Step one: Clean the individual parts of the refrigerator
Now we can start with the main cleaning. First, take out all drawers and shelves from the refrigerator. They are best washed in the sink with a sponge in warm soapy water. Then dry the items carefully and set aside for now.
Step two: Which cleaner is the right one?
Now, the inner walls of the refrigerator need to be cleaned. Using a simultaneous odor-neutralizing cleaner is better than conventional household cleaners. You can, for example use two tablespoons of baking soda and one liter of warm water to produce a cleaning solution. If you fill this in a spray bottle, the application is very easy and you can also reach the farthest corners without problems.
Alternatively, you can clean the refrigerator with warm water and a little vinegar. Acetic not only eliminates the odors, but cleans and disinfects especially well. A little detergent can be given in addition to the water. If possible, use warm to hot water, then bacteria have no chance.
A special disinfectant is not necessary for proper hygiene in private homes. To clean and to avoid that strong encrustations, deposits or mold build up – depending on the intensity of use – It is more important to clean the fridge at regular intervals.
Step Three: Cleaning the fridge correctly
Now it’s almost done. Dry the cleaned interior walls thoroughly and put all the drawers and shelves back in again. You can now turn the refrigerator back on and put stocks back into place. You should be careful not to fill your refrigerator with food too much. Doing so will help the air circulate between the food helping it remain colder for longer.
By the way if you layer foods in different cold zones of the refrigerator you can achieve a certain degree of efficiency. Cheese, cooked food or smoked dishes go with dairy products such as yogurt or curd have their place on the floor below. Fish, fresh meat or sausage should be stored in suitable resealable cans on the glass plate underneath. Here is the coldest place in the entire fridge and perishable products are well protected. Fruits and vegetables keep best separated into the appropriate compartments in the lower area. Here it is neither too cold nor too warm and vitamins can remain in good condition.
Energy saving tips for refrigerators
Refrigerators save more energy when they are not too empty. Experts recommend to fill the devices at least two thirds and to avoid long and frequent door openings. So less warm room air must be cooled. Taken surplus should be returned as soon as possible and foods or drinks should always be cooled before.
The location is also crucial for energy consumption: Refrigerators and freezers should be in a cool place, for a reduced ambient temperature reduces electricity consumption immensely. So be on the device if possible not right next to the stove.
Extra tips for a neat fridge
To avoid ugly scratches and provide no additional breeding ground for germs, you should avoid scouring pads and abrasive cleaning agents whenever possible when cleaning your refrigerator. For both the front as well as the interior use a soft sponge, cloth and gentle detergent. So it is also ensured that the stored food does not come into contact with harmful residues.
Odor-neutralizing effect can be accomplished using coffee made as a powder or whole beans in a small bowl inside the refrigerator. Coffee pods are particularly useful for this method and can be replaced quickly if necessary. Other options include using half a lemon, baking soda, half an apple or a potato – all make perfect deodorant for the refrigerator.