Fridge Cleaning

Fridge Cleaning

Cleaning your fridge and freezer doesn’t have to be difficult if you do a little planning and organizing.
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Aside from keeping up with messy spills, you should give your fridge a thorough cleaning at least once a season. Not only will it keep odors from permeating your foods, but it can also protect you from unknowingly consuming spoiled food.

Cleaning the Fridge

Turn control dial to "0"

 in both freezer and fridge. Do not unplug (unless you are defrosting) since you need the light to see by.

Ditch old food

 and store good food in a cooler or on a side counter. An overcrowded fridge cuts down on the flow of air, making your fridge work harder—and raising your electric bill.

Place shelves in sink,

 scrubbing with soap and water. Then wipe clean.

Clean the inside of fridge

 using mild soap and water and wipe down with a cloth or paper towel.

Remove vegetable and meat compartments:

 clean up all spilled juices and thoroughly rinse.

Clean corners and rubber gasket

 with a toothpick.

Clean door racks

 and reinstall.

Clean outside of bottles and jars

 and replace saved food in Ziploc® Brand Containers and Ziploc® Brand Storage Bags.

Wipe the top of the fridge

 with a feather duster.

Clean the exterior

 door and sides.

Clean hinges and nameplate

 with a toothbrush.

Move fridge out from wall,

 vacuum and brush up dust, lint and pet hair on floor and around coils (check your manual for instructions). Cleaning the coils underneath your fridge will help make it run more efficiently and last longer.

Sanitize your drip pan

 with Antibacterial fantastik® All Purpose Cleaner Lemon Power®. The drip pan at the base of your fridge is designed to catch spills, so it can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Put fridge back into place – and keep it clean!

 Weekly cleanings help reduce spoiled food odors. A box of baking soda left open on a shelf absorbs odor. Some cleaning experts suggest placing a coffee can filled with charcoal in your fridge and replacing it every six weeks to two months.

Cleaning Your Freezer

Unplug freezer

 to begin defrost. (If you have tremendous ice buildup, you might consider unplugging overnight.)

Leave freezer door open

 after removing everything and storing in cold chest.

Catch dripping water

 or chunks of frost by placing a baking pan on the kitchen floor just outside the freezer. Old towels placed on the floor also catch liquid.

Wipe with wet cloth

 after 10 minutes using only clear water, never soapy.

Dump ice trays;

 then rinse with soap and water.

Clean icemaker

 by turning off water while cleaning.

Evaluate all products

 and ditch what is out of date.

Replace all icemaker parts,

 ice trays, etc.

Cleaning a Non-Self-Defrosting Freezer

Remove food.

 Toss out old food or spoiled food. Store what you’re keeping in a cold chest.

Unplug freezer

 to begin defrosting. It’s time to defrost when the frost is about 1/4-inch thick. If you wait any longer, the melting ice could cause a bit of a flood. If you want to see into the crevices while the freezer light is off, consider wearing a headlamp while cleaning (they are really useful for blackouts, too).

Melt ice and frost.

 Leave door open until all ice melts (this might take a couple of hours). Or take a pan of hot water and place it in the freezer, shut door and check after five minutes.

Use an ice pick

 or chopstick, if necessary, to break up ice. (Caution: be careful not to damage appliance or hurt yourself.)

Catch ice and dripping water

 in a baking pan or on old towels placed at the base of the fridge.

Mop up melted ice

 with paper towels or a cloth. Place a pan or bowl close by to squeeze out cloth.

Wipe inside walls.

 After all ice and water have been removed. Wipe away any residue with a clean cloth or paper towel. (Avoid direct contact with food.)

Wet-dust exterior

 (top, door and sides) with Pledge® Multi Surface Duster or wipe down with Pledge® Multi Surface Cleaner.

Close door and turn freezer on

 for about 15 minutes before placing cold food items back in. Clean ice trays and refill.
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9/26/2012 , 
jamie  b.
I just recently had a minor problem with my freezer and had to have it professionally fixed. After the maintenance man fixed my freezer he filled a pump up sprayer (like the one you use to spray for pest or weeds) with hot water. It had enough pressure in it to get under the ice as he sprayed it. He had the freezer cleaned in 5 minutes. Plus he said this way you aren't chipping ice which can damage the freezer and you.
9/10/2012 , 
Terrie  A.
I use q-tips or cotton swabs to clean the rubber gasket and around the handle screws. Just spray lightly with a little soapy water. works great
3/19/2012 , 
Helena  K.
It helps to conquer this task a little at a time, especially to save on energy (the fridge's and yours). Clear one shelf by putting its contents on another shelf or your counter. Clean it in the sink, dry, replace. Repeat. Even just do a couple a day. Yes, you will still have to leave the fridge door open while you clean the parts that are not removeable, but you have significantly cut down.
6/7/2011 , 
Charlene  W.
I use soda water to clean the interior of my refridgerator so it doesn't pick up the smell from other cleaners. I also use a shop vac to defrost, I put the hose on the blower end and it doesn't take long to defrost. I make sure I do this in the winter months so it is easier to keep food cold. I use laundry baskets to hold the food.
1/22/2011 , 
Surabhi  B.
I find it much easier to clean the fridge with a mixture of vinegar and soap water. The food stains come out in a matter of seconds! it also neutralizes any food odor for a really long time!
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