Cleaning the Refrigerator
Gather your supplies:
1) Blue Dawn Dish detergent
2) Hot water - I like to put hot sudsy (blue Dawn Dish detergent) water in a bowl and use that to rinse out my rag as I wipe everything down.
3) Cleaning rag - I don't use microfiber in my fridge. I haven't felt like it cleans it any better than a usual one. However, on my glass shelves, I DO like to use the microfiber cloth. They don't leave streaks or marks that other cleaning rags can.
4) A garbage receptacle nearby
First, I empty all of the contents out. I purge the food that has passed "eatability" and place those containers in the sink. Once the refrigerator is empty - including the doors - I wipe the entire things down. The removable parts I wash in the sink if they are particularly messy. However, I find if I do this regularly and wipe up spills and messes WHEN they happen that I don't have to pull things out to deep wash them in the sink.
After washing everything down, I dry everything. Then I try to place things back in by grouping like things together. I keep sandwich things together; salad dressings together; Ethnic foods together, etc. I find that by organizing like things together, it is not only easier to find things but easier keep things clean. Also, I take time to look over the things I have before putting them back. If I have things that I haven't used for at least 6 months, I usually toss it.
I do use Clorox Wipes for germy spills and messes as they happen. I find that washing regularly and also immediately wiping up spills with the wipes keeps my refrigerator clean smelling and CLEAN for placing our food inside it.
Your Challenge this week: Figure out what works best for YOU and your lifestyle for keeping your refrigerator clean AND organized. Good luck!!
Make it a great one!!
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