My power was off and the refrigerator was full of food. How can I clean and remove mold from it? It has been sitting for 6 months.
By Tami from Valpo, IN
The Archives at the bottom of the page and also the website I posted will help you clean your refrigerator.
Use bicarbonate of soda mixed to a paste with water and a scouring pad for non-stick pans so you don't scratch the surfaces. Then wipe it out with white vinegar. If you fill a small open container with bicarb powder and leave it the closed fridge it will also absorb the smells as well as the things you buy for this purpose.
One of my good friends had to leave her house in a hurry because of a hurricane (Katrina). Her house was okay, but the fridge was a loss. And that was after a few weeks. I can't imagine what it would be like after 6 months.
And I remember on an episode of the BBC show How Clean is Your House they tested the inside of a woman's fridge, and it came back that the fridge should no longer be used. Besides the yuck in the dirty fridge, the chemicals they'd have to use to clean it would make the fridge unsafe to use afterwards.
So please be careful. Six months is a long time. If, after you clean it up, you have any doubts, you should probably let it go.
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