TROUBLESHOOTING FOR THE FRIDGE DRAIN HOLE
Many folks don’t realize their refrigerator has a drain hole. This drain hole is designed to trap moisture that collects in a refrigerator, particularly moisture that accumulates on the refrigerator’s back wall. If the drain hole becomes clogged, the rest of your refrigerator will suffer as a result. The hole is usually located at the base of the rear wall, with ridges going down towards it to direct moisture beads.
THE PROBLEM WITH YOUR FRIDGE DRAIN HOLE IDENTIFICATION
Because of the impact, you’ll know when your refrigerator’s drain hole is plugged. Water tends to pool on your bottom shelf, in your salad box, and in your drawers if there isn’t a way for it to depart.
HOW TO UNBLOCK THE DRAIN HOLE IN YOUR FRIDGE
Unblocking the drain hole in your refrigerator is a simple and painless job that will restore order to your refrigerator.
Step 1 – First, mop up all of the extra water that has accumulated in the bottom of your fridge and in the drawer or box at the bottom.
Step 2 – Remove the debris from the hole once it has dried. This can be done with a hole clearing tool that comes with the fridge, or a straw, cotton bud, or pipe cleaner.
Step 3 – Poke whatever you’re using into the hole, but doesn’t release go, as this will cause it to become even more blocked. In a matter of seconds, this should help to clear the hole.
Another option is:
1. EMPTY THE FRIDGE AND EDIT ITS CONTENTS
We’d like to say that simply emptying the contents of the refrigerator on to the kitchen countertops before cleaning is fine, but it’s far better to a) check use-by dates and discard anything that has passed its expiration date, b) wipe the underside of sticky bottles and jars before transferring them, and c) put meat and dairy products in a cool bag with freezer blocks, especially if it’s a hot day (bacteria will multiply speedily at room temperature). Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space, like to be environmentally careful throughout this process as well, and instead of entirely unplugging the refrigerator ‘ What I actually did was switch off the cooling mechanism so that I wouldn’t waste any electricity while cleaning.
Cleaning your fridge before your grocery delivery will make your life easier; similarly, if you’re preparing to defrost a freezer, you’ll want it to be as empty as possible before you start cleaning.
2.REMOVE THE SHELVES AND FITTINGS… THEN EXPECT TO WAIT.
How many times have you tried to remove a plastic shelf from the fridge only to crack it? Simply put, it’s less likely to split if you unplug or turn off the fridge and allow the plastic to get to room temperature before removing it.
Furthermore, if you securely remove glass or plastic shelves or drawers from the cold fridge and quickly immerse them in hot water, they may fracture in the bowl. Allowing them to come to room temperature (while you work on the interior of the fridge) before soaking them in hot soapy water is well worth the wait.
3. CLEAN THE FRIDGE FROM THE INSIDE
Spray the interior of the fridge with a solution of distilled vinegar and water while the shelves and drawers are removed, concentrating on any places with dried-on crud. While you wash the shelves you removed earlier, leave it to soak. Return to the refrigerator and wipe it cleans with a soft, wet cloth (rinse and squeeze it out regularly). Before putting the food back in the fridge and closing the door, be sure it’s completely dry.
Baking soda can be used to clean a refrigerator.
As previously said, chemical cleaning products can leave behind odors that will be absorbed by your food, making natural cleaning agents like baking soda or bicarbonate of soda a far better alternative – especially because cleaning with baking soda will also eliminate terrible fridge odors. Simply wash the interior of the fridge with a soft, moist cloth to remove a paste composed of hot water and bicarbonate of soda, then rinse with a clean cloth and dry with kitchen roll.
Allow the wet paste to soak in for 10 minutes or so for caked-on food, then wipe it away once it’s softened.
4.CLEAN THE DRAIN HOLE IN YOUR FRIDGE
Even if your fridge is in good operating order and there are no pools of water (as seen below), it’s still a good idea to include it in your deep clean. Remove the vegetable drawers from the fridge first, and then clear the obstruction with a drain hole cleaning equipment (it’s like a little plumbing snake). If whatever was clogging the hole has been there for a while, there’s probably mould and mildew at the back of the fridge, which you can get rid of by pouring a small amount of vinegar and water down the drain hole with a basting syringe.
After you’ve removed as much muck as possible with the drain hole cleaning gadget, work the vinegar/water solution around the hole with a cotton wool bud to remove any leftover residues. Before reinstalling the vegetable drawers, clean the bottom of the fridge with vinegar and water. Maintain the drain cleaning gadget handy (on the top shelf of the refrigerator) so you can clean out the drain hole every couple of months and keep the fridge functioning smoothly.
5.CLEAN THE DRAWERS IN THE FRIDGE
When it comes to refrigerator drawers, you won’t be able to clean them thoroughly until you entirely remove them. Pulling them out and wiping them won’t get rid of the grime that gathers in the corners, and grime will accumulate in the corners, especially if you store veggies without packing.
Remove the drawers and empty them, then soak them in warm soapy water. Using a bottle brush or an old toothbrush, scrub the insides. Replace after rinsing and patting dry.