How to Clean Your Refrigerator
Do you fear a fridge full of foul odors? Are you angered by throwing away outdated food? Nothing feels worse than suspecting the environment inside your fridge is out of your control. Don’t fret – these five tips will take you from a deep clean to organization, helping you keep a cool head when it’s fridge-cleaning time.
1) Toss Some Salt on That
You probably dread cleaning the sticky, crunchy, and puzzling messes you find stuck to surfaces inside your refrigerator. You probably also dread using harsh chemicals to clean them up. There’s a simple, natural way solution; sprinkle some salt into a large bowl of warm water and wipe down your refrigerator’s interior. The combination of salt and warm water will lift stubborn crust and stains. A pinch of salt can give you plenty of pride in knowing that you’ve cleaned your fridge using items that can be safely ingested by humans – big and little!
2) Make Life Sweet
Does your fridge suffer from a serious case of bad breath? You can reduce bad odors by adding a touch of vanilla to your cleaning routine. All you have to do is dab a tiny bit of vanilla extract on a sponge and wipe down the surfaces inside your fridge. You’ll be greeted with a whiff of sweet vanilla every time you open your refrigerator door. Repeat the process once a week, in order to maintain the potency of the scent.
3) Charcoal Conquers Odors
Are stubborn odors of seafood, takeout, or over-ripe fruit lingering inside? A bit of charcoal (not grilling charcoal, as this is coated with chemicals) will work wonders. To draw odors away from your food, simply place two or three briquettes in a dish at the back of your refrigerator. The briquettes should be replaced every few weeks, in order to keep odors at bay.
4) A Marker Can Work Magic
A single black marker is your best friend when it comes to keeping things fresh inside your fridge. One of the biggest causes of foul smells inside your refrigerator is outdated food. The reason we often don’t realize that food is about to expire is because of faint expiration labels on packaging. A black marker can help fix that problem. Simply write the expiration date in large print on the exterior of every container, as you unload your grocery bags, making sure that the dates are facing outward.
5) Be a Basket Case
Jars, boxes, bottles, and loose produce can be difficult to keep track of inside a refrigerator, and nothing is worse than having to dig through rows of sticky bottles and jars in order to find what you’re looking for. Some strategically-placed baskets can easily solve this problem! Create an organized system by adding rows of inexpensive plastic baskets to your fridge. Group food items according to category. Plastic is durable and easy to clean, and you’ll appreciate the way the baskets catch the inevitable drizzles and spills that are caused by condiments and sauces – especially when it’s the little ones loading them up.
A clean refrigerator creates a healthy environment for families, and organization reduces the waste and cost of throwing away expired food. The last things you want to encounter are dirt, clutter, and bad smells when it’s time to chow down. Implement these five fabulous tips so that frustration, fungus, and expired food become problems of the past!