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This afternoon I saw that my refrigerator needed cleaned.  That miserable storm is hitting us tonight so I've promised myself I will work long and hard tomorrow cleaning the 'fridge and fre
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Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 8:04 AM EST
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Frankie -- I've never tried using newsprint for lining ..... IMHO I'd be worried that is would stick.
hmmmmmmmmm  pretty dumb of me to say that because I use paper towels to line drawers that will hold veggies.

I wonder how parchment paper would work .... trying that would be an expensive test but if it would work it would be worth it.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 8:20 AM EST
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Unfortunately it's been a while since I cleaned my refrigerator.  I need to get busy and do it!!!

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 8:22 AM EST
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Icleaned out the refrigerator and found a old bag of salad mix and it went to the trash.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 8:29 AM EST
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Nancy, since you "shamed" me into cleaning out the freezer I decided to do it yesterday and you will never guess what I found...
The 2 bags of white chips I was looking for to make "YOUR" cookies...and...
I found Jimmy Hoffa!  He was right behind a bag of Brussels Sprouts.  (I HATE Brussels Sprouts!)
So needless to say the cookies will be made soon, I am making the Nutella Butterscotch Bars today. I will let you know how they turned out.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 8:31 AM EST
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I guess it's time to give it a good cleaning since I can't remember when I did it last.  I wipe up any spills promptly, but it has been awhile since I took everything out and did a thorough job!

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 10:50 AM EST
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When it come to cleaning my refrigerator, I clean it when i feel it needs to be clean out. I don't have a schedule time, but I do have one try trick I learned from my mom is after using some ketchup, or take the milk out,  I clean and wipe down the bottles or containers before putting away in the refrigerator, that way i don't have to clean the refrigerator as often. It save time and it doesn't get as dirty as often. One thing I do is either, once or twice a week I pull out the side trays shelves and clean within a few minutes and put it away right away (which I love about my Maytag refrigerator that I can pull out the side trays shelves to clean them out). Once or every two weeks I go through my refrigerator and throw away my leftovers that are no good to eat anymore. If my son make a mess I try to clean the shelf or shelves right away. I probably take out everything out once or every 2 months clean the whole refrigerator.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 11:36 AM EST
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I clean mine about twice a month.  Once a the beginning of the month when I go grocery shopping and twice when it gets crowded and it's time to take the garbage.  I also have alot of condiments.  I love to cook so my fridge stays full all the time.Innocent

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 11:58 AM EST
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It's been a while since I took everything out of my fridge and cleaned  it.  The last time was when the fridge died and I had no choice.  However, I do throw away things that have been in there a while and spot clean whenever I see something that I don't think should be there.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 12:53 PM EST
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Nikki --- LOL LOL LOL .... Jimmy Hoffa ..... LOL LOL LOL

Louise - my 'fridge is a Maytag too ... I LOVE it.  It has the freezer on the bottom, which is why I bought it.   The appliance store told me all the pros and cons of a bottom freezer.   BUT - yesterday I tried to pull out the inside door shelves and compartments and couldn't do it.  I have the booklet that came with it - I need to go look at it.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 1:30 PM EST
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In Response to Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?:
Nikki --- LOL LOL LOL .... Jimmy Hoffa ..... LOL LOL LOL Louise - my 'fridge is a Maytag too ... I LOVE it.  It has the freezer on the bottom, which is why I bought it.   The appliance store told me all the pros and cons of a bottom freezer.   BUT - yesterday I tried to pull out the inside door shelves and compartments and couldn't do it.  I have the booklet that came with it - I need to go look at it.
Posted by Nancy G


I was not sure if there was anyone that knew who Jimmy Hoffa was/is.  I guess that is showing my age.
When I get a new refrigerator it will have a bottom freezer!  For a while there they were impossible to find. The one I have now is a "side by side" and I really don't like it at all.  The other that I have seen is a French door style refrigerator with a freezer on the bottom.  I do think the side by sides and the French door style needs more space around the entire unit in order to open the doors fully where a regular door you don't need quite as much space on both sides. Have plenty of time to figure out what I want. 

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 1:41 PM EST
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Well guys you all tried to make me feel guilty but it didn't work. I'm heading out in the snow with my grandkids.  Have fun in your chill zone.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 2:51 PM EST
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Hey Nancy, in 2007, my husband and I bought brand new house, which we currently live in now. We had to buy a brand new refrigerator, because it do not come with one when we bought the house. Unfortunately,the stove and the dishwasher were already purchased by the builder, and he bought white appliances, and since I wanted to match everything, we end up buying a white appliance refrigerator. I have a side by side refrigerator and freezer. What I love about it, the trays shelves snap on and off very easily. Since trays shelves snap off very easily, I can quickly take everything out of the tray shelf and clean it fairly quickly and snap it back into the door. Compare to my old refrigerator at my old house, I had a couple shelves that were already built-in and it was not as easy to clean.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/21/2011 3:58 PM EST
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Hi Nancy N --- at least we don't talk too much about cleaning....  Usually we're talking about EATING!!!

Louise - I had a choice of colors and deliberately picked white.   In the past I had that situation where I had to buy a new appliance and the old color was gone.  That was hard to deal with.    The people next door to me in the same little condo have gorgeous black appliances but I saw that in the window-less kitchen black sure did look dark.   So far I haven't regretted white.

Nikki -- I'm tickled with that bottom freezer and the one, solid door on top.

And, of all things, my electric oven's heating coil (?) doesn't show .... it's below the bottom.  That makes everything easier.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/22/2011 11:09 AM EST
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This afternoon I saw that my refrigerator needed cleaned.  That miserable storm is hitting us tonight so I've promised myself I will work long and hard tomorrow cleaning the 'fridge and freezer. Do you clean yours on a regular basis?
Posted by Nancy G
i clean my shelves everyday just look at what one need it and get that one .glass shelves are a messy thing

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/22/2011 11:12 AM EST
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i try to get a shelf a day that way it not to bad to clean

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/22/2011 11:39 AM EST
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I go through mine the night before the trash goes out every week, to get rid of anything that the kids thought might be a leftover- pizza crusts, half eaten takeout, cheese that got shoved behind something - that kind of thing.  I have 2 teens, one 'semi-adopted' friend that spends half the week with us - plus a group of 5 more that are at my house at least once a week.
The 'real' leftovers I use in meals through the week.
When I notice spills or just 'remnants?' from things (fruit/veggie leaves stems etc) I clean out the section that is affected.  I keep liner paper in the crispers and meat keeper which helps alot. 
About once or twice a year I go through everything, clean all the jars and bottles, take out the crispers and shelves and do a thouough cleaning.
The hardest for me is the freezer - we have an upright in the garage, but since we hunt and fish, there is rarely a time where it is empty enough to completely clean out.  THAT usually happens when enough frost has built up that I can't stack things well - about once a year (maybe longer?)
When you have teens - the fridge is WAY down the list of things to keep clean - as long as I can find everything, and it looks good from the outside, I'm OK. Wink

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 1/23/2011 3:37 AM EST
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Once a week and complete clean up every three months.

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 2/17/2011 9:56 PM EST
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Hooray, I finally cleaned my fridge last week!

Re: When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator?

posted at 2/18/2011 8:08 AM EST
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Hurrah Mary Ann -- congratulations.  It feels great, right?! 
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