The weather is warming up; you can smell it in the air. Yes, it’s time to spring clean, and the perfect place to start is the fridge. We all know it has been earning its keep in the last few months, so before we begin to switch over to all of the summer foods we enjoy, the Mitsubishi Electric Refrigeration Team have a few tips to give the faithful fridge a spring clean.
- Remove food and shelves: Schedule your deep clean at the end of the week before you do your weekly grocery shop. Less food in the fridge means that there are fewer items you need to take out and keep cool while you’re completing the big washdown. Most shelves and drawers in a fridge can normally be removed, which makes wiping down and cleaning much easier. Check your user manual before you start so you know exactly how to do this without damaging anything.
- Use the right cleaning tools: Your fridge is made up of glass and plastic, and so it’s best to use mild cleaning products and tools. Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth using warm water and, for hard-to-remove dirt, use a diluted kitchen detergent. Stay away from harsh cleaning products like alcohol, acid, boiling water or scrubbing brushes.
- Dry down: The inside should be completely dry before you re-add the shelves and drawers. Don’t forget to dry the individual shelves with a soft cloth or paper towel before adding them back in as well. Finally, don’t forget to dry the door seals, which can be one of the grimiest areas. Keeping them dry after cleaning will prevent mildew and keep the seal tight and working at maximum efficiency.