If you notice a bad smell wafting from your mini fridge or see caked-on crud from last month's pizza party, it's time to clean up your act.
Step 1: Use gloves Put a pair of plastic or latex gloves on to protect your skin from any bacteria, mold, and your cleaner.
Step 2: Place toweling on floor Place a few sheets of paper towel in front of the refrigerator door in case you slop food or cleaners on the floor.
TIP: If you don't have paper towels, use old newspapers or a towel.
Step 3: Empty refrigerator Empty your refrigerator. Toss out old or expired foods and any nearly-empty jars and tubs.
Step 4: Prepare cleaner Mix bleach and warm water in a bucket according to the directions on the bleach bottle. This cleaner is great for killing bacteria and sanitizing surfaces.
TIP: If you want a more natural cleaner, use vinegar. Mix one part vinegar to one part water.
Step 5: Wipe down inside and outside Use a sponge or cloth with the bleach solution to wipe down the inside and outside of your refrigerator. Use a scratch pad to remove any food particles that won't budge.
Step 6: Dry the inside and out Wipe dry the inside and outside with a cloth.
Step 7: Clean jars, bottles, and tubs Use your damp cloth or sponge to wipe the sides and bottoms of jars, bottles, and tubs before putting back into the refrigerator. Now it's time to head for the grocery store to stock up your clean refrigerator.
FACT: Roslyn, South Dakota, is home to the International Vinegar Museum.