The Frugal Way to Clean a Mini-Fridge
Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 7:00 am
A mini fridge in your college dorm room can make your life a bit more convenient. Every once in a while, you are going to have to clean the mini fridge. You can do it without spending a lot of money on cleaning products.
Why do you need to clean the mini-fridge?
A mini-fridge is not self-cleaning. It’s not like a dishwasher where you can run it without any dishes inside it and have it become clean for you. In other words, you will have clean it (more than once). Cleaning it every two weeks will generally do.
Mini-fridges that do not get cleaned will develop a bad smell. Usually, it is because you left food in it for too long and that food has gone rotten. That smell, of course, is going to stink up your dorm room. This can all be avoided if you just clean out the fridge on a timely basis.
The other reason to periodically clean your mini-fridge is to keep it in good condition. Did you rent the mini-fridge? You might be able to get your deposit back if you return the mini-fridge in excellent condition. Clean the fridge often, and you can avoid a last minute panicked cleaning the night before you have to turn it in.
How to clean a mini-fridge
First, take everything out of the mini-fridge. Throw away anything that looks unsafe to consume, or that has a bad smell. Want to make this part super easy? Clean the mini-fridge on a day when it hardly has anything in it.
Second, mix up an inexpensive, yet effective, cleaner. Add 1 or 2 tbsp. Of baking soda to 1 quart of warm water. Dip a dishcloth into the mixture. Use the damp (but not dripping wet) cloth to wipe every surface inside the mini-fridge. Let it dry.
Third, put the food and beverages that are still good back in the mini-fridge. You aren’t done yet! Use the dishcloth, and the cleaner, again. Wipe down every surface on the top, sides, and front of the mini-fridge. Don’t forget to scrub the door handle. It can pick up a lot of dirt and “gunk”.
Simple tricks to make this all easier
Put the opened box of baking soda inside your mini-fridge. It will help absorb bad smells. When it is time to clean the mini-fridge again, use some of that box of baking soda. You probably won’t have to buy more for a while!
Wipe off soda cans before putting them inside the mini-fridge. This removes whatever dirt, or stickiness, that the can picked up before you purchased it. Less “gunk” going in means less “gunk” you have to clean out of your mini-fridge later on.