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Tackling Your Fridge During Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! We hope everybody had a safe, Happy Thanksgiving. This time of year it seems our refrigerators are constantly stuffed full of leftovers, large dishes, and messy containers. With a few helpful tips, you can make sure your fridge stays clean and organized through the hectic holidays!

First, start with a deep clean. We know it’s daunting, but it will be easier to maintain in the long run. Empty everything out and wipe down the shelves and drawers with an organic cleaning solution. If you notice your shelves getting sticky or messy often, you may wish to cover them with liners or place mats to make cleaning easier in the future. Once all the containers are out you’ll be able to get a good view of the inventory, including expired foods and condiments that will need to be thrown away. This should clear up any unnecessary clutter.

The next step is organizing your fridge. An easy way to do this is to use clear storage bins and keep similar items together. For example, one may be for condiments, one for beverages, one for kids’ snacks, etc. This will ensure that everything is easy to find whenever you need it! A lazy susan can be very convenient in the fridge as well for easy access to all containers. If you find yourself tossing forgotten leftovers often, you may wish to keep these leftovers all together on the top shelf so they are easily visible. Keeping leftovers in clear containers is also a helpful way to easily remember what is in each of them.

Moving forward, there are several helpful steps you can take to ensure that your fridge stays looking great after your deep clean. Choose one day a week to take a minute and look through your fridge to throw out any expired food or rotting produce. This can be helpful to do the same day you go grocery shopping, so you know exactly what you have at home, and can take note of foods that may go consistently uneaten throughout the week. If you find that bad odors linger even after the rotten food has been tossed, try keeping an open box of baking soda in your fridge to eliminate the smell.

Last but not least, don’t forget the outside of your refrigerator! It’s easy to forget just how much we touch the handles on our fridge doors, but now more than ever it is important to keep these surfaces sanitized.

Until next time, happy cleaning!

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