5 Easy solutions to clean and disinfect your refrigerator
Looking for natural, organic ways to clean and disinfect your refrigerator? Look no further than these 5 great options!
Refrigerators are an appliance that must be cleaned on a regular basis. Not only can they start to smell bad, but because of constant contact with various foods, they tend to get dirty quickly.
This creates the perfect environment for the growth of microorganisms.
Although it may go unnoticed by the naked eye, refrigerator walls and compartments accumulate residue that can contaminate food or accelerate their decomposition.
Luckily, there are several methods to disinfect your refrigerator without using expensive or aggressive chemicals.
We want to share 5 interesting homemade and natural solutions that make this task an easy and cheap one to do.
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1. Baking Soda to disinfect your refrigerator
Due to its degreasing and antibacterial properties, sodium bicarbonate – or baking soda – is one of the best solutions to clean and disinfect your refrigerator.
This ingredient removes leftover food that sticks inside the appliance and neutralizes unpleasant odors.
3 tablespoons of baking soda (30 g)
2 cups of warm water (500 ml)
Bowl or other container
Sponge or scouring pad
Add the baking soda to the bowl and cover with the water.
Mix the ingredients until dissolved.
How to Use
Dip a sponge or scoring pad in the liquid with dissolved baking soda and rub it on the walls and compartments of your refrigerator.
Leave on for 5 minutes. Then, remove with a clean absorbent cloth.
Repeat the procedure once a week.
According to the book Who Knew? by husband and wife Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin, salt is a great ingredient to use when cleaning your refrigerator. All you do is dissolve a cup of salt into a gallon of hot water and that’s that. You can add the juice of a lemon, too, for a nice scent. (By the way, Who Knew? is full of money-saving cooking and cleaning tips and you can buy the book used for only $.01 on Amazon, which I’m about to do.)
3. Cotton Balls And Vanilla (Or Another All-Natural Scent)
I don’t know about you, but I love the scent of vanilla, and your fridge will, too. Just soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract—in a shot glass is ideal—and you can place it anywhere for it to do its thing, according to Bon Appétit’s Ashlea Halpern. I tried this trick with peppermint essential oil and it worked, too. Another friend uses lemon juice, as well as leaving lemon slices in various places. (Like I mentioned above, the key is not using disinfectants, because you don’t want to pollute the food within and, in essence, your family’s bodies.)
I was raised on cleaning everything with vinegar or lemon juice, and a big jug of vinegar and a bag of lemons were always on hand in my home. When cleaning with a lemon, squeeze some juice onto a towel, wipe (or scrub!), and the surface will soon be as good as new. Other people, like my neighbor and experts at Maid Brigade, suggest leaving lemon halves inside the fridge at all times to curb unwanted scents.
QuickAndDirtyTips.com also has great advice for cleaning with lemons—including first rolling the lemon on the counter, then microwaving it for 10 seconds (in order to get the most juice from it); using half a lemon as your scrubbing tool (once you’ve removed the seeds); using both sides of the lemon (for then the oils will be released, i.e., a stronger lemony scent); and, finally, using the used-up lemons in your garbage disposal. (I will be doing all of these things from now on!)
5. Tomato Juice
I found this cleaning remedy the most surprising, yet when I tried it, it worked! A friend said she learned this tomato juice method from her mom, and it’s easy. Since people say tomato juice is key in getting rid of the scent from a skunk, I guess it’s not too shocking that it works for fridge odors, too. Just soak a cloth or sponge in tomato juice, wipe down your fridge, then rinse with soapy warm water (I prefer the all-natural Dr. Bronner’s soaps as I mentioned earlier). Like magic, your fridge will look brand new again. (And you can go make a Bloody Mary with the leftover juice.)