Steps to Properly Clean your Fridge .

Your refrigerator is one of the most valuable appliances that you own. But did you know the upkeep and cleaning that you should be doing to keep it safe and clean/ The fridge can be a haven for mold, mildew, odors and bacteria. You need to be vigilant in keeping rotten foods and spills cleaned up as soon as possible.

Caring for the Kitchen Workhorse

The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home — and one that often takes a beating. It’s subject to spills, varied odors, and overcrowding, and it’s the one appliance that never gets a rest. A clean refrigerator promises to keep food fresher, so do your best to maintain the cleanliness of this kitchen workhorse.

Wipe Up Spills

Daily: Wipe up spills immediately, before they have a chance to dry. Make sure everything that goes into the fridge is immaculate; wipe off rims of jam jars, salad dressing bottles, and ketchup containers before storing them.

Check for Spoilage

Daily: Check for spoilage and throw out anything past its prime. Place anything likely to leak, such as defrosting meat or cartons of berries, on a rimmed plate.

Clean Doors

Weekly: Wipe doors, including edges, and top of refrigerator with a cloth dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and water. Pay special attention to the areas around the handles, which can harbor sticky fingerprints. For stainless-steel surfaces, use commercial stainless-steel spray and wipe in the direction of the grain.

Seasonally: Clean the door seals, which can collect crumbs, with hot water and mild dishwashing liquid. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth. Check that seals fit properly.

Empty the Fridge

Seasonally: Turn off the power at the circuit breaker or fuse box and empty the fridge contents into a cooler. Bring glass shelves and crisper drawers to room temperature before you wash them.

Clean the Interior

Seasonally: Wipe the interior with a mix of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart hot water. Rinse with a damp cloth, then dry with a clean towel. This will clean as well as help to eliminate odors. Do not use soap or detergent, because they can leave behind a scent the food will absorb.

To remove caked-on residue, rehydrate by liberally applying the baking soda solution with a wet towel. Leave the door open, and let the residue soak in the solution for 10 minutes, or until it starts to crack or soften. Reapply if necessary.

Soak shelves and bins in a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda for every liter warm water. Do not wash in the dishwasher, and dry thoroughly before replacing.

Keep Leftovers Airtight

Regular maintenance and storing leftovers in airtight containers are the best ways to prevent odors. Even so, you may still be plagued with smells from time to time. Try spreading a box of baking soda onto a rimmed baking sheet. Leave it inside with the door closed, until the smell goes away.

 

Eliminate Odors

Another method is to spread fresh coffee grounds on a tray inside, until the smell goes away. The lingering coffee scent will eventually disappear.

Or, place baking Soda   on a tray inside, with the fridge temperature set on “low.” for atlas 2 hrs

Thats All for this post

keep in touch for more tips each week !!!

 

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Clean your Fridge ……. PERIOD!

Forget the diet , Forget the TV Shows , Forget all those weight loss schemes !! JUST FORGET IT !!!!!.

If you want to feel more energetic, improve your health and perhaps lose a few pounds, cleanse your fridge instead. Taking stock of what’s inside your refrigerator – and deciding what to keep and what to toss – is the first step toward making nutritious food choices.

Giving your fridge – and pantry (more on that next week) – a spring makeover will help ensure you have the right foods on hand for healthy meal prep and, if stored properly, you’ll reduce food waste, too.

The thing called Refrigerator !!

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ANATOMY OF A NUTRIENT-PACKED FRIDGE

Start by emptying your fridge and cleaning the shelves with hot soapy water. As you return items, check best-before dates on salad dressings, condiments, nut butters and other packaged foods. (Read to the bottom for more details.)

Now you’re ready to stock up on nutrient-packed, minimally processed foods. Here’s my go-to guide to a healthy fridge – it’s actually a peek inside my own fridge – that will keep your eating habits on track.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables

I prep my produce in advance for the week to ensure I actually eat what I buy instead of tossing out wilted, rotting vegetables. To do this, wash and dry lettuce, SPINACH,Coriander ..blah blah in short all those leave veggies , then wrap it in paper towels and store it in resealable produce bags, or best brown baggies .

To prolong freshness, use your crisper drawers properly. Produce that releases ethylene gas, which cause them to rot prematurely, should be stored on the low-humidity setting. These include apples, pears, ripe bananas, ripe avocados, mangoes,  melons, papayas to name a few .

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Stock produce strategically, too. I store a bowl of fresh fruit on a shelf where my family can see it as soon as they open the fridge. It makes healthy snacking easier when hunger strikes.

Dairy

My staples include plain yogurt, cheese , cottage cheese , sometimes  all the times Cream cheese !

You won’t find highly processed margarine in my fridge. Instead, I stock butter and, since I always  use it, I store it in the door of my Fridge .

Eggs

Eggs will last longer in the fridge, provided you don’t put them in the door. The cold does make them last, but constant changes in temperature can make them go off quicker. They should be kept nearer the back of the fridge, where the temperature is more constant.

Nuts

Packed with healthy fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals, nuts are a regular feature in my fridge. (They go rancid more quickly when stored at room temperature due to their high fat content.) My staples include raw almonds, cashews and walnut halves, all tasty pairings with dried fruit.

Roasted nuts also have a reserved spot in my freezer . I alternate between roasted slivered almonds, pine nuts, shelled pistachios and pumpkin seeds.

I toss roasted nuts into salads, add them to yogurt and sprinkle them over stir-fries. It takes only 3 to 8 minutes to roast them in a 350-degree oven.

Plant proteins.

Canned beans are super convenient,( bangalore has a lot of canned beans on the shelves these days ) but I have always been soaking and cooking dried beans on the weekend. It’s easy to do and can be done while you’re doing something else, including sleeping.

Cooked beans keep in the fridge for up to four days (or up to three months in the freezer). Seasoning with salt will prolong their refrigerated shelf life to one week. I add them to soup, salad and tacos.

Condiments

My condiment shelf includes mustard, mayonnaise, hot sauce, salsa, fish sauce, curry paste, sesame oil, walnut oil, capers, olives, hummus and Hot sauce . I buy small jars and bottles of everything so I can use it before the best-before date.

Leftovers

I purposely make enough to have leftovers for quick, healthy meals during the week. To prevent left-over mysteries – and food waste – I store them in clear glass containers so I can easily see what’s inside. Leftovers will keep for four days in the fridge.


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WHAT TO TOSS AND WHAT TO KEEP

“Best-before” dates indicate how long a product will retain its peak freshness, flavour and quality; they don’t tell you about the food’s safety. Once you open a food package, best-before dates no longer apply.

Many refrigerated foods can be eaten safely soon after their best-before dates have passed, provided they’ve been stored properly. That’s true for milk, yogurt, eggs and many condiments. (They may not taste as fresh, though.)

However, the quality and safety of fresh meat and poultry, deli meats and smoked fish decrease after the best-before date. Once past their prime, throw these foods out.

Resist the temptation to combine the contents of open jars of identical products since their best-before dates may be different depending on when you bought them and how long they’ve been opened.

Pitch any leftovers that have been refrigerated for more than four days.

Next post on how to Clean your fridge 🙂

until then happy Housekeeping !!

Ewww! Clutter !

Clutter can be a devastating thing for some people. The stress and anxiety people develop over clutter in their homes, work and lives, can cause adverse health issues. Did you know that clutter affects women differently than men? The take away from this is to understand that you need to deal with the clutter in your life before if causes you personal issues:(

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Why Decluttering Your Home Can Make Your Life Better!!

Yep, decluttering your home could have a profound and uplifting effect on your life and even your bank account. But you don’t have to take my word for it. These five eye-opening clutter facts reveal why a tidy home could change your life for the better.

Fact: Clutter is Picking Your Pockets!

pinIs your refrigerator covered with stuck-on-stuff like magnets, schedules and photos? Then welcome to the clutter bug club, which includes many of you.

A study by anthropologists reported that the average  fridge around the world  has around 52 different items plastered to it, and if yours is junked up, it’s a reliable sign that the rooms you use daily in your home are cluttered. And that’s bad news for your bank account.

The same study also revealed that clutter is connected to buying more stuff than you use, which contributes big to those disorderly junk taking up space in your life !

Fact: Clutter Can Ruin Your Career.

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Do you have piles of stuff cluttering your office?  Well, those stacks of files and discarded takeout cups may have cost you a job promotion. And it seems well-founded. A recent survey revealed that a whopping 77 percent said that their office clutter reduced their productivity. Another 50 percent agreed that their untidy office slashed motivation levels while also doing a number on their state of mind.

Fact: Clutter Can Bust Up Your Marriage.

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Now there’s scientific proof that a messy home is truly a bummer — especially for women.

A study by the University of California revealed that while women’s stress hormones spiked when dealing with clutter, their male counterparts didn’t.

What gives this away ?

The study’s findings suggest that men and women view clutter differently.

For women, an uncluttered household is one that’s also successful and happy. For men, the accumulation of stuff is a source of pride even if it’s all kept in disorderly heaps.

It’s no wonder why two recent surveys concluded that clutter has become one of biggest conflicts at home for couples.

Fact: You Have More Closet Space Than You Think??

confettiThink you got nothing to wear? Then your closet may be busting at the seams with ill-fitting clothing. A whopping 80 percent of the stuff we wear come from a mere 20 percent of our wardrobe.

And in case you are holding onto to clothes that you think will fit better once you lost a few pounds, consider this. Our body weight can move around from year to year, so even if you dropped the weight, some of your clothing might not work for your current body type.

Now do yourself a big favor. You can make room for clothing that will look great on you now by donating the stuff that doesn’t fit.

Fact: A Cluttered Desk May Boost Creativity But at a Cost????????

Einstein’s desk was always a cluttered mess. Did his untidiness fuel his creativity? Maybe.

A scientific study by researchers at the University of Minnesota revealed that clutter can boost creative thinking and inspire new ideas. However, they noted a few downsides.

People in messy workspaces were less generous than those in clean ones. They also made unhealthy food choices.

And in case you believe that random mess on your desk means you’re super gifted, sorry!

A genius’s mess is methodical, not haphazard.

That’s all folks , Writing this post made me realize small stuff do matter in the long period of time frame !

 

Daily Cleaning Checklist

To maintain order and keep your housework under control, it's a good idea to perform these chores every day.
  • Make the beds.
  • Put away clothes and children's toys.
  • Wash dishes, spray and wipe off counters and cooktop or range.
  • Take out trash and recycling.
  • Clean cat litter boxes.
  • Wipe out bathroom sinks and spray shower doors.
But don't worry. If you work long days or have after-work pursuits such as continuing education or children's activities, basic chores, meal preparation, and some laundry may be all you manage in one day.
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