Please Keep Your “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” to Yourself!

Please Keep Your “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” to Yourself!

 

A week ago Saturday, was “Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day,” and since I had been planning to do just that, I tackled it.  I’m still recovering.

To clean out my refrigerator, I have to pull the heavy beast out of the niche where it lives into the narrow space in my galley kitchen, in order to open the door wide enough to take out the shelves and drawers.  Believe it or not, that was the easy part!

Perhaps I deliberately chose to forget what a monster job it was and that was probably good, as I might have put the job off even longer.

First of all, the whole inside is full of glass shelves and plastic basket inserts.  In order to clean this big, metal box, one has to dismantle the whole thing to get to the side and back walls.

Trust me, I tried very hard to remember where everything came from, so I could put it all back where it belonged.  By the time I finished taking it apart, every surface in my kitchen was piled high with food and refrigerator guts.

Then the scrubbing commenced.  I bent, I stretched, I washed and dripped water all over the floor.  By golly, the inside shell was finally clean and ready to put back together.

HAH! Not so fast!  Taking everything out was one thing.  Putting it back together was like trying to put a giant glass jigsaw puzzle together without breaking any of the pieces.  If you think it’s easy – then you are invited the next time it needs cleaning!

I started with the bottom shelves the crisper drawers fit into.  The wall-to-wall glass shelf is held up by what looks like a Lego® part and if it isn’t inserted just right, the drawers won’t slide in.  Every time I thought I had it, the Lego® part fell or twisted around. I was reduced to tears and much profanity.

By this time I was soaking wet and the air was blue.  Warning: Don’t have children around when doing this, if you want to keep your reputation as a refined lady!

Next were the glass shelves that hook into metal strips in the back wall.  I’d get one hooked in and invariably the other side would hook into a lower or higher space.  Then I’ve have to struggle and yes, swear some more.  I really reached my quota of bad words for the year on this project.

Okay, the main part was together; time to tackle the plastic door shelves.  Foolishly, I thought this would be the easy part.  Another HAH!

I was down to the last small plastic shelf that was supposed to snap into place – but where?  I looked and looked, tried and tried and could not find a place to put it.  How could this be, when I had just taken it out?

Finally, I had just had enough.  Like some guys who take apart cars and have bolts, screws and maybe a thingamajig left when they’re finished, I have a plastic shelf left over.  I may never know where it is supposed to go!

Now I watch refrigerator commercials to see if any of the old-fashioned wire shelves are in any of them.  No, all glass and plastic.

Until they come out with self-cleaning refrigerators, like they have self-cleaning ovens, I’m not buying!

Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

 

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  1. I, too, look forward to the day that the frig will clean itself like the oven! That will be a big day for all women to celebrate!

  2. Just wait till it is time to manually defrost the freezer in the garage. You’ll find things you forgot years ago!

    1. Children old enough to have to produce Science Fair experiments will have a mother lode of things hidden in there! See, you’re really helping to expand the field of scientific knowledge!

  3. My refrigerator is usually not that dirty, except for the area underneath the bottom shelf. I solved that by just taking the bottom shelve and drawer out completely. They weren’t closing properly anyway, and it’s easier to clean. I’m more afraid my refrigerator’s age in general. The compressor is starting to sound like something between a dishwasher and a microwave. Luckily, my landlord will have to worry about replacing it, not me.

  4. Forget the above. My Ali was at my computer while I left to get water. Mental telepathy! I cleaned my frig preparing for a Thanksgiving crowd. I found things in there that could end world peace. Anyway, the glass shelves that attach to the back of the frig are the most challenging.
    I am probably the only person in the world that becomes so frustrated with these items that I want to throw them or shove them anywhere they’ll fit.
    Caution, don’t throw them, I can tell you to replace two crisper drawers and a lunch meat drawer cost almost $100.
    Be patient.

  5. You are so, so funny! Like the Shoemakers Elves, right? They come in the night and clean the refrigerator. Yeah, sure, just ask your wife!

  6. I won’t chide Nanaj for doing her job but simply note that guys know instinctively that the refrigerator is a place where you get food after or before work but it is not a workplace. After all, the cold kills germs and flattens and evens out soiled surfaces.

  7. I DON’T KNOW IF MY MOTHER EVER TOOK APART A REFRIGERATOR BUT I DON’T THINK SO. IN THE 58 YEARS SINCE LEAVING NY PARENTAL HOME, I HAVE NEVER, EVER, SEEN A REFRIGERATOR TAKEN APART AS DESCRIBED BY NANAJ. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU NANAJ? ARE YOU SOME SORT OF CLEANLINESS FANATIC? BEST YOU GET OVER IT.

    1. Indeed if I was a cleanliness fanatic, it wouldn’t have been in such bad shape. Sadly no, it was beyond a simple wipe up. Now I’m compulsively wiping under milk cartons, defrosting meat in plastic bags with lots of paper towels and anything else I can think of not to have to do this again for a long time!