01 Nov THE RIGHT WAY TO CLEAN AND ORGANISE YOUR FRIDGE
Fridges have a funny habit of getting really messy. Many people adopt an out of sight out of mind policy, neglecting the state of their fridge whilst drips and spills accumulate. So, what is the best approach for when it comes time to address this mess? It’s all about developing a winning process.
Empty the entire fridge
Wait for a day when you have grocery shopped, and then empty out the entire fridge. This gives you the opportunity to take a piecewise approach, dealing with the fridge’s shelves and contents separately
Go through the fridge’s contents first
Start by checking everything that is currently in the fridge. Separate anything that is virtually empty or past its use-by date. Rinse and recycle containers where you can, and chuck out or compost everything else.
Wash the fridge itself
Once you have gone through the contents and decided what needs to be removed, it is time to wash the fridge’s shelves and drawers. When choosing your cleaning products for this mission, consider the fact that you will be housing food on these surfaces. For this reason, it may be a good idea to use all-natural products. Avoid harsh kitchen cleaners.
Organise your fridge correctly
When organising your fridge, there are several golden rules worth keeping in mind:
- Group similar items together. Arrange your fridge to have similar items nearby each other (think: dairy goes with dairy, snacks go with snacks.
- Keep your sauces and spreads under control. Ensure that you only have one version of each condiment open at any given time. Try to limit these to only those that you truly need regularly to minimise fridge clutter.
- Consider height. Order your fridge contents to have taller bottles and containers towards the back, with smaller, shorter items towards the front.
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Take preventative measures to avoid cleaning your fridge as much as possible
- Try to be diligent in checking items for their use-by date. Throw out any items that are too old for use.
- Clean up spills as quickly as possible. These babies spell trouble, because they can drip onto other foods and also cause bad smells.
- Keep a box of baking soda at the bottom of your fridge. Life hack: the baking soda will help to absorb any unpleasant odours.