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Your refrigerator is the most important appliance in your kitchen and you want it to last a long time. Refrigerator models have improved greatly through the years, and most require a new standard of maintenance, too. Regular defrosting is no longer necessary, but there are other steps you can take to extend the life of your refrigerator and keep this major appliance working properly.
1. Protect the plastic. When you clean your plastic drawers and shelves, avoid using abrasives like scouring pads. Abrasives may scratch the plastic and chlorine bleach may cause cracking. Instead, use a mild detergent or baking soda. Add water to the solution for safe and easy cleaning.
2. Give your food some elbow room. Cramming your refrigerator with food keeps cold air from circulating freely. Cover or wrap all stored foods to prevent them from drying out and transferring odors.
3. Keep cold air in. Check the seals to make sure you're not losing cold air and wasting electricity. Slide a piece of paper in the closed door of your refrigerator. If it falls out, it's time to replace your seals.
4. Say goodbye to mildew and mold. Wipe the inside of your refrigerator with pure white vinegar to prevent the growth of bacteria. After applying the vinegar, wipe the surface clean and dry thoroughly.
5. Clean your coils. To keep your refrigerator running efficiently, clean the condenser coils by unplugging the fridge and gently removing dust. Check your owner's manual to find the condenser coils.