Clean the fridge properly
Where food is stored, hygiene is particularly important. Therefore, you should clean the refrigerator regularly.
Table of Contents
- Pay attention to hygiene in refrigerators
- Measures before cleaning the refrigerator
- De-icing and cleaning the freezer compartment
- Cleaning the appliance
Pay attention to hygiene in refrigerators
The food that the whole family consumes daily is stored in the refrigerator. Some of them are vacuum-packed and therefore tightly closed. Others lie in opened packages, because something runs out quickly and drips on the shelf. Again, some things have expired and come out of sight and begin to mold.
In spite of the cold, foul odors, moldy bacteria and dangerous germs are rapidly forming, spoiling edible food. This is not only unhygienic, but endangers the health sustainably. In addition to a rotten stomach, it can cause nausea, vomiting and even food poisoning. For this reason, it is important to clean refrigerators regularly to protect yourself and your family.
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Measures before cleaning the refrigerator
Since refrigerators are electric Devices, it makes sense to pull the plug before cleaning. Then the device is to be completely cleared. Delicate products such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and sausage are best served in a cool bag. At the same time, this is a good opportunity to test all foods for the best before date.
Then remove any loose pieces such as eggshells, butter dishes, vegetable bowls and shelves. If the refrigerator has an icebox, it is advisable to do this first. Of course, this is also to be dispelled.
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If the freezer compartment is empty and defrosts, first wash the stowage compartments in the sink individually. Usually this is enough hot water with commercial detergent. Heavy soiling can be easily cleaned with citric acid. Citric acid not only cleanses cleanly but also has a disinfecting effect.back to top
De-icing and cleaning the freezer compartment
Thick towels on the floor, which absorb the meltwater, are suitable as preparation. To catch the most dew drops, an additional baking tray is suitable. If defrosting takes too long, simply place a small bowl of boiling water into the compartment. Once it has cooled down, it's time for a new bowl. Normal household salt also helps to melt the ice faster.
Never try to accelerate defrosting with a hair dryer - this is far too dangerous. Even when trying to scrape off the ice with a fork, a knife or screwdriver, the danger of destroying something is great. Even the smallest hairline crack on the cooling elements is enough to permanently damage the device. When ice dissolves, it's best to gently back up the smooth walls with a small ice scraper.
Then wash the defrosted compartment with hot vinegar water and dry thoroughly. Then the inner walls are thin with glycerine. This will make new ice cream much slower and easier to clean on the next cleaning.back to top
Cleaning the inside of the appliance
There are different ways of cleaning the inside of the refrigerator. So there are drugstores and supermarkets special detergents in different scents. Even mild all-purpose cleaners or kitchen grease dirt removers are suitable. Scouring and cleaning sponges should be avoided, as this causes scratches, in which bacteria quickly settle in. Also, two liters of warm water with two tablespoons of baking soda or vinegar essence make a good home-made cleanser. Anyone who wipes out refrigerators with vinegar must avoid the rubber seals because the sharp essence attacks them. Wiping the seals with a dash of dishwashing detergent is much gentler. To get rid of the dirt between the rubber grooves, cotton buds or toothpicks are suitable tools.
In order to prevent bacteria and germs from opening the door and the door, the refrigerator should be cleaned every four weeks. However, disinfectants are not necessary because modern refrigerators often have a coating against mold. Very hot or hot vinegar water is sufficient so that mold does not stand a chance.
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