Although you may hate cleaning the fridge, it is crucial to do it, whether it is at home or at the office. If you can’t bare the idea, talk to your commercial cleaning service and arrange that they clean your office’s fridge at least once a month, because a clean fridge maintains food fresh and safe for a longer period of time, and it becomes more energy efficient, saving you money.
Even if you are going to delegate the work, you should know how a fridge should be cleaned, because later you will have to check that the job was well done, thus, here we show you how to clean the office’s fridge properly:
-First, get what you need: 1) a basin with mild soap water, 2) a basin with mild bleach water, 3) sponges or pieces of cloth, and 4) Ziploc bags or other see-through storage containers.
-Unplug the fridge before you begin to clean it.
-Empty the freezer section, and take out the trays that can be removed. Wash the trays in the soapy water and later wet a piece of cloth or sponge in the bleach water and wipe every tray thoroughly. Put the trays to dry in the dish drainer or over paper towels.
-Change the soap water and with a piece of cloth or sponge, wipe the freezer’s interior. Then do the same but with the bleach water. If you have an odor problem, which is very common in offices’ fridges, mix two tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of warm water and wipe the inside of the freezer with it.
-Sort every product that was on the freezer and get rid of those that are not good anymore, if the products belong to your employees, they must be notified before throwing their food away. Ask you personnel to use see-through containers and to label them properly.
-Now, move to the rest of the fridge. Get fresh soapy and bleach waters and wash the pieces of cloth or sponges that you used to clean the freezer. Empty the fridge; take out the food as well as the racks and trays.
-Wash the trays, racks, and the inside of the fridge just as you did with the freezer. Do not forget to clean the grooves where the trays fit into, because these are areas where spills from juices and different foods collect, and remember also to clean the seals around the door.
-Sort the products that you are returning to the fridge and ask your employees to get rid of their leftovers or other items that are out of date. Clean bottles and plastic containers before replacing them in the fridge, and put an open box of baking soda inside to help control odors.
-After the interior of the fridge is impeccable, move to the exterior. Take some soapy water and clean the outside, especially the door handles; get the excess dirt off with the soapy water and then wipe with a disinfectant.
-Plug in the fridge.
It is imperative that you ask your personnel for help in maintaining the fridge clean and free of outdated food. It is there for their convenience, thus, keeping it as clean as possible benefits everyone.
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