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    Default How Often Do you Clean Your Fridge?

    How often do you do a total empty and scrub-out cleaning of your refrigerator? As often as you should, or only when you notice you can't get the milk out because it's stuck to the shelf?

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    when milk is stuck to the shelf. that made me laugh
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    I clean in out in chunks.

    Like when one shelf is dirty, I might clean that one and the one below it. Or when one part of the door is gross, I;ll clean that and the whole thing. Or one bin gets dirty, and I'll cleean them all.

    But I've never cleaned the whole thing all at once, except for when I move.

    welllll......there was the spilled kool aid that one time...........

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    Geez. Why do people keep asking such embarrassing questions on this forum?

    WHAT? Completely? Like all at once? I'll also have to go with "when I move."

    Partially? At desperate need. Like when the defrosing chicken unexpectedly drips. Or, ok, when the milk sticks to the shelf. It's just not high on my housecleaning radar, I guess. After all, I only have to look at it when I open the door for a moment.

    Oh! Idea! I could take out the light bulb and make it even less urgent! :
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    lol! I usually clean it when it is close to empty before I grocery shop. That seems to work best for me.
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    When I can no longer view the contents of the shelf below through the glass - it's time!!!

    Serioously, though, I do get mildew-stuff on the rubber gasket parts which requires a q-tip dipped in bleach every month or so.

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    I'm a poor housekeeper, but trying to improve. When it comes to the fridge, I only get around to it every 2 or 3 months, I guess, and do a total cleaning. This way I can run hot, soapy water in the laundry room sink and actually immerse the shelves and drawers so any sticky food residue is easily cleaned.

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    Not nearly often enough! It's on my list of things to do this week.

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    You're supposed to clean it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeywrangler71 View Post
    you're supposed to clean it?
    roflmao!!!!

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    Tuesdays.

    Wednesday is trash day & we're both off on Tue so we clean the fridge & go to the grocery.

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    Every other month on Mon. I yell refridgerator clean out day and 3 dogs come running. they gets bits of cheese that have a little freezer burn and the ends of bread,last pieces of lunchmeat etc. Then I put up a card table and put on my worst shirt. I gut it. Bleach the insides w/ spray bleach and then 2 rinses w/ spray water. Ironically it was on for tomorrow but apple picking was pushed back so i may not do it. We seem to spill a lot. And I am paranoid one of my family will eat old food. DH and I got into a tug of war over oold chinese. 2 days in my limit on take out leftovers. He was mAAAAd when i trashed it.

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    About every two or three months I take everything apart and turn the fridge off. I take everything out and put it on the counters. I clean it with baking soda and dish soap. I scrub everything. I dry it very well and I sometimes rearrange the shelves for a different look when putting it all back together.(ocd,heh) I wipe down all products like jelly and ketchup, etc.

    I always just wipe things down as I see them, but it sometimes needs a serious overhaul and I like it shiney. It's due right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeywrangler71 View Post
    You're supposed to clean it?
    I AGREE!!! We must have bought the same brand of refrig.!!!

    I have to dust off the top as it sits close to a heat vent.....does that count?

    I keep the inside wiped out........as I go.

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    I cleaned mine every week just before I get groceries or earlier if their spills.
    outside-i clean it once a month vacumning the back and underneath unless its hot and summer 2x a month so no smells.

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