No matter how hard you try to prevent it, chances are you'll refrigerator will develop dirt and grime over the years. Allowing it to remain uncleaned creates an environment where mold and bacteria can thrive, which can then lead to the contamination of your food. The only effective way to prevent this from happening is to give the inside of your refrigerator a good cleaning every so often. If you're still trying to figure out the best way to clean your refrigerator, keep reading and we'll go over some tips on cleaning and sanitizing your refrigerator in the most effective manner possible.
The first step in cleaning the inside of a refrigerator is to remove the shelves, produce drawers, door plates and any other removable parts you can find. Depending on what type of refrigerator you have, this may or may not be an easy process. Typically, the shelves will pull out without much effort. However, before you can do this, you must remove all of the food and beverages stored inside. If you have another refrigerator in the basement or out in the garage, simply move all of your items out there for the time being. If you don't, then it's recommended that you place them in a cooler where they will remain at a safe temperature until your refrigerator is ready.
Now that your food items are cleared out, go ahead and remove all of the shelving and other removable items. Just pull them out and place them off to the side for now. It's important that you try to remove everything in a timely manner, as leaving the door open for too long will waste energy. When you've taken out everything, close the refrigerator and get ready to do some cleaning.
Some people will argue over what the best way to clean the inside of a refrigerator is, but I recommend using a simple solution of warm water mixed with mild dish soap. It's safe, non-toxic, and you know it's effective at cleaning. Just fill up a small bucket with warm soapy water and use a scrub brush to clean the inside of your refrigerator with it. Occasionally dip the scrub brush down in the bucket to get more soapy water in it.
Once you're through cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, wipe it down with a clean towel to remove any excess water. You don't want to leave pools of water behind, as they harbor bacteria.