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Best Tips On How To Clean Your Fridge

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Best Tips On How To Clean Your Fridge

There is a lot of work involved in moving out of a rental property. Even if you are renting a fully furnished or semi-furnished property and all the appliances belong to the landlord, you have a legal obligation to leave everything before you vacate looking the way it did when you first moved in. The specific requirements will be detailed in your rental lease agreement, but cleaning up after you pack and before you leave the rental unit for the last time must be completed. One of the major appliances that requires special attention when cleaning is the fridge.

Even if you’re not moving and just need to clean your fridge as part of your cleaning schedule, here’s how to do the job properly.

Step 1 – Empty

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As you prepare to move from your rental, you should remove all the items from your fridge. You will discover things you may have forgotten about or are no longer usable. Toss these items in the trash and store whatever you plan to keep using in a cooler.

Step 2 – Unplug

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Once the fridge is empty, unplug it from the wall socket. Allow the appliance to reach room temperature. This will make cleaning and removing internal parts much easier.

Step 3 – Remove Shelves

The internal parts you will want to pull out of your fridge will be shelving and drawers. Put all of these items in hot soapy water to soak. Not waiting for the fridge to reach room temperature may result in the cracking of shelves or drawers once they touch the warm water.

Step 4 – Clean The Inside

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Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and apply it to the inside of the fridge. This will deodorize the fridge as you clean it. As you let the solution sprayed inside the fridge to stand, wash the shelves and drawers you have been soaking. With a soft, damp cloth, wipe all the surfaces inside the fridge clean.

Step 5 – Scrub Shelves and Drawers

If the shelving and drawers did not clean completely after you washed them, use a bottle brush or old toothbrush to scrub away any stubborn debris. Pat dry with a cloth and then put them back inside the fridge.

Step 6 – Door Seals

The door seals can get caked in spills and cribs making them not close properly over time. Use a handheld vacuum cleaner to pick up the larger debris then use the bottle brush or toothbrush to clear away anything else. Use a knife wrapped in a cloth dipped into your vinegar/water solution and run it along the door seal crevices. Repeat with a dry cloth.

Step 7 – Clean The Freezer

As you let the fridge reach room temperature, the freezer compartment would have defrosted. A towel in the bottom of it would have absorbed water. Now spray the inside with your vinegar/water mixture and wipe clean with a soft cloth. Allow to dry.

Step 8 – The Outside

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In soapy water, wet a fresh cloth and add some baking soda to the cloth. Use this to wipe all outer surfaces of the fridge. Use an old toothbrush to scrub at anything that remains. Wipe it all down with another cloth and let dry.

Step 9 – Plug It Back In Or Leave the Door Ajar

As soon as you have finished cleaning the fridge inside and out, plug it back into the wall outlet and allow it to get to temperature if it is just a regular clean. Once this happens, place the items you removed from the inside back where they belong.

If you are cleaning the fridge because you are vacating, leave it unplugged and the door ajar so that air can circulate while it is off.


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Bond cleaning is an essential part of a rental agreement. Although it is not required until you reach the end of your rental lease, it is legally required. Without it, you risk losing your bond deposit. You could do it yourself, but appliances like the fridge, are challenging to clean properly. You would be further ahead to just hire a bond cleaner to do all the hard work for you so that you can get your bond deposit back. A bond cleaner knows what the standards are and will meet and exceed them on your behalf. You can’t lose by using a professional bond cleaner.