Clean Your Refrigerator Day Checklist

By Alicia Eisenbise, Social Media Specialist, Regional Support Center

Clean your fridge day

November 15th is “Clean Your Refrigerator Day.” If you’re like me, this probably doesn’t sound like a holiday you want to celebrate, but it is a reminder to get this chore out of the way before the holidays. The fridge is one of those places you visit multiple times a day, but rarely makes it to the chore list as much as it should.

If you’re selling your house, remember people look in, under and behind the fridge (eek!). So for refrigerator-cleaning-procrastinators, like myself, here is a checklist to break it down into easier tasks to tackle:

  1. Purge: Unplug the refrigerator, then empty out the contents and get rid of anything past its expiration date. Put everything perishable into coolers.
  2. Drawers: Remove the drawers and glass shelves set in the sink to soak with sudsy warm water. Let glass shelves get to room temperature before washing.
  3. Inside: Spray the sides, top, bottom and wire shelves with a multi-surface spray and wipe down. Use an older toothbrush to scrub the seals and seams.
  4. Under:  Slide a duster with a long handle under to remove dust and dirt.
  5. Behind: Don’t forget to pull out the refrigerator a bit to sweep and mop.
  6. Outside: If you have stainless steel, a little bit of distilled vinegar on a microfiber towel rubbed in the direction of the grain works best. For other surfaces, multi-surface cleaner and paper towels will suffice.

Now replace all the food, plug it back in and enjoy the rest of “Clean Your Refrigerator Day.” I think you deserve it.

*Additional trick: If you have a stubborn stains on a white fridge exterior or interior, then turn to magic erasers – they can be your best friend.

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