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How to Clean Your Refrigerator | The Allstate Blog

How to Clean Your Refrigerator

Have you started to notice your refrigerator smelling a little funkier than usual? If you can't remember the last time you gave it a good cleaning, you might want to add this chore to your to-do list. Thankfully, cleaning a stinky fridge doesn't have to be a big deal. Follow… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/woman-grabbing-food-out-of-fridge_iStock_cropped.jpg?fit=684%2C456&ssl=1
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Have you started to notice your refrigerator smelling a little funkier than usual? If you can’t remember the last time you gave it a good cleaning, you might want to add this chore to your to-do list. Thankfully, cleaning a stinky fridge doesn’t have to be a big deal. Follow these step-by-step instructions to freshen up this essential kitchen appliance in no time.

Step 1: Unplug and Empty Fridge

First things first, unplug and empty your fridge and freezer, storing all food in a cooler, says MarthaStewart.com.

Step 2: Make Cleaning Mixture

In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart of hot water. Dip a sponge into the bowl. With the sponge, thoroughly clean the interior of the fridge.

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Step 3: Sanitize

In a bucket, combine 1 tablespoon of bleach with a gallon of water, says the Department of Agriculture. Put on some rubber gloves. Grab a new sponge and dunk it into the mixture. Wipe down the fridge with this sanitizing solution. Leave the fridge door open for 15 minutes to let it dry and air out.

Step 4: Restock Food

Then, turn the fridge back on and restock your food.

No one likes a stinky fridge. Learn how to freshen up your fridge and remove odors in a few easy steps.

You’ll need only a few things to get started: a sponge, rags, baking soda, bleach, rubber gloves, a bucket, a large mixing bowl, an ice chest and ice.

This hack will take you about 45 minutes.

Unplug and empty your refrigerator.

Be sure to place any perishable items into a cooler with ice.

If you have glass shelves, protect them from cracking, by making sure they reached room temperature before beginning this step.

Put 1 quart of warm, but not boiling, water into a large mixing bowl.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to the bowl and stir.

Dip a sponge into the bowl and wring out some of the water.

Then, wipe down every surface of your refrigerator’s interior, including the doors, shelves and drawers.

Time to sanitize. Pull on rubber gloves and pour a gallon of water into a bucket. Add a tablespoon of bleach.

Dunk a clean rag into the bucket. Wring it out and thoroughly wipe down all the surfaces in your refrigerator.

Bleach is potent, so you’ll want to let your fridge air out for a bit. Set a timer to 15 minutes and wait.

Plug in your refrigerator and put the food back into your now fresh, clean fridge.

Bravo your fridge smells fabulous.