They’re not especially glamorous, but there aren’t many items of furniture you interact with more than your fridge. Three times a day at least (plus, let’s be honest, snacks), fridges are essential ever-presents in our day-to-days and a little TLC would be well earned.

Fridge organisation

Here’s how to clean, organise and rationalise your fridge…

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To refrigerate, or not to refrigerate

The fridge just feels like an appropriate place for food, but there are plenty of edibles that actively suffer from refrigeration. Storing uncut avocadoes in the fridge sometimes makes them harden rather than ripen, while melons are similarly happy in the fruit bowl until they’ve been opened up.

Fridge door interior
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The moisture in the fridge can make some vegetables go soft and watery – onions, cucumbers and some berries, to name a few – though they will need a cool and dry alternative.

You do not need to store pickles in the fridge, as they are already fully preserved. Some food will virtually never go off wherever you keep it, like honey (honey found in the Great Pyramid in Egypt was technically still edible), while foods like coffee and chocolate will do fine in the fridge but will lose flavour. Nuts too will last longer in the fridge once opened but will lose a bit of bite.

Eggs are perhaps the classic everyone-refrigerates-them-but-you-don’t-need-to item, and if your kitchen is comfortably below 20 degrees, they’ll do fine in the cupboard for a while. Refrigerated eggs do last longer, but a pack at the back of the fridge is more likely to be forgotten and go rotten, and with eggs – of all things – you don’t want that.

Organising your fridge

If you’ve ever found a jar at the back of your fridge that’s years past its sell by date, and had to dispose of it wearing rubber washing up gloves, then fridge organisation is for you.

Some of it is just common sense. The things you need most and those that will go off quickly need to be visible and reachable, so it’s sensible to have some sort of system. The door is not as cold as the rest of the fridge, thanks to its frequent forays out into the middle of the room, so longer-life items are well-served there, as are products you’ll likely get through very fast.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Inside the fridge, the top shelf is the least cool, so if it isn’t above your eyeline (which might make it easy-to forget) it’s the perfect place to store short-term visitors like leftovers. Conversely, meat and fish are best kept at the bottom of the fridge – it’s comparatively cold, and there’s less chance they might drip onto other food. That leaves your middle shelves for longer-term foodstuffs like unopened butter and cheese.

Cleaning the fridge

It stores our food, so of course, we want our fridge to be clean, but since fridges are literally always in use a little planning helps. You might want to clean it just before going away, or on some other occasion when you’re deliberately running down supplies.

You’ll have to take whatever’s left out into the warm so try to consume any meat or fish, and put spoilage-prone foods in a sealed bag in a cool, dry place. When your fridge is empty, start by washing any removable parts like drawers and shelves, which you can do in the sink using normal washing techniques.

For the fridge interior, some people prefer not to use strong chemicals around things we’re going to eat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fridge spotless. Sterilising fluid is good – often sold for cleaning babies’ bottles – which combines with cold water for a reliable bacteria busting solution.

It’s best not to use very hot water for the interior, as that will raise your fridge’s temperature enough to significantly delay when it can again cool your food.

Even food-friendlier – since it is, itself, a food – is distilled white vinegar, which can be bought cheaply in the supermarket in large bottles. Mixed 50-50 with water and perhaps put into a spray bottle, it’s a safe and simple cleaner, while the vinegary tang doesn’t hang around for long. If you’ve got a few stubborn stains, add a bit of bicarb to the mix for an equally edible boost.

If there’s a lot of grime in the folds of the door seal or the shelf channels, a cotton bud might be a useful tool or just the corner of a cloth. Once your fridge is clean, dry with a paper towel or cloth, and let it cool a while before returning your rations to their allotted spots.

Best-selling fridge storage organisers

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

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KICHLY Premium Clear Storage Organiser - Set of 8 Containers (4 Large, 4 Small Organizer Bin)...
  • SET OF 8 ORGANIZER - This set incorporates 4 large drawers and 4 small drawers. Each large drawer measures 14.5 x 7 x 3.9 inches while the smaller one measures 12.4 x 6.2 x 3.5 inches.
  • VERSATILE USAGE: Multipurpose organiser bins for your kitchen cabinets, shelves, pantry, cupboard, counter tops, fridge. Use it to organize cosmetics, skincare items, toiletry accessories, stationary...
  • STACKABLE STORAGE SYSTEM – Stackable design to maximize kitchen and pantry space. The transparent design helps you identify what’s inside the drawer at a glance while the built-in handle makes it...
Bestseller No. 2
HapiLeap Retractable Drawer Organizer For Fridge, Refrigerator Storage Organizer Keep Tidy Shelf...
4,339 Reviews
HapiLeap Retractable Drawer Organizer For Fridge, Refrigerator Storage Organizer Keep Tidy Shelf...
  • Material: Premium PP material, lightweight and durable food container, Sliding design, easy to glide in and out the foods,Mount it on the compartment of your refrigerator, maximize the utility of...
  • Perfect Size: The original size is 20cm x 16cm x 8cm, The extended size is 28cm x 16cm x 8cm. Retractable drawer type design can increase storage space to accommodate more foods. Ventilation holes...
  • Multi-purpose Storage: This storage rack can save space, keep food fresh and organize your food/drinks/small parts; They used for refrigerator, freezer, table, desk, cabinet, Also ideal for table and...
Bestseller No. 3
Newthinking Acrylic Fridge Storage Drawer Organiser, Eco-Friendly Clear Canned Food Storage Tray...
  • Help You Keep Everything Organized: These can organizer are great for creating a clean and organized refrigerator or pantry; Ideal for soda, canned fruits or vegetables, soup, pet food, and more;...
  • High Quality: The organizers for pantries are made of 100% BPA-free plastic making them food-grade safe, and its durability makes it a great alternative to crystal or glass which can easily shatter....
  • Ideal Size: Measuring 13.5"x 5.1"x 3.5", this can holder is designed to store up to 9 standards 12-oz soda, pop, or beer cans. Use them side by side to maximize your storage space in the refrigerator,...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Kurtzy Plastic Fridge Storage Organiser Bins with Lids (3 Pack) - Clear BPA Free, Stackable...
  • FRIDGE STORAGE BINS: Included in our set are 3 fridge storage organiser boxes. Each box is L28.5 x W7 x H10.4cm (11.22 x 2.76 x 4.09 inches). They are made from thick plastic. Lids are included with...
  • STORAGE SOLUTION: Save space in your fridge. These boxes have an indented lid which means that they stack on top of each other perfectly. Use these boxes to tidy up a cluttered fridge. Put them on...
  • USEFUL FEATURES: Inside the anti-slip trays, there are drain plates. These help the water and moisture from certain foods collect at the bottom of the container without making your food inside wet....
SaleBestseller No. 5
EVERBUY Pack of 4 - Retractable Drawer Organiser, Fridge Storage Rack Fridge Shelf Holder Kitchen...
  • SET OF 4: This set of 4 extendable organisers for your fridge are perfect for canned drinks, vegetables, meats, cheeses, bagged vegetables and many others. The retractable fridge storage basket is a...
  • STRONG & DURABLE: These fridge storage organisers are made of premium PP material, lightweight and durable. They feature a sliding design, easy to glide in and out. You can mount the fridge storage...
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Made to utilise the gap of the fridge increasing storage space in your fridge. Ventilation holes at the bottom of the shelf, easy to drain and ventilate. Antimicrobial resistance and...

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