First day of the month, and it's time for our monthly fridge cleaning ritual once again. I looked up a helpful step-by-step guide that my sons can follow:

1. **Empty the Fridge**: Take out all the items from the refrigerator and place them on the kitchen counter or nearby table for easy access.

2. **Sort and Discard**: Check the expiration dates of the items and dispose of anything that is expired or past its prime. Also, get rid of any leftovers that have been in the fridge for too long. Consider composting any spoiled fruits or vegetables.

3. **Remove Shelves and Drawers**: Take out the shelves, drawers, and any removable parts of the fridge. Wash them with warm soapy water to get rid of stains and spills. For tough stains or residue, use a paste of baking soda and water and gently scrub.

4. **Clean the Interior**: Use a mixture of mild soap and water to wipe down the interior of the fridge. Pay special attention to the door seals where dirt and stains tend to accumulate.

5. **Clean the Exterior**: Wipe down the exterior of the fridge with a mixture of warm water and mild soap. Don't forget to clean the handles and control panels.

6. **Check the Condenser Coils**: If your fridge has condenser coils, use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove dust and debris. Clean coils help the fridge run more efficiently.

7. **Organize and Group Items**: Before putting the food back into the fridge, organize them into groups. Store similar items together, such as dairy, fruits, vegetables, condiments, and more. This will make it easier to find things later.

8. **Use Transparent Containers**: Consider using transparent containers or bins for smaller items. This helps to keep the fridge organized and makes it easy to see what's inside.

9. **Label and Date Containers**: If storing leftovers or homemade food, label the containers with their contents and the date they were prepared to track their freshness.

10. **Regular Maintenance**: Make it a habit to regularly check for any spoiled items and clean up any spills or messes inside the fridge.

By following this guide, our fridge will stay clean and organized throughout the month, making it easier for us to find what we need and maintain the freshness of our food.


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