You walk into the kitchen and a putrid odor fills the air . . .it seems to be coming from the refrigerator. As you open the refrigerator door, you see it is from last week’s Chinese take-out. Just as you are preparing to transport it into the trash, you see something green and furry spreading like wild fire all over your mozzarella cheese. These signs all point in one direction . . .the need to clean out your refrigerator. “Simplify Your Home” is here to help you with this task.
Remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer and purge . . . all smelly, old, moldy, outdated food must go. For safety reasons, it is best to be checking your refrigerator weekly for such items. Check expiration dates on your condiments and keep older dated items closer to the front of your refrigerator so you use them more quickly.
Remove the drawers and clean them along with the inside and outside of your refrigerator with an all-natural cleaning solution. We recommend a combination of grapefruit seed extract and water. See our blog on all-natural cleaning solutions for the recipe.
Use a dry towel to dry the refrigerator inside and out.
Return food to the refrigerator and with it includes an open box of baking soda. This will help prevent odor.
Check to see if your refrigerator model has a removable drip pan that collect the condensation from the refrigerator. Remove the grill from the bottom front of your refrigerator and use a flashlight to locate the drip pan. Remove it and clean it thoroughly with bleach and water. Dry it and replace on the front grill.
Unplug the refrigerator and move it from the wall. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean the coils.
Follow this process minus step #4 when you are moving and storing your refrigerator into a portable storage container.