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Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Of all the appliances I clean I hate to clean the refrigerator the most. I guess it's because it takes so long to do it that I avoid it like the plague. But cleaning your refrigerator is important because of all the germs it collects. And because you spend a lot of money for this appliance, you want it to last as long as possible while making sure all your food is contained in a sanitary appliance.

So you should give your refrigerator a thorough scrubbing on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to help in the process.

  • Unplug or turn off the refrigerator before you start.
  • Remove all the shelves and drawers.
  • Each part should be washed separately.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda or your dish soap to a quart of warm water.
  • Wash down all of the inside surfaces.
  • Rinse all inside surfaces with clear water.
  • Dry all inside surfaces with clean cloth.
  • Wash the drawers and shelves in the sink and wipe them dry.
  • Wipe down the door gasket (rubber bumper that seals the refrigerator shut).
  • Wipe down the handle.
  • Wipe down the sides and the top of exterior of the refrigerator.
  • Use a disinfectant to wipe down the handles and exterior sides and top.
  • You don't need to rinse off the disinfectant as it will automatically dissipate on its own.
  • Doing this procedure will also remove germs from surfaces.

As I stated earlier, cleaning your refrigerator is a thankless task but a necessary one. Don't neglect to do it. You'll be glad you have a squeaky clean appliance and it will make food preparation more enjoyable.

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