Refrigerator cleaning 101

  • refrigeratorbefore
  • Does your refrigerator look like this?  Actually, mine looked much worse, but this article from motivated me to clean up my act.  It only took 20 minutes but I feel so much better.

  • refrigeratorafter

In the “Before” shot,  the refrigerator is bursting with leftovers and many items way past the expiration date.

Tackling the Cleaning Project

I threw out all of the leftovers that were past their prime. I examined all of the expiration dates on the food and threw out anything too old. I wiped down the shelves and rearranged everything.

Tips and Tricks

  • Clean out the refrigerator before trash day. It keeps it looking great each week.
  • If you have multiples of items, put the one with the soonest expiration date in front of the newer items. I had five bottles of mustard, so I combined them all and came up with a delightful new mustard in one bottle!
  • Baking Soda in Crisper Bins

    Try sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of your crisper to eliminate odors there. Cover with a folded paper towel. Replace every three months, just as you do the boxes of baking soda.  (I think my box of baking soda has been in there since the last millennium.)

    Baking Soda and Refrigerator Stains

    Remove food and rust residue from your refrigerator with a baking soda paste. Most refrigerator stains can be easily removed by cleaning baking soda, with the added benefit of odor removal.

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