What would prompt you to clean out your refrigerator? Most people only clean out their refrigerator once or twice each year, but that number should be significantly higher. Consider how often you put bacteria in your fridge including raw meats, rotten vegetables, and more. Those bacteria can travel and infect other foods in the vicinity, even once the offending item has been removed. It’s time for you to spend a few minutes cleaning out your refrigerator this week.
If you aren’t sure where to start, here is a handy guide that can help you quickly eradicate the dangerous and disgusting bacteria in your fridge.
Empty the Fridge and Clean the Food Inside
The first step to getting a squeaky-clean fridge is to remove all of the food inside. Yes, that includes the olive jar shoved in the very back and the baking soda box. Take everything out of the door, the drawers, and the shelves until the fridge is completely empty inside. While you could do this in sections, it typically goes much faster if you remove all of the items at one time.
Grab a damp rag or a paper towel with a mild cleaner on it to wipe the bottom of the jars. You can do this as you pull everything out or once it is sitting on the counter. This ensures that everything you put back into the fridge is going to be clean, helping your efforts to last longer.
Clean the Inside of the Fridge
Cleaning inside the refrigerator can be a bit of a challenge because there are so many parts. Pull out the shelves and the drawers, giving them an opportunity to come to room temperature. While you wait, mix up your cleaning solution of two tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of hot water. The baking soda can help to eliminate any unwanted odors that permeate your refrigerator and your food. Scrub the parts down with the solution, then rinse and dry them thoroughly.
Don’t forget to wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with this same solution. Get the top, the sides, and the inside of the door to eliminate all odors for good. Place a fresh box of opened baking soda in the refrigerator to help absorb any further odors.
Maintain the Fridge
Once your fridge is actually clean, you need to take the appropriate steps to maintain that cleanliness. Using mild soap and water, you can quickly wipe up spills as they happen. Check the refrigerator often for spoiled food or rotten vegetables. Even keeping your leftovers in airtight containers can go a long way toward helping maintain your clean fridge.
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