How to organise and deep clean your fridge
Do you feel like your fridge needs some organisation? Are there more condiments than food in there, or could the leftovers be planning an uprising? Read on to find out how to organise and clean your fridge.
I’d say most people could get away with cleaning their fridge out every 2-3 months. Pick a convenient time to do it, such as before your big grocery shop so you’ve as little to move out as possible. Then roll up those sleeves and get stuck in!
Clear your fridge first
The easiest way to clean your fridge is to get everything out of it first- food,shelves, drawers and any removable trays off the doors. What I like to do is to keep one shelf in the fridge though and anything that requires being cold ( meat, dairy etc) can sit on that one shelf so it stays as cool as possible. Then clean that shelf at the end.
Clean shelves and drawers
Fill the sink with some warm soapy water ( eg Fairy washing-up liquid / dish soap) and put all your shelves etc in to soak. Make sure it’s warm and not hot as otherwise the heat shock onto cold glass may cause the glass to crack. If the shelves are large you might need to do this in two lots. They can be scrubbed afterwards.
Wipe the inside of the fridge down
Wipe all surfaces down (walls and flat) with either store-bought wipes (eg Dettox wipes which are safe for food preparation areas) or a clean dishcloth with Fairy liquid and warm water. You could also use baby bottle sterilising fluid. Dry off with a clean teatowel.
If you wish to use more natural cleaners, then a diluted white vinegar and water solution would also give a good clean. Use lemon juice in your solution to help counteract the smell of the vinegar. Stubborn stains can be shifted by mixing baking soda and water together to form a paste and leaving on the stain for 30 minutes or so. You should then be able to wipe the stain away as the baking soda lifts the stain.
Don’t use any strong chemical cleaners like bleach, as they’re not safe to be used around food.
Clean the outside of the fridge too
Fridge handles are decidedly mucky as they’re used so often, so make sure to wipe these down too with whatever cleaning solution you’re using. An E-cloth will shine any stainless steel trim up as well.
Go through whatever’s going back in the fridge
There wouldn’t be much point to clean your fridge out to put a load of unidentified stuff back in it. Check your condiment dates and lose anything that’s out of date or been open for ages. Also any leftovers that you’re not sure about should be thrown out as well. If you find that keeping on top of what leftovers you have is a chore in itself, it might help you to keep them more visible- keep them in Tupperware and stack them on a shelf left for that purpose so you always know what you’ve got. ( Even better, freeze any future leftovers and their shelf life will increase.)
Increase your storage
Find that you don’t have enough storage for condiments in the fridge door, or so many you can’t keep on top of them? A Lazy Susan ( turntable) on one shelf will make it easier for you to see what you actually have ( read my Kitchen Organisation page).
Keep on top of spills
Try and go through through your fridge on a regular basis to check there’s no fruit or veg going off and contaminating other food. Spills should be wiped up when they happen, or if you find that bottles, jars etc keep being put back with sticky bottoms (so to speak) then you could lay kitchen roll down where they’re kept and change that on a regular basis. Any overpowering smells can be kept at bay with a small bowl of baking soda placed in the fridge as it will absorb the smell.
I hope this helps! If you have any other ideas, let me know in the comments!