A dirty refrigerator can breed germs that can contaminate food. It can also make the entire home smell bad by releasing foul odors into the air each time you open the refrigerator door. If you're not sure how often you should clean your client's refrigerator, a good rule of thumb is to clean it once each season. Here are step-by-step instructions for giving the fridge a thorough cleaning.
Before you start cleaning the refrigerator, you should unplug it and allow the interior to reach room temperature. The glass and ceramic components of the refrigerator can crack if exposed to warm or hot water. Unplugging the refrigerator before you begin will also give the freezer a chance to defrost before you begin the cleaning services process.
Soak the Drawers and Shelves
While you're waiting for the inside of the fridge to warm to room temperature, you can remove the shelves and drawers. It can be difficult to wash refrigerator drawers and shelves in the kitchen sink, so use the bathtub instead. Fill the tub with hot water and add ¼ cup each of baking soda and lemon juice.
Place your drawers and shelves in the water and allow them to soak while you're cleaning the inside of the refrigerator. After they've soaked, simply scrub them with a clean sponge, rinse them well and leave them to air dry. Once they're dry, place them back in the refrigerator.
Clean the Fridge
Fill a bucket with hot water and add 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and lemon juice. The baking soda will neutralize foul odors and the lemon juice will leave the fridge with a fresh, clean scent.
Working from the top down, use a soft cloth to wipe down the walls of the refrigerator. Be sure to wipe inside the cracks and crevices, as well as along the edge of the door gasket. Germs and bacteria can build up inside the gasket, which can cause foul odors to get trapped inside.
Now On To the Freezer
You'll clean the freezer the same way you cleaned the refrigerator, with one exception. If the freezer is equipped with an ice maker, you'll want to disinfect the ice drop. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a ¼ of bleach. Use a clean sponge to wipe down the ice maker. Be sure to carefully wipe inside the chute that leads to exterior ice dispenser.
If you're clients have asked you to clean their refrigerator, you want to do a good job. The simple instructions provided above will help you get the refrigerator clean and odor-free.
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