Upcoming is a very important, and neglected, holiday: National Clean Out the Fridge Day. Depending on what source you consult, it occurs between November 14-20. This gives all of us no excuse to not clean out our fridges. Although fridge manufacturers and health experts recommend you clean it once a month, if you do a thorough cleaning once a year, you’re better off than many people. If you have kids or are prone to spilling things, you should clean it more frequently.
1. Use warm, soapy (dish soap is fine) water to clean all shelves and surfaces in the refrigerator. Don’t be afraid to scrub a little (no harsh chemicals or abrasives though) and really take things apart. (Turning your refrigerator off for this thorough cleaning is a good idea.)
2. Using an old toothbrush to reach the crevices is a great idea!
3. Throw out things that you don’t like, don’t use or are moldy/past date. It’s one of the simplest things you can do, but one of the most important. If you’re on top of this you’ll spend less time on your yearly thorough cleaning, and your food will last longer.
4. Don’t put dirty containers back into the refrigerator. If your chocolate syrup bottle or ketchup bottle always put back dirty after it’s used, make the effort to always wipe it off before you put it back.
5. Don’t forget to wash off the outside of the refrigerator, as well as the rubber molding around the fridge doors.
6. Try to clean behind your refrigerator if possible too. Dust collects back there and could become a fire hazard.
7. Even if you try to keep your refrigerator clean, it may still smell. Keeping an open box, or smaller container, of baking soda in the fridge can help to reduce smells.
8. Don’t forget to do the freezer too while you’re at it! Throw out foods that have been there for more than 3 months. (Don’t forget to change the ice too!)
I wish you the best as you tackle your dirty refrigerator and freezer! Share your thoughts and stories below!