Cleaning out the fridge seems like an arduous job but 90% of the time that it takes to complete a boring task is usually spent on Facebook. True story. So roll up your sleeves, grab a couple of garbage bags and lets get that fridge sparkling.
The Lazy Person Guide To Cleaning Out Your Fridge.
Pick Your Moment
I tend to save fridge clean outs for when I get back from holiday because my fridge is either empty or full of rotten vegetables, both situations provide excellent fridge cleaning mojo.
Throw Away Everything
That half bottle of 97% Fat Free French dressing that you opened in 2007? Ditch it. The half block of Philly cheese you found in the vegetable crisper? In the bin. In fact if there are any jars that you can’t remember when you opened them barring things likes jams, preserves and pickles you should probably ditch them. Things like salsa, dip and creamy sauces just won’t last long once they’re opened so chuck them away. Leave all other items on the kitchen bench – most fridge items will be fine on the bench for a few minutes provided it’s not a 35 degree day. Not chicken though because SALMONELLA.
Instead of hand washing all the shelves, just chuck them in the dishwasher. Dishwashers get hot enough to melt all the fridge scum that takes ages to scrub off by hand and you can have a cup of tea while you wait. Win. NOTE: If you’re waiting for the dishwasher to finish, it’s best to pop your fridge items back in the fridge sans shelves. I don’t want you getting ecoli on me now.
Do a 15 Minute Wipe Down
Sometimes when I’m cleaning I go to the dark side and get a bit obsessive, spending 45 minutes scrubbing a miniscule patch of rust with a toothbrush. To avoid falling down the cleaning rabbit hole, simply set a timer for 15 minutes and do the best you can. Use a sponge and fridge-friendly cleaner to wipe down the inside of your fridge or just some hot soapy water. Just remember that done is better than perfect. Give the fridge a quick wipe with vanilla essence to give it a sweet smell.
Spruce Up The Outside
Take down old restaurant menus, your kid’s drawings from two years ago and thank you cards from weddings that you can’t remember. Give the outside surface and door handles a wipe down and pop your favourite things back on the fridge with magnets.
Now bask in the glory of having a clean fridge because there’s nothing in this world that will make you quite so smug.
Who’s inspired to clean their fridge out?
To give you a shove in the right direction, I’ll send a little treat – it could be a lipgloss, maybe a nail polish or a tasty something or other – to EVERY SINGLE PERSON who posts a before and after fridge cleaning photo in the comments. You must submit before Friday 18th October 2013 and it must be photos of your own fridge – don’t be googling that shit because I’ll find out.