Hold your nose, grab the paper towels and attack the fridge


With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, I suggest that you begin getting ready for the worst task to befall the American housewife….cleaning out the refrigerator.  Do you really want your sister-in-law to open your fridge and gasp in shock and awe.?

My sources differ on the exact day – some say Friday, others say Saturday is National Clean out the Refrigerator Day.  I suggest you get the jump on them all and do it today.

What’s that in the back of the refrigerator!?  You don’t want to find out. Don’t open it…… refrigerator-thumb the odor may overwhelm you!!! Hold your breath, scrunch your nose if you must, but get to the task. You’re going to need a nice clean refrigerator to provide space for your holiday baking.

Isn’t it hard to believe – everything in your refrigerator was once a fresh, healthy food, ready for your consumption. It may have been a tasty leftover, intended for later enjoyment. Unfortunately, over the course of weeks or more, things get pushed to the back of the refrigerator and slowly transform into something impossible to identify.

We’ve all run across items in the refrigerator that once were tasty food, But, now, they are some dried out, mold covered nasty, that you remove and dispose of at arms length.

Who wins the prize for the worst refrigerator surprises? Most often, it’s workplace refrigerators.

Use this day to clean out your refrigerator, top to bottom. When it comes to food safety, we fall back to the old saying ” When in doubt, throw it out!”

Here are some tips:

  1. Turn off the phone. Gather your supplies. Get a cooler to hold your perishables while you are cleaning; a pan of warm water, a mild cleanser like baking soda or Dawn, and a large garbage can.
  2. Empty out everything item by item. Go through each item and check to see if it needs to be tossed. If it looks bad, smells bad, is past it’s expiration date, or you just can’t tell – toss it!
  3. Wipe down all your shelves.
  4. Put everything back in its proper place. Real Simple Magazine has a great article that tells you the best way to Organize Your Refrigerator. Click to learn more.

One thought on “Hold your nose, grab the paper towels and attack the fridge

  1. Sometimes when I get low on items on one half of a shelf, I go ahead and get that area really clean before it is restocked. That way, it only takes a minute, and when it’s time to do the whole frig at once, it’s not such a difficult job if I’ve kept up with these little sections when there’s not much in them to move.

    It’s amazing the number of sticky spots on some of those shelves when you don’t even remember spilling the substance — that is if it can even be identified!

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