Just between you and me, I HATE cleaning my fridge. It’s one of those things that I think should come with horror theme music. But, if you’re going to do it, might as well do it right. I don’t mean just going through it and removing anything that might be mistaken for a biological warfare experiment, but everything.
Cleaning Your Fridge
At least 3 times a year, I remove everything, check expiration dates, clean the shelves and drawers with soap and water, then wipe them down with a vinegar solution.
I refill my squeeze bottles with; ketchup, mayo, and my homemade mustard, BBQ Sauce, salsa, and my favorite dressing. I find that these things fit in my door better than the original containers,
I replace my baking powder pouches for odor and moisture control. These are simply baking soda placed in a coffee filter, add several drops of your favorite essential oil and tie with a bread twisty tie.
Don’t Forget the Outside
Then, I move the fridge, sweep, mop and replace. I vacuum the filter and clean the grill. But do you want to know the thing I hate the most about this process……..the gaskets!
This is one of the most important things to do, but it can be a gross icky mess. The seals keep your fridge cool and running properly, but it is a hotbed for mold! But, before you clean them, you need to test them!!
Shut a dollar bill in the door, if you can easily pull it out, it’s time to replace the gaskets. Otherwise, it’s time to clean them. The gasket seal can accumulate dirt and food, grow mold or mildew, so pull on some gloves, take a deep breath and use a toothbrush with soap and water to clean them. Spray them with a hydrogen peroxide/water solution and wipe them down. Finally, apply a thin coat of Vaseline to keep the gaskets soft and pliable. NEVER use bleach to clean the gaskets as it breaks down the rubber over time. I’m not a big fan of petroleum products such as Vaseline, but I’m not aware of a greener option that will work, coconut oil will also break down rubber.
Well that’s it. Takes me about an hour, and I’d almost rather watch a 24- hour marathon of the Kardashians shopping, but it needs to be done. The health of both my wallet and my 15 year old fridge will benefit from this hour a few times a year. How often to you spring clean your fridge?