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Aside from the dishwasher, your fridge is probably the appliance that’s most used – and abused – in your kitchen. Drips, spills, and crumbs accumulate without warning. Thankfully, we have 5 tips to help keep it clean and clutter free:
1. Use A Lazy Susan
This nifty Lazy Susan makes getting to items in the back of the fridge a whole lot easier!
2. Get Out Your Vacuum
Little food bits can be hard to remove from drawers. By simply using your brush attachment, suck up the dried debris for hassle-free cleaning.
You should also clean the coils (the squiggly things on the back or bottom front) of your fridge. This helps it run more efficiently and use less energy.
3. Toss Every Week
Every other week (I prefer to do this right before I go to the grocery store) do a clean sweep and toss out what’s old. Not only can you get rid of leftovers or produce before it goes bad, but will create a fresh picture of what you need at the store, and maybe what you can buy less of. As a bonus, it’ll help cut down on the time needed during a deep clean.
4. Wipe Down Sticky Bottles Or Jars
This one is pretty simple, don’t put something back in the fridge if the exterior of the container is sticky. Do a quick wipe before returning to its chilly casa.
5. Organize Foods Based On Their Purpose Or Type
Use labeled baskets to keep similar foods in the same area (i.e. condiments, meats, cheeses, etc). If you are a portioned meal planner, another trick is to put the main food ingredients for specific days of the week in their own basket. Then simply pull and cook based on what’s needed for that day.
6. Line The Shelves
Place placemats or use sticky saran wrap over your shelves. If a spill happens, simply remove, clean, and replace. Great for little kiddos that insist on doing everything for themselves.
7. Store Leftovers At Eye Level
Storing foods that need to be eaten first at eye level can help you eat them faster, and reduce waste. Tucking them in the back behind the bread is a surefire way to have a stinky surprise in three weeks.
8. Use A Binder Clip For Bottles
This is brilliant, and that’s all I need to say about that.
Photo by becca.peterson26