There are certain points of pride in life, like an immaculately manicured lawn and an exquisitely detailed car. We don’t take as much pride in cleaning their fridge, but a clean fridge is an undervalued way to tell how organized a person is. It’s an easy to stay on top of and keeping your food space sanitary should be as important as any car.
The easiest way to stay on top of messes in the fridge is to pre-clean. That involves wiping down problem items before you place them back in the fridge. Problem items include bottles of sauce, leftovers, or sugary drinks. You can probably open your fridge right now and find a ring of BBQ sauce chilling on your shelf. That sauce ring is the perfect place for mold to grow. Cleaning up spills right after they happen prevents mold from growing. Wiping things down before you put them back in the fridge kills the problem before it even starts. No victory has ever been so flawless.
It is imperative you keep track of your perishables. Inevitably, mistakes will be made. You’ll see red peppers at the grocery store and tell yourself “I’ll make fajitas this week”. As soon as those peppers are placed in your fridge those fajitas go from tomorrow nights dinner to next month’s noxious odor. Luckily, an open box of baking soda placed inside the fridge will soak up any foul smell. If it persists, it may be time to call in the big dog and use Hero Clean’s Odor Eliminating Spray.
Cleaning The Inside
First things first, if you’re going to be working an extended amount of time inside your fridge, turn it off. Your wallet will heap praises upon you when your power bill arrives. Throw away spoiled food and place the items you want to keep in a cooler with ice. Once you’ve done that, remove the shelves and drawers and place them in the sink for later. Grab an all-purpose cleaner, like Hero Clean’s All Purpose Spray, and go to frickin’ town on the inside. Every nook and cranny should be thoroughly wiped down and purified. Mold and germs love those dark, hard to reach places. It is your mission to keep them from getting too attached. Now it’s time to purge the shelves and drawers of dirtiness. Use the same all-purpose cleaner from before and wipe down every surface. If you don’t pre-clean, you’ll notice this step is harder. The longer mold has to grow, the harder it is to clean up. Pre-clean can seem like a hassle, but it makes this stage of the process much easier. After you’ve sufficiently cleansed everything, put the shelves and drawers back inside along with any food you’ve removed. Is it time to rest on your laurels? No. You almost forgot…
The inside of your freezer might resemble a tundra with frozen morsels of food breaking through the ice. A feeling of intimidation might crawl up your spine. Don’t fret, for cleaning this frozen abyss is easier than it looks. Repeat the same steps as cleaning the fridge, as in the removal of food and shelving. To tackle the frigid wasteland left behind you should concoct a cleaning solution. Your best bet is a mixture of equal parts hot water and vinegar. Put the solution in a spray bottle and apply liberally inside. Grab a cloth or sponge to wipe down what you can, while spraying the solution when needed. Dry the inside and then the shelving before putting them back in. Once you have your ice cream and frozen pizza back in their natural environment you can finally relax. Until you open the fridge back up for dinner.