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Old 07-07-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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Cleaning a Fridge - How do you do it?

Okay, I took a class and they were big on not using chemicals in your fridge unless you are going to leave it open after you clean it. It was "hot water, mild soap only" and that's what I've always done for general cleaning. For tough stains it's generally baking soda and lemon because they are natural. Well, today my cleaning person at the office (who I don't find to be a very good worker in the first place) argued with me when I told her not to use Windex in the freezer (three hours later the thing still smells like Windex inside) because it wasn't good. She told me she's always used Windex in the freezer. I read the MSDS and it says to use only in "well ventilated areas" and to me, a closed freezer isn't what I'd call well ventilated.

Are my concerns valid or am I being too picky since it's the fridge I have to use every day?


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Old 07-07-2008, 12:08 PM   #2
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I dont think your being to picky at all, just safe.
I have always used 409 because its antibacterial, and I never had a problem of it smelling for a long period of time. Of course you would want to make sure that all your food is in a closed container. I usually clean mine when the fridge is least full. As far as using hot water & mild soap is that the water gets cold quickly esp. if your cleaning the freezer. Hope that helps a little.


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Old 07-07-2008, 12:15 PM   #3
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The freezer is special, because unless you shut the fridge off and let it get warm, the windex will freeze right on the cold part. I don't think you are being pickey.

To recover, I would suggest taking everything out of the fridge and freezer, shut it down and let it get warm, then clean it with soap and water. let it dry and maybe OK then.

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Old 07-07-2008, 12:23 PM   #4
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my freezer is self defrosting and doesn't seem to get dirty very easily.

the fridg part is another story. usually just before grocery delivery i throw away any spoiled food. then i wipe up any spills.

i have found the eraser sponges to be the best for cleaning it. if you do use windex or whatever, just use paper towels to make sure it is dry. then should be no problem order wise.

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Old 07-07-2008, 12:40 PM   #5
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I use bicarbinate of soda and water. It smells good, its harmless and its easy.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #6
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I recall my mom using a water vinegar mixture to clean the fridge. Done once a year, haul everything out, clean and reorganize!
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:46 PM   #7
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I use a mixture of Clorox and water but my fridge gets pretty gross. It doesn't seem to leave a bleach smell or anything.
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:58 PM   #8
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I always just use soapy water with a cap full of bleach in it and a sponge with a scrubber on one side.
Dad always did it that way when I was growing up.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:03 PM   #9
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You clean yours????? I'm ready to throw mine out because I don't want to clean it.

I'm a soap and water kinda gal..
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:26 PM   #10
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Primarily soap and water with a vinegar/water rinse with paper towels for freshness.

Just thinking of using Windex inside the frig makes my veggies turn up their noses.

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