The refrigerator is one of the most important areas to focus on when you’re cleaning your kitchen. It’s vital that the appliance is kept clean and hygienic to reduce the risk of food poisoning. However, cleaning the refrigerator isn’t quite as straightforward as cleaning other areas of the kitchen, and certain products shouldn’t be used to clean the fridge. Please follow this guide to always keep your refrigerator clean:
- Remove all food from the refrigerator.
- Remove all fridge drawers and soak in warm water mixed with dish washing soap.
- To wipe the interior of the refrigerator, use a mixture of warm water and dish washing liquid. Use a microfiber cloth or a good quality sponge â€“ these cleaning tools will not fall apart and leave little particles behind in the fridge.
- Remove stubborn stains by using baking soda.
We also recommend always cleaning up any spills as soon as possible. Spills can drip onto other foods, and can cause bad smells. Also, be sure to regularly check through the products in the refrigerator and throw out anything out of date. Another helpful tip is keeping a small plastic box filled with baking soda at the bottom of your fridge, it will absorb any strong odors!
Can I use natural products to clean the refrigerator?
Yes, regular baking soda can be great for removing stains and absorbing bad odors; vinegar is good for cleaning any stainless-steel elements. We recommend you testing on a small area first to make sure there are no adverse effects.
What about ordinary Kitchen Cleaning Products?
Some kitchen cleaning products, such as gentle surface wipes that use natural citrus oils, are OK to use inside a refrigerator, but other products should be avoided. Kitchen cleaners can be very strong, containing many chemicals that kill common kitchen germs. However, these products should not have contact with your food.
Is disinfectant OK to use in the fridge?
No, disinfectants (like bleach) should never be used inside refrigerators. They contain strong chemicals that in contact with food could make people ill. Stick to specially formulated products that are safe to use inside a fridge, or opt for natural cleaners as mentioned above.