Are you tired of opening your fridge only to be greeted by a funky odor? Looking for leftovers only to find last month’s mystery meat? Do you find yourself constantly cleaning up spills and messes? Keeping your fridge clean and fresh can be a challenge, but it’s essential for maintaining food safety and preventing the spread of bacteria. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks for keeping your fridge smelling fresh and clean all the time.
1. Clean up spills immediately
One of the most important things you can do to keep your fridge smelling fresh is to clean up spills and messes as soon as they happen. This will prevent the growth of bacteria and mold, which can lead to unpleasant odors. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe up spills, and be sure to clean any containers or packages that may have leaked. Vibrant Pro Tip: If you have a super sticky spot from a sugary drink or a jelly blob, lay a warm washcloth on the spill for a minute to soften and make wiping a breeze.
2. Keep the temperature consistent
The temperature of your fridge can also impact its smell. If the temperature is too warm, food can spoil more quickly and emit unpleasant odors. If the temperature is too cold, the fridge may become too dry and cause food to dehydrate. Be sure to keep the temperature of your fridge between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure optimal freshness and prevent odors.
3. Use baking soda
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and can help absorb odors in your fridge. Place an open box of baking soda on one of the shelves in your fridge, or create a DIY deodorizer by placing baking soda in a small container with holes in the lid. Replace the baking soda every three months for maximum effectiveness. Vibrant Pro Tip: Set a calendar reminder every 3 months to replace the baking soda. Extra tip: Don’t have baking soda? Try 1/3 cup of fresh (unbrewed) coffee grounds which also absorbs smells in the fridge.
4. Keep your fridge organized
A cluttered fridge can make it difficult to find what you need and old food gets pushed to them back. Keep your fridge organized by grouping like items together and using clear containers to store food. An organized fridge also helps make a quick shopping list so you can see what needs to be replaced. Keep you shopping list handy when cleaning the fridge and add purged items to your list. Be sure to label containers with the date and contents to prevent confusion and ensure that you use food before it goes bad. Vibrant Pro Tip: Store fruits and veggies in canning jars. It preserves them as well as you can see what you have on hand.
5. Use vinegar
Vinegar is another natural deodorizer that can help eliminate odors in your fridge. Before you restock the fridge, take a few minutes and wipe down ledges, trays and bins with a simple mix equal parts water and vinegar. This will help remove stains and odors, and will evaporate quickly, leaving your fridge smelling fresh and clean.
6. Check expiration dates
Expired food can quickly lead to unpleasant odors in your fridge. Check expiration dates regularly and throw away any food that has gone bad. This will not only keep your fridge smelling fresh, but will also prevent the spread of bacteria and foodborne illnesses.
7. Hire a professional cleaning service
Finally, if you don’t have the time or energy to clean your fridge regularly, consider hiring a professional cleaning service like Vibrant Cleaning Services. Our experienced cleaners will deep clean your fridge, removing any spills or stains and leaving it smelling fresh and clean. We use professional disinfectants, cleaning products and methods, so you can feel confident that your fridge is safe for your family and the environment.
In conclusion, keeping your fridge smelling fresh and clean all the time doesn’t have to be a chore. By following these simple tips and tricks, you can ensure that your fridge is always in top condition, and that your food stays fresh and safe to eat. And if you need help with fridge cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Vibrant Cleaning Services – we’re here to help!