We often get calls from our customers in North Charleston about fridge repairs. Often, problems with the fridge could have been avoided if it had been clean!
Today I tackled the refrigerator. And I don’t mean I just wiped it out and threw away old food, I got it so clean it looks brand new! This was another task that took some time and effort, but well worth it! I wanted it clean before the holidays and the chaos that comes along with this time of year.
I knew that I’d need some help to get it away from the wall to get the gunk and nasty stuff that hides behind and under the fridge, so before my husband left I made him move it away from the wall for me. And Eeewwww! Dirt, dust, hair, and even a few dead bugs, I HATE bugs!
So I started on the inside of the refrigerator. I used a homemade all-purpose cleaner by combining a gallon of hot water, 1 cup clear ammonia, ½-cup vinegar and ¼-cup baking soda. I poured it into a spray bottle, but you could use from a bowl with a sponge also. This is a no-rinse formula and is a degreaser that also prevents mold and mildew. So I wiped down the entire refrigerator, inside and out with this solution, including the drawers and shelves. For tough stains and caked on food, try toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Toothpaste is a gentle abrasive, and it works!
Then on to underneath the fridge-
To get the dust bunnies out from under the refrigerator, I removed the grill and used a broom handle covered with a pair of old pantyhose and ran it underneath to get the dog hair and dust out of there, then I got behind the fridge and vacuumed everything up and scrubbed the floor. Ick. I also cleaned the drip pan of water under the fridge. While I was behind the fridge, I used the vacuum attachment and vacuumed the coils also (unplug the fridge to do this!!). Keeping things like this free of dirt and debris will add years to the life of your fridge.
This wasn’t something I’d want to do every day, but it was needed and necessary. My fridge looks new and it even sounds happier since I cleaned it!
In my search to find cleaners and tips for this task, I found a few tips on refrigerator cleaning and maintenance also. Pretty interesting stuff….
-To fight odors in the fridge, fill a clean old sock with activated charcoal from an aquarium store, tie a knot in the top and place it in the back of the refrigerator. This should last a month or two, depending on the size of your refrigerator and how heavily you use it.
-For a fast fix for odors, sprinkle vanilla extract on some cotton balls, place in a shallow dish and put in the refrigerator.
-get rid of odors in your vegetable bins by putting a crumpled piece of a brown paper grocery bag inside and leaving it for 48 hours. The paper will absorb the odor. (I’ve done this one and it works!!)
-Check the tightness of the insulating seam around the door by placing a lighted flashlight inside the refrigerator and closing the door. Turn off the lights in the room (this should be done at night) and see if any light escapes from the seams. This will help you pinpoint any leaks. You can also place a piece of paper in the door and try to move it. If the seals are In good working order, you shouldn’t be able to move the piece of paper. If you notice that the seals aren’t tight, give us a call and we’ll be happy to get that taken care of for you to keep your refrigerator running efficiently.
-If you don’t keep your refrigerator full, fill a gallon jug or two with water and leave it in the refrigerator. It helps keep the refrigerator cool and running efficiently.
-Keep your refrigerator at 37 degrees