Quick & Easy Tips For Cleaning Your Refrigerator
Itâ€™s a dirty job, but every now and then, our refrigerators need a fresh cleaning. Itâ€™s a good way to both free up space and clear out any nasties that may be growing in there. You should probably clean out your fridge once every 30 days or so and it can be done in under 15 minutes!
Here are a few easy steps for making this chore a breeze!
- Empty out your refrigerator.
Youâ€™ll get a good view of what youâ€™re up against inside the food compartments, as well as the food youâ€™ve been storing.
- Throw away any expired food.
Sometimes food or condiments that we havenâ€™t used in a while can get forgotten. Leftovers shouldnâ€™t be kept longer than a few days; a week at most, depending on the type of food.
- Clean the shelves and doors with a wet cloth or sponge.
You can use soap or vinegar as your cleaning agents, though baking soda will help to absorb odors along with gunk.
- Wash out the vegetable and meat drawers.
Remove all the drawers from your fridge and wash them out in your sink. A quick wipe down and dry work great!
- Return the remaining food to the fridge.
Now that you know what youâ€™re keeping, you can organize your food inside the fridge to find extra space or make your favorite treats easier to grab.
Congratulations! Youâ€™re done for the month! Easy as pie, right? (Mmmmâ€¦pie.)
For added ease and food for thought, here are some bonus tips for maintaining your fridge:
- Keep a deodorizer on the top shelf.
Near the back of the fridge is the best place to put it. Some people use baking soda, but the Gonzo Odor Eliminator is stronger and lasts longer. This will help absorb odors and avoid affecting other foods. No one likes cake with a faint taste of lasagna.
- Defrost your freezer every few weeks.
This will keep frost and ice from building up and stealing space in your freezer. You should keep a box of baking soda in there to keep fresh as well!
- Use glass containers instead of plastic.
Sure, plastic is cheaper, but the chemicals from those containers can seep into the food inside them. Glass is also much easier to clean and wonâ€™t melt in the dishwasher.
- Save space by only storing opened containers.
If you want to stock up on your favorite condiments, foods like jelly, relish, or salsa can be stored in a cupboard until youâ€™re ready to break the seal.
- Place a cloth under leaky milk or drink containers.
You could use paper towels or foil to capture the leak, but a reusable cloth or plate is much more Earth-friendly!
- Recycle & reuse!
You can also help the environment by cleaning out and reusing any plastic zip bags you use for storing vegetables. Itâ€™s also a great way to save money from frequently buying new ones!