The refrigerator and the oven are formidable opponents in the kitchen cleaning battle, and most people don’t really want to deal with such complex, demanding cleaning chores. However, both appliances can be a pushover cleaning task, as long as you know how to do things right. Some tips for you below:
The fridge – this particular appliance doesn’t need the same frequency of cleaning as the oven, but the nasty smell it tends to develop over time is a sure sign that the fridge is in need of cleaning.
Important safety tip: Switch off and unplug the appliance before attempting any disassembly of parts or cleaning.
The cleaning process:
Remove all the shelves, drawers and any other removable features inside the fridge, these will be washed separately. Mix together half a litre of warm water with two tablespoons of baking soda and / or dish soap. Thoroughly wash all surfaces inside the fridge and rinse them using fresh water. Finally, wipe down the fridge interior with a soft cloth, and try not to leave any water as it will turn to ice once you plug it back on.
Use the same concoction to wash the shelving and drawers. If you have metal wired shelves, it might be best to use a soft bristle brush in order to clean them properly on all sides. Let the shelving and drawers drip dry for a few minutes and then wipe them using a soft cloth. Be careful not to damage the door seal when cleaning.
Pay enough cleaning attention to the fridge and freezer door handles.
The oven – in most cases the oven is bad news when it comes to cleaning. Grease, residue and staining can seem impossible to remove but applying the correct cleaning method should make things easier.
Remove all detachable parts from inside the oven, they will be cleaned separately. All detachable features are to be soaked in a bath tub or in a large sink basin, full of warm water and detergent. Once soaked, use a soft bristle brush to manually remove any grime and staining.
If you have a self-cleaning oven, run the self-cleaning cycle as per user manual instructions. If you don’t have such oven, manually apply the selected oven cleaning product but be careful to follow the instructions on the label strictly.
Don’t forget to wipe off the ashes and leftovers after the self-cleaning cycle is completed.