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The kitchen chore that often gets put off the most is cleaning your refrigerator. Sometimes when a job seems like a giant to slay, it always gets accomplished “later” or “tomorrow.” Here are a few tips that can make this task less daunting, and get it back on your to-do list for today.

When is best for Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Obviously, it is best to wait until there are fewer things in the fridge to obstruct cleaning. If it seems like the refrigerator is always full, then the problem may be that a lot of what is in there has to go. Begin by taking everything out of the fridge. Put good food into a cooler to keep it cool while you clean. Then throw away anything that is expired.

It is also good to do this when you are ready to take out the garbage and run the dishwasher. This allows you to dump old leftovers, and to take out the trash immediately without wasting a whole bag. It also lets you throw the gross Tupperware straight into the dishwasher.

What to Do Once the Fridge Is Empty

You can use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down the inside of the fridge, but another good option is dish soap. You can make your own cleaner by using diluted dish soap and a little baking soda. The baking soda will help to eliminate odors from the fridge. You can take shelves and drawers out to clean in the sink. Everything else can be wiped down with a clean cloth.

Organizing the Refrigerator

To keep things from getting out of hand, put back the remaining food in a way that makes it easy to see and use. First, group foods by type such as dairy, condiments, meats, etc. Keep items such as condiments on the door where they can easily be seen. This reduces the clutter that comes from buying unnecessary items.

Place taller items in the back so you can easily see what you have. Also, place leftovers and other items that will expire soon in the front so that you don’t forget to use them. Keeping the fridge organized will reduce how often it needs to be cleaned and make this chore less daunting when the time comes. For slaying that unpleasant task of cleaning your refrigerator, follow these tips.