Today Is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

WWJ News
November 15, 2019 - 9:55 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Grab the gloves, because it's time to give your fridge a good cleaning. 

Nov. 15, 2019 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.

Start by taking everything out of your fridge before giving all surfaces a thorough cleaning. Don't forget the front of the door and the handle, too.

You should also consolidate. If you have two half-empty jars of mustard, for example, combine them as long one isn't expired.

Dr. Grace DeRocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, says to follow the "first in, first out" rule.

"Let's say you buy yogurt and then you buy more and you kind of just push the old one to the back. But really, you need to bring those to the front so you can eat them sooner," she said.

You should also use clear containers and label items, especially leftovers.

"We have leftovers and then we're buying things and we forget about them and then we don't remember when we put them in there," she said.

If you want to control odors in your fridge, place a container of baking soda on a shelf, but don't forget to refresh it every couple months.