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A Fresh Start

  • If possible, clean before your next major grocery run; the emptier the fridge, the easier the task.
  • Before you begin, collect all the cleaning supplies you'll need. This will save time and energy (both yours and your refrigerator's).
  • Have several coolers ready to store the food you remove from the refrigerator; you can pack the food in ice or use freezer packs to keep it fresh while you clean. If you don't have enough, holler at a friend and borrow hers.  You may even consider working together and do both fridges in one day! Skip being embarrassed as it's a waste of time.
  • Begin removing items, shelf by shelf. As you do, inspect each item with your eyes and nose—does it look/smell fresh? Is its expiration date still in the future? Will it really get eaten, or is it just taking up space? If the answer to any question is "No," pitch it! Place anything you are keeping in coolers. Are you finding five different varieties of mustard in different places? Group them together in the cooler so you know what you have.
  • As you remove items, make a list (this could be a good job for the kids). The list will be a great way to keep track of what you need (and don't need) at the grocery store. And all those delicious, unusual sauces and condiments that tend to get shoved to the back of the fridge are more likely to get used if you can actually remember you have them.
  • After the fridge is empty, let the cleaning begin. Work from top to bottom to avoid drips on already cleaned sections.

Start Clean

  • Before you begin, unplug your fridge.
  • Remove all the shelves and bins. Wash them in warm water and a mild dish detergent. It's important to use warm water as boiling or even very hot water may crack or melt plastic parts. And most manufacturers advise against using abrasives, scouring pads, spray-on cleaners, and concentrated bleach to avoid damage to the appliance. Don't miss the shelf supports. If they are especially sticky, use a toothbrush to scrub lightly around them.
  • Use a solution of warm water and mild detergent to clean the interior (including the door) of the refrigerator. Clean the rubber seals (often referred to as gaskets) with mild suds.

    Maintain To Refrain
    Now that your refrigerator is clean and smelling great, here are some tips to maintain all your hard work:

    • It may sound obvious, but wipe up spills as soon as they happen. (Just remind yourself how much elbow grease it took to remove that three-month-old puddle of chocolate syrup from the bottom shelf!).
    • Many interior plastic refrigerator parts absorb odors and stains very easily. Wrap foods that tend to stain or have strong smells tightly in plastic wrap. If you buy strawberries in an open-weave plastic basket, place the basket on a saucer before putting it in the fridge.
    • Don't over pack your fridge so full that air can't circulate freely among food items. It will run more efficiently, and you'll cut down on food spoilage and waste.