Why Clean Your Fridge Now?
When you think about it, today is the perfect day to get the yuck out of your refrigerator. I’ll bet that you have a shopping list already started for your huge Easter shopping trip this weekend. Unless you clear out the fridge, where will you put it all?
Where to Start Cleaning the Fridge
Begin by removing everything from the shelves and drawers. Check each item as you take it out. Throw away the slimy lettuce and the science projects that are lurking in the back corners. Check the expiration dates on everything. Wipe off the drips of ketchup from the bottle. Make a list of condiments that are low and should be replenished.
Now that you have emptied the entire fridge, use a mixture of mild soap and water to thoroughly clean the inside. Remember to wipe down the sides and ceiling as well as the bottom. It is easier to clean when the shelves have been removed. Take out vegetable drawers and any in-the-door shelves that move and soak them in the sink. Remember to clean the gasket around the door. It may have spots of food or even mold or mildew on it.
Be sure everything is thoroughly dry before you begin to put things back. Load up the door shelves with condiments and things that are not too sensitive to the warmth that comes into the fridge each time you open the door. For instance, it is not a good idea to keep milk in the door. It needs a consistently cold temperature to stay freshest longest. The coldest place in your fridge is the back of a lower shelf. Be car3eful, though. I have had things begin to freeze when left in that area too long.
Now you have plenty of room inside for all the day to day items as well as your Easter ham!
Wishing you all a healthy, happy Easter.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in November, 2013. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.