photo: flickr user Backdoor Survival
Last week I spilled coffee grounds all over the inside of our refrigerator. Not only was it a heartbreaking waste of good Columbian coffee, it meant that I would finally have to clean out our fridge. I had been doing a decent job of wiping up spills as they happened, but I knew it was time for a thorough cleaning. On the day before trash day (very important), I got to work. This process is what I like to call the Lazy Girl’s Guide to Cleaning the Fridge.
Yes. The fridge is not pretty. Or organized. Or clean. This is real life, friends.
KEEP IT COOL: Bring a cooler or two into the kitchen and place food into it as you empty the fridge. The food will stay fresh while you are cleaning.
TOSS IT: This is why we are working on the day before trash pick-up. Throw away any food that is past its expiration date or that looks (or smells funky).
WASH UP: Once the food is out, remove any shelves and drawers and wash them in cool or warm water. DO NOT USE HOT WATER if you have glass shelving. The sudden change in temperature can cause the glass to break.
TOP TO BOTTOM: Wipe down the inside of the fridge from top to bottom, pushing any crumbs or gunk to the bottom as you go.
SUCK IT UP: Use the attachments on your vacuum to suck up any grossness from the bottom of the fridge, making sure to get into the cracks and corners.
LINE IT UP: Line each shelf and drawer with shelf liner. Next time you have a spill, removing and washing just liner is MUCH easier than removing the whole shelf. Be sure to use a liner with a smooth top, not the kind with holes, or the spills will just leak right through.
RESTOCK: Put food back into the refrigerator, putting the food that is most likely to spoil in the front of the fridge. You will be less likely to forget about it and have to toss it later. Keep as much room between food as possible, as well. When your fridge has better air circulation, your food will stay fresh longer.
DEODERIZE: Little did I know, that coffee I spilled probably kept my fridge from smelling funky. If your fridge has stank to it, spread some coffee ground on a tray or dinner plate and set it in your fridge for a day or two. The grounds will soak up any bad smells, then you can empty the grounds into the trash.
The refrigerator is still no cover girl, but it is clean and organized. And that’s good enough for this lazy girl.
I really liked Duck Brand’s Shelf Liner that I used to line the shelves. They have several patterns you can choose from, and it was very easy to cut it to size. Again, for this project, be sure to choose the smooth top liner.
Duck® also makes adhesive-baked and grip-top liner for other projects. What project will you tackle with their shelf liners? Check out the hashtag #DuckShelfLiner for more ideas!