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How to Clean and Organize a Refrigerator

September 25 , 2012
Panoramic Properties Inc.

So you’re living in one of Panoramic Properties' Westgate Village or Linwell Road’s beautifully upgraded St. Catharines Apartments. This means you’ll want to keep your home clean and tidy. However, cleaning your refrigerator is a task that even the most organized apartment dweller can overlook
Cleaning and organizing your refrigerator can be a simple and easy task. All it takes is a bit of a plan and some preparation.
Step One: Clear the Fridge
The first step is to clear out the fridge. This way, you’ll have space to really clean. Take all of the food and drink items out of the fridge and place them on the kitchen counters. This also gives you the opportunity to do a quick check of expiration dates items to get rid of any spoiled food or condiments.
Make sure you have lots of heavy-duty garbage and compost bags on hand too.
Step Two: Take out the drawers and shelves
Remove the fridge drawers and wipe them using a wet, cloth, sponge or paper towel. Spray the drawers with a disinfectant and wipe the drawers. Note that you should not use bleach to clean your fridge. It is too strong to use in a place where food is stored.
An effective and cost-efficient option while cleaning is using a water and white vinegar combination. Reader’s Digest has a number of great tips on how to use this homemade cleaning solution.
Step Three: Clean the Interior
Once you have cleaned the drawers, wipe down the whole fridge. Clean the entire interior, including the shelves and the sides of the fridge. Wipe the fridge and the drawers dry with a dry cloth or paper towel. For more tips on cleaning your refrigerator, head to How Stuff Works’ article, 5 Tips For Cleaning Your Fridge Quickly.
Step Four: Organize Your Items
Look through the items that you removed from the fridge earlier to decide what you need and what can be thrown away or composted. Discard any unwanted items.
Choose sections of your fridge for different types of items. For example, you can have a shelf for meat or fish items, dairy products, an area for produce and one for drinks. Once you have decided where you want your items to go, place them back into the refrigerator in the correct areas. Our friends at How To Clean Stuff has a great article on 10 Ways To Better Organize Your Refrigerator that is a handy resource for any apartment dweller in need of fridge cleaning tips. 


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