Spring is just around the corner, which means that it’s a great time to start tackling those spring cleaning chores—which includes, yes, the refrigerator. Although cleaning the fridge can be a daunting task that you’d rather ignore, we have a few easy tips to make the job easier and more efficient.
Start by completely emptying your fridge, and wipe down all the shelves, nooks, and crannies. Before you stock up on groceries, empty your fridge items into a cooler and unplug the fridge. Turning off the power to allow the glass shelves and crisper drawers to warm up. Then, wash your shelves and drawers when they’re at room temperature.
Do not use soap or detergents to clean the inside of your refrigerator because they leave behind a scent that food can absorb. Instead, keep it simple with baking soda and hot water. First, rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean towel. For that dried maple syrup and stubborn stains, let the baking soda and water solution soak for 10 minutes. Once that stain’s softened, you’ll be able to scrub that residue clear. Do not wash any of the shelves or bins in the dishwasher. Soak them in warm water and baking soda (2 tablespoons of baking soda for every quart of warm water) and then dry thoroughly before putting them back in the fridge.
If you’ve already cleaned your fridge with baking soda and a smell lingers, you can also spread baking soda onto a rimmed baking sheet and leave it inside the fridge until the smell goes away. You can do the same with fresh coffee grounds on a tray or shallow pan inside. Leave the grounds inside until the smell disappears. Make sure your refrigerator’s temperature set low in the case of the activated charcoal.
Once you’ve got the fridge cleaned you can organize the contents. If your refrigerator it’ll be easier to find different foods, and you’ll be less likely to forget about the food and let it go to waste. A simple organization technique is to get small plastic bins to store like foods/ ingredients together, which you can label (i.e. “Joe’s lunch foods” or “pizza ingredients”).
Always store leftovers in airtight containers to prevent smells. Wipe jams, liquids, and condiments with a wet rag on the outside to prevent stains. Regularly look through your fridge for expired, unused, or molding items to prevent smells, save space, and save time during the next spring cleaning round.
Do you have any good spring cleaning tips to share? Let us know in the comments.