How to Make Your Fridge Spotless in 20 Minutes

by Ines Piquet on June 12, 2013

We have all looked into the refrigerator and have seen what seemed to be several "science experiments" going on in the appliance–at once! The fridge can be taken from a rotten mess to spic-and-span in no time at all. With some quick working and a good plan, twenty minutes is all the time needed to do the job.

The following is a step-by-step, minute-by-minute plan to clean the refrigerator quickly:

  • Minutes 1 and 2 – Unplug the unit. Remove dust from under the machine by using a coil brush to wipe the area. Get to the coil by removing the kick plate, which is the rectangular piece right above the floor.
  • Minutes 3 to 7 – The contents need to be emptied. Throw everything into the trash that is past its prime. Remember to recycle glass and plastic items.
  • Minutes 8 to 10 – Remove the drawers and put them in the sink. Scrub them with liquid soap and warm water. Put them on the side to dry.
  • Minutes 11 to 15 – Spray the inside with a multi-surface cleaner. Wipe the walls and the shelves. Don't forget the seams, rubber seals, and crevices. It might take an old toothbrush to get to the tough grime.
  • Minutes 16 and 17 – Plug the refrigerator back in. Place the draws back in the machine. Return food and bottles to the unit after wiping them down.
  • Minute 18 – Put the baking soda pod back, making sure to attach it to the wall.
  • Minutes 19 and 20 – Clean the outside. Use a multi-surface spray and paper towels for an enameled steel unit, or use a microfiber cloth and distilled vinegar for a stainless steel refrigerator; wipe in the direction of the grain. 

There! It's all done and in a quick and snappy twenty minutes. Cleaning the refrigerator is one of the jobs that is continually put off. There comes a time, though, when the job just has to be done. Follow the quick and easy steps listed above to do the job in minimal time with maximum results.

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