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How To Keep The RV Refrigerator Fresh

How To Keep The RV Refrigerator Fresh

How To Keep The RV Refrigerator Fresh

If you are lucky enough to have an RV and enjoy some beautiful road trips and vacations, you will know that there is some upkeep involved in ensuring your RV is kept in excellent condition, ready for the next trip. One of the most important things to keep clean and well-maintained in your RV is the refrigerator. This is vital to ensure you have fresh food and drinks.

Many RV owners have had the experience of returning to their RV after a few weeks or months, only to find a refrigerator full of mold or mildew. It’s an unpleasant experience and one that has to be dealt with promptly and thoroughly. It’s not just a case of giving the inside a quick wipe-down; once mold has grown in the refrigerator, it needs to be cleaned scrupulously to remove all traces to maintain health standards and prevent it from simply growing back. Whether you have an RV refrigerator that needs freshening up or has become moldy, or you simply want to ensure you avoid that situation, read on to find out exactly how to keep your refrigerator completely fresh and clean.

Why is it important to check the refrigerator?

A refrigerator provides ideal conditions for mold and mildew to grow because it's a dark environment with lots of moisture and minimal air circulation. Refrigerators also need to be kept clean to avoid odors building up; the lack of airflow means any spillages or strong-smelling foods can easily leave stale, bad odors behind.

How to Clean and Remove Mold

If your refrigerator has been left for a while and mold has grown, it must be cleaned meticulously to ensure all spores are killed. There are few different approaches you can try to remove the mold.

How to Clean and Remove Mold

Bleach is a popular choice to eliminate mold because it destroys the spores, but it can only be applied to non-porous surfaces. Dilute a cup of bleach into a gallon of water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the area thoroughly but don’t wipe off immediately. Leave the refrigerator coated with the bleach mixture for around 10 minutes before wiping it down. It’s best to be extra careful with bleach in areas used for food, so be sure to wipe down and rinse thoroughly several times with plain water to ensure all traces of bleach are removed.

If you prefer not to use bleach, you can use baking soda to clean the unit as it also works wells against mold, although there may be a little more scrubbing required. Simply mix the baking soda with a little bit of water to make a paste and then apply it. Leave it to dry, and then scrub to remove. Whatever you use, don’t forget to get into all the seals using a toothbrush or similarly shaped tool.

How to keep the refrigerator fresh

To ensure your refrigerator remains fresh and free of mold and bacteria, it is important to turn the unit off and clean it thoroughly when it is not going to be in use. Use a soapy water solution or a regular multi-surface cleaner such as 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner. After a thorough cleaning, dry the whole refrigerator completely.

303 Multi-Surface Cleaner

Remember to check the seals to make sure they are completely clean and dry as it is these areas that can harbor debris and moisture that, if left for too long, can develop mold and mildew. If the refrigerator isn’t going to be used for any period of time, you will need to leave the doors open. You can use clips to stop the door from closing to allow airflow through the unit.

Try not to leave your refrigerator for too long without running it, even with the precautions outlined above. It really is best for the unit to be used regularly.

Long term Maintenance Tips

Long term Maintenance Tips

In the long term, there are certain things you can do to help your refrigerator function effectively and keep it fresh inside. When you are going to use it, turn the refrigerator on early as it will need around six hours to cool down to the correct temperature. Check the back and front vents regularly for obstructions, and change the settings appropriately for the weather. You may need to turn the temperature lower in hotter weather to ensure everything is kept as fresh as possible. These measures will reduce the chances of items going bad and developing bacteria and odors.