Your Refrigerator May Need a Steam Bath!

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You may think you're cleaning your refrigerator by simply putting an extra box of baking soda on the shelf, but eliminating odors is the easy part of the job. Stanley Costa, President of SonoMarin Cleaning Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified company, says a thorough cleaning must eliminate spoiled foods and include a top to bottom hand washing with steam and sometimes a mild detergent. Never clean the inside with products such as ammonia, Windex, 409 or bleach. The chemicals will soak into your food, especially protein-based foods and veggies, in an enclosed environment, so avoid them.

Outside refrigerator surfaces can be wiped down with a damp cloth and use a de-greasing product for fingerprints around the handle. The new stainless steel fridges with brushed finishes can be especially challenging to clean. They require a specially formulated stainless steel cleaner. Then use a cloth to wipe with the grain, rather than against it.