How to clean a refrigerator (4 easy hacks)

You spilled ketchup or other stuff, and you don’t know how to get rid of it. Or what you do is wipe that particular spot and leave some sticky and other unpleasant surfaces everywhere? Well, here’s an ultimate guide to help you clean a refrigerator and keep it fresh.

But before that, it’s important that we all know the importance of cleaning our refrigerators regularly. The primary benefit of a clean and tidy refrigerator is that it helps to contain foodborne bacteria. A dirty refrigerator can cause food to spoil faster, compromise food safety, and affect the appliance’s overall function.

Now that we know why it's necessary to clean your refrigerator more often let's get to the hacks that will help you do it like a pro.

An opened refrigerator, 2 spray bottles, and a blue sponge
1. Vinegar

If your refrigerator isn’t filthy, this is an excellent way to do it. All you need is to mix some hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray generously on the cleaned-out refrigerator shelves. Wipe dry with a towel or sponge, and your fridge is ready to go again. To keep your fridge looking great between cleanings, keep a bottle of vinegar-based cleaner on hand for quick cleanings.

2. Lemon

Cleaning with lemon has many advantages. Citric acid removes stains and can help disinfect your refrigerator.

Soak some cotton balls or a piece of cloth in lemon juice and use it to wipe out the inside of your refrigerator. Not only will the lemon juice help clean it, but it will also create a pleasant scent. Often place a few lemon slices on a plate and leave them in the fridge. They will soak up unpleasant odors and make your refrigerator smell good.

3. Baking soda

Baking soda is a versatile ingredient that has many uses besides cooking. One of its outstanding properties is its odor-neutralizing and cleansing action. This household remedy can help remove stubborn stains, eliminate foul odors, and clean difficult areas in your refrigerator.

4. Dishwashing soap

If you have a recalled food in your refrigerator, be sure to throw the food out and clean your refrigerator. Germs in the recalled food could spread to drawers or shelves in your refrigerator. In such a case, it’s more advisable to clean your refrigerator with dishwasher soap before restocking it thoroughly.

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