When it comes to preparing meals, we all want the best for our families. This means making sure we use the freshest ingredients. But if you have a fridge that hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, it can reek and encourage the growth of mold … as well as create the possibility of using ingredients that are unappetizing and unhealthy.
A clean fridge allows you to make healthy, superstar meals that your family will love. Plus, with the ability to quickly reach ingredients you need, you can save time. All while knowing you’re feeding your family the freshest, healthiest ingredients.
Here are a few helpful tips for cleaning out your fridge:
1. Empty EVERYTHING out of the Fridge
It’s best to start with a clean slate, especially when the goal is a professionally organized fridge. In order to accomplish this, you’ll want to take everything out of the fridge, this includes condiments, meats and cheese, even the produce drawer. Make sure you group the items according to food type to assist in putting things back in an organized fashion.
Wait until you’re ready to clean before taking this step, as you’ll want to keep foods out of the fridge for as little time as possible.
2. Wipe the Shelves and Compartments for a Deep Clean
Using a mixture of dishwashing soap and water, give the interior of your fridge a good scrubbing. Follow through by wiping away any excess soap residue. If there are stubborn stains, you can mix the soap solution with baking soda and use a microfiber cloth to scrub it clean.
These ingredients can ensure a thorough cleaning without the use of harsh chemicals. This is key when cleaning spaces where you store your food.
3. Defrost Your Freezer
An over-frozen freezer can lead to several complications, including ill-tasting food and lost storage space. Rather than wasting time scrubbing or forcing, open the freezer door and let science do the work for you. The excess frost will warm and melt away on its own. You can use a wooden spoon to scrape off the rest.
Before getting started, make sure the drainage hose leads to a drain, or place a container so you don’t create a watery mess.
Meanwhile, food can be placed in the cooler for safe keeping. And remember to schedule before a grocery trip for less food to store!
4. Deodorize your Fridge Using Baking Soda
Before putting all the food back inside, make sure you leave an open tub of baking soda on the bottom of the fridge. This should eliminate any strong odors that still linger inside. Baking soda is a cleaning superpower ingredient, and it comes with the bonus of absorbing harsh or lingering odors.
Replace your tub every six months, or whenever you start to notice ongoing scents within the fridge.
Keeping your fridge cleaned to professional standards can lead to a healthier, more organized living space all around. For more cleaning tips, or to schedule a whole-home professional cleaning, get your free estimate today.