Instead of grimacing at finding molded spinach, gagging at the smell of sour milk, or groaning at the hardened maple syrup stains you can’t get out, clean your refrigerator without frustration with our tips. Spring cleaning should be efficient, productive, and satisfying, and our online appliance store is here to help!
1) Empty your fridge and clean it inside-out.
This spring, before you stock up on groceries, turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box, and then empty your fridge items into a cooler. You turn off the power to allow the glass shelves and crisper drawers to warm up. Then, you should wash your shelves and drawers when they’re at room temperature.
2) What type of solution should I clean my fridge with?
Do not use soap or detergents to clean the inside of your refrigerator because they leave behind a scent that food can absorb. Instead, keep it simple with baking soda and hot water. First, rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean towel. For that dried maple syrup and stubborn stains, let the baking soda and water solution soak for 10 minutes. Once that stain’s softened, you’ll be able to scrub that residue clear. Do not wash any of the shelves or bins in the dishwasher. Soak them in warm water and baking soda (2 tablespooons of baking soda for every quart of warm water) and then dry thoroughly before putting them back in the fridge.
3) What if my fridge STILL smells?
If you’ve already cleaned your fridge with baking soda and a smell lingers, you can also spread baking soda onto a rimmed baking sheet and leave it inside the fridge until the smell goes away. You can do the same with fresh coffee grounds, unscented chlorophyll cat litter, or activated charcoal (available at pet shops and drugstores) on a tray or shallow pan inside. Leave any (not all!) of these substances inside, until the smell disappears. Make sure your refrigerator’s temperature set low in the case of the activated charcoal. If the smell persists, check out new refrigerators at your local online appliance store.
4) How to make cleaning twice as fast next time around
Always store leftovers in airtight containers to prevents smells. Wipe jams, liquids, and condiments with a wet rag on the outside to prevent stains. Regularly look through your fridge for expired, unused, or molding items to prevent smells, save space, and save time during the next spring cleaning round.
No matter what type of fridge your bought at an online appliance store, these four steps work for seasonal interior fridge cleaning. Do you have any tips of your own for making spring cleaning more efficient and less frustrating? How do you eliminate fridge odors and attack hardened stains?