If the start of Spring has put a pep in your step, you aren’t alone. Spring is finally upon us, and during this time of year, longer days and brighter skies serve as a reminder for us to brighten and freshen up our homes, too. While dusting the furniture, mopping the floors, or cleaning out closets can leave your home sparkling clean, I suggest thinking outside the box this Spring—or rather, inside one particular box: your refrigerator.
Our refrigerators house a myriad of fresh foods, produce, dairy, and condiments. And while most of us clean our kitchens on a regular basis, loading our dishwashers each night and wiping down our cooktops after each prepared meal, we rarely think to give our refrigerator the thorough cleaning it deserves. Try these four tips to help you refresh your refrigerator just in time for Spring.
Tip #1: Clear Out Old Condiments and Ingredients
It’s always fun to experiment with new flavors or recipes when you’re dreaming up next week’s dinner. But with this experimentation comes a myriad of flavorful sauces and unique items all seeking a special home within your refrigerator. The end result? A refrigerator full of half-used condiments and once-fresh ingredients that are have now passed their prime.
The first step in your refrigerator refresh should be to check your condiment inventory, and toss any expired or dried out sauces and dressings that you no longer need. Next, throwaway any leftovers, spoiled vegetables, or any other items that you would not consume within the next 24 hours.
Since you’ve already emptied your refrigerator in preparation for your deep clean, you’ve likely found a few ingredients that have been hiding in the back of the refrigerator. Your refrigerator, (and your taste buds) will thank you as you dream up your next meal.
Tip #2: Restore Your Storage Bins
When was the last time you cleaned out the bins in the door of your refrigerator? Because these bins are almost always full of beverages, condiments, and other household staples, it’s often easy to overlook spills and stains that might occur. Once you’ve removed old food items from your refrigerator, it’s time to give these areas a clean sweep.
One of my favorite things about my refrigerator (which happens to be a beautiful Bosch Built-in unit), is that the bins in my door can be easily removed and placed directly in my dishwasher for a deep clean. Because Bosch dishwashers use condensation drying, I know my plastic bins will wash and dry beautifully, and we all know there’s no clean like a dishwasher clean.
Tip #3: Make Your Shelves Sparkle
Much like storage bins, everything from beverage spills to salad dressing drips can make your refrigerator shelves appear messy over time. Make your refrigerator look like new again in just minutes by wiping them down with soap and water, or a natural cleanser, like this DIY citrus glass cleaner from our Bosch Brand Ambassador, Danny Seo. Natural ingredients not only smell good, but are great for giving your refrigerator a non-toxic refresh just in time for a new batch of spring produce.
Tip #4: Keep Produce Fresh for Longer
During Spring, I’m always eager to head to my local Farmers market for seasonal produce like berries, asparagus, and leafy greens. If you’re like me, you’ll probably buy a lot of produce in the coming months, making proper refrigerator storage even more vital to extending the shelf life of your fruits and vegetables.
With a clean slate in place, it’s time to create a system for organizing your produce. My advice? Place cucumbers, celery, apples, and root vegetables into one bin, as these tend to last a bit longer than leafy greens. Reserve the second storage bin for leafy greens and delicate berries, and be sure to wrap them in a dry paper towel, not in an enclosed plastic bag. Because Bosch produce bins are temperature and humidity controlled, your vegetables will stay fresh for longer.
We would love to hear your refrigerator cleaning tips and tricks. Have you found the perfect storage solution for your family’s food staples? Let us know in the comments below.