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5 tips for cleaning out the refrigerator

February 12, 2015

Cleaning out the fridge is a tough job, but somebody has to do it. If that somebody happens to be you, it doesn't have to be an uphill battle. There are easier ways to dispose of rotten food and remove tough stains.

Here are five tips on cleaning out your fridge.

1. Use multiple products
Your fridge is made up of different surfaces, which means cleaning isn't a one solution job. Use a glass cleaner on any glass parts of the fridge and remove stains with a rough scrub brush and use different scrubbing techniques. Typically a sponge soaked in soap and warm water works for getting up juice spills, but for hunks of food, try using a scrubbing brush.

2. Go through the food
For the best results, sort through your fruits, veggies, beverages and meats. Weed out anything that's questionable, expired or undesirable. This can rid your house of any lingering odors. Not to mention that it may save you and your family from accidentally eating a rotten piece of food. Show outdated items no mercy. 

3. Remove the racks
Pull out any removable parts of the fridge. This way, you'll be able to clean the hard-to-reach places. This will also make cleaning these pieces of your fridge easier because you won't have to bend over or kneel on the floor to get behind the racks.

4. Organize any leftovers
This is the perfect opportunity to completely reorganize your food and drinks. Whip out your best airtight containers to store any leftovers or other tidbits of food. Place the cheeses, butters and any other small stuff in that little cubby located on the door. Move any misplaced dressings, ketchup bottles and syrups back on the door where they belong, and organize the rest of the fridge according to your preference. It's easier to keep more frequently used items at the front of the fridge.

5. Make it smell pretty
If the fridge is still stinky after you're done scrubbing and organizing, you can eliminate the odor with a homemade solution. Gardenista suggested placing dried lavender and baking soda into a container. It's best to use a container that has holes in the top so the pleasant scent can seep out. Place the homemade piece in the fridge for a few days, and you'll start to notice a difference in smell. 

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