The not-so-bad exterior of a refrigerator might sometimes make you assume that its inside is also nice and clean. However, that’s not always the case. Since you’ve chosen the best refrigerator to store your family’ food in, make sure it is one of the purest places in your house.
In today’s article, Electrolux Indonesia will give you a complete step-to-step guidance on how to clean your refrigerator the right way. Good news is these tips are applicable for both 1 door and side-by-side 2 door or any big-sized fridges. Plus, you will also find some extra after-cleaning tips such as how to turn on the fridge at the end of the post.
The satisfaction of a sparkling-clean fridge
Timing your refrigerator cleaning before the weekly or daily delivery of your grocery shopping will make your life easier. If yours is a fridge freezer, you would also want the freezer compartment as empty as possible when you start the clean-up.
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Since it’s obvious that we will need to completely empty the fridge before cleaning, preparing enough surface area for temporary food storage would be a good idea. You might want to empty your kitchen sink as well.
Here is the list of supplies you will need for your cleaning:
Spray bottle – the container for our cleaner
Now turn off your fridge and make sure to let the plastic shelves come to room temperature before you start removing them in the next steps. Trying to remove plastic shelves from your fridge when it’s still cold might cause unwanted cracks or other damages.
While you are transferring all the contents of your fridge onto the kitchen countertops or any surface area, remember to:
Below are some more tips on how to deal with leftovers from your fridge the “green” way:
Now that the fridge’s inside must have come to room temperature, take all the shelves and drawers out and soak them in the kitchen sink. If they won’t fit your sink, spray them with dish soap and hot water.
Leave them there while we are heading to work on the inside of the fridge.
Spray all over the interior of your fridge with the DIY vinegar solution mentioned earlier. Concentrate on areas with gunk. The simple combination of vinegar and water works like magic at cleaning up not only sticky germs, but also smelly fridges as well.
Leave the fridge’s interior to soak while you get back to the disassembled shelves and drawers earlier.
The gunk on the shelves and drawers should be loosen by now. It’s time to wipe and clean them in dish soap water. Let them dry while you return to wash the inside of your fridge.
First, give the fridge walls an initial scrub to wipe out any gunk. Then, clean the fridge’s interior surfaces thoroughly with a soft, damp microfiber cloth. Make sure to have it rinsed and squeezed out regularly.
Clean the fridge’s interior surfaces thoroughly with a damp microfiber cloth
When all the parts which are disassembled in the initial steps are dry completely, you can start having them reassembled.
It’d be pointless if we put sticky jam jars and crusty bottles back into a thoroughly cleaned fridge.
If you have already cleaned the bottom of those containers at the very first steps while clearing out your fridge, that’s pretty much all the main work. However, sometimes gunk has accumulated around the edges of the cap or the seal, so you might want to take the lid off and wash it in the sink before putting them all back to the fridge.
Don’t forget to clean the outside of your fridge, too!
Once everything is in place in your sparkling clean refrigerator, spray the vinegar solution all over the outside of the fridge. Then use a soft and clean microfiber cloth to wash it off. Don’t forget to give a good cleaning to the refrigerator handles, edges, and seals.
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Good news – once your refrigerator is clean and dry, it's ready to go. You can turn on your refrigerator right after the cleaning without having to wait anytime at all.
Don’t forget to wash your kitchen countertops or any surfaces that held your food and refrigerator parts. Give the floor a quick clean-up is also a good idea as the whole cleaning process might leave your floor dirty.
It’s advised that you should give your refrigerator a deep clean every 3 or 4 months. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics though, a light clean-up for your refrigerator should be done once every week.
Keeping your fridge sanitized is important. It’s obvious for health reasons but other than that, regular cleaning will make sure your fridge work properly and thus, last longer.
Not only providing useful tips on how to pro-long the lifespan of your home appliances, Electrolux also ensures customers’ a peace of mind while using our products by offering extended warranty package for any purchases made from Electrolux Indonesia official stores.
Owners of French door refrigerators might need more space for temporary food storage
As big-sized refrigerators obviously contain a lot more stuff than 1-door counterparts, here are 2 extra tips for owners of side-by-side, 2-door, or any sorts of large refrigerators:
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Let’s enjoy the satisfaction of a sparkling-clean fridge, for a while. If you want to keep it smelling fresh for longer, try using some refrigerator fresheners.
To free you from frequent maintenance process, Electrolux UltimateTaste refrigerators come equipped with the latest technologies to keep your fridge not only clean but also last for longer. Keeping your food fresh longer also means maintaining your fridge clean for longer.
While the TasteLock feature maintains a humid environment to keep fruit and vegetables fresh with flavor for all week long, the TasteSeal compartment ensures a consistent temperature to keep your ingredients in prime condition for up to 7 days without freezing.
TasteLock feature maintains a humid environment to keep fruit and vegetables fresh for all week long
TasteSeal compartment keeps your food in prime condition for up to 7 days without freezing
A research conducted by World Nutrition Journal shows that our Electrolux UltimateTaste refrigerators are being able to maintain freshness and antioxidant nutrient contents of selected vegetables and fruit better than other brands.
Choose yourself a quality-proven products from the following Electrolux UltimateTaste refrigerators:
Electrolux UltimateTaste refrigerators
Besides UltimateTaste series, Electrolux NutriFresh refrigerators are also popular among Indonesian consumers for their TasteGuard, 360 AirCool support, and TasteLock feature. Food preservation capability of Electrolux NutriFresh refrigerators has even made them to the MURI records (for being able to preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables for the longest time.)
Here are some highlighted products from our NutriFresh Inverter series:
Also, most of our refrigerator products offer Door Alarm feature which will sound when the refrigerator door is left open for a long time. This will help you save energy, and therefore prolong the life of your appliances.
Applying technologies to offer low energy-consuming yet high performance home appliances is what Electrolux has been known for years. Through Make it last campaign, we seek to inspire change to shape a more sustainable world.
Make It Last with Electrolux UltimateTaste
Hopefully our post today on Electrolux Indonesia has provided helpful tips on how to get rid of your smelly fridge and clean your refrigerator the right way. Visit our website for more expert tips and advice to take better care of your home.