How to Quickly Clean Your Refrigerator

Neglecting
to clean your refrigerator can have many negative consequences.
Besides it becoming unorganized, cluttered, and stuffed with a lot of
expired items, a dirty refrigerator can become a breeding ground for
bacteria. Uncleaned spills and spoiled foods can leave behind tough
residue and a nasty smell in the fridge that is near impossible to
remove, so take twenty minutes every week to prevent that from
happening by properly cleaning your refrigerator. Use the steps below
to give your refrigerator a complete cleaning in twenty minutes or
less!

1. Remove all items from
the refrigerator
Before
you get started, it is important to have an empty refrigerator so
that you have access to every inch of it. Remove all of the food in
it and put it on the counter while you clean. If you want to be
cautious, you can store food that is prone to spoiling (such as dairy
items and raw meat) in a cooler.
2. Clean shelves and
drawers
After
the food is all out, take out any removable shelves and drawers that
you may have. You can clean these in the kitchen sink under warm,
running water with a sponge and your dish detergent of preference.
Most of these should be a quick rinse, but if there is any sticky
residue from a leak or spill, get it out with some elbow grease. You
want your shelves to be as clean as new. After washing, place these
items in your drying rack so they can air dry while you continue
cleaning.
3. Clean the interior
Everything
that can be removed from your refrigerator should now be out, leaving
just the bare interior. Take a paper towel and a cleaning agent or a sponge with soap and clean these surfaces. This should be a
quick wipe-down, but look out for any stains or residue that you may
have to scrub off.
4. Dry and replace
shelves
If the
interior is still a little wet due to the cleaning supplies, dry it
off with a clean rag or paper towel. The same goes for the shelves
and drawers that you washed in the sink earlier. If they have not
dried completely yet, wipe them dry with a towel before replacing
them in your refrigerator.
5. Organize and filter
through your food
While
your food is all laid out in front of you, take advantage of the
opportunity to organize it. Go through each item, throw away anything
that has expired, and make a mental note of what items will expire
soon. You can also wipe down anything that may cause a mess at some
point if left uncleaned (such as a sticky jelly bottle). Group all of
your meats, dairy, condiments, fruits, and vegetables together while
you are at it- it will save you time when restocking the fridge
6. Restock your fridge
the smart way
Now
that your food is organized, put it back in the refrigerator where it
belongs.
  • The
    door: keep condiments, juices, and water on the door. Avoid keeping
    milk here because the temperature of this area fluctuates more than
    any other space in the fridge, which can cause it to spoil
    prematurely.
  • Upper
    shelves: Keep your leftovers, ready-to-eat foods, and drinks on the
    upper shelves of your refrigerator.
  • Lower
    shelves: Store your milk, eggs, raw meat, and other foods that spoil
    quickly down here. As you may know, warm air rises, so the bottom of
    your fridge is naturally the coldest and will keep your food
    preserved for the longest possible time.
  • Crisper
    drawers: This is where your fruits and vegetables go. Make sure you
    keep them separated and use the proper humidity settings for each.
You
have now cleaned your refrigerator from top to bottom, properly
washed everything, got rid of expired items, and organized your food
in the same amount of time it takes to watch an episode of your
favorite TV show on Netflix. If you find your refrigerator is not
working properly for any reason and you live in New York, New Jersey,
or Connecticut, give Speedy Subzero a call at 866-782-9376. We
provide fast, reliable service to the tri-state area, 24/7! You can
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