The Best Methods For Cleaning Your Fridge

clean fridgeHey, guys whats up? I’m back again for yet another house cleaning article. This article kicks off my official Kitchen Cleaning Week (it’s a real thing I promise!). So for the next few days I’m going to be creating an article on how to clean each and every little corner of your kitchen.

That means the fridge, your oven, cupboards and everything else. To kick off this series of articles today, I’ll be tackling the job of cleaning your fridge and getting it back into tip-top, like-new condition.

Your fridge is often one of the most used appliances in your house, and because it’s used to store food specifically, it’s not hard to see why keeping it clean is of such importance. It’s also not shocking that it gets so dirty and smelly quite easily too.

Your fridge can often become a graveyard for food items. The last time I gave my fridge a very thorough cleaning out, I found many tins and jars of food that were out of date by many years in some cases!

Now I know that some of you are reading this and breaking out in cold sweats just thinking about tackling your fridge, but fear not because I’m going to lay out all of the steps below. I promise that it’ll be over in a jiffy.

So without further ado, let’s get into it.

To begin, you’re going to need a black bin bag. Make sure it’s a durable one because it’s going to be filled with tins and jars in a few minutes. It’s always best to be very methodical in your cleaning. So start on the top shelf and check the dates on everything. If it’s out of date chuck it in the bag, if it’s still within its use-by date, but you don’t think you’ll ever eat it, then put it in a separate bag. You can give these to your local soup kitchen or charity. They’ll be incredibly happy to receive this stuff, and they are always on the lookout for more.

rubber glovesDon’t be tempted to bounce around from shelf to shelf, cleaning one spill here and another thing over there. This will just slow you down and you’ll start going over areas you’ve already finished cleaning.

So keep working your way down from top shelf to the bottom shelf. Then move onto the shelves in the door. Once everything is removed and sorted, physically remove each and every shelf and put them in the sink. Scrub them very thoroughly with water and dish soap and then leave them to dry.

Put on some gloves and get a soft bristled scrubber, a damp cloth and a very mild all-purpose cleaner. Start at the top and clean any stains and spills you see. You might need the brush for the tougher caked-on food. Use the damp rag to remove any smaller food debris. Don’t forget to clean the ceiling either! Once it’s all cleaned out and sparkling, you can put the shelves back in and start returning food to your fridge. Give each item a quick rub with a damp cloth before placing it back in. Make sure you put it back on the shelf it came from. There’s nothing more frustrating than going to a fridge and being unable to find something because somebody moved it from its usual spot!

We are on the home straight now. Wipe down the front and sides with a damp cloth to put the final icing on the cake, all you need to do is add a deodoriser. Now you know I don’t like any chemicals in my home. And thankfully all you need to make your own is a small bowl of baking soda. Just leave it in the bottom corner of your fridge, out of the way and it will absorb any unwanted smells. Although there shouldn’t be many or any at all if you’ve cleaned the fridge properly!

And that, ladies and gentlemen is it. You’ve cleaned your fridge and restored it to its former glory. Now that wasn’t too hard was it?

Next up is tackling your oven. I’m sure thinking about your oven keeps you up at night, but fear not as I’ve got some cool little tricks to make cleaning it a doddle. See you tomorrow.