For some reason, a national holiday that you might’ve not heard of is happening on November 15th, called “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day”. As a company that works with plenty of refrigerators, we thought this was a hilarious and interesting holiday. A day specifically dedicated to cleaning up your cold food storage space? Why not!? So many questions were proposed: Who decided to make this a holiday? Where did it originate? Does anybody actually celebrate it? Why devote only one day to cleaning your fridge? Questions aside, we threw our hands up, said “why not!” and here we are.
In honor of this ludicrous holiday, we thought we’d indulge and share some tips we’ve found. Most people favor cleanliness but don’t usually see the fun in handling a chore like this. This holiday comes at a time that could benefit our readers as they prepare to stack leftover upon leftover into their refrigerators this holiday season.
Supplies you’ll need to clean your fridge:
This list was provided by the folks over at Upack.com, who have also prepared a fantastic article for those interested in celebrating this “holiday” as well. Each of these tools is helpful when cleaning up your refrigerator effectively!
- Rubber gloves
- A cooler to keep food cold
- Towels/paper towels for drying
- Toothbrush or other small brush for crevices
- Vanilla extract – to defeat unwanted smells.
- Baking soda or vinegar
- Vacuum (with a hose attachment)
- Magic Eraser (for non-stainless-steel finishes)
- Olive oil (for stainless steel finishes)
- Optional: steamer
How to clean out your refrigerator:
- Remove all expired food by checking expiration dates and general cleanliness of the foods. If they’re fruit or vegetables and lack a date, use common sense and good judgement to decide whether or not they should be kept. Chances are, if you have to make this distinction, you should probably toss it.
- Check above and under removable parts for any sorts of waste. Things like spilled liquids (which might’ve frozen or dried up) and additional food waste can be easily missed if you leave these parts untouched.
- Clean the outside using tools like the magic eraser and multipurpose cleaners to remove stains or residue. Stainless steel fridges can be cleaned using vinegar, wiped with a soft cloth. Olive oil also works as a great finishing polish afterwards.
- Pay mind to the crevices, as well as above and below the fridge. You’re likely to find dust, food debris and other unwanted mess, so it’s smart to use a vacuum hose (with attachment if possible) to suck up all of the gunk. Dusting the top and crevices with a dusting tool will help remove this unwanted mess as well.
- Don’t forget about the freezer! Similar tactics can be used, but primarily you should (a) check expiration dates, (b) clean any frozen or unwanted mess, and (c) organize for all of the incoming leftovers you might (or might not be) expecting.
- In addition to these major points, the same Upack article referenced above has more in-depth discussion and instruction for more detail-oriented clean freaks.
Getting a new refrigerator? Donate your old one!
- This holiday is a great opportunity to decide you’d like to purchase a new refrigerator (or another appliance) altogether. GE Appliances has a great page for those interested in donating their old appliances. In addition to answering questions regarding these donations, charities who accept them are listed as well.
When we tell our friends, family and customers “happy holidays”, we never considered that we weren’t including more pseudo-holidays existed. Now, when you’re wishing the same to your own friends and family, feel more educated referencing another misunderstood holiday festivity. You can thank us for that, it’s the least we can do at Tasty Table!