Keeping the refrigerator clean is not easy, especially if there are children in the house. They not only open the refrigerator often for a snack or a drink, but they do not clean up after themselves. Spills are inevitable. If not cleaned, the pieces of food or juice drops are breeding grounds for mold. The black mold, which is usually seen around door or drawer joints is growing fast, especially in summer. Fortunately, mold cleaning with common household cleaning products is relatively easy.
– distilled vinegar
– an old toothbrush
– some swabs
– a dry cloth or paper towels
– a spray bottle
1. Use a solution of one part bleach and warm water to clean the inside of the refrigerator. The bleach kills mold and prevent its spread. Spray drawer guides and the area below where they tend to accumulate liquid spills. Let the solution soak for 10 minutes and then wipe it with a damp cloth. Rinse with cold water and spend a dry cloth.
2. Clean the door gaskets with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water. Many people use bleach to clean the boards, but they risk to damage the rubber. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations if you’re unsure.
3. Sprinkle the joints with the solution and leave on for five minutes. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the crevices. Be sure to reach all areas. If necessary, moisten a cotton swab with pure vinegar (or bleach) and deep clean reaching areas.
4. Clean residues with a soft cloth or paper towel. Rinse with cold water. Remember that wet areas favor the development of fungus and mold.
5. Clean the seals once a week with vinegar and water to prevent mold and fungus. Be sure to check all cracks and treat rust signs immediately.