One of the most important things that you can do to
keep a clean kitchen is to keep a clean and well
organized refrigerator. Our fridges need attention
just like any other equipment in the kitchen. It is
very crucial to always keep them clean and orderly
which has many benefits. First, a clean fridge is
free of molds. Moldy or spoiled food in your
refrigerator can lead to a lot of medical issues in
your body. When our refrigerator is well organized
inside, we also don't have to take out stuff just to
be able to get what we want which may have been
pushed far inside. Then lastly, a well arranged
fridge helps us consume our foods before they expire
hence save money.
If you want to keep your precious fridge clean
and well-arranged then follow these tips;
1. Clean all the boxes, bottles, jam jars,
sticky condiment bottles and milk cartons before you
put them in the fridge. The reason behind this
is because these things can spill or leak while
inside the fridge hence mess up your fridge shelves.
It's really important to wipe them before you put
2. Keep the things which spoil easily or will
expire first in a nearby place where you can see
them. Some things like meat, strawberries and
vegetables usually spoil easily hence you should
keep them where you can easily see them or else you
won't believe the horrible smell when they start
3. You can put dates on stuff. Sometimes
your pre-cleaning tricks, may not work. Stick a
marker next to your fridge and use it to mark the
date an item enters your icebox. By dating food
items you will easily identify when you put your
yummy pizza in the fridge. This method really helps
the forgetful forks.
4. Clean the edges of the fridge where the
doors meet against the icebox. Some people
forget this and a lot of dirt collects there. This
dirt not only can give your fridge unpleasant look
but also can make it smelly. You can clean these
edges using hot water and a rag with a touch of
white vinegar. You can do this after every few weeks
and your fridge will be always squeaky clean.
5. Clean the coils at the back of your fridge.
Most of the people just mind about the front of the
fridge. It's rarely to see someone cleaning the back
of fridge which is very crucial also for the
functioning of the fridge.
6. Clean the drip pan in your fridge. Some
fridges lack this part but if yours has it, remember
to clean it. You can find the drip pan by removing
the grill from the bottom of your fridge then use a
flashlight to find it. It’s made to be pulled out,
wear gloves and remove it, and clean the dirt out of
7. Clean the exteriors. For maximum
cleaning of your fridge, you have to clean the
exteriors. Vinegar works very efficiently with a rag
and can be used to clean the doors and sides of the
fridge. Don't worry if your fridge is made of
stainless steel because the white vinegar also
8. Remove the drawers and clean them with and
scrub them with a mixture of warm water and soap.
Then use the white vinegar again mixed in water
in ration 1:1 and clean the drawers using a clean
9. Produce like vegetables and fruits.
They are put into plastic sacks when you are
gathering them in the produce aisle at the grocery
store should be removed from these sacks when you
put them in your refrigerator
10. Pack left over foods in tightly sealed
containers once you are finished with them. This
will give bacteria less time to flourish. By using
tight seals, less air will be available to spoil
11. Throw away anything that has expired or
old foods which have bad smell. This will save
you from salmonella poisoning which is can lead to
12. Separate your food into groups. Keep
your dairy apart from your meat or produce, for
instance. This is a great way to keep everything
13. Have a spare refrigerator in the basement
or garage. Bottled drinks can be stored in this
extra space to leave room for more food in your main
appliance. This way you do not have to wait for your
drinks to get cold when one container becomes empty.
14. Wipe the shelves and refrigerator drawers
as you throw out old food. Also, clean and reuse
or recycle any empty bins or bottles. Use a cleaner
that kills germs to wipe spots and stains that
appear on the shelves right away. You should also
wipe the bottoms of bottles, jar or other containers
before putting them away to avoid the spread of
germs into your fridge.
15. Keep odor away from your fridge. Place a
new already opened box of baking soda at the back of
the top shelf of the fridge. This will help keep
odor in check as the baking soda absorbs bad smells.
Always take a permanent marker and write the date on
the box. Remember to change it every 3 months. In
addition always place items in the fridge in either
a plastic sealed bag or plastic container. If you
leave an onion half-cut in the crisper, you fridge
will smell like an onion and your milk and juices
will taste like it. Smells travel so keep them at
bay. Also add a baking soda box to the freezer and
follow the same premise.
16. Don’t postpone cleaning the fridge.
Sometimes, you see a bottle of juice leaking in your
fridge and say you will clean later, that "later"
You should always clean your refrigerator and wash
it on both inside and outside as often as you need
to. The above tips will guide you through this
journey. This will keep bacteria and mold away from
the fridge and your food will taste better. It will
make your fridge look presentable to your family and
also to those unsuspecting house visitors.