How to Clean and Deodorize Your Fridge
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It has been two fun-filled, slightly chaotic weeks since we moved into our brand new home. I am still swimming in a sea of boxes, and have way too many things to organize. My kitchen is one of my favorite parts of this home, but right now it is kind of messy. Even my older fridge is kind of a catch all at the moment and could use a good clean to welcome it into the new home.
A clean, and odor-free fridge is super important to me. Right now, we have two stainless steel fridges and that means double the cleanup. One fridge came with the new home, and the other was moved along with us from the old home. The funny part is I actually prefer my older fridge to the newer one because the inside set up works for our family of five.
One of our fridges is currently on in the garage and the other in the kitchen. We made such a huge mistake by leaving our original fridge unplugged and closed when we moved.
BIG, stinky mistake!!! Just one week of our fridge being shut and closed without power left it smelling so freaky, and unpleasant. Inside, mildew started to grow and there were some mystery spills I hadn’t noticed before we moved.
We needed a cleaning solution that would not only help to get the fridge clean but also deodorize it. No one wants to add pricey foods to a stinky, dirty fridge.
After some research, I found that the ways 20 Mule Team® Borax can help clean would be ideal to clean and deodorize my stainless steel refrigerator. I have had Borax in my laundry room for years, but had only used it as a laundry booster. I had no idea that Borax is an all natural product that can help clean items like my fridge, or even pots and pans. In fact, Borax helps clean ovens, microwaves, sinks, tile and more!
Borax can pretty much help clean my entire kitchen during my fall cleaning!
Today, it is all about the fridge! See How to Clean and Deodorize Your Fridge for a fresh and clean appliance this fall!
Remove all food from your fridge. Find some older veggies in your product drawers? Consider chopping them up and adding them to a soup, fresh juice drink or smoothie. I like to store my chopped produce in air-tight storage containers.
Vacuum Extra crumbs or onion peels (if your fridge is like mine).
Remove Drawers and place them individually in a sink with a mixture of 1/2 cup of Borax to one gallon of hot water. *see box for directions
Scrub each removable piece with Borax and rinse with warm water.
Dry each piece.
Head back to the fridge with a cleaning bucket, rag, and Borax solution.
Dip your rag in the solution, and wipe your fridge down from the top to bottom.
Dry your fridge with a clean towel, or paper towels
The Borax helps clean the surfaces and remove unpleasant odors.
Once the entire fridge is clean on the inside, use Borax to help clean the smudges from your fridge (if it is stainless). Borax is that awesome in that it can help clean not only the inside of your fridge but also the outside! It is a scratch-free cleaner which makes it so versatile and safe for most kitchen surfaces.
Fill up your bucket and go over the fridge with fresh water to rinse (optional)
To maintain an odor-free fridge, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a dish and place it in the center of the fridge.
If you hoard items on top of your fridge consider purging or organizing extra clutter.
Twice a year we like to vacuum our refrigerator coils to help remove excess dust bunnies. This helps to keep your fridge working smoother.
Doesn’t my fridge look awesome and new? What you can’t tell is the funky smell is gone too! I am one happy camper now! Time to go food shopping and fill up this beauty!
You can find Borax in the laundry care aisle near the in wash additives. We found our’s at Target.
What are some fun ways that you use Borax in your household?