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5 super easy tips to keep your fridge clean and tidy

There’s nothing worse than opening a messy fridge when it’s time to eat! Not only does a cluttered fridge freezer make it more difficult to see what could be on the menu, an unkempt fridge can also harbour nasty bacteria. We’ve made it really easy to spruce up this kitchen utility so it sparkles, whilst keeping everything neat and organised.

1 – THE CLEAN OUT

Although the dreaded fridge clean can be time-consuming, it is vital for safe storage and will also help you minimise food wastage. Ideally, your fridge should be cleaned before a food shop, so there is little to empty. This also provides more time for cleaning, as there is less food exposed to warmer temperatures whilst out of the fridge.

As you are emptying the fridge, ensure expired items are disposed of, to save space for leftovers and foods. Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water, and washing-up liquid. Leave them out to air-dry.

Douse the interior with a multisurface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf. Use an old toothbrush and a spritz of cleaner to dislodge grime from crevices.

2 – LINE YOUR SHELVES WITH EASY-TO-CLEAN MATS

Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your shelves, line them with mats. When inevitable messy spills happen, the mats will prevent juices from leaking on to other shelves. They can also be easily removed and cleaned.

 3 – KEEP THINGS IN PLACE WITH SLIDING BINS

We’ve all opened a fridge where there’s food stacked beyond reach on every shelf, leaving it difficult to know where to start. An easy way to keep this under control is by using sliding plastic baskets, organising and grouping contents. Deep bins mean you can pull out sections of stuff in one quick movement. If you want to be really organised, you can even label these baskets for different food items, for example: meats, condiments, cheese, and salad.

If you’re looking for an easy and cheap hack, try using magazine/paper holders as extra shelves. Place the holders in the fridge horizontally, and they make the perfect gap for those smaller knick knacks.

4  – A TRICK FOR BOTTLES

Quite often, a shelf in your fridge may be lost to keeping drinks cool. Stacking is key to saving space, but there is a handy trick for beer bottles. Prevent these items from rolling around by placing a binder clip onto a wire shelf. This stops the bottom tier from moving, allowing you to easily stack more on top. Cheers to that!

5 – THE FINAL STEP

Once you have cleaned your fridge, lined your shelves and placed your baskets where you want them, you can then begin filling your fridge. Here’s a hygienic and orderly way to go about this final step:

Upper Shelves: Leftovers, drinks, and ready-to-eat foods (like deli meats and leftovers).

Middle Shelves: Dairy, such as milks, cheeses, yoghurt and butter.

Lower Shelves: This is the coldest part of your fridge, and where wrapped raw meat and fish should be kept. Placing raw food on the bottom shelf also minimises the risk of cross-contamination.

Doors: The refrigerator door is the warmest part of the fridge, so only condiments should go there. Although most people keep their milk in the fridge door, this can actually make your milk go bad faster. The temperature fluctuates more on the fridge doors, so try to store your milk in a safe zone on the middle shelf.

Drawers: Vegetables, salads and fruit should be stored in their original packaging in the salad drawer where they will be enclosed. This is also a good place to store herbs, as they can’t get frozen to the back of the fridge.

However, fresh vegetables can be contaminated if meat is placed on the shelf above.

A solution is that if you have two drawers, make one of them exclusively for veggies and the other exclusively for raw meat.

Here’s to a sparkly clean fridge and keeping your food fresher for longer. Now, go make that meal stress free!  

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Trick or treat…Prepare to clean!

Halloween is only around the corner and while it can be a fun time, whether you’re taking family trick or treating, or hosting a party of your own, it’s always wise to think of the cleaning process ahead, ensuring you are prepared for all eventualities.

Eggs on houses and cars?

 Even if you’re not celebrating Halloween this year, we’re all prone to having eggs thrown at our houses and cars. How annoying!

If an egg hits your house, you’re going to need a strong alkaline cleaner and warm water – it’s extremely important you don’t use HOT water, as the protein in the egg will stick.

Scrub gently with alkaline cleaner and warm water as soon as you notice it (don’t put yourself in the way of harm by going out and scrubbing it as soon as it happens – you don’t want to be a target!).

If eggs are thrown at your car, use a detergent (neutral-pH) and a car cleaning cloth.

Begin by gently applying water below the egg stain, working your way up to soften the stain. Then, use the detergent and car cloth while adding slight pressure to fully remove the stain, followed by rinsing and drying.

An important note is not to use harsh cleaning cloths (scrubbing sponges) or detergents as this will damage the car’s top coat.

Getting rid of pesky food colouring stains

 If you’re committed to fully embracing the Halloween spirit, you’re likely going to be preparing some tasty treats! Red food colouring sound familiar? Yes, it’s all fun and games at the time, until you look at your carpets or furniture and see a food stain you think will never come out. Do not fear!

Food colouring stains on washable fabrics? Make sure you soak them in warm (not hot) water and liquid detergent overnight, followed by putting them in the wash the next morning. Always check the labels on the fabric first to make sure they are fit for the products you will be using.

If you have food colouring stains on fabrics or surfaces which can’t be put in the washing machine, dab the stained area with a stain remover and rinse with water. Repeat this until the stain disappears. Again, ensure all fabric labels are read before any detergents are applied.

Most importantly, Happy Halloween!

Getting in the right frame of mind

Getting in the right frame of mind
At Clean Sweep, we know that it can be difficult to keep up with the cleaning around the house when you are tackling a busy and tiring week of work.
Sometimes all we want to do over the weekend is relax; whether this is by slouching in front of the TV in our PJs or grabbing a bottle of wine with friend. While this is a necessity, neglecting the mess and letting it build up over time will only make things ten times more difficult for you when you are in the mood for a clean.
So here are some simple and very easy steps we suggest you do for a day to day clean feel.
Put on your favourite playlist
There is nothing better than an upbeat playlist to get you moving and motivated. You’ll be surprised how quickly it gets you up and doing things!
Make the bed
Just by simply making the bed, a one minute task, you will already feel a great sense of accomplishment which will push you to tidy up the rest of the area around it.
Storage boxes
Now this is an easy job! We have all been there when it comes to the problem of clutter- the things you don’t really want to throw away, but you don’t want them lying around the house making it look messy and unorganised.
Get some storage boxes that can fit under the bed or at the bottom of the wardrobe and use them to hide away all the annoying bits and bobs you don’t really know what to do with.
Desks, worktops and coffee tables
These are places which can easily be tidied simply by stacking up magazines into a pile instead of having them sprawled out everywhere, or even by putting things into a desk organiser. This will take a matter of seconds and give a much tidier feel.
Spray a little polish over the clear surfaces and instantly feel a fresher and cleaner environment.

What to look for in a cleaning company

What to look for in a cleaning company

If you are looking for a cleaning company to come and clean at your establishment, there are some key things to look for if you want to pick the right company for the job.

What are their specialities?
If you are looking for an office cleaner then you need a cleaning company that can fit your busy schedule, and that they have the capability to clean however small or large your establishment is. If you are looking for a cleaning company to clean a nightclub then you need to make sure they have experience in doing this and that they have no problem doing the ‘hard jobs’ such as cleaning up sick off the toilet floor.

How many staff do they have?
If you need someone to be there every week at the same time on the same day, then you need them to have a few staff on their books. You don’t want a week of cleaning missed because someone is holiday and there is not enough staff to cover!

Employees
If you work in an office, or even if you are looking for a domestic cleaner, you need to be able to trust the cleaners when they are in the office, so you are going to want to pick a cleaning company that carry out a background check on any potential hires. This way you know that whoever is coming into your building, they have passed a check and they have no history of crime.