Conquer the crud: Deep cleaning the Refrigerator and Freezer
Welcome back to day 6 of the One Month Deep Cleaning Challenge! Today, we'll be tackling one of the most notorious clutter magnets in the kitchen – the refrigerator and freezers. If you're like me, you probably have way more food in your fridge and freezer than you realize, and it's definitely time to clear out some space and get rid of those expired items. But fear not, with some handy tips and a little elbow grease, we can easily transform that cluttered refrigerator into a cleaner, more organized space.

First things first, make sure to unplug your fridge and freezer before you start cleaning. This will reduce your electricity consumption and also ensure that you don't accidentally turn on the appliance while you're cleaning it. After that, remove all the food from your refrigerator and freezers and place them on your countertop or table. Now is the perfect time to check the expiration dates and toss anything that is past its prime.

Next, remove any drawers, shelves, and racks from your appliance and use a sponge and soapy water to wash them thoroughly. For those hard to clean stains and spills, mix a solution of baking soda and water and apply it to the area. You'll be amazed at how much easier it is to clean with this solution! Once all of the parts have been scrubbed down, rinse them off with hot water and dry them thoroughly.

Now that all of the internal parts are clean, it's time to clean the actual refrigerator and freezer interiors. Use a mixture of warm water and dish soap, or a specialized cleaner, to clean the inside. Start at the top and work your way down, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. Again, use the baking soda solution to tackle tough stains. Once you've cleaned everything, rinse it out with clean water and dry it thoroughly.

After the interior is clean, it's time to put everything back. Reorganize your refrigerator and freezers by grouping similar items together. Use shelf dividers or clear bins to help keep things organized, and consider storing your most used items in easy-to-reach areas. This makes it easier to find what you need without digging through everything else.

Finally, give the exterior of the appliance a good wipe down using a damp cloth. This will remove any fingerprints, smudges, or spills that may have accumulated over time. Plug your appliance back in and you're done!

And there you have it, folks – a sparkling clean and organized refrigerator and freezers that will make your everyday life in the kitchen so much easier. Remember, regular cleaning and organizing will keep your kitchen in tip-top shape all year round. Stay tuned for day 7 of the One Month Deep Cleaning Challenge where we will tackle another household area that's in need of some TLC.


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