A messy refrigerator is not only unpleasant to look at, but it also makes it less likely that you’ll be happy to dig through it to find what you need when prepping a meal.
Before you can organize a fridge, you’re going to have to make it sparkly clean! It takes me about one hour to clean and organize my fridge, and it makes me feel good knowing there is no rotting food, or spilled messes behind that closed door.
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How Often Should You Clean Your Fridge
It’s a good idea to clean out your fridge every 3 months, however once a week it is a good idea to check for food that needs to be thrown away to prevent the growth of mold and mildew in your food storage area.
It’s a good idea to wipe up any spills and mess right away when you notice it, to help maintain a clean fridge as long as possible.
How To Clean The Refrigerator
Empty Contents Of Fridge
the first thing you’ll want to do is take your groceries out of the fridge and put them on the counter. This is a great time to throw away any old leftovers that were forgotten and other foods that have gone past their due date.
I like to grab a basket for all of the fruits and veggies and store them in there while I clean the fridge out.
When you have removed your groceries, you are left with an empty fridge. But don’t stop there!
Go ahead and remove the drawers and shelves and stack them in/near the sink to wipe and dry up later.
**If you cannot figure out how to remove a shelf or drawer, do a quick internet search – you can usually find a YouTube video of someone showing how to do it.
Washing The Fridge
I try not to use any chemicals when cleaning my refrigerator, however, if something is very very sticky and I just cannot wipe it out, I’ll go to a Lysol spray, spray it on my cloth and wipe away. This doesn’t often happen, but sometimes it does!
I like to grab a bowl, a microfiber cloth, my handy dandy dawn dish soap and some water to get started.
Fill the bowl with water and add a drop of dish soap (castile soap works well also!). Soak your cloth and wipe down the fridge. with a dry cloth, dry off the leftover moisture from all the surfaces you wipe down.
If there are a lot of crumbs, grab your vacuum cleaner! Be sure to really get in all the small spaces and suck that dirt out.
If you STILL have a tough spot that you cannot get the dirt out of, grab a toothpick or a qtip, and see if you can wiggle out that grime.
don’t forget to wash and dry your drawers and shelves that were taken out earlier. Once those are dried, place them back into your refrigerator.
Don’t forget behind the fridge!
Pull the fridge out and vacuum up any debris. Give the floors and walls a quick wipe down and put the fridge back into place before restocking and organizing your shelves.
Organizing The Fridge
When you have finished washing the refrigerator, it is time to get organized! It is so much better to have an organized fridge than a messy one. Easier for meal prep, finding healthy snacks and it’s so much nicer on the eyes too.
You can organize your fridge however you like, but this is how I organize my fridge. My lower drawers are filled with fruits and veggies, which is great because then my kids can grab some fruit as an easy, healthy snack! I also make sure to have the yogurt and cheese where the kids can easily see and reach, because those are also great healthy mom-approved snacks.
Maintaining Your Clean Fridge
It can be so rewarding to have a clean and organized fridge. Meal prep and grocery shopping is much more simple when you can SEE what you have and what you need to grab from the store.
I have a google assistant, all over my home, which helps me keep track of the groceries I need to buy. Seriously, I have google hubs and mini’s in every room, so if I remember that we need ketchup while I’m folding the laundry, I can add it to my list with my voice. This is has been a lifesaver, a money saver and a sanity saver too. But having a clean and organized fridge can certainly help with this also, you don’t need all the google assistants like me!