When and how to clean your fridge
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then imagine how significant your fridge must be!
Since it's usually always stocked with food, it can be tricky to remember when is the best time to give your fridge a good scrub. Your fridge holds everything from your favorite oat milk creamer to that raw chicken you plan to meal-prep with, and that means you should be cleaning it thoroughly and more often than you may think.
When it's time to bring out the cleaning supplies:
- After a spill or a leak: When food isn't stored correctly, spills and leaks can happen, and that's your cue to bring out the wipes. Proper food storage is essential when handling raw foods, as any spills can lead to bacteria spreading. If you've noticed that raw proteins have leaked, clean the area thoroughly with warm soapy water.
- When food has spoiled: It's key to stay on top of your food's expiration dates and check if they're still fresh. If your food smells on the funky side, is layered with mold, or is a different color, that's a good indicator that it's time to throw it away. And for those freezer-burned foods – when in doubt, throw it out!
With those tips in mind, let's get to cleaning.
Empty the fridge: Set aside two areas - the trash area and another area for items to be put back into the fridge. That week-old pizza? Trash it! Fresh veggies? Set aside!
Clean the inside of the fridge: Before you spray down the inside, check if you can remove drawers and shelves. Wash them with soapy water and set them aside to dry. Then, spray the inside and let soak to remove buildup. Give your fridge one more wipe down with a rag to give it an extra layer of shine.
Clean contents: If your fridge requires a bit of elbow grease, it's likely that the contents also need a little wipe down. With a damp rag or wipe, clean the bottoms of containers – don't forget those lids! The goal is to have everything in your fridge be clean, so you're not spreading any messes or bacteria.
Return shelves and drawers: Ensure items are completely dry before placing them back in their respective areas and putting contents back in the fridge.
That's all it takes! An efficient, EPA-certified clean means a better clean for much longer.