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3 Easy Steps to a Clean Fridge

By Emile Sims

Spring is just around the corner. And the start of a new season means it’s time to start afresh, clean and get organized!

If your family is anything like mine, your kitchen is far from clean (the refrigerator in particular). Especially if you have young boys living in your house, odds are that your refrigerator will suffer more spills than you’d like to admit.

You’ll know it’s time to clean if you find something in your fridge that you aren’t sure what it is, or if you’re looking for something but you have trouble finding it amid all the to-go boxes, empty containers and expired foods.

Even if it’s not much fun, cleaning out your refrigerator is just something that has to be done. If you are not sure where to start, here are a few tips for cleaning out your fridge.

1. Start by taking everything out of your refrigerator give it a good all-over wipe-down to clean up all the spills and stickiness. Use a paper towel with a multi-purpose cleaning spray (such as Windex) to wipe down the shelves and the walls and use a sponge for any sticky or hardened spills.

2. Once the inside of your refrigerator is clean and free from any caked-on messes go through your food and throw away anything that has expired or rotted. Moldy fruit? Expired yogurt? Chunky milk? Time to toss it all. On a day-to-day basis we might not notice expired foods in our refrigerators, but it’s much easier to see when we take everything out!

3. Next take all your foods and beverages out of their boxes or containers that they come in, i.e. the cardboard boxes of soda or the small cardboard packages that hold yogurt. By throwing these boxes or containers away and simply storing the foods or drinks themselves in your refrigerator, you’ll be saving a lot of space.

Other organizational tips include lining the shelves of your refrigerator with fridge liners to minimize cleanup whenever you have big spills, and organizing your items with plastic bins or containers to prevent a disorganized jumble.

We hope these quick tips will help you get your refrigerator cleaner than ever this spring!