Clean Fridge and Defrost Freezer
Now we move onto the kitchen. Even though it’s small, this area of my RV gets a ton of use. I do clean in there on a daily basis, but every once in awhile it needs a deep clean.
When you have too many items packed tightly in your RV fridge, it doesn’t run efficiently. It also makes it easy for things to get shoved behind others things and potentially get lost (even in a small RV fridge this happens to me all the time).
I try to keep the clutter to a minimum and wipe down any big spills with a soapy sponge or disinfecting wipes weekly. But for RV spring cleaning I intensify the process by removing everything from the fridge and giving it a thorough cleaning. Pro tip – try not to do this when the fridge is close to empty.
If your RV has been stored for the winter it will already be empty so you can skip the first step, but after months of use I’m sure it could benefit from a good cleaning.
- Remove all items from the fridge.
- Take out the shelves and drawers and wash them in the sink with warm, soapy water.
- Wash the inside of the fridge with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Dry with a microfiber cloth.
- Don’t forget to clean the door seals. If you live in a humid climate these are susceptible to developing mold and mildew.
- Discard expired or old items. Wipe down any sticky or dirty jars and containers.
- Put everything back in a neat and organized manner.
Now we come to the freezer. Not only do RV freezers need to be cleaned and organized on a regular basis, they also need to be defrosted. Don’t despair! It might sound intimidating, but defrosting an RV freezer is actually a relatively simple process.
- Turn off the fridge and freezer power. This will speed up the process of cooling the freezer down and melting the ice build-up. It should only take 30 minutes or less and in that time if you keep the fridge door closed it will stay plenty cold.
- Remove all items from the freezer and put into a cooler (I like to use a collapsible soft-sided cooler like this one).
- If you have a blow dryer simply blow the heat on the ice and mop up with a sponge as it melts.
- If you’re like me and don’t travel with a blow dryer, then leave the door open and let the ice melt on its own. Depending on how much ice build up you have, it should begin to soften in 30 minutes.
- Remove the ice and wipe down the inside of the freezer.
- Discard any expired or old items and replace everything in a neat and organized manner.
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