What A Difference A Clean Fridge Makes

IMG_2563This will be my last unscheduled post for at least a week.  I just couldn’t stay away!  🙂

As many of you know, I am in the middle of moving.  In fact, moving day is this Saturday.  Weirdo-me is cleaning all the appliances before moving.  I wiped down the washer and dryer and am half-way done cleaning out the fridge.

Should I tell you this?  It’s sort of embarrassing.  Well… maybe it’ll help someone else.  Our garage is dark and dank, and that’s where we had to put the washer and dryer in this house.  It’s not like I’m a super gross, messy person either!  When I was wiping down the washer, I decided to clean out the little drawer where the detergent goes.  I pulled it out and…. Mold.

W. T. F-ing. F???

It was in the compartment where the fabric softener is poured and in the space where the drawer goes on that particular side only .  I don’t use fabric softener anymore, and I haven’t for quite some time.  The detergent I use now has natural stuff in it that acts as a softener.

That blue softener I used to use would clog up that compartment, and it used to piss me off.  Now that blue softener pisses me off even more because I am almost definitely sure that’s the cause of the mold.

So I had to scrub.  And scrub.  And scrub.  Until my OCD-self was pleased with the cleaning results.  I never would have known it was there if I hadn’t pulled the drawer out.

Anyway, back to my fridge.  It was like a breath of fresh air!  I only finished the door last night – hence, only the picture of the door.  I took off all the shelves and washed them lovingly by hand.  I threw out all the gross, expired stuff and cleaned the bottoms of the remaining jars and containers.  Then I put everything back and…

It was so pretty!

Hey, I take pleasure in the little things.  As most of us moms know, the fridge has the ability to turn into quite the disgusting creature.  Many of us don’t have the time to clean it properly, wiping it down thoroughly and hand-washing drawers and shelves.

But we actually should find the time, as we do some other things when pressed.  I remember reading articles about how unhealthy a dirty fridge can be.  And when I think about it, yeah, I should have cleaned my fridge sooner.

All those crumbs and spilled liquids had been there for I don’t know how long.  That’s old food.  Old food breeds bacteria.  We don’t eat old food because it’s rotten, breeding bacteria, promoting mold growth, and it’ll make us ill.  And because that’s just gross.

I used to clean our fridge on a regular basis when we lived at our previous house.  *sigh*  There are a lot of things I’ve put by the wayside living in this house.

Now when I open the fridge, it’s like I hear an angel choir singing and light shining down from the heavens.  Everything seems so bright and shiny; whereas before, my fridge was not a pretty or appetizing sight.

Wait.  I make it seem as though my fridge should have been condemned and demolished.  It wasn’t that gross.  It was normal dirty, if that makes sense.

Anyway, it puts a smile on my face when I open my fridge now.

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2 thoughts on “What A Difference A Clean Fridge Makes”

  1. A clean fridge IS a happy and friendly fridge, I will admit 🙂 Although, mine can be a bit grumpy at times… I’ll be following along to see what you are up to. If you have the time and interest, check out my blog of kids’ projects & mom stuff, and have a good, safe move!
    Karen
    http://kartwheels.org/

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