Home Maintenance tips: Cleaning out the refrigerator

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Thinking of a reason to clean your home fridge?

1. Visitors at home. You really don’t want someone pulling out a bottle of wine and a large piece of mold. You would understand that you have been busy but they probably won’t.

2. Health. The temperature should keep mold and bacteria from growing, however, some can survive in there.

3. It's restocking season. This is the right time to throw out some things and make a list of what you will need.

Bonus: It’s party season, and your mum may come around. Your crush may also just decide to show up.

Here are the things you may need.
a. Trash bag
b. Cleaning solution
c. Gloves
d. Soft sponge

Begin by Taking Everything Out

Avoid cleaning round items or shifting things from one side to the other. Taking out everything actually saves more time.


Take Inventory
• Dispose what is spoilt at home.
Transfer what may perish quickly (like milk) to the freezer till you are done cleaning.

• Set aside the things that are still in good condition. You may want to change containers.

• Take out removable parts. Shelves, drawers, door inserts, racks, etc.

• Start with wiping the sides of the things you brought out that are still in good condition - the plate of stew with oil on the sides or the butter jar with bread crumbs on the lid; wipe those and set them aside still.

• Take care to not get water inside the fridge.

• Go on to those shelves, drawers and door inserts you removed earlier. Wash them just the way you wash plates, using a sponge and dish soap. A very big bowl or a bath tub may be needed here.

Avoid cleaning round items or shifting from one side to the other. Taking out everything actually saves more time. Click To Tweet

• Once the removable parts are washed, dry them and set them aside. Now fill the sink about halfway up with water and add a small amount of dish soap. Then place any now-empty storage containers in there for a soak while you turn your attention to the interior of the refrigerator. The soaking will expedite the process of washing the containers down the line.

• The interior of the fridge comes next. Wipe the walls.

Replace Everything
• Put back shelves, drawers, racks and other compartments. Make adjustments to accommodate things better.

• Replace food and all else that goes in the fridge.


 Place meat at the bottom to prevent drip on other foods.
 Store milk deeper inside, closer to more stable temperature. Putting it at the door exposes it to fluctuating temperature that happens with opening and closing the fridge door.
 Put vegetables inside the refrigerator drawer.
 Make a note of almost exhausted items that you can incorporate in your next meal.

Hope these tips helped a great deal... Tell us how your cleaning went in the comments box.

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