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Old 07-07-2008, 03:01 PM   #11
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I use my all-purpose kitchen-cleaning mixture: 1/3 each water, white vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle. Leaving it on for a few minutes loosens just about everything. I also use a scrubber sponge to remove anything sticky.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:21 PM   #12
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I use a damp sponge with a little soap.

I would guess the "use only in "well ventilated areas" notice was in reference to not breathing the stuff in as much as it can be avoided so I don't think you would have to worry about it being sprayed in your freezer for that reason at least.

My wife likes to use Windex for everything. It is a constant fight we have. I think the stuff is good for windows and glass. I do not think it is good as an all purpose cleaner. I would not want it used in my fridge or freezer. There is no need and the smell would be horrible around my food.
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:46 PM   #13
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I use about a 1/4 cup of beach in a bucket of warm water with a couple drops of dish soap.
You shouldn't have to worry about ventiation, even in the freezer.
Haven't you seen your ice cubes disappear if you leave them in for a while?
They like freeze dry or evaporate or something, and the appliance does drain humidity in the back. That's why the all have drip pans in the back, on the bottom.

I say ammonia is better than crud!
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:58 PM   #14
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How this thread is so appropriate. My brother told me just this morning that my other brother who is disabled has not cleaned out the box for more than two years. Can you just imagine? I really don't check on them when they are there everyday and you think if it started looking really too frozen or broken or whatever they would throw it out? No! They leave that up to me. Guess I will have to take the cleaning agents mentioned and see if I can get it looking clean. They always say it doesn't bother them but what about everyone else? Also keeping something for long time has no value. I really am getting a headache. Nothing is easy with these guys.
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:07 PM   #15
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I really am getting a headache. Nothing is easy with these guys.
I don't mean to laugh but I live with a lot of guys and I know exactly what you mean! When my 2 oldest sons lived together, they were so proud of discovering that if you put the fast food trash and styrofoam trays in the fridge, they don't start to smell a week later!!!!! (When I mentioned that using a trash can and setting it out on trash day worked even better, I got blank stares!) Anyway, you're a lovely lady for looking out for them.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:50 PM   #16
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I don't mean to laugh but I live with a lot of guys and I know exactly what you mean! When my 2 oldest sons lived together, they were so proud of discovering that if you put the fast food trash and styrofoam trays in the fridge, they don't start to smell a week later!!!!! (When I mentioned that using a trash can and setting it out on trash day worked even better, I got blank stares!) Anyway, you're a lovely lady for looking out for them.
Thanks Fishers Mom for understanding and I AM so happy you can see the comedy in it. We should laugh more at things we can't control. I do so appreciate you just telling me you understand. Keep on loving your boys, in this crazy world they need it. Thankful they have a good mom. I am just not going over there t oday and start cleaning the box until I am fully prepared. My brother did tell me to throw things out if I want to. Of course, the other brother wants to try to salvage as much as he can. All my brothers, same parents, all different. I know for sure t hey would give me the shirt off their back if I needed it. That's my family. As far as their fridge I wouldn't want it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 08:15 PM   #17
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I use about a 1/4 cup of beach in a bucket of warm water with a couple drops of dish soap.
You shouldn't have to worry about ventiation, even in the freezer.
Haven't you seen your ice cubes disappear if you leave them in for a while?
They like freeze dry or evaporate or something, and the appliance does drain humidity in the back. That's why the all have drip pans in the back, on the bottom.

I say ammonia is better than crud!
I use the same method QS, then I let it dry, and then spray the entire surface with fabreeze! It's a alcohol based product that masks odors quickly, and then I make a soulution of denatured alcohol and water, and place a sponge in it. As the refrigerator runs, the solution will absorb odors from the hidden cooling fins, and is one of the best antibacterial fighters. Check the ingredients on the lysol and all the spray bacteria fighters. The main ingredient is Alcohol! Now denatured alcohol is not the same as rubbing alcohol, and it can be obtained at your local Drugstore (pharmacy).
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:05 PM   #18
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I say ammonia is better than crud!
No,but then again, CRUD was not an issue. Patricia (my "boss") cares more about cleaning than work some days. The fridges were cleaner than the one I recently rented. There were no spills, no grundgies, no moldy leftovers. Her cleaning with ammonia made the freezer smell worse than before she cleaned it. Put it this way, this "maid" made the office smell "like a sewer" (words from people walking in to the office today) with the amount of chemicals she used and the fridge is collateral damage. Fortunately, the woman that hired her (the boss' wife) agreed she made the office smell bad today. I talked to her and even she said she shouldn't use Windex to clean the fridge. I went so far as to call Maytag and even they said using Windex or any other ammonia based product goes against the included cleaning instructions with a fridge.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:00 PM   #19
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Always used baking soda and water, a new sponge and nylon scrubby. I've cleaned industrial fridges that haven't been cleaned in years, yet that's all you need (on the insides). On the outside of a fridge, especially one in a greasy kitchen, I use 409.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:26 PM   #20
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Hi All,
When cleaning the fridge OR freezer I plan ahead in the case of the fridge or with the freezer wrap any frozen items in newspaper and then attack with my magic cleaning tool!

Ah, I can hear you ask, what is my magic cleaning tool? A domestic steam cleaner which you can buy for 18-35 in the UK (or E-bay). No need for any chemicals and very quick! Great for cookers, windows, mirrors, exteriors of cookers, fridges, freezers, work surfaces, showers, sinks etc., etc.

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