Tips to keep your refrigerator clean & smelling nice

The refrigerator is an essential piece of home furnishing appliances. All our fruits, vegetables, leftover food and other perishable edibles are stored in the “cold-cupboard.” Over time, the fridge gets dirty due to the accumulation of dirt from our hands, droplets of spilled food, soil etc. Over even more time, the fridge starts smelling too, if it’s not cleaned right away.

But cleaning a fridge, whether big or small, is a tedious task and usually requires the fridge to kept switched off for a day or two; this repels us from cleaning the fridge now and then, fearing that all the items stored in it may go bad, given the climate of our country. However, the fridge must be cleaned at least once a month to ensure our fruits and vegetables stay fresh for a longer period of time, as the bacteria from an unclean refrigerator can and will spoil the food eventually, no matter what the temperature.

Here’s what can do to keep your beloved home appliance clean and smelling nice:

Remove everything from the fridge: Removing everything from food to shelves, including the ones in the door. And switch the fridge off, it will stay that way the whole day now.
Wipe the fridge clean: Wiping the walls of the fridge will ensure that all dirt is removed without leaving scratches on the walls, making them more prone to catching dirt and smell and eventually becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Use a microfiber cloth or a good sponge along with a mild detergent to clean the walls.
Use Baking Soda for Stronger Patches: For stains, that the detergent couldn’t wash off, you may use baking soda. Sodium Bicarbonate present in baking soda is a very strong cleaning agent. Make a thick paste by mixing some baking soda with water, and apply it to the stubborn patches – leave the paste for a while and then clean it off with a soft cloth.
Don’t Use Disinfectants: Never use phenyls, or bleaches to clean any part of your fridge. These are potentially toxic in nature, and any residue left after the cleaning may contaminate your food items too.

Only cleaning your fridge regularly wouldn’t fend off any damp or unpleasant smells from your fridge. Though cleaning will reduce it to a great extent, here are some tips you can follow to get rid of all unpleasantries from your refrigerator:
Use Baking Soda: Baking soda is not only a powerful cleaning agent but is also helpful in absorbing all smell from the air. Keep some baking soda in an open container in the fridge for a day or two. This will absorb most of the smell from the fridge.
Ground Coffee Beans: Coffee beans have been known to absorb smells for a very long time now and can be very well used to absorb smell from our fridge too. Crush some dried coffee beans and keep them in an open container in the fridge for a day or two. After that, you may throw the beans away, or use it as a fertilizer in your garden.
Use Vanilla Extract: Vanilla may not absorb the smell but can make it pleasant. Using Vanilla extract can be very useful to enhance the aroma of your refrigerator. Soak a cotton ball in a little vanilla extract in the morning and leave inside until the evening. Your fridge will smell fruity, flowery and nice. It’s like giving your fridge a perfume bath.
Prevention is better than cure: Letting your fridge get dirty and then cleaning it will take a lot more energy than keeping it clean and not letting smelling things dwell inside your fridge is the best course of action. Make sure you take away any food that is catching moulds, as it may generate bad odour and can also contaminate other food items, or any other foods that may be going rancid and potentially cause health concerns.

Following these tips will keep your fridge and the food items in your fridge healthy for longer periods of time. Be sure to clean your fridge regularly and also keep your fridge at optimum power setting, to keep the food fresh for long, while keeping a check on the electricity bills.

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