Housekeeping Tips on Revamping Your Refrigerator and Freezer
You want to clean out and organize your refrigerator or freezer, huh? You’ve got those crisper drawers that aren’t so clean; shelves with a build-up of crustiness from chicken juice, ketchup, and any food item you put in them. Also, having a fridge or freezer that’s so cluttered you’ve to sweat to fetch an item isn’t the best thing.
Now, I’m going to show you how to clean and revamp your fridge like a pro. You can give your refrigerator that fresh smell, with no stickiness or clutter anywhere. First, we’re going to focus on cleaning the fridge, and then move to the freezer. Let’s begin.
Why Use the Refrigerator?
The refrigerator, or simply fridge, helps us preserve our meals and food items at a cold temperature. We put all kinds of food items in there: mustard, chocolate syrup, bananas, avocados, butter, cooking oil, fruits, eggs, cheese, and even some medications.
Also, the fridge makes for a great place to store any grilled meat leftovers, like hamburgers and hotdogs. You can take out, defrost and grill to a temperature of 165oC before eating them. The grill you choose will depend on your needs and fuel type preference.
If you love meal prepping, and want to have healthy meals at all times, keeping your food in the freezer can slow down bacteria growth. So how do you maintain proper fridge hygiene? Cleaning is an essential way to do so, and here’s how to go about it:
1. Take Everything Out
- The first thing to do is empty the fridge. Don’t be selective with the items you remove; just get everything out of it.
- If you don’t want to plug out the fridge, you can turn off the cooling mechanism.
- To make the task easier, work from top to bottom, and ensure you don’t forget anything in it.
- Then remove the baskets, bins, and shelves. Do this carefully, so you don’t break any of them, especially if you’ve never done this before.
- Arrange everything on the counter so you can easily put them back when you’re done cleaning.
- The next step is to pre-treat the fridge interior with an all-purpose cleaner.
- Then sprinkle the trays, shelves, and bins with some baking soda, alongside, the multi-purpose cleaner. This will provide some abrasion, deodorization, as well as stain removal.
3. Clean the Fridge
- Now, it’s time to get to clean the fridge properly. You’ll need a microfiber cloth and a cleaning brush.
- Work your way through the fridge, cleaning from top to bottom, left to right.
- Spray any area before wiping with the cloth to make it easier for any stain to come off.
- The cleaning toothbrush will find its way into the little grooves, particularly in drawers and shelves. There could be some chunk of food drips you can’t get out except with the help of a little brush.
- Clean the gaskets, the little rubber seals around the door, which could get dirty over time. Use your toothbrush to scrub them, and wipe with your microfiber cloth.
- Also, wipe the door hinges clean.
4. Wash the Bins, Shelves, and Drawers
- You’ll need a double-sided sponge for this one. Dampen it, and wash the bins, shelves, and drawers. This task doesn’t take so much time, especially if you pre-treated the items. Also, the baking soda helps a lot in getting rid of any chunky stuff in them.
- For convenience, clean the items one at a time, dry, and put back into the refrigerator. It’s essential to dry the items thoroughly before putting them back into the fridge. That will prevent them from dripping water into the refrigerator.
- Again, you want to be very careful when doing this, as the cost of replacement is quite high if you happen to break any. If you have any glass panels, you have to be extra careful and slow when cleaning them.
- For adamant stains in your bins due to prolonged build-up, a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can go a long way in removing them.
5. Put Everything Back
I’m sure your fridge now looks nice and clean. The next and final step is putting everything back in, and how you do this is very important. A vital aspect of revamping your refrigerator is ensuring it’s not cluttered. It’s also an excellent opportunity to take stock of the things you have and make a mental note of the things you need.
Before putting anything back in, ask yourself, “Do I still need this? Is it still edible?” That way, you can get rid of those items that don’t need to be in there, giving your fridge more space. Ensure to wipe the bottom of every container before replacing it.
When you’re done, put the refrigerator back on. Viola! You have a revamped refrigerator.
Cleaning the Freezer
The freezer stores food at a much lower temperature than the refrigerator and is great for long term storage. So how do you clean the freezer? Just like with the refrigerator, you have to ensure everything is properly cleaned out.
- Take everything out of the freezer, and put them in a cooler with ice in it.
- Thoroughly scrub the bottom of the freezer using hot water and soap or distilled white vinegar.
- Then spray the cleaning solution (of hot water and soap) on the sides, bins, and ice trays, and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Scrub with a brush if need be.
- Once you’re done cleaning, dry it out, and put everything back.
How often should you clean your refrigerator? Although many people dread the task, where we keep our food has to be spotless. How frequently you clean it will depend on how deep the cleaning is. Ensure to wipe up any spill every day, and throw away leftovers and bad items every week. For the deep cleaning we’ve discussed, do so at least once every three months.