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Interior of the fridge, before cleaning:



Close-up of a dirty part of the fridge


Everthing from inside fridge and freezer put out to clean


Boiling hot water is very good to clean with!


Cleaning utensils: rosemary 'tea' (they say it's a desinfectans), lemon juice, rag made out of old towel, baking soda, old toothbrush and a small fork to get in the little corners


Clean fridge!

So you can see what I used for cleaning. I didn't use much water. The water I used is gone through the sink (sorry, could have used it to water plants). Some of the food that was in the fridge I ate because it couldn't stay there very long anymore.
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Definitely needed a deep cleaning.  As you can see from the before picture below, there are spills, stains, grime in the grooves, just generally subpar.  So I disassembled the entire fridge.  Like reverse Jenga I took out every drawer, shelf, and bracket and moved them to a secure location (my bathtub, which I had just disinfected.) There I bathed the shelves in the sudsy warmth of hot water and dish soap.  I used a knife to scrape things away and a Q-tip to clear out the grooves.   I rinsed each part then hand dried with a towel after spritzing each with white vinegar.  Squeaky clean. I also liberally used white vinegar on the fridge interior and wiped it down with a soft rag.

The waste?  Well, this is one of those times that I get why we're doing these.  I feel that I fell short and I have things to learn.  All of the wilted vegetables, salsas and the like went into my compost. Any jar I thought I could reuse got rinsed out and saved. Any plastic or glass that I thought was recyclable went into the recycling.  However, there were things I just could not resolve.  For example, someone left a bottle of blue cheese dressing.  I detest that stuff.  Fat and chemicals in a bottle.  No way am I putting that in my compost.  No way am I dumping fat down my drain to feed the grease blob.  No way am I scattering that around to entice pests.  So I pitched it.  I just can't see another way. Pitching it bothers me, but so do all of the other options.
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Shudder at the before picture.
Shudder at the before picture.
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Who loves a good bath?
Who loves a good bath?
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Hanging the drawer out to dry.
Hanging the drawer out to dry.
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Much better now. Yes, I do know how to make my own sodas but I have a weakness. Just the one.
Much better now. Yes, I do know how to make my own sodas but I have a weakness. Just the one.
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Here is my BB attempt!

To wash everything ( except the glass trays) I used hot water and 2 tbsps of baking soda.
The glass trays were greasy so I used hot water and dish soap (21 day Biodegradable- Unscented Company)

Wow... my fridge needed this so badly!

Messy fridge:



Cleaning supplies:



During the cleaning process:





Clean & Organized Fridge:



Appropriate food scraps where put in the Chicken/Compost bucket:


Honestly, I got rid of a lot of condiments/sauces that no longer met my dietary requirements. I threw out the contents in the trash and cleaned the containers to put in the recycling or reuse.
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A lot of cleaning happening today so I knocked off a couple BBs.  Here is my submission for the interior cleaning of a fridge.

There was no waste to get rid of.  I try to not let things become "science projects" in there.  I'm not always successful at that but right now all has been good.  As for describing the cleaners used that would be a rag and cold water.  The surface of this fridge wipes down very easy.  It's a well designed unit that I'm sad to say is no longer made.  I just sips electricity too.  As I recall it was using .3 KWH a day the last time I put a killowatt meter on it!

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This is the interior shot before cleaning. I decided to do this while it was fairly empty.
This is the interior shot before cleaning. I decided to do this while it was fairly empty.
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Here is the exciting action shot as I remove all the stuff.
Here is the exciting action shot as I remove all the stuff.
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Here is a shot of it cleaned out before reloading with food. (I'm also defrosting my freezer at the same time for the other BB.)
Here is a shot of it cleaned out before reloading with food. (I'm also defrosting my freezer at the same time for the other BB.)
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Here is everything back in place after cleaning.
Here is everything back in place after cleaning.
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