The origin of “Clean your fridge day” is lost in the mists of time, although rumored to be started by a large appliance company a few years ago, it falls on 15th November every year and is a great reminder that all kitchen appliances should be cleaned out once in a while.
The location of the fridge is a key consideration in every fitted kitchen design. The fridge, cooker and the sink make up the ‘working triangle’ and are a key factor in achieving an effective kitchen designs and layouts.
The fridge is the hub of food and one of the hardest working appliances in the kitchen, so take a few minutes to clean it out. The fridge doesn’t even need to be turned off so what’s stopping you banishing bacteria?
All you need is:
- Baking soda
- A sponge or brush
- Soft cloths or paper towels
- 30 minutes of your time
- Empty all contents from the fridge. Throw any expired food and anything past its best. Start with the door contents, then the main body of the fridge working from the top down. Rotten, expired or unsure – bin it!
- Wash the shelves. Remove the shelves and drawers (allow them 5-10 minutes to warm up to room temperature so they don’t crack) and wash them with a solution of 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 litre of hot water.
- Tackle the door and walls. Use the same baking soda solution to scrub the door and walls of your fridge. For any stubborn spots or spills let the solution sit before scrubbing. Wipe clean and dry with soft cloths or paper towels.
- Refill your fridge. It’s a fresh start so organize well, think about the containers you are storing items in and bear in mind that the door is the warmest part of the fridge so avoid putting your dairy items there.
Keep those accidental spills wiped up and a quarterly pass through your fridge will keep it smelling fresh, looking good and your food healthy to eat.
Will you be giving your kitchen workhorse a spruce up this November?