Fridge cleaning can seem like one of those thankless tasks but it is crucial in preventing the spread of bacteria that can cause nasty stomach upsets. The fridge is one of the most important appliances in the kitchen and should be regularly cleaned out. A deep clean should be performed about every 3 to 4 months.
Yet fridge cleaning it is not uncomplicated, due to the nature of the items being stored in it, such as raw/cooked foods and beverages. Certain cleaning products shouldn’t be used due to the chemical content that may come in to contact with the food and cause illness. Read on for some helpful fridge cleaning tips:
- Wipe up spills as soon as you can to prevent them contaminating other foods, cause bad odours and become difficult to remove.
- Seems obvious but always clean top to bottom so you don’t have to go back over areas you’ve already cleaned when bits fall down on to them.
- DON’T use disinfectants or bleach to clean with as these chemicals can contaminate food and cause illness.
- Use odour-free dishwashing soap to soak the drawers and shelves.
- To clean fridge interiors, dissolve 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda in appx. in 2 cups of water and apply with a microfibre cloth.
- Alternatively, use a fridge cleaning product specifically formulated for food surfaces.
- Try fridge cleaning wipes for every day cleaning.
- Clean the fridge door seals as these can become a haven for bacteria.
- Wipe down all items before placing them back in your fridge to prevent anything that has accumulated being transferred back on to surfaces.
- Fill a small container with bicarbonate of soda and leave in the bottom of the fridge to soak up strong smells.
- White wine vinegar is ideal for cleaning any stainless steel fittings on shelves and racks.