The introduction of the refrigerator in modern society was a game-changer. They extend the life of our food by keeping it cold and safely chilled. We take full advantage of this technology, maybe a little too much. We have become notorious for sprouting science experiments in those slimy bags in the crisper drawer. So whether your fridge is growing the next science project, biological hazards, or next week’s garbage you need to free your fridge from the funk inside.
Let’s get to it, start by removing items from the fridge shelf by shelf. You might want to have a garbage can and a nose plug nearby. As you pull items out check all expiry dates, do a smell test, and toss anything that is out of date. I also toss it if I have not used it in six months. Next, if you can, remove each shelf and crisper bin and place them on top of your counter or stove. If you can’t remove shelves you’ll simply have to wipe the top and the bottom by hand.
Now that you’ve got an empty fridge, spray the inside of the fridge liberally with an all-purpose cleaner, any brand should work. Vinegar also works well to break down grease and grime. If you have a stained area apply a bit of baking soda and work it around to remove it. In the meantime, while the fridge is soaking, with warm soapy water and a rag wipe the shelves down in a sink, if the shelves are large or don’t fit in your sink clean them over a towel on your stove or counter. Rinse with clean water.
The next step is to begin cleaning the inside of the fridge. Starting at the top and working your way to the bottom. It is a good idea to have a garbage can near you for easy deposits of crumbs. Wipe with a clean cloth to remove the remaining residue.
Assemble the fridge and put it back together with the configuration that fits how you like it and replaces the foods where they belong. To keep your fridge looking great wipe down all bottles, containers, and jars on the sides and the bottom to get rid of any stickiness.
That’s it. Great job. Take a step back and look at how good it looks! To keep it looking great, make a habit of always wiping down the bottles and containers before you put them back in, and always take a few minutes each time you go grocery shopping to inspect produce still in there.