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How Often Do You Clean Your Fridge?

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For some it is the microwave. For others it is the underside of the bathroom sink. For me? It is the fridge. I am referring of course to the part of the house that I routinely forget to clean.

How often should a fridge be cleaned? For me, it is cleaned whenever it becomes noticeably in need of a wipe down (and let’s be honest, sometimes about a week or two even after that), but there are certain parts of a refrigerator that should be cleaned annually to ensure it will run most efficiently.

After the jump, how to clean your refrigerator, set to a slideshow of some seriously lovely refrigerator eye candy.

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  • STEP ONE: REMOVE FOOD 1 of 9
    STEP ONE: REMOVE FOOD
    Pull everything out and discard what's expired.
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  • STEP TWO: REMOVE SHELVES AND DRAWERS AND OTHER INNARDS 2 of 9
    STEP TWO: REMOVE SHELVES AND DRAWERS AND OTHER INNARDS
    It's easy to clean around the shelves and doors in your fridge, but until you really pull them out, you'll never get that bit of spilled Diet Coke out of the rails and then you'll never be able to open your vegetable crisper without first playing tug of war. (I know this from experience!)
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  • STEP THREE: WIPE DOWN THE WHOLE THING 3 of 9
    STEP THREE: WIPE DOWN THE WHOLE THING
    Use a clean cloth and a mild detergent, or mix your own baking soda/hot water elixir. Be as thorough as you can be, and remember the hotter the water, the easier spills will come up.
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  • STEP FOUR: CLEAN SHELVES AND DRAWERS AND OTHER INNARDS 4 of 9
    STEP FOUR: CLEAN SHELVES AND DRAWERS AND OTHER INNARDS
    Be very careful when handling slippery, heavy glass shelves, and be sure to get into every small crevice.
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  • STEP FIVE: DRY EVERYTHING 5 of 9
    STEP FIVE: DRY EVERYTHING
    Haul out a clean, dry cloth for this job.
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  • STEP SIX: WIPE DOWN FOOD 6 of 9
    STEP SIX: WIPE DOWN FOOD
    Clean your food. This is a silly idea that is entirely necessary.
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  • STEP SEVEN: PUT FOOD BACK IN THE FRIDGE, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK 7 of 9
    STEP SEVEN: PUT FOOD BACK IN THE FRIDGE, PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK
    But you know your work is not really done until your food is arranged by color, location in the food pyramid, and/or alphabetically.
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  • WORTH REMEMBERING 8 of 9
    WORTH REMEMBERING
    Keep some baking soda in the fridge and freezer to keep odors from overwhelming, and always remember to seal your food tightly before sending it to cold storage. Always, always wipe up spills promptly.
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  • AND ALSO THIS 9 of 9
    AND ALSO THIS
    If you use ice cube trays (i.e. you don't have an ice machine), try to keep the ice fresh. Old ice is a known harbor for smells. And always wipe down your jar of jam before sending him back home to the condiment tray. Jam gloop is THE WORST!
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Now you tell me: How often do you clean your fridge? What is your preferred method of attack?

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