Keeping the refrigerator always clean and free from ice and stagnating water is essential to guarantee and leave its efficiency unchanged, prolong its life and reduce its energy consumption. Sometimes, in case of malfunctions, ice may form inside our fridge: this will have to be removed as soon as possible to restore the right temperature in our fridge and freezer.
How to clean the refrigerator?
Cleaning the refrigerator is a boring operation that must be carried out at least once a month; we must not forget that this appliance contains and preserves the foods we will eat every day. It is, therefore, essential to keep it clean and sanitized to avoid the formation of bacteria that could contaminate our food with even serious consequences (read the article on food Botulinum).
It is necessary to empty the interior of all foods, temporarily placing them on a floor or table for cleaning the refrigerator. Once empty, you can clean it with a sponge and a degreasing spray to eliminate all dirt stains.
Remember that it is important to clean both the shelves, the drawers and the walls of the fridge itself; if you have the chance, wash the insides of the refrigerator in the dishwasher to clean, degrease and disinfect thoroughly.
To eliminate persistent odours instead, you can use a natural, effective and economical grandmother remedy: dilute a few drops of white vinegar in water and use this mixture to finish cleaning the refrigerator. The smell of vinegar will absorb all the bad odour leaving only a pleasant smell of clean!
If the refrigerator is frozen
If the inside of the refrigerator has ice or is very wet, it is necessary to clean very carefully the drain of water that is inside the fridge, usually in the lower part.
If the drain is clogged, it could make the fridge inefficient; clean it carefully by removing any residues formed inside, helping you with a toothpick.
Also, clean the outer parts of the fridge.
The rear grille of the refrigerator is actually a coil that serves for the refrigerator’s proper functioning and must be cleaned regularly. At least once a month, vacuum the excess dust that has settled on the coil with the vacuum cleaner and then remove the residues with a damp cloth soaked with the detergent.
Taking care of the refrigerator regularly will help you avoid bad smells in the kitchen, improve hygiene, and reduce electricity consumption! Remember to do it regularly.
To better store food
To save on the use of the refrigerator and improve our food storage, thus reducing waste, it is important to follow the indications that you can also find in the instruction booklet.
Each shelf in the refrigerator lends itself well to the storage of a specific category of food: for example, the low drawers of the refrigerator are generally suitable for storing fruits and vegetables, increasing their durability.
The intermediate part of the fridge, on the other hand, lends itself to better storage of meat and cold cuts. Try to consult your fridge booklet: if you can’t find it, you can search for the model online. Companies generally offer the ability to download it for free in PDF format.