How often we forget the feeling of freshness and inspiration a clean fridge brings. Take advantage of a rainy day where the first impulse is to curl up on the couch and waste a bunch of time on Facebook. In a short period of time, you can transform the fridge from a dingy graveyard for rotting vegetables to one where the white interior and the splash of colors from all your fresh produce invigorates you.
It seems like an arduous task, but we assure you that it can be completed in about 30 minutes. In the spirit of walking you through this, we’re about to get up-close and personal with this nutritionist’s fridge.
Step 1: Determine the ‘when’
When do we think the best time to do this mini-project is? Well, if we’re on top of our game before a trip, this is when we use up all our produce (or freeze it) and get dirty cleaning the fridge out. It’s always nice to come back home, pick up some groceries, and fit everything neatly into your fridge. *Contented sigh*. Otherwise, wait until you have returned from your travels or are running empty on groceries. Rainy days help with staying inside and focused.
Our ‘before’ photo. We agree, it’s a bit horrifying and very motivating. Let’s get on to the good stuff!
Step 2: Throw it out!
Remove all items from the fridge and take a look at each one for the expiration date. Old deli meat? Hard-boiled eggs from last week? The little bit of mayo left in an expiring bottle? Bin it. If you can’t remember when you opened the salsa jar or hummus dip, it’s best to throw it away.
Keep food safety in mind. This whole project should take about 20-30 minutes; it may be helpful to have a cooler handy for your perishable items, especially for raw chicken and meat.
Step 3: Interior Wipe-down
This is where one can get a bit obsessive over little rust marks and ensuring every little crevice looks the way it did when the refrigerator came off the assembly line. Set a timer for 20 minutes and get busy with a bit of dishwasher soap, hot water, and elbow grease.
Step 4: Exterior Overhaul
Take down carry-out menus, out-dated mementos or announcements, and thank you notes. Then give the outside surfaces and door handles a nice wipe-down. Pop on a few magnets and keep your favorite items on the fridge.
Congratulations! Wipe your brow, do a little dance, and bask in the glory of your clean fridge. You deserve it.