Cleaning Experts Say: If you spill something in your fridge, you need to clean it up immediately.
Of course we all know what we should do, but life often gets in the way. The stain of spaghetti sauce, a dollop of sour cream, or drops of dressing are ignored in the rush to squeeze meals and snacks into busy schedules.
And don't forget the containers at the back, the contents of which remain a mystery. The whole family is too scared to open them and find out what is - or was - inside.
Cleaning the refrigerator: ask the expert
Jim Pell, Research Scientist for Amway Home™ products, says that daily tracking of spills goes a long way in keeping the refrigerator clean and safe.
While some refrigerators may be worse than others, don't think that you are alone in this challenge. Even people who keep their refrigerators spotless need to rearrange and wipe down every now and then. Jim and other experts recommend a deep clean at least once a season.
Gather your cleaning tools
Most of the items needed to do this job are already in your kitchen, including an all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, kitchen cleaner that tackles grease and dirt, dish soap, white vinegar , a lint-free microfiber cloth, a toothbrush, toothpicks, cotton swabs, a butter knife, an old towel, a bucket or dish tub, a garbage bag and a cooler.
Jim, of course, recommends Amway HomeLOC ™ All-Purpose Cleaner, Amway Home ™ Glass Cleaner, Amway Home ™ Kitchen Cleaner and Amway Home ™ Dish Drops ™ Dishwashing Liquid.
"An ideal cleaning solution for safely cleaning the inside of your refrigerator is Amway Home LOC Multi-Purpose CleanerJim said. "If the water doesn't hurt him, LOC Multipurpose Cleaner can clean it! Simply follow spray or bucket dilution instructions. "
Government food safety agencies warn against the use of cleaning agents containing solvents, abrasives, bleach, and any cleanser that can give food or ice cubes a chemical taste.
Check food expiration dates
Take the cooler and put the old towel in front of the fridge to avoid messing up the floor.
Start sorting the food. Anything that is obviously spoiled or past its expiration date can be thrown in the trash. Not sure? Use the rule “if in doubt, throw it out”.
Put items that are still good in a cooler or freezer while you clean.
Tackle sticky shelves
Once the food is gone, take a picture of your empty fridge. This is the most important tip when cleaning your refrigerator. Taking a photo will help you remember where to put the shelves after you remove them for cleaning. Countless hours have been wasted tackling the riddles on the shelves.
Wipe down each shelf with the diluted Amway Home LOC multi-purpose cleaner. Soak awkward spots in the sink or dish tub, or cover them with a warm, damp cloth for a few minutes to soften them. A butter knife, toothbrush or toothpick can be used for nooks and crannies.
Cleaning the refrigerator: working inside
Inside the refrigerator, wipe down surfaces working from top to bottom to prevent drips from falling on clean surfaces.
Keep the butter knife, toothbrush, toothpicks, and cotton swabs handy for corners and tight spaces. Cotton swabs are also good for cleaning the drip hole when it gets dirty.
Put the puzzle back together
Make sure everything is clean and dry before putting it back in the fridge, including food. Set up the shelves according to your convenient photo, then put the contents back in an organized manner.
This organization may last only a few days or even a few hours, but you have to start somewhere.
Cleaning the refrigerator: shine from the outside to the inside
Now that all of the food is safely back inside, it's time to target the outside. Your all-purpose cleaner works well on standard finish refrigerators. Make sure to pay special attention to the handles, they collect a lot of dirt.
"If your refrigerator is stainless steel or has a glossy finish, Amway Home Glass Cleaner it's up to you to answer, ”Jim said. “When diluted properly and combined with a lint-free microfiber cloth, it's an ideal cleaning solution without streaks or stains.”
Is your water dispenser tray showing any hard water spots or deposits? Try distilled vinegar, soak it if necessary.
Protective grid: low and dirty
Do you still have energy? Remove the grill from the bottom protective plate of the refrigerator and soak it in a solution of hot water and washing up liquid. Scrub it to clean it, using your trusty toothbrush, etc., for narrow areas.
"You can use Amway Home Kitchen Cleaner for extra grimy stains, ”Jim said. "Follow the dilution instructions and removes grease, grime and grime in one go without any harmful residue."
Take a vacuum and a broom to clean under the refrigerator before returning the cleaned grate.
Sit back and enjoy
You have finished! Pat yourself on the back and enjoy that freshman photo of your college-aged son that you found under the fridge.
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out couleurs of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic givre or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alfa hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin professionnel we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, bien sûr, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for capitons graisseux. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
to fight septicémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.