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Refrigerator Cleaning Tips

In honor of November 15th being "National Clean Out Your Fridge day," we compiled a list of cleaning tips to help you keep your refrigerator neat and tidy. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the perfect time to make room for all the extra food you’ll be storing.

What Cleaning products are Safe to use in my Fridge?

Many kitchen cleaners contain chemicals that kill germs, but these products should not come into contact (directly or indirectly) with food. Using a mixture of warm water and dish soap and wiping the inside of your fridge with a microfiber cloth is a much safer option, and eliminates the risk of lingering chemical residue that could cause your food to become contaminated. Natural products such as baking soda and vinegar are also safe to use and leave your fridge disinfected without any adverse effects.

Cleaning your Fridge:

  1. Clear everything out from your fridge.

  2. Remove the shelves and wash them using soapy water in your sink.

  3. Rise the shelf and dry it completely before putting it back in its place.

  4. Wipe down jars, bottles, and storage containers with a damp towel before placing them back in the fridge.

  5. Organize items by frequency of use and store condiments in the door for easy access.

  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for all the shelves in your fridge as well as the crisper and deli bins.

  7. Using a damp microfiber cloth, wipe down the sides of the fridge both inside and outside. Try not to over saturate your cloth as it will drip down the side of the fridge.

  8. Using a dry microfiber cloth, dry the area completely.

  9. Make sure to wipe down the handles and outside of the fridge as well to leave it looking neat and tidy.

How to keep your Fridge Clean:

Keeping your fridge clean can be time-consuming, which is why most of us only get around to cleaning it a few times a year. In between deep cleanings, follow these quick clean up tips to keep your fridge looking tidy.

  • If you see a spill, clean it up right away to avoid having to clean up a bigger mess later on.

  • Remember to check expiration dates and throw away any food that has expired.

  • The handles of your fridge are known to harbor bacteria and grime. Regularly cleaning the handles can help them look great and prevent you and your family from getting sick.

  • Empty out old leftovers to keep your fridge from stinking.

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