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Hi everyone, i just want to say that i love it here in this section and cant wait to join you all more soon. I spend time at night learning tips and gaining inspiration. Why dont i ever have time to post? And to those of you who have answered my post, i really appreciate it and will be getting back to them soon. Something new always comes up! I need focus, and clutter is always in my way. SO, i was all ready to attack a part of my fridge after thawing out cold glass shelves and martha stewards advice is only baking soda, which i dont have..she say no dishsoap on those parts b/c it affects smells and food absorb ing residue or something...other people seem to do it anyway, but i find myself thinking she must be right. I can clean it another day right!When i get the baking soda, or i will try just water.. Theres more sections to be done later, it will probably take me a few weeks. I really hope i am in the right forum for cleaning issues because to me they are very much like decluttering and frugality all wrapped up in one, add mental health in there too b/c its so stressful. Anyway, i feel like i am making this all too complicated. Trying to do too much, i cant be perfect like martha steward. Oh well,!
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I wash mine in the shower with dish soap. I've never had issues with any of my food smelling/tasting of soap. And dh works in food manufacturing and knows that's how I do it.
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I use 7th gen dishsoap. Never a problem with smell and I'm fairly sensitive to smells.

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I use vinegar and water. I figure it's edible, right?

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Martha's the one making this all to complicated.  We use dish soap to wash dishes that we eat from, right??  How does dish soap that's properly rinsed away leave a scent?

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Darn it, Martha! I feel like she makes everything more complicated than it needs to be.

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Martha's the one making this all to complicated.  We use dish soap to wash dishes that we eat from, right??  How does dish soap that's properly rinsed away leave a scent?


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That's because SHE'S not washing the shelves in refrigerator !
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I don't know, I can totally see Martha Stewart scrubbing her fridge shelves with a baking soda concoction, smirking the whole time.

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I do vinegar. I scrub a few times a year or whenever I feel like the fridge needs a good "turnout".
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I don't know, I can totally see Martha Stewart scrubbing her fridge shelves with a baking soda concoction, smirking the whole time.

ROFLMAO....totally.

 

I think the scents thing plays a bigger part in fridge because it's closed and all recirculating where dishes are in open air...

not a matter of soap getting into food, but scents lingering.

 

that being said I don't use stuff with much scent because I don't like my house or food or clothes to smell like chemically flowers anyway *shrug*

 

anything that is safe to use on plates etc would certainly be safe for fridge, I don't often eat my food directly off my fridge shelves. I  find pouring leftover stew directly into the crisper to be not the wisest choice :D

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ROFLMAO....totally.

I think the scents thing plays a bigger part in fridge because it's closed and all recirculating where dishes are in open air...
not a matter of soap getting into food, but scents lingering.

that being said I don't use stuff with much scent because I don't like my house or food or clothes to smell like chemically flowers anyway *shrug*

anything that is safe to use on plates etc would certainly be safe for fridge, I don't often eat my food directly off my fridge shelves. I  find pouring leftover stew directly into the crisper to be not the wisest choice orngbiggrin.gif

LOL! I can't use my water bottles Nalgene or stainless straight out of the dishwasher if the detergent is scented. I know lemon in water is common, but if my water tastes like lemon, it should be from fresh lemons!

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You all are the best, for real. My girls! You just bring all the sense right into things. I cant believe it . Yeah, so i guess when i think about it that way, having crusty spills of stew dipped on the shelves THAT is dirtier than the dishsoap. But i am still planning to get baking soda ( why did i forget again)and smirk like martha while i scrub feeling perfect smile.gif. We'll see how long that lasts. I feel so nieve when it comes to residues, things i cant see, until and if they cause build up, but when it comes to my food, i am mrs overprotective. All my threads lately are all about getting techniques squared away, once i know how to do it , it just becomes a matter of keeping up hopefully.
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Martha also says to turn off the fridge, especially when cleaning the inside part of fridge., after shelves are removed. I am doubting i will get to that as soon as i would like. Do people do this too? Just cause you're getting it wet and want it to dry out? Or just like an electrical thing? I think a guy i lived with once cleaned the fridge with vinegar and didnt turn it off and the whole thing was just so gross smelling like sour foul smell and i dont think it ever smelled right again...maybe he bleached it or maybe something was wrong with it in the first place...?
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I use a solution of vinegar and water for a quick spray-and-wipe of the fridge shelves every 6 weeks or so.  It never smells yucky later, IMO.  I don't scrub anymore, unless something spills in there.  Easier to just wipe it down regularly.  Baking soda would be a total PITA, in my opinion, and I'd never waste the time/energy to mess with it.  Ick, it would take so long to get all the grit off the shelves!  

 

Dish soap is also fine for simple cleaning and I don't notice any smelly chemicals.  I don't usually use scented dish soap, though.  I would certainly stay away from bleach or other harsh cleansers in there.  Though I've gotta say the time I spilled kimchi in the fridge -- whooeeee, bleach would be an improvement over that, for sure.  

 

Martha Stewart does NOT clean her own refrigerator.  I can guarantee it.  And I've never unplugged my fridge to clean it, that's just ridiculous.  I can't even find the plug without moving the whole darn contraption, and it's too heavy to move.  

 

ETA: I don't wish to offend anyone who DOES unplug her refrigerator to clean it.  It's not objectively ridiculous -- but it's certainly ridiculous to assert that "everyone must" do it that way.  Martha Stewart seems to be famous for those sorts of assertions.  


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Martha also says to turn off the fridge, especially when cleaning the inside part of fridge., after shelves are removed. I am doubting i will get to that as soon as i would like. Do people do this too? Just cause you're getting it wet and want it to dry out? Or just like an electrical thing? I think a guy i lived with once cleaned the fridge with vinegar and didnt turn it off and the whole thing was just so gross smelling like sour foul smell and i dont think it ever smelled right again...maybe he bleached it or maybe something was wrong with it in the first place...?

 

You have to remember, Martha is clinically insane.

 

I am 40 years old and have never unplugged my fridge except while moving house.  I assure you I have never had a fridge smell weird after I wiped it out while still running.  In fact, I would wager a guess that an unplugged fridge would take longer to dry out at room temperature, because of the lack of air conditioning inside it.

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I wipe up spills with plain water when they happen.  A couple of times a year I scrub out everything with baking soda dissolved in water. I've never unplugged it to clean it.  But a fridge I had years ago used to freeze up inside the back where the thermostat was, usually in the middle of a heat wave of several weeks.Then it wouldn't keep things cold enough.  I had to turn it off and use my hairdryer to defrost it. While I had my food in coolers with ice packs to do that I cleaned the whole inside and vaccuumed the coils. About the only time I remebered to do it. I also forget to clean the top of the fridge since I can't see it.  Yuck, I know. It could get pretty gross unless I needed something from the cabinet above the fridge-where I kept seldom used things anyway since I needed a step ladder to reach it. Confessions of a way less than perfect housekeeper.

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I use vinegar and water to clean my fridge.. I haven't unplugged a fridge to clean it with the exception of when I was in the military living in the barracks.. The freezer was part of the fridge and needed to be defrosted and cleaned out every week to pass inspection. I thought it was silly then and I haven't done it since I got out of the barracks.


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