If you have the Owner's Manual, follow the cleaning instructions. If you don't have the Manual, just follow these easy steps:
(note: do this before going to the grocery store for your weekly shopping)
- Unplug the fridge and slide a coil brush under the unit’s kick plate to remove dust.
- Empty the contents of the entire fridge. Toss anything past its prime.
- Remove the drawers and scrub with a sponge, warm water and liquid dish soap.
- Spray the (now empty) interior with a multi-surface spray and wipe down the walls and each shelf. You can use an old toothbrush and cleanser to remove grime from the cracks.
- Plug the fridge back in and return the drawers and food while wiping down bottles and jars.
- Place a small box of baking soda in the door or in the back of the fridge to keep odors at bay.
- Stainless steel Use a microfiber cloth and stainless steel surface spray, and rub in the direction of the grain.
- Enameled steel Use a multi-surface spray and paper towels.
The above may seem like a once a year job, but the truth is, you can work towards keeping a clean fridge every day. Wipe up spills with a paper towel and warm water as they occur. (Or, you can use cleanser, but apply it to the paper towel first and not directly into a fridge full of food.) Keep baking soda in the fridge year round. And every week, do a quick purge of food that has expired or gone bad.
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