How to clean your refrigerator quickly with less mess and aggravation, as well as a FREE printable to remind you what needs to be used before its expiration date.
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I think a lot of people struggle with cleaning the refrigerator, am I right? I know maid services charge a lot of money to clean them for you so I anticipate that this is the case. Personally, I get a lot of satisfaction from cleaning the fridge so I want to share my process with you.
Cleaning? I’m good at. Organizing? Sometimes. If you’re interested, this posts shows you how I organize my Blue Apron meals, but it would definitely work for regular meal planning for the week too. I’m pretty good about that part of the organization process.
The problem with my refrigerator organization? Food waste. My biggest struggle with being more ecofriendly and not wasting money is to eat the food we have and not let things go to waste. Everyone goes into my refrigerator, including the kids, and sometimes things fall behind other stuff in the fridge. Then they get forgotten. And not everything will fit right in front where I can see it.
So I decided to make a chart to post on my fridge. I’m going to laminate it so I can use a dry erase on it- reuse, reuse, reuse! Every time I clean my fridge, I can write what items are expiring soon so I don’t forget. Or write it so my husband won’t forget… I caught him eating 3 week old turkey at one point. He has a stomach of steel, I swear.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list to get added to the exclusive members-only Google Drive folder. The folder has lots of great free printables, including this easy tracking sheet for soon-to-expire food. The file can be found if you look for “refrigerator printable.”
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- DIY Refrigerator Liners (these are super easy and cheap to make if you pick up some laminated fabric)
- Your typical cleaning supplies
- FREE printable for subscribers and a Dry Erase Markers- Fine Point
Tips for Cleaning the Refrigerator
- Use liners. My DIY Refrigerator Liners can be used on the shelves, then washed when you clean out the fridge. Because they’re PUL, I can put them through the wash on high heat which is great for meat spills.
- The liners make cleanup easier if something spills. It doesn’t absorb liquids but the texture of the PUL seem to keep spills from going onto other shelves. Also, the yuck sticks to the liner and not the refrigerator shelf. Once you remove the liner, you just spray the shelf with a cleaner and wipe down. No scrubbing.
- Whenever you clean the refrigerator, you want to look at the current contents and get rid of anything that’s expired. Keep a list on your FREE refrigerator printable of items that are close to their expiration.
- For expired foods, I always clean out the jars. I save some jars for upcycling and others go in recycling. Fruits and veggies that are expired go into the compost.