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YOUR FRIDGE~how often do you clean it out?

post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
Im pretty used to my fridge/freezer being stocked up with food, since we live rurally and don't go to town much. ive been living with my sister the last 7 months (she just moved out!) and she isn't at all the neat freak i am..so our fridge has become kind of nightmarish! we both buy groceries, i have kid foods, and stuff that doesnt get used much, like condiments. also i guess because its been a shared space, ivbe kind of left it because its one of those "whose job IS it anyways?" i usually ended up doing most of the deep cleaning but a lot has been left of late.

but im sick of my fridge! im planning to take EVERYTHING out, declutter, clean to a polish and put it all back in nicely. i need some organisation in there!

im just wonderng how often other people do this.. once a month? when it looks bad?

prior to living with my sister i did it often...probably more than once a month? i like to know where everything is and i like it to be very clean. im just out of practice i guess!
post #2 of 48
once every four to six weeks unless something leaks.
post #3 of 48
I toss anything nasty out every 3-4 days. The actually take everything out and clean every surface type of cleaning? Once a month. That is when I toss expired salad dressings, 9/10th empty bottles of ketchup, etc. as well.
post #4 of 48
I clean it out when necessary. We are bad about not eating leftovers, yet I tend to save them. So, if we are doing a big grocery shopping trip, I'll empty out the containers in the fridge to make room. Otherwise, I don't have a schedule or anything. If something is in there long enough to smell funky, I'd definitely get right on tossing it... but it's rare because I usually need the room so it doesn't get to that point. DH is more likely the one to clean, clean the fridge. He takes out the drawers and glass shelves and wipes everything down.
post #5 of 48
I clean food out once a week after I've grocery shopped and need more room.

Clean cleaning it out, I do once a month maybe? Definitely whenever it needs it.
post #6 of 48
I go through it every day throwing stuff out because we always seem to need containers. I spot clean about once a week, deep clean and declutter about once a month.

Once there was a huge mess in the freezer because DH kept buying bread crumbs even though we HAD tons of bread crumbs and eventually one of them just fell over and emptied out all over the place. I made HIM clean it up and we've not had such problems with too much anything ever since!
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post #7 of 48
I clean my fridge kind of like I clean my house: every day just a general keeping tidy, tossing garbage as I see it.

Every few days or so I make a point to give it a good swipe with a cloth to pick up spills/crumbs.

Every month or so I do a deep clean - everything comes out onto the kitchen table, all the shelves are pulled and washed, inside washed thoroughly and everything goes back in. Then I wipe down and declutter the exterior.

That maintenance has helped keep it looking new and fresh, and has prevented the "OMG what IS that!" containers in the back of the fridge.
post #8 of 48
I normally go through the fridge once a week (the night before garbage day) and chuck (in trash or composter) whatever's gone bad. As far as completely taking everything out and wiping it down, I only do it once every 2-3 months unless something leaks or it looks like it needs it.
post #9 of 48
I've been wiping all the surfaces down with a mild baking soda solution (and in the process, chucking anything nasty) with my weekly cleaning (for as long as I've kept up with my weekly cleaning, which is like 6 weeks, LOL.) Taking the shelves out and washing them, etc. I would say every couple of months.
post #10 of 48
I clean out the expired or bad food every week (when I put the new groceries in) and I deep clean (pulling everything out including drawers and shelves) once a month. Ours stays really clean - the kids are too short to reach anything, LOL.
post #11 of 48
I clean out and wipe mine down weekly. I pull the drawer and shelves to clean out about once a month.
post #12 of 48
Tuesdays is fridge day for me (I clean it out that day because Wednesday is Garbage Day)

I do what I have time for on Tuesday -- that may mean a quick cleaning or a thorough one.
post #13 of 48
Usually once a month, and I think I will do that today!
post #14 of 48
mine gets cleaned out every friday after i grocery shop. i wipe down the shelves and the door, etc. and get rid of anything that needs to be tossed. then i fill it up with that week's goodies.
post #15 of 48
Thread Starter 
i like the idea of weekly, though im not sure if i will need to since im the only one who will be using it (since the freezer is below the kids are too small to get stuff out themselves) and we are pretty good about eating leftovers, composting ect.. i guess i will do it today and see.
thank for the tips and thoughts!
post #16 of 48
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Originally Posted by SAHDS View Post
I clean out the expired or bad food every week (when I put the new groceries in) and I deep clean (pulling everything out including drawers and shelves) once a month. Ours stays really clean - the kids are too short to reach anything, LOL.
Same here. But I think I only do a deep clean (pulling out all the drawers and bins and washing them) once every two months or so.
post #17 of 48
I clean out stuff that's gone bad or expired as soon as I notice. As for actually *cleaning* it....ummm...just before Christmas I pulled the shelves & drawer out & cleaned everything for the first time since we lived here....which is almost 4 years. Once a month seems extreme to me...or maybe I just don't get that much spilled in there? I can't imagine spending that much time cleaning my fridge every month. Even my mom never did it that often & she was much, much neater than I've ever been.
post #18 of 48
My dh goes through everything the night before garbage day and will spot clean when necessary. Full cleaning doesn't happen unless it really needs it (which really isn't often when you don't keep old stuff and spot clean as needed).
post #19 of 48
I take EVERYTHING out and scrub the inside once a week usually. The kids make a mess in there, have to... *sigh*
post #20 of 48
no kids yet, but we look for old food once a week and actually take everything out and wipe everything down once in three months. It's not a surface we eat off of, so I'm less fastidious about it than, say, kitchen counters.
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