Cleaning Your Fridge and Kitchen for Summer

This post about Cleaning Your Fridge and Kitchen for Summer is part of my Mean Green Ambassadorship. All the opinions are 100% my own.

Cleaning Your Fridge and Kitchen for summer is essential with all the traffic that area receives with the kids home 24/7. I am not the type of person who has it on my calendar to clean out the fridge every 6 weeks, or one who wakes up and says I feel like cleaning out my fridge today. After the new year, I think many of us get the get organized and de-clutter feeling. Maybe it is subliminal advertising because next to all the exercise equipment ads in the store weekly ads there is usually a lot of sales on cleaning and organizing products as well. I guess it also comes with the expression out with the old, in with the new.

Kitchen and Fridge cleaning tips

Cleaning Your Fridge for Summer

This morning I went to grab the milk and saw that the shelf had that white residue that comes from the cartons. Fortunately I had not done a recent grocery run or this post would not be happening. The shelves were relatively empty and the members of my household had few things demanding my immediate attention.

I don’t get as much satisfaction from the cleaning of the shelves as purging sauces and things past their expiration. I often will buy a sauce, usually of the oriental variety, for a recipe and won’t use it again…but it lingers in the fridge. Or how many different types of mustards do I really need….? You might be one of those people, I know my mother is, who saves every take out salad dressing and soy sauce packet when they order out.

A shelf before:
cleaning your fridge


A shelf after:

Here is what I threw away from my fridge and freezer this am…

cleaning your fridge

So today I thought I would share some resources on how to clean out the fridge and decipher those expiration dates and hmm are these leftover still good. I am sure the correct way is to completely defrost your freezer, but who has time for that.

Always check your owners guide for tips and proper cleaning suggestions. If you sniff something bad in your fridge and it is not past it’s expiration date, use your common sense…your nose always knows!

Other great articles about how to clean out your fridge.

How to clean your freezer:
What do expiration dates really mean? Business Week article
Guide on how long food stays fresh in your fridge.

Mean Green Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner cuts through tough grease and grime while killing 99.9% of germs. Use in the kitchen, bathrooms and other household areas to clean, deodorize and disinfect the surfaces your family and pets touch every day.

Be sure to clean out those GARBAGE CANS too

Bags often leak nastiness into the bottom of the garbage can which can easily be missed when quickly replacing bags. Spray the cans generously with Anti Bacterial and cover the surface. Wait a few minutes for the full effectiveness. Wipe or brush any areas that have any residue. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.


mean green antibacterial cleaning your fridge

Outdoor tables need a quick clean before using them.

It is easy to neglect the patio furniture thinking the rain will clean it off. Be sure to clean off the surface with Mean Green Anti-Bacterial Multi-Surface Cleaner. Just be sure to rinse it clean with a hose after using the spray.


What cleaning tips do you have to get ready for summer?

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