2 Week Spring Cleaning Challenge

How To Spring Clean Your Fridge Naturally

Day 9, Refrigerator

Often filled with forgotten and hidden items, refrigerators are frequently neglected when it comes to household chores. To make easy work of cleaning yours, throw away anything that is expired, nearly empty or is a leftover that is more than three days old.

Place the remaining items on the counter while you wipe the shelves and walls of the refrigerator with equal parts water and vinegar. Rinse with warm water then dry with a clean cloth.


The best way to maintain a clean refrigerator is to wipe up spills immediately and to be diligent about throwing away items. Check expiration dates weekly. Additionally, milk, leftover food and fruits and vegetables should be discarded after several days as they can deteriorate, creating a mess in your refrigerator. An open box of baking soda or half a lemon will keep it smelling clean.

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Progress Level: Spring Cleaning Aficionado

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Lauren Thomann

Lauren Thomann has written about self storage and moving since 2015, making her our storage expert. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Linguistics and has published over 150 articles on moving, storage, and home organization. She is also a contributing writer at and Martha Stewart.

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