I know, I know… cleaning the fridge is the WORST. It’s a pain to pull all of the food out and hope you get everything cleaned before it gets too warm. You’ve got year-old crumbs all over your clothes, as you wipe your little heart out, and your forearm is about to burst. You’ve rinsed your rag 500 times, with another 500 more to go. Inevitably, you run into the spilled and crusty jelly or chocolate syrup in the back of the fridge, that takes some major time and effort to get off. It is not fun. And, I would imagine, it’s something that most of us put off as long as we possibly can. Soooo…. I thought I would do us all a favor and share 3 of my favorite fridge cleaning hacks for the kitchen. They’re my go-to tricks for tackling this monstrous beast-of-a-chore.
Fridge Cleaning Hacks for the Kitchen
Let’s get right to it… I’ve got 3 fridge cleaning hacks or tips to make the job much easier!
Hack #1 ~ Keeping Refrigerator Shelves Clean
I don’t give much thought to my refrigerator, unless of course it has some unpleasant odor coming from it (which fortunately isn’t often). And I’ve certainly never used the word “cute” in conjunction with my fridge. But all of that has changed thanks to my new Fridge Coasters. Aren’t they cute?!?
It’s actually fun opening up my nice clean fridge and seeing the pink Fridge Coasters in there. My girls can’t get over how “cute” they are, and they’re having a hard time keeping the door closed – haha.
Even better than being cute, Fridge Coasters are extremely functional. They are super absorbent “liners” that come in different sizes to fit all high traffic areas in your fridge. They can easily be wiped down, and are dry to the touch within minutes. It really makes cleaning your fridge easier. Even better, Fridge Coaster’s material is extremely breathable allowing produce to last longer because of increased air flow in between the plastic bin and produce. They keep veggies fresh longer, absorb drips from milk and condiments and make keeping your fridge clean easy. There are several fun colors and patterns to choose from.
I also noticed another brand, that I can’t vouch for, but seems to be well-liked and affordable, called Pelapola. Either way, the point is… you can save a lot of time cleaning the fridge, by simply keeping refrigerator shelves clean with washable mats!!
If you’re not able to buy washable mats any time soon, you can also try lining your shelves with Glad Press N Seal Cling Wrap. Slick idea, huh?! It might not look as clean and cute, but it will do the trick, for the time being.
Hack #2 ~ Baking Soda and Vinegar Household Cleaner
Vinegar is an awesome cleaner for the refrigerator, no less the WHOLE house! It’s non-toxic, great at nixing odors, and anti-bacterial. Combine it with the powerful dirt and grease dissolving effects of baking soda, and you have an all-natural and effective homemade cleaner that you can use fo so many things. Plus, it can save you a ton of money on buying chemical cleaners! This is my most favorite recipe that I’ve found.
Note: If you’re cleaning an area that won’t react well to an acidic solution, leave out the baking soda, using only the vinegar and water solution, instead. For more sensitive surfaces, you can also dilute the solution with more water and less vinegar.
After you pull everything out of the fridge, spray this cleaner on the shelves and walls. You can let it sit for a minute, before wiping, for extra soaking time. If you have extra baking soda left, leave the open box in the back of your fridge (or a cup of it), after you put the food back in. Baking soda is great for absorbing odors. It will help keep your fridge smelling fresh!
Recipe for Baking Soda and Vinegar Household Cleaner
- 2 cups white vinegar
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- For Scent: Add several drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender, orange, or lemon are great!)
Combine the ingredients into a large spray bottle and shake. Spray and wipe surfaces.
Hack #3 ~ How Shelves Affect Everything with Cleaning Refrigerators
Let’s talk about shelves. Where you place your food on the shelves, the order in which you clean them, etc. can make all the difference in how simple it is to clean your fridge.
- When placing food in the fridge, put the meats on the bottom shelf. If they leak, they won’t contaminate everything else, from the top down.
- When putting new food in the fridge, place it at the back, and bring the older food to the front. It will help you not rebuy things you already have, because you can see it, right up front (less overcrowding!) It will also remind you to use the items at the front, before they go bad (less leaking and stinking!)
- When cleaning the fridge, clean from the top down. You want to make sure all crumbs are dropping down onto the still dirty shelves, not the clean shelves.
- If you find the same kinds of foods repeatedly making a mess in your fridge, besides the liners shared above, you can try using refrigerator storage containers. Organize the foods in the smaller containers and set them on your shelves. Any messes can be quickly resolved by taking the small container out and rinsing it in the sink.
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I love the bright blue and yellow together! Such a cute idea!
I like the blue on the far left..These look awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win!
Dale Hunsberger says
I’m disabled and this would help me greatly!
Bobbi Jo says
I really love the yellow polka-dots! So fun and cheery!
Allison R says
Love the pattern you got (not sure the name) in grey!
Jennifer Alexander says
I love love love the yellow dots! So bright and fresh.
beth clark says
I love the red dot pattern. What a good idea to have in your refrig.
I like the dots and the chevrons, probably in gray. I like the purple, but my kitchen is maroon.
Love the chevron in yellow!
Wow! These may make it so I have to find another LEAST favorite chore! Super fun. Id never heard or seen them before.
I have never heard of these or seen these in stores where I live. Would love to have the red polka dots. Would make cleaning the fridge some much easier.
Oooooh!! I love these!!! My favorite is the bright yellow! Great idea!
these are so cool!! I love the orange clover pattern. super cute!
Heather B says
I love the tile pattern in blue.
Amber G. says
I love the gray and purple!
Tiffany Schmidt says
I love the chevron. I would love the purple, but it may be too much for hubby.
I love the blue chevron print!
What a great idea. This would be a great time saver when it comes to cleaning.
The purple is definitely the color I like best.
Felicia B says
These are amazeballs! Would be so useful. I love all of the patterns, but the magenta and gray are my favorite colors!
Love the grey & yellow polka dots!
Brandy Ciaccia says
Any of the blue patterns! Love these and have been looking at them for quite a while!
Michelle Harlan says
I love both the orange & the red polka dots! They’re so cute!
yellow polka dots all the way!
Sean C says
Love, love, LOVE the zig-zag pattern in blue.
The zig-zag pattern in red would have to be my favorite.
I like the red polkadots
P.s. can’t seem to find a link in this post to Fridge Coasters… am I just missing it?
Too cute! I need to get my girl friend a set too! Her husband wrapped all of her fridge shelves in plastic wrap thinking that would help her keep it clean.
Teri C says
Wow, those are so pretty! I wouldn’t want to close my fridge door either!
Dawn Cimmerman says
These are awesome and I want to mix and match purple pink and orange in my fridge! Maybe see if they would work in my pantry too!
Amanda Szuhay says
What a great idea and lots of cute colors/patterns to choose from. I’d have to go with purple or gray to match my kitchen.
I love the yellow polkadot
Sandy Headtke says
Like the blue. Checked the website to find the pattern name for the one with rectangles, what is that called?
Jen Jones says
The aqua polka dots! so fun!
Taryn Walls says
Love these and anything that would make my fridge look cute….well it can’t be wrong 🙂
Nikki P says
Those are cool!
Jane Downes says
Love the bright yellow!
I love the bright blue moroccan design!!
These are super cute!! I would love to try them!
Becky Jennings says
I don’t think I can pick one color, I love them all. The only problem is the deep clean I would have to do before I put them in. Maybe after all the Thanksgiving food is gone and before the Christmas food gets slammed in there.
Sarah F says
I love them all…do I really have to choose?! LOl! 😉 I suppose my first choice would be the chevron!!
Love these! Would love the pink or purple, but since I live in a house with all boys…maybe I should go with the grey or blue (?)
Kelly Riley says
I love these so much! Another way to bring some style into the kitchen but also to easily clean one of the most annoying places. I would for sure go with the red circles!
Polka dots in yellow or blue chevron are my favorite.
I saw someone liked the aqua polka dots. I did not see that pattern & color above, but that would be my favorite, too. =) If not, the gray polka dots.
Camille Lomax says
My sister has these. They look so cute! I love yellow and white
Nicole J. says
Elizabeth O says
Very cute! I would have a hard time choosing just one pattern!
Laurie J. says
Love the blue chevron, but really, any color or pattern would look cute!
Love some in yellow.
Nicole J. says
Yellow polka dots – maybe that would help my husband find pretty much ANYTHING in the fridge 🙂
These are so cool!
Oh the yellow polka dots are too cute!
red polka dots!
Amy C. says
I like the yellow dots pattern!
Morgan Bayard says
As someone who is terrible at cleaning out the fridge these are a must have! Love the yellow dot!
I love the yellow with polka dots.
Polka Dots in Red
Now why didn’t I think of that?!? Super cute and functional … on my wish list for sure!
Mandy's Recipe Box says
I love the blue tile! Great giveaway!
These are gorgeous and would make cleaning the fridge so much easier – a job that I hate doing!
The color I’m favoring since there isn’t orange is yellow it would really brighten up my fridge. These would be awesome for a chore I have disliked since childhood.
Danette R says
I love the pink chevron! What a neat idea!!
Kim Hilkemeier says
I really love the blue chevron!
Buying our first house next month- I am thinking this is amazing!
Erin T says
Love the yellow chevron – so sunny and cheerful!
Mimi Williamson says
I love this product! I have been trying to find something just like this. These are super cute! Hope I can try them out! Good luck everyone
I like the blue zig zag.
Red polka dot
Mimi Williamson says
I love the blue chevron pattern! I didn’t see the gray dots like in the drawer shown, but I love that one too!
I love the polka dots in yellow. So cute.
Leslie Moore says
The grey dots! I have wanted these for so long! Thanks for the giveaway.
Karen Chaffin says
Such a great idea!! I love the red polka dots!! All of them are so cute, though!!
I love the red polka dots – very cute!
I like the gray chevron.
Ann Marie says
Ooh! I want to win so bad! I love these! I put wax paper down to protect my new fridge and itjuatdisnt work. These are perfect! My favorite is the bright yellow honeycomb pattern! Love them! Thanks for the chance to win!
Christine M. says
I’ve been wanting to buy these for my new fridge! I love the polka dot pattern or the clover-type print probably in yellow or blue!
katrina mccoy says
Yellow in clover pattern
The blue polka dots!
Hailey Teuscher says
Love the bright yellow!! Never thought my fridge could “brighten my day,” until now!! 🙂
Cheryl Hutcherson says
Love the yellow polka dots!
I NEED these!!!
I like the grey tiles
I think I like the grey geometric pattern the best and then blue. I do love polka dots as well though…
Jessica Panter says
I love them all! WOW!
Vanessa Fisher says
I like the gray chevron!!
Loving the red! Thanks for the chance to win!
Chelsie Hansen says
Love the gray chevron!
Sarah R. says
We just bought a new fridge; it’s actually being delivered in 2 days, so I would LOVE to win these! I want to actually try to keep our fridge organized and neat! I love the polka dots and the geometric designs!
carrie eastman says
I love thos grey pokadots!!
Omg! I want these in yellow! !
What an amazing idea! So clever. I love them and want to have a different one for each week!
Joni Wiedrich says
I would love to try these! I think I would go with the orange geometric pattern.
i love the blue morrocan tile looking one i can’t remember what that design is called haha. thanks for the giveaway Ive been eyeballing these for months! =P
This is so awesome! I love the red dots.
These are adorable! I am drawn to the yellow polka dots, but also love the gray. Great giveaway!
Kayla L. says
With a family of 8, I can’t keep my fridge clean EVER. But these just might do the trick! I love the red dots!
I love the aqua chevron!!!
Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas says
These would be so handy! I would pick the pink one for sure. I love pink!!
My favorite is the bright yellow because my kitchen is done in citrus colors, but I really love the purple too. What a great idea!!!
I like the yellow dots!
I love the yellow and aqua. Maybe a combo of dots and chevron!
i’ve been wanting these!!!
I love the chevron in Pink!
Megan S. says
I am LOVING the yellow polka dots! This is such a practical product that I would be so excited to have.
I love the grey and yellow. I would like both of them!
Ty Gray says
I love the blue polka dots!!
Melanie R says
Oooooh, how pretty. I would love the purple polka dots!!
Lisa Wilkinson says
I love the red dot pattern! so so pretty!! with six little ones this would be such a help… thank you for the chance to win!
Oh, the yellow dots!
Awesome colors and patterns!
So fun! I love the yellow!
Kara Foster says
I love the bright blue!
Angie McGeown says
I love the blue polka dots!!!
Britta Horigan says
Judy Kaiser says
Loving the chevron pattern!
Athena R says
Love love love the pink chevron pattern….although not sure hubby would…LOL
It’s gotta be purple!!
Debbie Bennett says
I would go with pink … every girls favorite color
Jenifer Wienke says
Love the purple – hadn’t seen it last time I checked!
purple chevron pattern- LOVE
Love these, especially with a toddler! Yellow dots!
I like the blue tile pattern! 🙂
I like the blue zig zag pattern the best! Thanks!
Andrea B. says
I like the chevron in orange. So cute!
I love these!!! I think I have just found what I want for Christmas! I love the blue tile pattern!
Definitely purple but I can’t decide between the zig-zag or the chevron.
T. Hunter says
I love the polka dot pattern in gray. Such a neat idea!
christi daniele says
yellow polka dots look fun!
I love the gray chevron!
Maribeth M says
I love the tile pattern in Plum! 🙂
Kerri Ramirez says
I’ve never heard of these before. Now, I must have them! I think I like the blue chevron and the red polka dot the best. These are super cute. 🙂
Judy A says
I need these! I love the purple.
I’m partial to the yellow, but the red polka dot is adorable too!
Lorisha Landwehr says
Love these! I might go with the grey and white polka dots… Very simple yet pretty 🙂
i love the grey! (is that boring)
Carrie Pangborn says
I love the pink polka dots, such a fun way to make the fridge look cute and if it makes it easier to clean I am all for it!
Kristin Yates says
I love all the patterns in red! The more retro/vintage looking the better!
I love these! especially the grey ones. grey and yellow.
Jenny Martin says
ooh–chevron and blue–match my kitchen!
These are great! I love the pink chevron 🙂
The grey polka dots! So adorable!
I saw the idea on the website to use different colors for grandchildren’s snacks…so I would pick pink polka dots & gray chevron!
Tami Jones says
What a great idea! I love the Red and Purple ones.
I like the purple pattern (2nd to last)
laura mm says
I like the look of the yellow or red polka dots 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
I love all of them but I especially love the gray polka dots!
linda w. says
I would love the blue chevron
Kelly Dorpinghaus says
I love the blue tile pattern
These look so much fun, I would love them!
I also love the purple and the pattern in the picture above!
Heather S says
I am leaning towards purple polka dots.
How cute! What a great idea!
I like the gray polka dot.
Marnie Halliday says
I love the tile pattern in gray. Or maybe I’ll break out of my shell and choose something bright!
i love that purple morrocan!
Stacey E says
Love the yellow polka dots!
Donna Karanas says
Love them all, maybe the chevron one!
Barbara Martin says
Love the purple!!! Love this!
I love the yellow and blue patterns/colors together!
I like the grey and white.
Stephanee Stratford says
Love this. Having a hard time deciding between red polka dot and the blue chevron.
LM Jacobs says
Fun! I love the dots – maybe the red…or grey…or…
Kristin S says
These have been on my wish list for a while. Hoorah for a cute fridge!
Paige Shannon says
Love all of them! the red polka dot would look great in my fridge – for that matter any of them would!
jeryl massey says
So fun! Love the blue chevron.
I love these. Would love to mix and match the colors in my fridge.
I love the turquoise clover pattern!!
Sue Schuster says
I would love the purple zig zag pattern ones.
I like the pink/purple chevron
I really wish they had green but since they don’t; I would choose the blue or the red.
After scrubbing my fridge last night I wished I would have had these, so much easier and not to mention cute!
Jessica w says
I love the grey polka dots the best
Andrea D. says
I like the polka dot in blue. Thanks for the chance to enter.
Stacy S says
Oh my gosh, these are great! Our fridge gets so gross – I feel like im cleaning it constantly!
Stacy S says
Dana Tracy says
Love the grey polka dots!
Lauren s says
I LOVE the yellow. This product is amazing! My fridge always has spills, this would help tremendously!
Sarah S. says
I like the grey polka dots. I think my son would be too distracted by the brighter colors: he’d stay in the fridge just staring at them. 🙂
Love them all- surprise me!
Barbara Bradford says
I really like the yellow dots or honeycomb? This is such a cool idea.
What a super idea! I really like the polka dot pattern. . . I looked at their website, and I’d take any of the colors in the dots! The blue or grey would probably suit my husband best, but I’d be happy with any!
Fridge pack in yellow!
I love the red and white polka dots! They’d match my kitchen perfectly.
I love the chevron in ANY color. So cute!
Debra Womack says
I love the orange dots. Or maybe the orange chevron.
Or the pink.
Why just one?
Vicki I. says
Love the pumpkin polka dots!
Love the purple! Does it come in the chevron pattern??
I love the fretwork design in blue!
The yellow polka dots, they are bright and fun
CHEVRON EVERYTHING <3
Chevron or dots in blue or gray
I love yellow polka dots!
Those are amazing! My fridge is in desperate need of a clean, it’s actually on my list of things to do tomorrow!
Sarah Schmid says
blue zig zag!!
The dark blue with the ‘window-pane’ look is great…well, they are ALL great, but that would match things outside my fridge!
Christy Spurlock says
Black in any design
Definitely loved the gray polka dot. So fun and functional!
Emily F. says
Cleaning my fridge is not something I do often, so these liners will definitely help. Plus, the are so cute!
Pam Gurganus says
I like the tile pattern in blue!
Yellow polka dots.. Cheery and would match my kitchen
Amy Perry says
I like what you got but in blue !!!
Cath T says
Blue polka dots!
Sallie Fitzpatrick says
I like the torquoise chevron.
Sara Mayo says
I love the yellow! Thanks for the chance to win!
I like the grey and white polka dot
The blue one on the left! So cute!!
Kristi D says
What an awesome idea! Love to try!
Keely Carignan says
I love the purple on the right!
Carrie F says
I love the yellow dots. My fridge needs this!! It will mark a dreary, cold winter in Michigan seem just a little brighter 🙂
i like the dots and the red that you show in the picture, but i couldn’t find how to order red on their website, i saw pink and purple…i would have to send them an email to find out how to order correctly….
Michelle Carey says
I like the Blue and dots. These are very fun!!
Granny Wanda says
I love the chevron Yellow, it’s too cool. Brighten my refrigerator right up.
Robin T says
I love the purple ! We are huge fans of the football team the Raven’s, so everything is purple at our house !!
Heather Dew says
I like the yellow dots.
polka dot in yellow! or the purple spanish motif looking one
The gray and yellow in the Moroccan pattern.
I like the purple chevron
Elizabeth @ hobbylobbyist says
I love the fuschia chevron!
Becky W says
Love the pink chevron or the grey dots
Loving the yellow!
I really love the red, it works with so many holidays that I like to decorate my kitchen for.
Heather H says
My kitchen is decorated in blue, so I would love the royal blue!
Roseann M says
These are cute and a great way to encourage keeping the fridge clean.
I like the yellow polka dot!
I like the gray chevron.
Lauren H says
I love the orange pokedots.
Danielle T says
I love the pink chevron!!
i love the yellow polka dots! would be cute with a blue print, too.
Dots in Plum color
Jennifer West says
I’ve never seen these before. What a great idea! The blue would look awesome in my kitchen:)
Jodi Monroy says
I like the dot pattern in purple!
Love these and would love to win!