Today was the day. You know this day, too, I’m betting. Today was the day to clean my fridge. I usually do this about every few months, that way it isn’t ever too bad. Of course we clean up spills and things along the way, but an all out clean happens about once every three months around here. Since I don’t have a ton of time, I finally figured out how to do it in 40 minutes or less, and it’s SO easy! Now you can clean your refrigerator the easy.
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I have found a way that keeps it from being pure torture, however, and I am ready to share my secret with all of you. I’m guessing you have this same “cleaning tool” in your place, too, you just may not have thought about it before.
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So my secret to making fridge cleaning so much easier is….wait for it….the bathtub! Yep, that’s right. The bathtub. Keep reading and I’ll show you.
Here is everything you need to take the yuck out of cleaning your refrigerator and getting it done in 40 minutes or less!
1. First, take everything out of the main area of the fridge (I tackle the doors in a later step)
If you have other people who are in and out of the fridge like I do, you may also find interesting “treasures” in your fridge as I do. I am always amazed at the amount of food I throw out even though I am so careful about eating everything to be as frugal as possible.
2. Then, everything gets carried to my bathtub
I fill the tub with regular dish soap and a dollop of my homemade green cleaner since it is antibacterial, antimicrobial, inexpensive, and green along with some HOT water. My son added the bath toys for an extra special cleaning day 😉
3. Leave everything there for a good 20 minutes, maybe longer
The length of time that you leave these things soaking depends on whether you have things that are gunked all over the shelves because the beauty of this method is that there is very little to NO scrubbing necessary. Did you notice that brown glob of something on one of my shelf? I took a picture of what it looked like just after soaking—nothing on it!
4. While things are soaking, attack the inside of the fridge, which should be empty by now
Use the same antibacterial cleaner cleaner.
5. After everything looks clean from its bath, just run a quick rag over everything to ensure that it is clean. Then rinse.
6. Next, everything comes out for drip drying
7. Leave it for another 20 minutes or so and things should be nearly dry by the time you get back.
8. In my house, bringing everything back is a family affair. You know the saying, many hands make light work.
9. I repeat steps 1-8 for the bins on the inside doors of my fridge
10. When everything has been soaked, rinsed, and put back, everything gets loaded back in.
I do organize my fridge with containers to keep things together. On the top shelf I have a container with various sauces, there is also one there for the vitamins and elderberry syrup that my kids take.
On the middle shelf I have one for more sauces like salsa and taco sauce.
Then, everything else gets loaded back in. In the bottom drawer I have a container for cheese, as I have pictured here, and I also have one for sliced meat and a couple other random things.
All these containers were things I picked up at the dollar store as I mentioned in 25 Amazing Finds at the Dollar Store.
Altogether this project took only 40 minutes from start to finish, and that includes reorganizing everything as it went back in.
Minimal time, maximum payoff by enlisting the help of your bathtub!