A refrigerator is one of the most important kitchen appliances, and any household would rather choose to have one instead of other appliances. The appliance helps keep your food and other raw ingredients stored in the best way possible. That is why it is important to always clean your fridge and organize it well. A well-maintained Kitchenaid refrigerator also provides benefits such as prolonging the appliance’s lifespan.
Before cleaning the refrigerator, it is important to know what you should use to clean the appliance. Use the following supplies and tools to help sanitize your fridge.
Clean Sponge or Soft Cloth Affresh Appliance Cleaner
Hot Water Mild Detergent
Clean Towels Baking Soda
Garbage Bags Vinegar
Large Container or Bucket
A toothbrush or small brush ( optional)
Also, it is important not to use any abrasive or harsh cleaners such as window sprays, sourcing cleaners, and other harmful chemicals or supplies to clean the fridge’s interior and door liners or gaskets.
First, you want to take out all the food items you have in the fridge, make sure to store the perishables in a cooler or undercounter refrigerator. If there are any expired items or old leftover food, this should be placed in a garbage bag and disposed of right away. Other items can be placed on a kitchen counter or the table while cleaning, but avoid keeping the food out longer than 2 hours.
2. Unplug the refrigerator
To prevent wasting electricity while you clean the unit, ensure to unplug it or turn off the switch at the breaker box. This won’t cause much of an issue if you have removable shelves and drawers but unplug the refrigerator if you keep the door open for a long time.
3. Remove the shelves and the storage bins
Take any removable shelving and drawers from the fridge’s interior and let it come to room temperature before it is washed. Different refrigerators will also have different styles of shelves and drawers. You can check and be familiar with the owners’ guide to know which unit parts are removable.
4. Wash the refrigerator shelves and bins
Once the shelves and bins are at room temperature, wash them using a mild cleaner, warm water and sponge or in the dishwasher. Check your use and care guide if you are unsure whether the shelves or drawers are dishwasher safe. Please note that cleaning glass shelves or covers must not be cleaned using warm water while they are cold. It can break if exposed to a sudden change of temperature or impact. Also, shelves with under-shelf LED lighting are not dishwasher safe.
5. Hand wash the interior surfaces and removable parts
Spray the fridge’s interior, including the walls, door, and permanent shelves. Any grime or spills that are built-up can be scrubbed using a toothbrush. Use a clean sponge or soft cloth with a mild detergent or other non-abrasive cleaners in warm water. You can also use Affresh cleaners and available online or at retailers. You can also use white vinegar or a mix of hot water and baking soda if you prefer not to use any chemicals.
6. Wipe down the exterior of the refrigerator
Once you have completed the cleaning, wipe the interior completely dry using a clean towel. After the removable parts have been dried, place them back into the fridge.
7. Plugin the refrigerator
After the interior and the fridge shelves have been cleaned and dried, plug the refrigerator back in or switch it on at the breaker box of your home. Give at least 24 hours for the unit to come to the right temperature before placing the items inside. Wipe the food containers and jars with warm water and soap before you will place them back in the refrigerator.
There are ways to clean the drawer and shelf flannels inside the refrigerator, especially if there are any spillovers inside. If the spillover is heavy, use a soft cloth and a mild dishwashing soap to clean the frame. Make sure to remove the soap residue by rinsing it thoroughly and completely drying the channels using a microfiber cloth.
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