Cleaning the refrigerator

The best way to help keep your food fresh is to have a clean refrigerator. Stored food can take on the scent or flavor of spilled foods. In order to properly clean your refrigerator, follow these steps.

1. Turn the temperature control off, because your fridge will be open for a while and you don’t want to waste electricity.
2. If there is a drip pan underneath you refrigerator you will need to remove it.
3. Take everything out of the refrigerator.
4. Throw away spoiled or expired food that hasn’t been used in more than a month or two.
5. Take the shelves, or racks and drawers out of the refrigerator.
6. Clean the shelves and racks in warm soapy water, using regular dish soap. Use a soft scrub brush if there is caked or dried on food, or spills. Let the shelves and racks dry.
7. Empty the drawers and scrub off any residue or food matter from the bottom. Wash the drawers by hand with warm soapy water. Let the drawers air dry.
8. Wipe away any food matter from the bottom of the refrigerator with a wash cloth or paper towel.
9. Fill a bucket with warm, soapy water. Clean the inside walls of the fridge, and wash inside all the compartments and the door racks. Use a soft scrubbing sponge for caked or dried on food, or spills.
10. Rinse the inside of the fridge with a sponge and clean warm water.
11. Place all the shelves, racks and drawers back in the refrigerator.
12. As you are putting food back into your fridge, using a warm, soapy wash cloth and wipe off any sticky or messy jars, or containers. Turn the temperature knob back to the “on” position at the recommending temperature setting.
13. Clean the outside of the refrigerator and rubber molding around the fridge door with warm soapy water. Then rinse with a clean cloth and wipe dry.

Cleaning your coffee maker

Coffee makers can have hard water deposits, and leftover coffee oils that become rancid and need to be cleaned monthly. The internal components are difficult to clean, but follow these steps to clean your coffee maker thoroughly..

1. Mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water. If you haven’t cleaned your coffee maker in a while, you can make a stronger mixture that is half vinegar and half water instead.
Here are some alternative mixtures:
– a pot of water and two denture tablets. Dissolve the tablets in a separate container of water and not the coffee maker water reservoir.
– dissolve 1 oz of citric acid in 4 cups of hot water, then add 4 cups of cold water to the mixture.
Do not use baking soda and warm water; this mixture can clog and ruin your coffee maker!
2. Put a filter in your coffee maker, as usual and pour the mixture where you would normally add water.
3. Turn the coffee maker on and let the mixture run completely through.
4. When everything has run through, discard both the filter and mixture.
5. Let the coffee maker sit and cool and rinse the coffee pot.
6. Repeat all the steps above a second time, but this time with plain water. This will make sure all of the vinegar and water solution is completely gone.

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