Defrosting the fridge is the proverbial piece of cake? Not necessarily! To do it right, you need to follow a specific pattern. Check out our guide and see how to defrost your fridge step by step.
Defrosting and thorough cleaning of the refrigerator is an ordinary activity that we should do regularly, not only to prevent the multiplication of bacteria in it, but also to get rid of unpleasant food odors. We often get down to washing the refrigerator already intuitively, without thinking about the details. However, it is worth knowing and putting into practice some basic rules of cleaning.
To our home household appliances work flawlessly, you need to take care of it. So how to take care of the refrigerator? The basis is its regular defrosting, because this is a way to maintain the hygiene of its interior and at the same time take care of the quality of work of this indispensable device in our home. If we do not defrost the refrigerator regularly and correctly, we can harm ourselves. How?
A layer of ice accumulated inside the device is a significant burden on the device and makes the refrigerator cool slower and weaker. And more centimeters of accumulated frost lead to higher electricity consumption.
The question is, how often should you defrost the refrigerator? This depends mainly on the model of the equipment – the older ones should be defrosted once every 2 months. Newer generation appliances can be defrosted once every six months
Of course it depends on us whether this is sufficient. If we don’t take care of hygiene inside the fridge and we don’t regularly clean it of, for example, expired products, then defrosting and general cleaning will have to take place more often.
Remember that the process of defrosting a refrigerator starts with disconnecting the device from the power supply. Therefore, before we get down to defrosting the fridge, we need to completely empty it. It is a good idea to consume already opened products, because taking them out for defrosting and putting them back in the fridge can badly affect their shelf life
If the products are not yet started, they can safely remain on the kitchen counter for defrosting time or we can store them in a travel refrigerator, if we have such a handy device at home
Now we can proceed to the step-by-step cleaning of our fridge. All movable elements, such as main and side shelves, drawers are removed and washed with warm water. We can add to it a little bit of dishwashing liquid. Some people instead of washing-up liquid prefer to wash both the shelves and the interior of the refrigerator with a little vinegar, because it perfectly disinfects the interior of the refrigerator and “kills” any unpleasant smells. Don’t worry about the smell of vinegar, because it fades very quickly.
Wait until the ice inside your fridge has melted and crumbled and then wash it thoroughly. It is best to wipe dry all parts of the refrigerator with a kitchen towel or special cloths, which can be bought in almost every hypermarket. Once the interior is completely dry, we can put the washed shelves and drawers, turn on the power to the device, and finally insert the food products.
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