You’ve been living in and enjoying your new for a while now. You’ve been here for such a long, problem-free time that you’ve sort of been neglecting your fridge. After all, it’s not complaining. Yet, when you look inside it you see things in the very back that have been in the house as long as the fridge has. They’ve been there so long, you’re surprised they haven’t migrated to the front. Clearly, it’s time to clean.
How to Start
The key to cleaning out the fridge is to start at the top. Take out everything from the top shelf and:
• Put aside everything that’s still edible
• Toss any leftovers and certainly anything that’s become a bit fungal
Work downward to the vegetable crisper, and toss anything that you wouldn’t eat. Empty out food containers.
Pull out the bins and crispers and clean them. You can either put them in the dishwasher if they’ll fit or in warm, soapy water in the sink. Put the shelves and food containers in the sink as well. While they’re soaking, use a degreaser on the inside of the fridge. This would include:
Now, wash, dry and replace the shelves, crispers and bins. If a container has been holding something horrid, you might want to fill it with warm water with a drop or two of bleach, and let it stand overnight. Then, wipe down the gasket on the fridge door. Don’t forget the top of the fridge. It can get surprisingly grungy up there.
Return all the food you’ve deemed salvageable to the fridge. It’s going to look empty, but it should. Not only that, the fridge will work better when the cold air can circulate.
Your fridge is clean now! Since it’s so clean, you’ll want to keep it that way! Now that you know what to do, cleaning will be easy and even fun.
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