I think we've all been guilty of allowing the inside of our refrigerators to go without cleaning for longer than we should. When you're busying working, paying the bills, fixing dinner, doing chores and enjoying life, it's easy to overlook the task of cleaning your refrigerator. After all, the only time you see it is when you have to get something out, so what's the point of cleaning it? Well, allowing dirt and grime to build up inside your refrigerator isn't only an eye-sore, but it can also be harmful to your health. Thankfully, however, cleaning it with vinegar is a safe and effective way to give it a sparkling new look in just minutes; here's how you do it:
The first thing you'll need to do is take out everything in your refrigerator. Hopefully you have an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage where you can temporarily move these items, as this will keep them cold and prevent them from spoiling. If you don't have a refrigerator, fill up a couple large coolers with ice and place the contents of your refrigerator in them. This works just as well but takes more time and effort on your part. Once you've removed all the food, drinks and condiments from the inside of your refrigerator, start pulling out the shelves and any removable pieces that come off. Depending on the type of refrigerator you have, they should simply pull off. Now, fill up an empty spray bottle with 1/2 white distilled vinegar and 1/2 water. After you've filled it up, generously spray the inside of your refrigerator until you've soaked the surface with a good coating of the diluted vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit for a couple minutes and then take a clean wash cloth and wipe down the interior of your refrigerator. The diluted vinegar should make easy work of any built-up grime or food particles. Continue doing this until you've gone over every square inch of surface in your refrigerator. If there's still excess vinegar left behind, you can go back over it with a damp cloth to remove it. When you're through, put back all the drawers and shelves that you took out earlier and then move the food back into your refrigerator. As long as you do this once a month, your refrigerator should stay fresh and clean, so try to get into the habit of cleaning it.