Do you clean and organize your refrigerator at least once every season? You should! Here are our best fridge cleaning and organizing tips.
When was the last time you gave your fridge a thorough cleaning? For the sake of food safety, you should clean and organize your refrigerator at least once per season. First, take everything out of your fridge, throwing away any expired or rotten food as you go. Next, remove all the shelves and drawers and wash them by hand. Clean the interior of the fridge with a natural solution of vinegar and water. Use baking soda to scrub away any cake on stains. Once they've dried, replace the [UNKNOWN] and put a fresh box of baking soda in the back to absorb odors. Wipe down on the bottles, jars and containers before returning food to the fridge. So where does all that food actually belong? The most important thing to think about is temperature. The bottom shelf will be the coldest. So, reserve this space for milk, yogurt and other dairy products that can spoil easily. Raw meat and sea food also belong here, but store these items in a clear plastic bin to catch any accidental drips and prevent contaminating the rest of your food. Just be sure that you clean this bin often. The drawers below the bottom shelf are optimized for fruits and vegetables. Just be sure to frequently check for any produce that's beginning to wilt or rot. This will keep your food safe and help you avoid any unpleasant odors. The top shelf is a little warmer, so this is a great place for drinks, leftovers and ready to eat foods like humus and deli meats. Just keep an eye on the expiration date. Finally the door gets more gets the most temperature variation. So keep shelf stable items here. These are things like condiments that were once stored in the pantry but need to be refrigerated after opening. For more kitchen wisdom, visit southernliving.com. [MUSIC]