REFRIGERATOR: Time to Clean It Right


When was the last time you really cleaned your refrigerator properly? Maintaining a healthy fridge is imperative to your good health. Most of us wipe the milk stains from the top shelf and say we cleaned the fridge today. In order to keep our refrigerators neat and orderly and free from germs and moldy bacteria, it is important that you start cleaning it on a regular basis. Although this is not a top priority on your list of things to do, cleaning it once a month is good to start with. To make your job easier, it will be best to do it when your food stock is getting low. Then when you go grocery shopping, you will be putting your groceries into a nice, clean refrigerator that is easy to organize.

Before you start cleaning, take everything out of the refrigerator. If you have sticky jars or drips on them, take a wet cloth and wipe them. It looks more appealing and it is more sanitary.
Return to the fridge and unplug it from the socket to avoid any sort of shock. At this point, you are ready to remove all shelves, drawers and bins. If it can be removed, take it out. Get a bucket or tub and fill it with soapy water and gently wash all of these storage bins and shelves. Rinse well and let them dry.

Now get a sponge and use the tub of soapy water to wash all interior areas of the fridge, making sure to get in all of the nooks and crannies, as this is where trouble can begin in a moist discrete corner. Make sure you do a thorough job on the inside of the door as well, cleaning the rubber molding around the door. Take another cloth and get it wet with just water to rinse the soap out of the refrigerator and let air dry. To keep your refrigerator smelling fresh, place a box of baking soda in the back of the fridge, as it will absorb the odors.

You are now ready to replace the shelving and storage bins. It is important that they are placed back in correctly or you stand the chance of someone opening the door and all of the glass jars falling out of the bins and breaking. When putting your food back into the refrigerator, try to start a system where the placement of the items “make sense”. For items you rarely use, they can be placed toward the back. Items such as milk, soft drinks and butter, things you most likely use one or two times a day, need to be placed toward the front. Organization goes a long way in the refrigerator. Have you ever reached to the back of a shelf for something and knocked out a bowl of leftovers that went all over the floor? Don’t try to crowd too much on a shelf to avoid these accidents.

Equally as important to cleaning your refrigerator, is cleaning your freezer. It is a great way to keep it is safe, organized and sanitary. Follow the same directions as you did on cleaning the refrigerator. Always unplug before starting this cleaning project.

Bonus Tip:
Make it a family affair. Have the children help by assigning each of them a task in the above steps. Let them have some input on where to place the items back into the refrigerator. This is a great way for them to develop good organizational skills. The children have to think about why placing the item in a particular location in the fridge is a good idea and the benefit to be had from it. Next weekend, review those organizational skills in the bedroom!