A sparkling fridge and freezer not only look and smell good, but are actually safer environments for food storage. Just follow our helpful cleaning how-to's. And let the kids join in -- they'll learn good habits for the future!
Ideally, the interiors of refrigerators and freezers should be cleaned about every 3 months. Since most of us live in the real world, chances are your appliances are overdue for a thorough cleaning. Spring into action with these easy step-by-step directions!
- Consult the manufacturer's manual for general cleaning of your appliances before beginning. Since frozen foods stay colder longer, clean the freezer compartment first. (If you need to defrost the freezer before cleaning, follow manufacturer's instructions.)
- Turn the power controls off.
- Transfer foods to a covered insulated cooler.
- Using a solution of 1 to 2 tablespoons bicarb soda in 1 litre warm (not, hot) water, wash the interior. Remove shelves, drawers and other removable parts for separate cleaning. Rinse and wipe dry.
- If appliances are heavily soiled, it may be necessary to change the cleaning solution several times.
- To clean the refrigerator, repeat steps 2 through 5.
- Vacuum dust from the condenser and wash the drain pan. (Consult your manual for specific location and directions.)
- Return interior parts and food to the clean freezer and refrigerator.
- Turn the power back on.
- Wash the exterior surfaces with warm, soapy water or as manufacturer directs.