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Tip: Clean The Refrigerator Daily In 10 Minute Chunks

Posted By Tipnut On August 16, 2010 @ 1:55 am In Kitchen | 7 Comments

If you dread the chore of a thorough refrigerator cleaning job that should be done regularly (or it turns into one funky mess), here’s an easy way to avoid the big task:

EmptyBreak the job down into 10 minute daily chunks of time.

To get started, divide the fridge into a maximum of 7 sections:

  • The inside door
  • Each shelf counts as one section
  • Drawers
  • Outside

Each day tackle one section–wash the racks/shelves/drawers, all surrounding wall surfaces, toss expired food items and put everything back in a neat and organized manner. Top up with a fresh deodorizer as needed (see ideas below).

For the outside, wash the top (removing anything placed there) and scrub down all sides.

By keeping the sections to 7 or less, your appliance is thoroughly scrubbed each and every week (with minimal effort each day). Nice!

Easy Deodorizers

*First published April 18, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

Keep things smelling fresh with one of these ideas:

  • An open box of baking soda or an open bowl/container filled with baking soda
  • A small muslin or cloth bag or open container filled with fresh coffee grounds
  • Keep an open container of charcoal briquettes in the fridge
  • Open dish with 1/2 cup baking soda and 2 TBS vanilla extract or 2 TBS lemon juice mixed in
  • A dab or two of vanilla extract on a cotton ball
  • Salt packed citrus shells: fill an empty orange, grapefruit or lemon shell with salt then put on a shelf in the back. The salt will help absorb nasty odors (see more info on this page [1]).

Voila! Stale smelling odors are a problem no more!

Organizing Ideas

How many times has a bottle of sauce or jar of jam buried itself who-knows-where in the back of the fridge. No matter how many items you shuffle around, it refuses to be found until you start unpacking shelves. Another common problem is opening new containers or packages of food when an already opened one still needs to be finished up before it expires. What a waste!

Here are a few great ideas for managing the space better and each are simple to implement. I’ll be adding more goodies to this page as I find them ;).



Lazy Susan [2]: Store jars and condiments on a turntable for easy access and to free up door space.

Storage Boxes [3]: These are ideal for keeping similar items bundled together so you know just where to find them.





Liners [4]: Flexible cutting mats can be cut down to size to line shelves and bins, remove for easy washing.

Soon To Expire Box [5]: Toss items that are near their expiry date in this container so you know which items should be consumed quickly.





Coaster Mats [6]: A simple DIY repurposing cheap plastic placemats.

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URLs in this post:

[1] see more info on this page: http://tipnut.com/homemade-lemon-air-freshener-spray/

[2] Lazy Susan: http://www.marthastewart.com/274787/25-kitchen-organizers/@center/276989/organizing#/276887

[3] Storage Boxes: http://www.susiej.com/get-more-space-in-your-refrigerator/

[4] Liners: http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/curious-shortcuts/2012/04/4-clever-capabilities-of-flexible-cutting-mats/

[5] Soon To Expire Box: http://clossette.com/how-to-stop-wasting-food-and-money-with-a-fridge-triage-box/

[6] Coaster Mats: http://www.itsanorganizedchaos.com/tutorials/day-3-the-coolest-spot-in-the-house-just-became-even-cooler-fridge-coasters-tutorial/

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