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7 Fridge Cleaning Tips

Someone approached me the other day and said, "I know I'm supposed to clean my fridge, but I never do it because I don't really know how to." So here are seven basic fridge cleanings tips for you!

🔹Take everything out of the fridge to take inventory. Check expiration dates and food freshness. Throw away what’s gross.

🔹Wipe down and clean all the shelves and drawers. Don’t forget to clean the sides and bottoms of your condiments and jars.

🔹Use really hot water to clean syrup, jelly and other super sticky residues. For really pesky gunk, boil water, drop a wash cloth in it, use tongs to grab the cloth and then drop it directly on top of the gunk and let it soak for a few minutes. You should be able to wipe it off without much scraping.

🔹Start putting items back into the fridge. Put like items with like items! Seems like common sense, but it will help you find things more quickly if everything that belongs together, stays together. Meat and cheese, veggies, dairy, condiments, etc.

🔹Take food that doesn’t belong in the fridge out to save space and preserve food freshness. Food that shouldn’t be stored in the fridge: honey, onions and garlic, citrus fruits, potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, squash, bread, berries and apples (though my kids prefer them to be cold anyway). In fact, a some of these foods flavors and freshness are negatively affected by improper storage. When in doubt, think about how it is stored at Publix! 🙂

🔹Abide by the FIFO rule! (First In, First Out) Put older food in the front and newer food in the back. This means that once you’ve stored all the like items together, you will use the older items before you use the newer items. This prevents you from food waste. This habit can be applied to every food storage space: pantry, fridge, and freezer.

🔹Don’t be afraid to vacuum out crumbs from the hard-to-reach spaces. I had to do that in the very back of my freezer.

🔹Take pics of your clean fridge and tag me! I declare this another happymedium challenge!!

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