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Quickly Clean Your Refrigerator

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You’ve been living on your own for a while now and one day you open your refrigerator and it hits you, that appliance is not going to clean itself.  Living at home, you never gave it any thought.  You opened the refrigerator door to claim that leftover pizza.  What else found in there was not your worry.

Are you overwhelmed by what you see?  Maybe now would be a good time to tackle that chore before it gets any worse.  Believe me, it can!   Once you’ve done it a time or two, this job can be done in about 20 minutes.

The ideal time to do this is when there is not a lot of food in the refrigerator.  Make some time before you go to the grocery store.  Actually, you could take on two chores at one time.  You could clean the fridge and make a grocery list by taking stock of the staples you’re going to need to replenish.

Since this is going to be a relatively quick job, you won’t need to unplug the refrigerator to save energy. Start by looking at food items that have taken up residence the longest.  That disposable container with last Saturday night’s leftover lasagna should be pitched.  Look at expiration dates on everything.  If it’s expired, throw it out.  It would be a good practice to label   takeout containers with contents and when you placed it in the refrigerator.

Once you’ve gotten rid of everything that’s expired, you’ve got room to move items from one shelf to the other.   You can move food items back and forth, emptying a shelf.  I would recommend wiping down sticky jars and other items with the warm soapy water you’ve prepared to clean the refrigerator and then drying them before moving them to a clean area.  I like to work with microfiber cloths.  I use them for so many cleaning projects in my home.  In   the future, now that you know what’s involved in having a clean refrigerator, it would be a good practice to wipe down jars after use before returning them.   Those egg holders found in some refrigerators are best left unused.  Keep your eggs in the container you purchased them in, but watch for the expiration date.

Don’t neglect the undersides of shelves in your refrigerator.  Dirt and other unwanted particles accumulate underneath as well.  Same for the rest of the refrigerator.  The rubber gasket sealing your refrigerator door is another area to wipe down.  The top of the refrigerator needs to be wiped down weekly.  Handles should be cleaned daily.  Refrigerator doors and sides can be wiped down as needed.

If you would like some household cleaning tips, check an ebook  out at

The pros at Good Housekeeping have a list of great tips to help you make your house sparkle.

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Sally Freaney

Sally Freaney is the Grant Center Librarian at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. In addition to her many years as the Grant Center librarian, Sally has enjoyed careers at both a nonprofit hospital and for Mahoning County government.

She enjoys showing nonprofits how to expertly use the Foundation Directory Online database, confidently navigate the proposal writing process and successfully use the nonprofit startup assessment tool.

A coffee lover, Sally enjoys reading a good mystery novel.