The Lazy Person Guide To Cleaning Out Your Fridge.

The Lazy Person Guide To Cleaning Out Your Fridge.

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.

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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.

Cut Corners

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.

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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.

Done.

Now bask in the glory of having a clean fridge because there’s nothing in this world that will make you quite so smug. 

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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.

Happy Fridge Cleaning petals!

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.

15 Comments

  1. Anonymous 12 months ago

    Awww dude. I just cleaned out my fridge the other day — I came home from holiday to find a fermenting lettuce that I’d forgotten about. Awesome. Didn’t take pics though, so no lippy for me! Never mind, the glory of a clean fridge is freakin’ worth it. I took the chance to consolidate my boyfriend’s four half-empty tins of tomato sauce. Yep, tins. He’s too lazy to pour the sauce into the sauce container. Sigh.

  2. Raquel Moss 12 months ago

    Awww dude. I just cleaned out my fridge the other day — I came home from holiday to find a fermenting lettuce that I’d forgotten about. Awesome. Didn’t take pics though, so no lippy for me! Never mind, the glory of a clean fridge is freakin’ worth it. I took the chance to consolidate my boyfriend’s four half-empty tins of tomato sauce. Yep, tins. He’s too lazy to pour the sauce into the sauce container. Sigh.

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      Smaggle 12 months ago

      Babe. Post a pic of a shiny fridge here in the comments and I’ll send you somethin’ pretty. I love things organised neatly. x

  3. Oh man, I live in a share house with 3 other people (and just one, average sized fridge) – I dream of a clean, shiny fridge! Every now and again me or the other girl in the house go nuts and chuck pretty much everything out. It’s amazing how many jars of pasta sauce/salsa the boys can put in the fridge, each with just a tiny bit in the bottom!

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      Smaggle 12 months ago

      Oh honey, I feel you. I love living with just my clean man now.

  4. Tahlia Meredith 12 months ago

    Setting a timer is genius! I’m totally one of those people that intends to just give the kitchen bench a quick wipe, then four hours later I’m scrubbing the grout with an old toothbrush cos the mop just didn’t cut it and people will obviously be able to see the difference o_O

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      Smaggle 12 months ago

      Yes, but you’ll sleep so soundly my love.

  5. Anonymous 12 months ago

    Agree Agree Agree with all this. Nothing worse than a bad fridge smell.

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      Smaggle 12 months ago

      I HAD to do something about mine. I literally found a squishy bag in there.

  6. Amber-Rose Thomas 12 months ago

    Every time I hear/read the word Salmonella I just picture a little girl called Ella in a salmon pink dress. Distracting.

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      Smaggle 11 months ago

      This is my favourite thing about today. Salmon Ella. Tee hee!

  7. Erika 12 months ago

    We keep the fridge fairly clean. Once a year I get all obsessive and give it a scrub out, which includes all the shelves in the doors. Is it bad that the shelves all have paper towels on the bottom (to help with any accidental dribbles down the side)?

    And we permanently keep a rice bowl of bi-carb soda in there to help soak up any smells. Best Beloved is hopeless at actually sealing containers (eg sliced onion).

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      Smaggle 11 months ago

      I actually really love that all your shelves have paper towels down the bottom. Major Virgasm.

  8. Nicole Moore 12 months ago

    Alright Carly (Lady Smaggle if you’re nasty) I’ll play your game.

    I’ve been wanting to clean out my fridge for weeks and you finally inspired/forced me to do it. By publicly humiliating myself, hopefully it’ll never get this bad again. Just for background purposes: When I moved into my apartment I was living with one girl, we’ll call her S, knowing she would be moving out in a few months. When S moved out, A moved in, but only ended up staying about 2.5 months. Now M has just moved in, which, in a nutshell, has created havoc and gross-ness in the fridge and freezer. S lived here for almost 6 years before I moved in, so a lot of the food/condiments/frozen goodies were hers and SUPER expired. So this was definitely necessary.

    I also forgot to get a ‘Before’ shot of the freezer, but just believe me when I say it was packed full of her expired freezie pops and old sorbet. Ew. It could still be cleaned a lot more but I’m pleased with getting all the old food and 2-year-past-expiration-date-old margarine out!!

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      Smaggle 11 months ago

      YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! I love it! Please email me your address hello@smaggle.com and I’ll send you something pretty!
      Freaking legend. Expect more challenges! xxx

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