This food can be temporarily stored in a cool box or in a cool cellar. In winter it is usually cold enough that most foods can be stored without special cooling device wrapped in a blanket. Watch out though especially in perishable foods, such as raw fish, that the cold chain is interrupted. Maybe you can also appeal to a neighbor if you can use his fridge briefly as an interim storage.

Even if it does not have to be every time: now and then you should also have the device prefer a piece and clean the back wall. Vacuum with a vacuum cleaner the metal grid and clean – if available here – the drain hole for the defrost water with a cotton swab. On some models you will find this opening in the interior of the device.

Do not forget defrosting the ice box
The regular defrosting the freezer compartment increases the efficiency of the device significantly. Is the freezer iced up, the unit must expend extra energy, so that the food is cooled and not only the ice. Of course, it will also create significant additional costs for the additional energy consumed. They should therefore also in the year to twice defrost the freezer . Fast goes that if you put a pot of hot water into the tray so that the ice deposits melt faster. The defrosted water you catch best on with a mop.

Many new devices already offer an automatic defrosting system. Here, the defrost water is collected in an external collection container which can be emptied easily.

Step one: Clean the individual parts of the refrigerator
Now we can start with the main cleaning. Take the first out all drawers and shelves from the refrigerator. They are best washed in the sink with a sponge in warm soapy water. Then dry the items carefully and ask aside for now.

Step Two: What cleaner is the right one?
Now, the inner walls of the refrigerator to be cleaned. Better than conventional household cleaners is to use a simultaneous odor-neutralizing cleaner. You can, for example, two tablespoons of baking soda and one liter of warm water to produce a cleaning solution. If you fill this in a spray bottle, the application is very easy and you can also reach the farthest corner without problems.

Alternatively, you can clean the refrigerator with warm water and a little vinegar. Acetic not only eliminates the odors, but clean and disinfect especially. A little detergent can be given in addition to the water. If possible, use warm to hot water, then bacteria have no chance.

A special disinfectant is not necessary for proper hygiene in private homes. To clean and to avoid that strong encrustations, deposits or mold build up – depending on the intensity of use – It is more important the fridge at regular intervals is.

Step Three: So you cleared the fridge correctly
Now it’s almost done. Dry the cleaned interior walls thoroughly and put all the drawers and shelves again. If you may have turned the refrigerator back the stocks back into place. You should be careful not to put your refrigerator too full with food. So that air can circulate between the food and they remain longer.

By the way you layered foods are best after the cold zones of the refrigerator sorted. To include cheese, prepared food or smoked all the way up, more dairy products such as yogurt or curd have their place on the floor below. Fish, fresh meat or sausage should be stored in suitable resealable cans on the glass plate underneath. Here is the coldest place in the entire fridge and perishable products are well protected. Fruits and vegetables keep best separated into the appropriate compartments in the lower area. Here it is neither too cold nor too warm and vitamins can remain in good condition.

Energy saving tips for refrigerators
Refrigerators save more energy when they are not too empty. Experts recommend to fill the devices at least two thirds and to avoid long and frequent door openings. So less penetrated air must be cooled. Taken surplus should be returned soon as possible and foods or drinks should always be cooled before Into places.

The location is also crucial for energy consumption: Refrigerators and freezers should be in a cool place, for a reduced ambient temperature reduces power consumption immense. So be on the device if possible not right next to the stove.

Extra tips for a neat fridge
To avoid ugly scratches and provide no additional breeding ground for germs, you should avoid when cleaning your refrigerator on scouring pads and abrasive cleaning agents as possible. For both the front as well as the interior are a soft sponge cloth and gentle detergent is sufficient. So it is also ensured that the stored in the refrigerator food does not come into contact with harmful residues.

Odor-neutralizing effect coffee you can make as a powder or whole beans in a small bowl in the refrigerator. Coffee pods are particularly useful for this method and can be replaced quickly if necessary. Even half a lemon, on the one sprinkled some baking soda, half an apple or a potato makes perfect as a natural deodorant in the refrigerator.