When should I clean my fridge?

If your fridge does not have an ice making or frozen food storage compartment it is probably self defrosting and you will not have to turn the fridge off to give it a clean. but when ?

About once a week !

However, with non- self defrosting fridges you will have to turn it off and let the ice around the ice making or frozen food storage compartment melt. Make sure you put a bowl in the fridge to help catch the melt water and tuck towels under the front of the fridge otherwise you may get a very wet floor.

Your fridge will work much more efficiently if you wrap all foods that are not already sealed with cling film or use polythene bags. Make sure bottles are jars are properly lidded. It is the water evaporating from the foods and liquids in your fridge that causes ice to form.

To clean the surfaces inside your fridge use 1 to 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda to 1 litre of warm water.

For stubborn stains make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and rub this on the stains with a clean toothbrush.

Using bicarbonate of soda will not leave any chemical smell in your fridge to taint the food.

Wipe all over inside with clean water.

Also throw away any out of date food or drinks.

You can clean the outside using any good household cleaner for hard surfaces.

To know more: Food Safety and Hygiene 1 day course.

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