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Keeping Your Fridge Fresh
The refrigerator's one of the hardest working appliances in your home. But even though it's on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the fridge is often overlooked when it comes to tidying up. Here are some tips that'll help you keep your fridge clean, safe and running smoothly, which can save you time and money in the long run.
Make sure your fridge is set at the correct temperature, which is 38–40 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the temperature in the door may vary as it's opened and closed, do not store eggs or dairy products in there.
Before you go to the grocery store, always take inventory of your refrigerator and throw away outdated or expired foods. Leftovers should not be kept for more than four days. Raw poultry or meat should be cooked or tossed after two days.
Line the drawers with paper towels as this makes for an easier cleanup when spills occur.
All raw meat, poultry and seafood should be sealed in a bag or container and put on the bottom shelf. Then if any juices leak, they won't drip down onto other foods.
Surfaces that are left unclean can lead to bacteria, mold and odors, so make sure to wipe up spills immediately with hot, soapy water.
It's easy to forget which foods are stored in the drawers. Use stickers or masking tape on the outside of each to label what's in the drawer and when it was purchased.
If you use ice cube trays, be sure to refill them often. Ice cubes can absorb your refrigerator's odors if not used or emptied frequently.
To help keep odors at bay, either keep an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge for 6 months or leave a plate of freshly ground coffee inside for a few days.
For tough stains and spills try using a non-abrasive toothpaste. Apply with a sponge and scrub until stains disappear. Rinse with a clean rag and warm water.