The ability to clean a fridge properly can keep fresh foods edible longer, remove expired items that are no longer of value and generally make a kitchen decor more attractive and hygienic. Unfortunately most of us do not tend to clean the fridge in as thorough a manner as is needed, with the result being a accumulation of good food, bad food and in some instances food that is downright disgusting. The very first and most important step to clean a fridge is to slide the trash can over to the refrigerator door and begin jettisoning all foods that are not of optimum quality. This is best accomplished by checking the expiration dates on items that have one present, performing a visual test to ensure that foods appear in good condition and smelling items to detect odors that are not normal. If a food item fails any one of these three tests play it safe and discard it quickly.
After the bad food has been thrown out the next step to clean a fridge is to examine what you have in your fridge that will most likely not be used in the near future. These foods can be frozen to be used at a later date, further reducing the clutter in your fridge making the task of keeping the refrigerator clean much more simple. Following this everything in the refrigerator needs to be placed into a large cardboard box or transported to the kitchen table temporarily – don’t worry, 15 minutes in the room temperature air will not spoil good food while you clean the interior of the fridge.
To actually clean a fridge itself take a spray bottle and add one tablespoon of antibacterial dish soap, one ounce of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of lemon essential oil to create a great aroma and then fill the bottle with hot tap water. Remove the refrigerator shelves and place them into the kitchen sink and spray then with your cleaning solution liberally and let them sit while still wet. Now you can spray the inside of the refrigerator wiping it with a sponge and drying it using a paper towel as you go in a top to bottom motion. When finished, go back to the sink and wipe the shelves with a sponge and rinse them using the sink sprayer, again drying them with a paper towel.
All that remains to complete cleaning the fridge is to insert the shelving and place the food inside, remembering to put a fresh box of baking soda into the fridge to reduce odors.