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Kitchen Cleaning Tip: Wrap Refrigerator Shelves in Plastic Wrap

Updated on June 12, 2013

Wrapping Plastic Shelves

Plastic Wrap
Plastic Wrap | Source

There are many household appliances that need to be cleaned around the house. Some are best taken care of with a simple and quick clean up, while others may require more detailed cleaning done to them; however, it would be more convenient if you could cut down some of the house work. It would help you reduce some of the stress that derives from having to do extra work.

The refrigerator is one of those pieces of equipment that easily end up with some spills or food stains in almost every unimaginable corner. These spills and stain need to be cleaned up immediately to avoid food contamination. Wrapping refrigerator shelves in plastic wrap is a good way to clean spills and food residues easily with just a single wipe.

Things Needed to Wrap Refrigerator Shelves in Plastic Wrap

  • Cooler container
  • Water and detergent
  • Sponge
  • Flat table
  • Roll of plastic wrap

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Start by removing all the food items from inside your refrigerator. You can place all this food inside a cooler or another refrigerator while you work on yours. After you´ve taken out all the food, make a mixture of soap and antibacterial detergent and wash your fridge thoroughly using the sponge. Take the shelves to the kitchen sink and wash them with plenty of water and soap.

Wipe off the shelves and put them on a corner until they are completely dry. After a while, make sure they are dry, and then place them over the flat table. Open up the package of plastic wrap and set it over the table. Pull out a sheet of plastic wrap using both hands, and wrap it around the shelf as in the picture.

Press against the sheet of plastic wrap with your hand to flatten it over the glass in the shelf. Pass your hand over it to get rid of air bubbles. Pull out another sheet of plastic wrap to cover the other half of the shelf and perform the same steps. Apply two sheets of plastic wrap to the rest of the shelves.

How to Use Plastic Wrap?

Two shelves
Two shelves | Source

Take the shelves, one at a time, and place them inside the refrigerator. Your refrigerator should look clean and neat after the cleaning and wrapping of the shelves. You can bring the food inside, and while you do, you may want to organize the food neatly inside the fridge. Don´t forget to wipe off all bottled food and other food packages before putting them back into the refrigerator.

How to Make your Fridge Easy Clean?

Fridge | Source

The maintenance of your refrigerator after the wrapping should be very easy. Whenever a spill or stain of food occurs, get a clean piece of wet cloth and wipe the mess off the plastic wrap. Spills that are wiped off immediately as they occur should come off easily.

Cleaning your Refrigerator

Cleaning | Source

If you find out that a food substance has stuck on the wrap very deeply, or that the spill has spread out enough to be cleaned with a single wipe, peel off the wrap completely and apply a new sheet of plastic wrap. You won´t have trouble pulling the wrap off. Just grab one edge of the plastic wrap with your fingers and pull it out. It will come off easily.

To apply a new set of plastic wraps, just follow the same steps mentioned above.

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    Jose Juan Gutierrez 4 years ago from Mexico City

    Thanks for reading and commenting. It´s very simple and it can be done in just minutes, MsDora. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    Yes, the idea is to help you clean spills in the refrigerator easily and quickly, Livingsta. Thanks for taking the time and read this article.

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    livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Interesting and a really good idea. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing!

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    Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

    Thank you very much for these tips. They make great sense and they're simple and do-able. Always something new to learn.

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    Jose Juan Gutierrez 4 years ago from Mexico City

    Thanks for reading and commenting! I appreciate it.

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    Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

    Wow, what a great idea! This is such a neat way to keep from doing a tedious cleaning after a nasty spill. Thanks for the tips.

    Jose, you're the man!

    Voted up and very useful. I really need to do this. :)