When it comes to those kitchen surfaces that are on display and add to the aesthetic appeal of the room, such as your kitchen countertops, it’s easy to keep them clean and in good condition with quick and frequent wipe downs. But what about the nooks and crannies in your kitchen, the areas that are hidden and left to accumulate dust and food debris?

Take the inside of your refrigerator as an example. It’s easy to just shut the door and forget about those spills and all the crumbs building up. And it’s an effort to give the inside of your fridge a proper clean because you have to empty out all the food first. But keeping your fridge clean is important for good hygiene as well as keeping the fridge in good condition. Here are some tips on how to clean the inside of your fridge.

How often to clean your fridge

You should try to clean up spills and leaks in your fridge as soon as you notice them. This will make them easier to clean than if you leave spills to dry. And you might just want to give your shelves and other surfaces a quick wipe down once a week or so to keep things clean. Try to get into the habit of wiping down shelves before you fill your fridge up after your latest grocery trip. Then, you’ll want to give the inside of your fridge a more thorough, deep clean approximately every 3-6 months.

How to deep clean your fridge

To give your fridge a proper deep clean, first remove everything from inside it. Some of the food and drinks will be fine to simply leave on the kitchen countertop until you’re finished, but you might want to put some of it in a cooler bag or box, particularly things like meat, fish, and dairy. If there’s anything that’s been left in the back of the fridge for too long, then throw it out!

Next, take out any parts of the fridge that are removable, such as the shelves and vegetable drawer. Simply wash these parts in the sink with regular dish soap and a sponge or cloth. While those parts dry, wipe down the rest of the fridge interior with cool water and an antibacterial cleaner that’s suitable for kitchen use. Make sure to get in all the tight spots, which may require a smaller tool to reach, such as a toothbrush or Q tip.

Return the shelves and drawers to your fridge and then return the food and drink items. You may need to wait for the fridge to reach its optimal temperature again before returning the food.

For more kitchen cleaning tips, take a look at our blog on how to clean and maintain your kitchen countertops. And contact Amanzi Granite if you need new natural stone countertops or installation services for your kitchen around Kernersville, Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point.