How to Clean Refrigerator Coils?

Do you clean underneath your refrigerator twice a year?  Have you ever dusted the back of your refrigerator or underneath it?

I use to be one of those homemakers that mopped the floor once each day, ironed on Tuesdays and regularly cleaned under the bed and couch…and yes, the refrigerator!  However, after all my little ones came along, my energy and time weren’t spent on my ultra clean freak habits.  Now we’re doing good if we get the kitchen floor mopped once a month. 

However, I have been cracking down on scheduled cleaning and am now inspired to clean my kitchen appliances!  Spring inspired me along with the strange nesting instinct that pregnant women get.  This week, I’m scheduling appliance cleaning!  Here’s our plan: 

  1. Clean out underneath the refrigerator and freezers.  Vacuum coils. 
  2. Clean inside the refrigerator. 
  3. Clean the oven inside and out.  Pull it out, clean behind and collect the missing kitchen utensils and sippy cup lids. 
  4. Clean the outside of the dishwasher and run vinegar through a wash cycle. 
  5. Clean behind the washer and dryer.  Vacuum out dryer vents. 

Why clean the refrigerator coils?  Yuck, have you ever looked underneath your refrigerator!  The refrigerator attracts a lot of dust!  The dust sticks to the coils and collects over time, slowing reducing the energy efficiency of your refrigerator and freezer.  Save money and energy and prolong the life of your freezer and refrigerator by vacuuming the dust off the coils.  Unplug the refrigerator and freezer before you start vacuuming.  It’s recommended to clean the refrigerator coils at least once or twice a year. 

Don’t worry, I’m not moving the refrigerator, freezer and stove, my teenage boys are!

I’ll let you know how our appliance cleaning event went!

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