If the kitchen is the center of the house, the refrigerator would be the core. In most homes, it is often the second door opened upon arrival, right after the point of entry. It’s the most hardworking appliance, keeping foods safe so that you don’t get food poison. It is therefore important to always keep it clean. But this can be time-consuming, so to save time and energy, draw up aschedule and stick to it.
The Daily Habit
Doing a little fridge clean-up everyday will ensure that its always clean and ready to do its duty at all times. You only need to spend a few minutes everyday, but this will spell the difference in the time that you spend during your annual or seasonal cleaning. Here’s what do on a daily basis:
- Take action on drips and spills immediately. Do not wait for it to dry, as it may harden and become, well, harder to clean. This includes the spills on the sides of jars, bottles and containers.
- Check to see if you have food that is spoiled, about to be spoiled or expired. Throw them out immediately.
- Do a quick wipe down of the doors and handles. The handles in particular, are touched by hands whose provenance are probably suspect.4. Put an open box of baking soda to prevent odor inside.
Do this at the end of your day, right before retiring to bed until becomes part of your daily routine.
There’s not much to do on a weekly basis, assuming that you follow the above list. Nonetheless, you can further cut down on major cleaning time if you wipe the fridge doors with cloth soaked in water with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid once a week. Run it around, paying close attention to the edges and the handles. Do not use an abrasive cleaning pad lest you scratch the surface of the fridge.
Once a month, when doing your weekly cleaning of the fridge doors, you should include the door seals too. These can be a haven for crumbs, especially when you have kids in the house. Check if the door seal still fits. Before closing it, use a dry cloth to wipe off the liquid.
Mark the start of every season with a fridge clean-up. Set aside at least an hour to complete this task. Follow these easy steps so that you can finish faster:
- Prepare your cleaning products. Some like to make their own mixtures, while others are content with store-bought cleansers. Whatever it is, make sure they are safe. Do not use disinfectants like bleach, they can be fatal to the health.
- Clear the refrigerator of all items.
- Pour the mixture in number 1 in a sink or pail. Dunk the removable items (shelves and drawers) in it and wipe clean.
- Using the same mixture, attack the sides of the refrigerator making sure that you thoroughly clean hard-to-reach areas. If there are stains that refuse to budge despite its soaking and/or wiping, mix baking soda and hot water (2 tbsp of soda for every quart of water) and apply liberally. Leave it on until it softens, then wipe away with a clean cloth.
- Replace the shelves and drawers after drying them, then return the contents.
Keeping your refrigerator clean is much like cleaning your face. You should develop a daily, weekly, monthly and annual regimen and keep to them religiously. You will reap the rewards of your good habits in the long run.