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What's the most manageable way to keep the fridge sparkling clean?

Never play ‘guess the mystery mouldy ingredient’ again.

IN THIS STRESSFUL age, no one needs the annoyances that make household tasks more difficult than they have to be.

Paperwork stacked on the hall table, washing taking up valuable space in the kitchen, kids’ toys tripping you up at every turn, it can all make your home a less peaceful place.

We’re here to help solve those household conundrums.

This week: what’s the most manageable way to keep the fridge clean?

YOU KNOW HOW it goes. You reach into the fridge for a particular item, before realising with a mounting sense of dread that the whole shelf needs rearranging/scrubbing. Fast forward to an hour later, and you’re still be in the middle of the dreaded fridge deep clean.

There is a simpler way, I promise.

Fridges get cluttered quickly with plastic tubs, fresh ingredients and leftovers, but if you can stay on top of the cleaning and organisation day to day, your life will be a lot easier.

For the sake of your wallet, your sanity and the environment, take heed of these few tricks for keeping your fridge organised and stink-free…

1. Split up the vegetable drawer

Our fridge’s vegetable drawers were getting yucky fast, so I bought a few smaller baskets to corral and help organise loose veg. Taking these baskets out to rinse is considerably easier than emptying and washing entire produce drawers. A set of these plastic versions would work well, depending on the size and shape of your produce drawer.

2. Invest in clear storage containers

See-through storage containers mean you’ll always have eyes on leftovers, which is the first step to a clean, organized system. If you’re buying a few at once, opt for a set of uniform containers for easier stacking. This glass set can go in the dishwasher, freezer and microwave too.

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3. Line it up

Another way to keep drawers and shelves goo-free is to use a shelf liner, which can be washed quickly with water and soap. This one can be trimmed into sections so you can remove and clean them as needed without having to empty an entire shelf.

4. Avoid clinking cans and bottles

If you have more cans and bottles in your fridge than can fit in the side door, you’re going end up with smashed glass on the floor eventually. Fridge Monkey make these slip-free rubber mats that are ribbed to hold cans or bottles, making storing and stacking simple.

5. Commit to a regular clear out 

Storage advice aside, regular rotation and clear outs will ensure you don’t end up with duplicates that will eventually go to waste. Before you head out for your weekly shop, get rid of anything that’s past its use-by date. 

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