I usually clean out our refrigerator once a week. I discard old food (although there is not usually much of that) and wipe down any spills or crumbs. This takes less than 10 minutes if I keep it up and leaves our fridge looking clean at all times.
Once a month I like to give the fridge more of a deep cleaning. I remove everything and give the whole fridge a good wipe down with warm, soapy water.
Today was my fridge cleaning day, so I thought I would share with you exactly how I clean it.
The very first thing that I do is take every single item out of the fridge. This includes all food items, containers and even the shelves and storage drawer.
Purge & Clean
Then I go through all of the food and get rid of items that have expired or that we simply did not like.
I wipe down all of the jars and containers to make sure that they are all clean as well.
Cleaning the actual refrigerator comes next. I use a very simple homemade cleaning solution.
– 1/4 cup baking soda
– 4 cups warm water
– Splash of dish soap
I tackle the inside of the fridge first. I wipe down the door and then the back of the fridge.
Note: Don’t mind how weird my body looks in this photo. My head is not usually so tiny compared to the rest of my body. It’s the angle, I swear!
Shelves & Drawer
Cleaning the shelves comes next. I just give them a quick wipe with the cleaning solution and then dry them with a dry cloth. If there is stuff stuck to them, I will use an old toothbrush to scrub it off.
Cleaning the drawer is pretty easy. I just give it a good wipe and then rinse it out.
Put It Back
I put the shelves and drawer back into the fridge and then all of the food goes in as well.
I try to keep like items together so that they are easy to find when I go looking for them.
This is how I organize our fridge:
Top Shelf: Beverages (excluding cans), Food in Containers (yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc.)
Second Shelf: Eggs, Fruit & Vegetables (in the container)
Third Shelf: Leftovers, Miscellaneous Items, Meat
Drawer: Butter (excluding one brick, which is in the door), Cheese
Door: Condiments, Canned Beverages, Butter (in the butter dish)
This is what our organized refrigerator looks like after a good monthly cleaning:
Having a clean and organized refrigerator is essential to eating what you buy and saving money.
How many times have you found something at the back of your fridge that you forgot you had purchased? Have you ever bought something (such as sour cream), thinking you were all out, only to find that you weren’t all out – the item was simply hidden behind something? If so, you need to clean out your refrigerator more often.
Make this task part of your weekly routine (the day before you purchase groceries is a good time) so that it always gets done. If you stay on top of it, this is rarely a chore that takes more than a few minutes to do.