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Six Years Ago Today

I am still recovering information from my old computer and I came across this blog I wrote as a personal journal on 1 September 2009:

Note, the full job took 25 minutes in total, though to be fair, my fridge is smaller than the one in the picture. The first section took 5 minutes, the second section took 7 minutes and the third section took 13 minutes. I could have stopped after each section and continues where I left off another time. emoticon :grin:

1 Sep 2009

Cleaned fridge today. Did it in sections, so that if someone called or I got fed up of cleaning the fridge, I could stop with something DONE, rather than have everything out at once and resent having to put it all back before food spoiled.

Section 1

  • Turned off fridge electricity.
  • Took items out of the door sections
  • Took door sections out of door washed and rinsed them and left them to drain.
  • Cleaned the door and the rubber gaskets
  • Dried the door sections and replaced them in the fridge
  • Replaced the door items, throwing out anything past its date.
  • Considered whether to finish or continue. It had only taken 5 minutes, so decided to continue

Section 2

  • Took items out of the bottom section of the fridge and threw out anything past its date
  • Removed bottom fridge sections, washed and rinsed them and left them to drain
  • Cleaned bottom part of fridge
  • Dried bottom sections and replaced them in fridge
  • Decided whether to continue or finish. It had taken a total of 12 minutes to reach this point, so decided to continue

Section 3

  • Removed items from shelves and discarded anything out of date or not fresh
  • Removed shelves (two large and two small), washed and rinsed them and left them to drain
  • Cleaned sides, back and top of fridge and along shelf supports
  • Cleaned out drain hole at bottom back (ice-free, no defrosting fridge)
  • Dried shelves and replaced
  • Replaced items on shelves
  • Replaced items in bottom section
  • Closed door
  • Turned on electricity
  • Total time 25 minutes

What I didn't do

  • I did not clean the front (outside) of the door. This is a built in fridge, so the outside of the door is a "cupboard front" and gets cleaned when I do the cupboard fronts.
  • The fridge does not have an ice box, so I didn't need to defrost that. I have done enough of those and they are a pain! If it needs defrosting, that type of fridge requires everything removed and then containers of hot water changed frequently to melt the ice lump! Better defrosting often, so the ice lump doesn't build up. Of course, an icebox fridge can still be cleaned without defrosting, just like above.
  • I didn't clean the top of the fridge. Again, it's built in, so it sits under the working surface, which is done when I clean the working surface.

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lexiconlover wrote on September 1, 2015, 7:19 PM

You were very through. That's for sure. We're you in a travel trailer. We had one of those.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 1, 2015, 7:28 PM

That was not too bad. To clean mine completely I have to defrost the freezer also.

Feisty56 wrote on September 1, 2015, 8:26 PM

Now that's a step-by-step how-to if I've ever read one!

Dawnwriter wrote on September 2, 2015, 1:44 AM

That is exactly how I clean my fridge. I also prefer to clean it in one go because it gives me great satisfaction when I open the fridge door but I am lazy about cleaning the top. I should do it more often because it tends to get dusty.

Paulie wrote on September 2, 2015, 2:49 AM

You are a fast and efficient worker in being able to clean the whole inside in less than 30 minutes.

jiangliu1949 wrote on September 2, 2015, 6:54 AM

You seem to have a way with cleaning the fridge ,which takes some doing indeed.

MegL wrote on September 2, 2015, 8:46 AM

No, this is the one in my kitchen. I wrote it down to remind me that cleaning the fridge does not take long to do.

MegL wrote on September 2, 2015, 8:48 AM

LOL, no, it's a reminder that it is not a forever job! 6 years ago, I had retired and had not started my studies and I only had one grandchild, who stayed with us only one night a week. I had TIME!!!!!

MegL wrote on September 2, 2015, 8:49 AM

We have a separate freezer. I did that the other day.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 2, 2015, 9:22 AM

Have 2 of those also

Shellyann36 wrote on September 2, 2015, 9:56 AM

I need to clean mine as well. I like your idea to do one section at a time. I have broke mine down like that for months now. It makes it so much easier!

VinceSummers wrote on September 5, 2015, 4:46 PM

I'd have let this one bit the dust (yes, bit). I once was given a computer by a teacher who said it was carried by two students who proceeded to accidentally drop it down a bank. It was seriously damaged. My son and I were able to look at some of the data on the hard drive. It involved a principal who was removed according to the process called "taking out the trash." The school board didn't want to fire him, so they transferred him instead. Sometimes it's best to let old hard drives die an honest death.

MegL wrote on September 5, 2015, 5:40 PM

I have the old hard drive installed inside this computer. My last hard drive I gave to my husband to experiment on with a hammer! I didn't leave it until it was in bits! The one before that is sitting wrapped up in an old envelope inside my desk and the only place it will go will be under the hammer and I am not talking about the auctioneer's hammer! Too many people have had information stolen from hard disks for me to let them go even if they have been wiped and reformatted.

VinceSummers wrote on September 5, 2015, 5:46 PM

I'd say these are wise decisions...

chrisandmark wrote on September 8, 2015, 2:40 PM

I need to clean my fridge...