Disinfecting a Refrigerator

Although refrigerators keep foods cold to inhibit the growth of bacteria, they don't completely eliminate the bacteria. Listeria is one example of a bacteria that is not affected by the cooler temperatures. If you ingest a bacteria-contaminated food, you may contract an intestinal disease. Disinfecting your refrigerator on a regular basis is the best way to prevent this from happening. And you probably already have all the cleaning products needed right in your kitchen.

Disinfecting a refrigerator is key in keeping bacteria at a minimum.

Step 1

Remove all food and drinks from your refrigerator while you clean and disinfect it. You may want to place the food in coolers filled with ice until you finish.

Step 2

Take out any drawers within the refrigerator. Set these by the kitchen sink.

Step 3

Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with a clean rag that has been dipped in a bucket of soapy water. Continue to submerge the rag often. Clean the sides, back, ceiling, door seals and door with the cleaning solution.

Step 4

Empty the contents of the bucket and rinse it out until you no longer see any traces of soap. Place 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach into the bucket.

Step 5

Wipe the refrigerator down again, but this time use the bleach solution to disinfect the refrigerator.

Step 6

Wash the refrigerator drawers in the sink with soapy dish water. Rinse and dry.

Step 7

Wipe down the refrigerator drawers with disinfecting wipes before placing them back inside the refrigerator.

Step 8

Return the contents of your refrigerator.

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