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How to clean your fridge with natural products

It’s a good habit to start at least once a month to avoid bacterial growth and mold growth. An advice ? Clean the fridge when it’s partially empty before you go shopping, it will be less of a hassle.

How can the refrigerator be cleaned and defrosted efficiently and quickly?

The first step, of course, is to completely empty the compartments and shelves of the refrigerator. Be sure to check all expiration dates and discard expired food. After emptying, it’s time to defrost the fridge. Of course, if you have a device with No Frost system, you can skip this step. However, once unplugged, set out a bowl to catch the water that drains from the unit. On the other hand, if you need to defrost the fridge, put containers of hot water in it to speed up the process (this tip also applies to the freezer, of course!).

Then it’s time to remove all the shelves and drawers from the fridge that need a thorough wash. To remove all traces of mold, you can use a few drops of tea tree oil or vinegar.

On the other hand, to clean the outside of the refrigerator, all you have to do is use an anti-static cloth to collect dust and wipe it with a sponge soaked in water and vinegar (or water and baking soda). When you’re done cleaning and rearranging the groceries, place a small jar of white vinegar, baking soda, or coffee grounds on one of the shelves: they’ll absorb bad odors while keeping you feeling fresh. .

Clean the fridge with vinegar and baking soda

There are many cleaning agents on the market, but they are often very aggressive and can damage the surfaces of our devices over time. Therefore, you should not resort to such products for refrigerator disinfection, but use natural ingredients such as vinegar. Here’s how!

Fill a bowl of hot water with two glasses of white vinegar. After soaking and wringing, run a non-abrasive sponge over all interior surfaces and refrigerator shelves. For stubborn dirt, you can make a degreasing paste based on baking soda, lemon juice and water. Simply scrub with a toothbrush to reach accumulated dirt in hard-to-reach corners. You can then rinse with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water and let it dry. When you go on vacation, it is advisable to leave the refrigerator open after it has been completely emptied and cleaned. This prevents the formation of unpleasant odors.

Defrost and disinfect the freezer

If the freezer is almost empty, take the opportunity to defrost it. Remember: always unplug the freezer and have a bowl and towels ready to catch the water to avoid flooding the floor. Use a spatula to remove larger pieces of ice. Do not use knives or other tools as they can scratch and damage the freezer surfaces. After the ice sheets are removed, use a sponge to lightly remove any small marks. Now we have to take care of the actual cleaning. You can use the same techniques as for the fridge: vinegar and/or a solution of water, baking soda, and lemon. After thorough rinsing and drying, place all containers and foods back in the freezer and make it a habit to attach freezer date labels.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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