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How to Clean Your Refrigerator

Besides your home itself, the largest household investment you will likely make is in large appliances such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and washer and dryer. But do you know how to protect that investment by properly taking care of pricey appliances?

My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency which works with only the best housekeepers in the business. Based in LaVerne, California, we offer professional housecleaning services all along the 210 corridor in the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. And we’d love to share some expert hints about how to clean and care for your large home appliances. This week, we’ll focus on the largest appliance in your kitchen…your fridge.

Refrigerator—Avoid using harsh chemicals on the delicate exterior surface of your fridge or inside where chemicals could come in contact with your food. Instead, rely on food-safe cleansers such as baking soda and vinegar. For a thorough periodic cleaning, remove all of the shelves and drawers. Wash them in a sink filled with dish soap and hot water and wipe the entire inside of the fridge with a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner.

If jelly jars or syrup bottles have tipped over and left sticky spots, resist the urge to scrape the shelves with a metal or hard plastic surface. Instead, boil some water and pour it over sticky spots to loosen residue.

After removing expired food and cleaning every single surface with baking soda and water, use baking soda to remove residual odors. If odors remain despite these efforts, try lining a cookie sheet with a thin layer of baking soda. Place this on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator for 24 hours so the baking soda can absorb lingering odors. To keep the refrigerator odor-free, clean it regularly and place a new open box of baking soda on one of the shelves. But be sure to replace it every three months.

To keep your refrigerator running in tip-top shape and eliminating costly repairs, take these extra steps:

  1. Clean condenser coils.
  2. Don’t forget the drain hole and drip pan.
  3. Check and clean the gaskets.
  4. Wipe down rubber door seals to prevent them from drying out and cracking.
  5. Change the water filter, if necessary.
  6. Make sure your refrigerator is level.

If your commitment to keeping a clean home extends beyond your household mirrors, you could benefit from professional housecleaning services. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.