When space is at a minimum but you still need to keep perishables cool, a mini fridge provides the convenience you're looking for in the size you require. Just as capable as full-sized versions, a mini fridge can fit where the larger units cannot, providing you with freedom of placement. Mini fridges require some basic set-up before use to ensure that you get efficient cooling and avoid spoilage.
Clean the interior of the mini fridge thoroughly before first use. Wipe down all interior surfaces with a sponge dampened in a solution of 2 tbsp baking soda and 1 qt. of warm water. Rinse out the sponge and then wipe the surface again with only water to remove the cleaning solution. Dry the surface with paper towels.
Set-up the mini fridge on a strong, stable surface that's located in a room with a temperature between 10 and 26.7 degrees Celsius. Position the fridge out of direct sunlight, at least 4 inches from the nearest wall. Leave it in place for two hours before plugging the unit into a power outlet.
Plug the mini fridge into a power outlet. Open the door of the fridge and locate the thermostat dial. Turn the dial to a midpoint setting, then wait about three hours for the fridge to reach the set temperature. Place a thermometer into the refrigerator while waiting to determine the actual temperature of this midpoint setting. Adjust the controls after three hours to reach a temperature of between 35 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fill the fridge with perishables after reaching the desired temperature range. Do not overfill as too many items could make it difficult to close the mini fridge door, and any crack in the seal will cause cold air to escape, potentially spoiling the foodstuffs inside.