We previously have seen how to use well your ice maker and today we are going to revise together how to maintain your refrigerator in general.

Summary

  • Successful maintenance of the refrigerator
  • Interior and exterior maintenance of the refrigerator
  • Maintenance begins with good storage

Proper maintenance of your refrigerator is important in order to avoid any creation, proliferation, and contamination of foods with bacteria such as salmonella or listeria. In the case where the ice dispenser in your fridge is not working, please visit this guide.

Here are some essential tips for good hygiene of your device:

Successful maintenance of the refrigerator

To ensure the proper functioning of your refrigerator and not let the energy run out, consider taking care of it:

Defrost your device regularly

We often neglect to do this, while three millimeters of frost accumulated inside the freezer or refrigerator increases the energy consumption of the appliance by around 30%(research shows)! It is, therefore, necessary to defrost regularly, approximately every three months. Allow about an hour to defrost six millimeters of frost and about 24 hours for a thicker layer.
Warning! For defrosting, never use hot water or hot air, which would damage the cold circuit. Also, do not try to drop the ice with an object that could damage the walls of your refrigerator, use a plastic squeegee carefully. To speed up defrosting, you can also use a cloth soaked in hot water.

Let your device breathe!

tidy and clean refrigerator in family kitchen

Leave at least two inches between the refrigerator and the wall it rests against. Thus, the motors and compressors of your device will breathe better, which will avoid excessive consumption of energy of the cooling system of the refrigerator! Also, check that the ventilation grille is not dirty.
Clean the rear grille of your appliance regularly
A grid full of dust will automatically double the energy consumption of the refrigerator! Regular cleaning, however, promotes its cooling and therefore the evacuation of heat.

Interior and exterior maintenance of the refrigerator
Cleaning the refrigerator can be done once a month or every 15 days if you are very careful with your food. It is important to clean both the inside and the outside of the appliance.

Clean inside …

Start by completely emptying your refrigerator of all its food.

The ideal during maintenance of the refrigerator is to wait until it is almost empty (weekend for example, or before major races) so that as little food as possible suffers from temperature changes during cleaning.

Remove the shelves one by one and clean them. Then go to the walls of the refrigerator. If you do not want to remove the shelves one by one, start from the top of your refrigerator so as not to unnecessarily dirty the shelves below.

For joints, use a new toothbrush. Remember to wipe the removable parts well before replacing them.

Household products can indeed be toxic if they are badly rinsed and give off an odor which will come out when cooking food; Bleach, on the other hand, will only strengthen the resistance of bacteria already hardened by the cold. So prefer a mixture of warm water with alcohol vinegar to clean your device (make a mixture of 50% vinegar, 50% water). Use a sponge and then dry the cleaned surfaces directly without rinsing.

… Like outside!

Read the instructions for your refrigerator carefully: you may be advised to buy a special product designed to clean the outside of your refrigerator. Your device is indeed coated with a special layer which should be preserved as much as possible. Otherwise, opt for soapy water and wipe with a soft cloth.

Also consider vacuuming the back of your appliance to dust the condenser, the grill located at the back of your refrigerator, to facilitate the evacuation of heat and avoid in fact overconsumption of electricity.

Maintenance begins with good storage

Here are some tips for storing your refrigerator:

  • Store food in different packaging
    If you have leftover food, it’s best to transfer it to a closed plastic container. Delicatessen and pastries must be covered with aluminum foil, meats, and cheeses put in the stretch paper. As for fruits and vegetables, remember to wash them, rinse and dry them before putting them in a plastic bag and storing them in the bin at the bottom of the refrigerator provided for this purpose. Finally, remember to close the bottles (water, soda, alcohol or fruit juice) as well as the jars of mayonnaise or mustard.
  • Throw out expired food
    Expired food is a nest of bacteria! So remember to regularly sort through your foodstuffs in order to throw away those that have passed the expiration date.
  • Remove food from its packaging
    Yogurts, for example, are often sold in cardboard packages. Remember to remove this cardboard packaging which carries bacteria that may spread to other foods. Likewise for raw meats and fish: the ideal is to remove them from their original packaging and place them in a plastic container closed by a lid or cover them with stretch film. For vacuum foods, however, leave them in their original packaging.
  • Space food
    Try to keep your food from getting “stuck-on” in your refrigerator. Leave space between them so that they are ventilated and do not transmit bacteria.
  • Think about the right temperature
    In cold-brewed or ventilated refrigerators, the temperature inside the appliance must be between 0 ° C and 4 ° C. If it’s warmer, the device becomes a nest for dangerous bacteria like salmonella or listeria which can spread on food. In a static air refrigerator, remember to store food properly in its place to ensure its best conservation. For the freezer, the temperature must be between -18 ° C and -30 ° C. In addition, check the tightness of the doors of your fridge and freezer so as not to break the cold chain and thus avoid the creation of bacteria due to the outside heat which could enter it.
  • Avoid putting hot or lukewarm dishes
    Wait until your prepared dishes have cooled in the air (no more than two hours) before storing them, well covered, in your refrigerator. Storing them still hot or lukewarm would indeed break the cold chain and encourage the creation and proliferation of bacteria inside your device.
  • Stop bad smells!
    To avoid the proliferation of bad smells in your refrigerator, put a lemon wedge or a glass of uncoated milk …

Those tips are so simple that everyone can do it! Hope you will get a tidy refrigerator in tomorrow since you follow the style promoted in our website.

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