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Regina’s Cure: Kitchen Cleaning, the Refrigerator Edition

updated Jul 17, 2020
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(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

I’m sorry to lead this post with a pic of the scuzziest shelf in my refrigerator. I took a more respectable “before” shot (after the jump) but it doesn’t convey just how much I had let the ‘fridge go. And who did I think I was kidding with that sorry little box of baking soda “freshening things up” in the back of said scuzzy shelf?

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(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

This kitchen cleanup came at exactly the right time. We’re having a birthday party at our house Sunday night. I’m making lots of food in advance. I need shelves, like entire shelves, to house the food before the party. Now, thanks to the Cure, I have them!

(Image credit: Regina Yunghans)

This was not just a little wipe-down. Cold refrigerator plus dried-on gunk means removing all of the food to the back stoop (thank you, arctic weather!), removing all shelves and drawers, and washing them down with soap and warm water in the kitchen sink. Luckily, this Samsung model is really cleaner-friendly: the shelves, door shelves, and drawers are all easily removable and easily cleaned because they are glass. That said, the entire effort was still a two-hour affair.

You’ll see in the “after” shot above that the refrigerator temperature is at 51F – that’s right after I’d put all the food back in and took photos. Don’t worry, the temp is back down where it should be now.