Start The New Year Off With A Clean Fridge

A woman's hand holding a rag cleaning shelves in an empty refrigerator

Everyone’s looking for ways to start fresh for the New Year. Whether that means setting goals for yourself to achieve this year or purging the clutter that Christmas left behind, all efforts are worth it in the long run. If you want to start with a small project that will yield big results, look to the most-used object in your kitchen: the refrigerator. The gathering place for mysterious foil-wrapped leftovers, wilted veggies, and mostly empty condiments, your fridge could use some close attention. Keep reading for tips on how to get this essential appliance fresh, organized, and ready for a New Year of feeding your family!

Take Everything Out

The best way to start your deep-cleaning is to remove everything from the fridge and place it on the counter. You can use a cooler to store perishables temporarily.

Soak Removable Components

Remove drawers, shelving, glass or plastic inserts, and any other parts that are removable and toss them into the kitchen sink filled with warm, soapy water. Let them hang out while you tend to the rest of the unit. When you’ve completed the next step, scrub these bins and shelves, rinse them with clean water, and dry them before putting the components back in place inside the fridge.

Clean the Inside of the Fridge

Using a steam cleaner or unscented dish soap and microfiber cloths, do a thorough cleaning of all surfaces inside the fridge. If you find stubborn spills or grimy areas, you can tackle them with a toothbrush and a paste of baking soda and water. Work from top to bottom, and from one side to the other. Rinse residue with a clean microfiber cloth dipped in water.

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Take Stock

Examine your stash of food products on the counter. Toss anything that’s past its prime or items you’re not likely to use again. Recycle any containers that are recyclable. Before restocking the fridge, consider an organization system using fridge liners, bins, and lazy Susans that will help you keep things neat and easy to navigate. Plan on doing a deep-clean every few months or so to keep your fridge fresh and tidy.