Cleaning the fridge might seem like a daunting task but a clean fridge is part of a healthy kitchen. You look at your fridge several times a day so why not make it a clean and enjoyable experience. With just a few supplies and less than an hour you can have a beautifully clean fridge. I recommend cleaning your fridge every six months. It will make the next cleaning easier.
A clean sponge
A Scrubbing sponge
All purpose cleaner (use a environmentally friendly one if you have kids)
Box of baking soda
Take everything out of the fridge and try to keep categories together so when you put items back in the fridge it will be faster. Do not worry about throwing out old food yet. Do this when you put things back.
Start top to bottom. This way if crumbs drop (and they will) you can get them at the bottom.
Take out the shelves if you can. Scrubbing them in the sink will help conserve energy and allow you to see the grime better. If you have stuck on food, soak the area or get it wet with a sponge to help loosen it up. You can use baking soda since it is a good safe abrasive and will help absorb odors.
Once you have cleaned all the shelves and baskets it is time to start putting your food back. Check expiration dates and throw out any old or moldy food. I always keep food categories together. For example I keep all my bread together on a shelf and containers of the same item stacked on top or next to each other. Food that needs to be eaten right away also stays in the front of the shelves. This way it gets reached for first. Put junk food in the back, especially if it keeps, which it usually does.
Make sure to make a grocery list of the things you need to buy or replace.
Having a clean and healthy fridge is important. Stuck on foods and mold in the fridge can potentially be consumed. Cleaning is easy and does not take much time. Now step back and enjoy your clean fridge. Don’t forget that box of baking soda as a finishing touch.