September 1, 2014

How to Clean Your Refrigerator

How to Clean Your Refrigerator via Clean Mama

This week’s organizing (and cleaning) task is the REFRIGERATOR. (September’s cleaning and organizing calendar is here). Keeping your refrigerator clean and organized isn’t easy with all the use it receives every day. Sticky shelves, crumbs, and food residue can be easily wiped up and taken care of in minutes, making cleaning your refrigerator a simple and easy 15-30 minute task.

Weekly Maintenance Tip:

I find that the only way to keep the refrigerator organized and clean is with a little maintenance and to group like items together. Wipe down any sticky shelves before you do your grocery shopping. Reorganize items so that when you come home from shopping you can quickly and easily fit your groceries. It only takes a couple minutes and it will keep your refrigerator neat and tidy.

My Favorite Refrigerator Cleaning Tools:

My favorite refrigerator cleaning tools? Warm water, dish soap, baking soda, and a microfiber cloth. The warm water helps the soap bubble up and is perfect for dissolving any stickiness and picking up crumbs. The baking soda helps naturally deodorizes any residual stinky corners or drawers. The microfiber cloth can be rung almost dry making the wiping that much easier. I don’t find a need to rinse this solution because the microfiber wipes the shelves clean and there isn’t any residue left behind.

Ingredients to Clean Refrigerator via Clean Mama

Where to Start:

  • Mix up 1 teaspoon of dish soap (or my favorite, Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Orange castile soap –  (here’s a free recipe printable on castile soap), 1 teaspoon baking soda, and  about 4-6 cups of warm water.
  • Start by emptying your refrigerator. (Work quickly so your food stays cold.)
  • Wipe down the shelves with a well rung out microfiber cloth or dish cloth. Repeat until all shelves and drawers have been wiped clean. Dry if necessary.

That’s it! The recipe for a clean refrigerator is so easy – you’ll love how clean and fresh it makes your refrigerator. (You can also use this same method to clean your freezer!)

You might also be interested in these posts on the germiest places in your kitchen and how to clean them: part 1 and part 2