Cleaning the refrigerator is not fun, but a dirty fridge isn't pleasant either. To keep your fridge at Meetinghouse neat and fresh, follow these four tips. You don't have to spend hours cleaning. Instead, try managing the fridge a bit differently:

1) Clean spills as soon as the accident happens. Use a solution — with 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar — to make sure you thoroughly clean the surface. That will prevent the spills from hardening or becoming sticky. Regularly wipe jars filled with sticky substances before putting them back into the fridge.

2) Dedicate a day of the week to cleaning out the fridge, preferably the night before trash day, and toss expired items. Label leftovers with the contents and the date so you can easily identify each item.

3) To keep your refrigerator smelling fresh and clean, dunk a cotton ball in vanilla extract and place it in the back of the refrigerator. Of course, baking soda works, too.

4) Every now and then, remove the shelves and drawers and wash them in hot, soapy water. Use a toothbrush so you can reach all of the creases and crevices.

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