How to Clean Your Fridge in 15 Minutes

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Use these tips to clean your fridge in 15 minutes.

Our fridge is such a huge mess after Thanksgiving. Think of leftovers, unused vegetables, and bottles & condiments all over the space like it was jabbed in there to fit. Not to mention the odor from left-opened jars or containers. However, that’s natural every after hosting Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll be left with a huge mess that seems impossible to clean. It’s stressful (we know!), but you can actually clean your fridge in 15 minutes (and without crying). Yes, seriously. The key to getting the job done is to start small and to allocate 15 minutes of your time every day. Imagine, you don’t have to worry about the big cleanup.

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Steps to Clean Your Fridge in 15 Minutes

STEP 1: Remove Everything

  • The first step to clean your fridge is to remove everything you have, including food, condiments, drinks, and bottles. This step will only take at least 5 minutes or less to do.

STEP 2: Wipe It Down

  • Using a damp cloth, wipe down the inside. If there are stains that are difficult to remove, gently scrub them with soap and brush, then wipe them down. It usually takes at least 5 minutes to do this step, granted if your fridge has a slight mess. Sometimes, it takes more than 5 minutes if it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your fridge. If this is the case, it’s best to create a cleaning calendar for your fridge, maybe once a month or every season.

STEP 3: Organize

  • Once you’ve cleaned the inside of the fridge, it’s time to organize your food and other items. One of the ways to keep the fridge organized is to group items according to categories:
  • UPPER SHELVES: Drinks, herbs, leftovers, and ready-to-eat food.
  • LOWER SHELVES: Dairy, eggs, and raw meat.
  • CRISPER: Fruits and veggies.
  • DOORS: Condiments, juices, and water.
  • FREEZER: Bread, eggs, frozen fruits and vegetables, ice, meat, and stock.
  • NEVER REFRIGERATE: Onions, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes.

More Tips on How to Clean Your Fridge in 15 Minutes

  • AVOID OVERFILLING: Be sure not to overload it since it can restrict airflow, making it harder to keep the whole space cool.
  • LABEL EVERYTHING: Write both the name of the food and the date of storage, so you will know what needs to be consumed first.
  • USE CLEAR CONTAINERS: Using clear containers helps you see everything at a glance. Avoid using plastic containers.

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