffee does.
- Porridge Oats will also work as above.
- Vanilla-soaked Cotton Wool will keep your fridge smelling sweet.
- Lemon halves placed face down on a shelf will keep your fridge smelling citrusy.
- Orange peel, used as above.
- Airtight food containers will also keep food and its smells properly contained.
Cleaning the Drainage Hole
Start by removing any vegetable drawers from the fridge then use a drain cleaning device to work out where the drainage hole is blocked.
If the blockage has been there for a while, there will likely be mould and mildew at the back of your fridge so simply use a basting syringe to pour a small amount of vinegar and water down into the drainage hole.
Using a cleaning device should clean a good amount of the gunk and grime out of the drain hole, so simply use a cotton wool bud to work more of the vinegar and water solution around the hole to make sure it’s fully clean.
Then, use the same solution to wipe over the bottom of the fridge before returning the vegetable drawers.
With your fridge fully washed and dried, simply shut the door and allow the inside temperature to reach 4c again before replacing any food. If your fridge has a fast-cool function this can be a good way to speed up the cooling process.
Cleaning the Outside
Just the same as you cleaned the inside of your fridge, soapy water or bicarbonate of soda can be great to use on the outside of an appliance too. Simply take a wet cloth, pour on the soda and you’ll be good to go. Remember to also clean the doors of the appliance, since these can easily carry bacteria and generally become a bit sticky with constant contact.
Fridges in Manchester
Of course, the outbreak can be worrying, especially in a family home. It’s important to keep in mind that it is highly unlikely that COVID-19 is spread through food or packaging. However, expert advice suggests being mindful of items which come into your home and wiping down any non-disposable food packaging and reusable shopping bags. Then, of course, wash your hands.
Yet despite the outbreak, it’s important to ensure your family home has a fridge that works at its best. A fully-working fridge will keep your food fresher for longer and more hygienic.
Here at Appliance World, we stock a wide range of Fridges in Manchester and other appliances to help keep your home running smoothly. All of our stock is handpicked from a range of big-name brands including Bosch and Hotpoint. Take a look at our range today or call us on 0161 794 3030 for more advice.