My Refrigerator Stinks! What Do I Do?

Inside shot of a full refrigerator that needs to be cleaned.

Your refrigerator is one of the most important areas in the kitchen to keep clean. As you keep both raw and cooked foods in your fridge, as well as your beverages, sanitation is crucial. If you have recently noticed a bad smell coming from your refrigerator, that is a sign that something has gone bad and it’s time to give your fridge a deep clean. Today the team at RCH Cleaning will give you some tips you can use to ensure your fridge is cleaned, sanitized, and safe for food storage.

Cleaning Materials to Use

Your standard kitchen cleaning products may not be a viable option when cleaning your fridge. Cleaning materials often have strong chemicals that should not come in contact with anything you will consume. Instead, opt for natural cleaning materials like citrus oils or a mixture of dishwashing liquid water. Avoid any disinfectant like bleach, as these materials can cause you to be sick if you accidentally ingest some.

Start By Removing Everything From Your Fridge

Not only can this help to identify food that has gone bad, but an empty refrigerator is also much easier to clean. After you have the food and beverages out of your fridge, take out any removable parts like shelves or drawers. Fill a basin with warm water and soap and allow these parts to soak while you clean the rest of the interior of the fridge. 

Wipe down all the surface areas with your dish soap/water mixture. You can use a microfiber cloth or a sponge to wipe down the interior. Paper towels can be problematic as they tend to break apart and leave behind little particles inside of your fridge.

If there are any stubborn areas, mix a small amount of baking soda and water together to make a paste. Cover the areas with the paste and allow them to soak for around an hour. This should allow you to scrub the areas clean of any spilled residue. After you are done scrubbing the inside, allow your fridge to dry before you put everything back.

Finally, finish washing off the drawers and storage containers you had soaking, dry them and place them back into your refrigerator, followed by any unspoiled foods or beverages. Congratulations! Your refrigerator should be as good as new. 

Want to Skip a Few Steps? Contact RCH Cleaning Instead

Our professional house cleaners can help you achieve a spotless home effort-free. Simply contact our team to schedule an appointment. In Springfield, Missouri you can call us at 417-763-8365 or in Port Charlotte, Florida we are available at 417-851-7960. We look forward to hearing from you!

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