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How To Effectively Clean Your Fridge Like A Pro?

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It’s an unwritten rule that keeping a refrigerator clean is a must. It doesn’t take a genius on why this is important, but if it must be said, one of its main purposes is to keep our well-being safe aside from prolonging the shelf life of the food we store inside. Even though a fridge is cold enough, the bacteria and germs can still make it a breeding ground that causes foodborne illness. And we don’t want us to get sick, much worse be poisoned, because of mishandling the proper storing of food.

The Fridge is the Workhorse of the Kitchen

While a fridge is taking care of your food to keep it preserved and cool, some wear and tear of the storage is bound to happen one way or another. Cleaning it properly is one way to keep it working longer, keep it in good condition, and let it function for as long as it can.

Not every one of us thoroughly understands that our fridge works overtime just to prolong the shelf life of our foods. As it only stays in one corner, most of us often miss cleaning it regularly. But as mentioned earlier, it must be cleaned the same way we clean the other equipment we use in our house. Again, we don’t want it to be the breeding ground of germs and bacteria.

In this blog, we will share with you some new tips on how to keep your fridge clean and function as to how it is supposed to.

Cleaning The Interior

  • Clean The Fridge’s Shelves and Drawers The Right Way

Wiping the shelves, crisper, and drawers is just a temporary solution. You have to wash them! A fridge, when not cleaned the right way, may produce bad odors because of the stains, residue, and leftover smell of food. And this is the reason why we should wash the shelves, crisper, and drawers instead of just wiping.

Pull out these removable parts of the fridge and wash them with soap. If, in case, you’re unsure on how to remove these, check out the manual or read guides online. But be mindful that if the shelves are glass-type, let them warm up first after pulling out from the fridge. These will prevent them from shattering when you use hot water to wash and clean.

Yes, wash and clean them with hot water and soap. This will help for the residue and odor to be removed faster. Use antibacterial spray also to ensure that the germs and bacteria will be gone.

  • Remove The Fridge Odor

The odor in your fridge doesn’t just linger on the shelves and drawers as it is also on the inside. Once you have pulled out the shelves and drawers, you’ll understand more about it.

In these modern-day times, there are already refrigerators equipped with deodorizers designed to remove these foul smells even before you clean them. But you have to understand that there are limitations to it depending on how strong the smell the food stored in the fridge is.

Fortunately, you don’t have to use cleaning spray or products with harsh chemicals to remove the odor. Baking soda can help deodorize your fridge. Simply put a baking soda in an open container or open the box of it (if it’s a small one), and put it inside. This will absorb the odor lingering in your fridge.

  • Don’t Forget Cleaning the Gasket

The rubber gasket lined in the frame of your fridge door must not be forgotten. Aside from the fact that dirt might accumulate in it, it should be regularly cleaned to ensure that it maintains a tight seal.

If it accumulates grime or mold, you can use liquid dish soap or bleach-based cleaner. Rinse the gasket thoroughly. And to keep it from drying out, you can rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly.

Cleaning The Exterior

  • Wipe The Door, Side, Top, and Back

It’s not just the inside of the fridge that is important to clean, but also the outside. You don’t want it to look old and rusty as time passes by, right? You can use an all-purpose cleaner sprayed on a cloth to wipe these areas.

On the other hand, the method mentioned may vary depending on what type of fridge you have at home. If, for example, your fridge is a stainless-steel refrigerator then you can use a microfiber cloth to wipe it clean.

  • Clean The Coils

Cleaning the coils can be tricky. It doesn’t need to be cleaned everytime, but it’s good to clean it once in a while. For a better and safer way of cleaning the coils, it is best to refer to the manual which came along when you bought the fridge. Otherwise, you can search or hire experts to clean it.

  • Clean The Water Dispenser

If your fridge model comes with a water dispenser, make sure to clean it also. Cleaning it helps ensure that the dispenser’s filter is still good and you can drink clean water. The dispenser tray is also prone to stains and residue so make sure to not miss cleaning it.

Ensure Your Fridge’s Cleanliness

To prevent your fridge from producing a bad odor and keeping it longer, make sure to store food inside the right way. Check the expiration dates of the foods in your fridge. Toss away the spoiled and expired ones. Wipe the stains and residues on the shelves (remember that you still have to clean them).

Lastly, before you store your newly bought groceries in your fridge, make sure that they are cleaned.

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What To Consider When Choosing An All-Purpose Cleaner?

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When you’re cleaning your house regularly, an all-purpose cleaner is a good companion for achieving your goal of cleanliness. It’s typically a sufficient solution for most of your cleaning needs and a generally safe choice in the house around people, pets, plants, and most home surfaces. On the other hand, it may vary from time to time depending on its content and capacity since it has limitations.

Most of us just choose a cleaning product without a specific preference. We just have one goal in mind which is for it to be able to clean and remove dirt, stains, bacteria, and viruses. Although your thought is right, there are still things you must consider in choosing. 

Choosing the right all-purpose cleaner is thoroughly important for the reason that it will help prevent, remove and eliminate dirt and grimes (along with germs, bacteria, and viruses) while protecting your health. So, to help you in this dilemma, here are some tips that you can consider when choosing and buying.

Factors When Choosing An All-Purpose Cleaner

  1. Alkaline/Acidity

An Alkaline-based all-purpose cleaner is formulated specifically of blends consisting of alkaline salts, wetting agents, and sequestrant (chelating) agents. This cleaner is somewhat better at breaking up organic grime like dirt, oils, and greases. You might want to consider the level of alkaline and acidity content of the cleaner you’re choosing.

  1. Earth-Friendly

Based on its name, earth-friendly all-purpose cleaners are not harmful to us (humans), our pets, and also to the environment. Most cleaners of this type are made from natural essence oils and do not contain harmful chemicals that might be dangerous to the environment. Check the label if the product you’re choosing is certified and approved.

  1. With Anti-Bacterial (And Includes Sanitizing And Disinfecting) Powers

We’re not capable of tracking bacteria with our mere eye, which is why cleaning products with antibacterial power are made to make our surfaces germ and bacteria free. 

Cleaning is not just about removing dirt that we see but also eliminating harmful elements to our well-being. In this case, you might as well check for all-purpose cleaners that come with sanitizing and disinfecting powers as well.

  1. Non-Toxic And Hypoallergenic (And Pet-Friendly)

Cleaning products differ from one another regardless of whether it’s an all-purpose cleaner. The content and ingredients of the product matter. Some all-purpose cleaners contain toxic chemicals and/or are not hypoallergenic which gives you (or your pets) side effects after using it to clean surfaces. 

  1. Easy To Use

Nowadays, most all-purpose cleaners come as spray-types whether it is liquid or aerosol-based. However, you have to see which products are easy to use. So, when selecting see which spray packaging would fit your needs when cleaning. Otherwise, there are refillable bottle sprays you can buy in the market.

In reality, there are still many factors not included in the list. It would take some time to evaluate everything. And if you’re looking for ‘the best’ all-purpose cleaner, you should know that the best one will depend on your needs. What’s important is to consider your well-being when choosing one.

Our Advice

There are many brands claiming and promising perfection of cleanliness when you use their products. It’s not a lie! It’s just that it will always depend on your preference and if it would suffice to your needs. 

Many cleaning products tend to be ineffective and may not give you the result you’re expecting. But for the record, they are not fake! If a particular all-purpose cleaner product did not work for you but worked out for someone else, you have to consider that it can be because it’s not what you’re looking for. Furthermore, it’s a big factor if you use the product properly.

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