Cleaning out the refrigerator
Are you avoiding this project?
Are you growing a specimen worthy of an award-winning science project in the back?
Rest assured it will take less than an hour to have a sparkling clean refrigerator again. Since my little one spilled a liquid-filled bowl of fruit all over mine, it was the perfect time to clean it.
Step 1: Preparation
Line a trashcan with a new bag. Use a heavy duty lawn leaf bag if you are going to be tossing a lot of yucky stuff since it is less likely to leak. Keep the trashcan nearby to dump out things that aren’t going back in the refrigerator.
Remember some containers are recyclable, so rinse and recycle them.
Step 2: Empty out the refrigerator
Work your way down two shelves at a time so the food will stay cold. As you move items to the counter, check expiration dates and toss the old items.
Step 3: Wash the shelves
Fill the kitchen sink full of water with some dish-washing detergent. Wash off the shelves and dry them with a towel before returning them to the refrigerator.
Step 4: Wipe the inside walls
Before returning the shelves to their spots, wipe off the walls of the refrigerator to remove any splatters of food.
Step 5: Line the vegetable and meat drawers
The drawers stay cleaner if you line them with two layers of paper towels. Now if that cucumber you forgot about starts to ooze, you can just replace the paper towels so your vegetable/fruit bin is clean again.
Step 6: Organize your shelves
Put like items together. I have one shelve for yogurt and fruit that I call the “snack” shelve and one for dinner ingredients. Beverages are on the bottom. Find what works best for you and organize your refrigerator so things don’t get lost in the back.
Don’t put it off
It took me only 30 minutes to clean the refrigerated side.
I’m going to go admire the results again. I can see through the drawers!
What? Yes those are refrigerated cookies in the drawer. Shhh..you didn’t see that. They could ruin my bake sale reputation.