If you do not maintain the cleanliness of your refrigerator, it can quickly get out of control. Busy households use the fridge regularly, which can result in disorganization, spills and misplaced food & drink. Here are a few ways for you to organize your fridge to ensure its cleanliness:
There is a good possibility that you are storing items in your fridge that don’t need to be there. Relocating these items onto your countertops or cabinets will provide you with adequate space in your fridge for items that require refrigeration. Such items include:
- Peanut Butter
- Unopened Ketchup and Mustard
Use A Tea Towel as a Liner in Your Crisper
Lining your crispers with a tea towel or even paper towels will absorb any liquids that could leak from the fruits and vegetables inside of your refrigerator. Depending on the produce you purchase, moisture can accelerate the rotting process and ruin its taste. When you implement a liner in your crisper, it will also absorb the moisture, keeping your food fresher for a longer time.
Use the Door Shelves for Condiments Only
The constant opening and closing of the refrigerator door may not seem as though it affects the food in any way, but it does. The reason that most households keep condiments in their fridge doors is that common condiments are more reluctant to bacteria growth. Storing foods that are liable to spoil including milk, cream or even eggs can diminish their freshness, so be sure to only store bottled condiments and select sauces in the door shelves.
Keep Track of The Cooked Food You Store
After you’re done cooking your food and eating dinner, you’ll wrap up your food and put it in the fridge for later consumption. Unfortunately, much of the cooked food you put in your fridge is neglected until it goes bad, and much of that is because it is easy to forget when it was cooked, and no one wants to eat expired foods. A good idea to reduce food waste and to keep your fridge clean is to purchase a whiteboard from a dollar store and write down what food you cooked on which day. You can use this as a reference point to see if you’re safe to eat your leftovers. To be extremely safe, any cooked meats should be thrown out after three days of sitting in your fridge.
Do Not Put Plates or Cups in Your Fridge
Plates and cups can consume a lot of space in your refrigerator. If you have a plate full of food, we recommend moving it to a container with a sealable lid to secure its freshness and prevent it from spilling in your fridge. The same goes for cups; cups are easily spillable and if you place a cup of pop or juice in your fridge you could be left with a very sticky mess. Unfinished drinks should be left out of the fridge or poured out if it will be unconsumed.