The single most crucial device in your kitchen is the refrigerator and keeping it clean, cool and defrosted is really crucial. If you can’t easily see the drip vent, look just above the primary rack, or move shelf racks.

Using cotton garden gloves (machine wash them initially) can stop you suffering from the cold as you clean out the fridge. Fridge cleaning isn’t a long task– 15 minutes max.

Empty just one rack at a time. This saves the have to liberate an ocean of area on the worktop for food. Simply get out a large tray, then stand one rack’s worth of food on it, and you prepare to clean.

Starting from the top rack, take out food and clean shelving with a moist cloth. If the racks are stained, take them out and clean them at the sink with washing-up liquid. Be meticulous about using clean fabrics and water!

Gunge can collect in veggie and meat drawers if you have actually been less than fast to toss out an ageing lettuce or to mop up leaked juices. When regular soapy water doesn’t do the trick, try using a little olive oil on colour stains. For stuck-on foods: scrape up using a plastic spatula.

A tablespoonful of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) in an old coffee-jar lid left on a shelf absorbs odours for up to a fortnight (two weeks).

The exterior can get grubby fast, so wipe it each week with a damp cloth, then dry thoroughly. Use a light oil, such as WD-40, to get off stubborn marks. Wash well afterwards, to remove any odour. You can get back that display room shine by using a light, liquid wax polish every few months. Be aware, however, that making it shine also makes it show up surface dents.

Annually, pull out free-standing fridges and use the crevice attachment to vacuum the coils at the back.

Defrost the freezer the day before you need to do a big shop, and do it when the freezer is at a low ebb. Purpose to fit all the frozen food you have into one cool-box (cooler). Accept that you might lose the odd ice cream to melting.


To clean a freezer, follow these steps:

  • Switch off the freezer.
  • Pack the cool-box with food.
  • Leave the door ajar and wait for ice to melt and catch any run-off.

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