I’m a cleaning expert and my 65p fridge cleaning hack could save you money on your electricity bill (and it only needs one common household item!)
Experts have revealed how a cheap cleaning hack using a common kitchen staple could help you save money on your bills.
Amid the cost-of-living crisis and spiralling energy bills, helping your appliances run more efficiently could help cut power costs.
Much of the advice around reducing the amount of electricity your gadgets use involve unplugging them at the wall.
But when it comes to your fridge, for obvious reasons, it is not practical or safe (as the food may go off) to turn it off by cutting the power supply.
Now End of Tenancy Cleaning Service London has outlined to the Daily Record how cleaning your fridge with baking soda, which can cost around just 65p, can make it run more effectively and extend its lifespan.
You can save money on your electricity bill by cleaning out your fridge, according to an expert who says using baking soda to wipe down the appliance can make it run more efficiently (stock image)
Ivan Ivanov, from End of Tenancy, explained exactly how maintaining a clean fridge can help it to run better.
He said: ‘Taking 15 minutes and cleaning your fridge’s coil will make a big difference to energy efficiency because too much dust there would require your fridge to work harder to get to food-safe temperature, without releasing the heat properly.
‘To do this, remove the panel at the back and use a vacuum to get rid of all the dust.
‘To clean the interior of your fridge, we recommend simply using baking soda or white vinegar and warm water. Apply a soft cloth to rub the interior and rinse it afterwards.’
Ivan also noted that you can apply the same idea – that keeping appliances clean can help them operate more efficiently and therefore more cost effectively – to other kitchen items.
Another household appliance that can run more efficiently when clean is the humble kettle. Removing limescale can help water boil more quickly, saving you money on bills (stock image)
He said that by keeping your oven clean, for example, you can ensure that heat is distributed more evenly, making it work better.
A cleaning hack for this tricky job is to hoover the oven first, so you remove errant pieces of food, before wiping it down.
He added that descaling your kettle can also help you shave some money from your bills, as a buildup of limescale means it takes longer to boil.
Filling your kettle with a mixture of half white vinegar and half water, then boiling it, before emptying and repeating is one way to descale it.
He also recommends leaving it to soak overnight while filled with this mixture, or using baking soda or even lemon juice in place of white wine vinegar if you don’t have any.