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Prepare the fridge for the holiday

Today is a good day to prepare the refrigerator for all the food that will need storage Thursday.  It's cold and rainy outside, so turn on the radio and get started.

  1. Radio on, peppy music playing.
  2. Make the cleaning mixture in a 1 quart spray bottle. 
    1. 1 cup vinegar
    2. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
    3. Top off the bottle with tap water.
    4. Gently shake or stir.
  3. Remove everything from the fridge.  
    1. Discard expired items
    2. Combine multiple containers of the same items.
    3. Use ice chest coolers to keep things cool or frozen while you work.
  4. Remove the racks and wash them down in the sink with the spray mixture.
  5. Remove the crisper drawers and clean them in the sink.
  6. Wipe down the walls and doors with the cleaning solution.
  7. Use a dry towel to give the interior a final wipe down.
  8. Organize items as you put them back in the fridge.
  9. Now the freezer compartment.  

Doesn't that feel better?  While cleaning out the freezer I grouped meats, vegetables, fruits, breads into baskets that snugly fit my freezer shelves.  I also made a list of the items I had forgotten were in there for next weeks menu.

Now, I think I'll bake some oatmeal cookies to empty that container and make more space.


  1. Great idea and so simple...clean out fridge before the holidays, why didn't I think of that!

  2. My fridge gets so gross! How does that even happen? A deep clean might be in order.

  3. I sooooo need to do this! thanks for the tips and the motivation!

  4. Thanks! this is on my list to do tomorrow. Although, I'm not looking forward to it at all.

    1. Nobody looks forward to just has to happen sometimes. Darn it.

  5. Yep, it's definitely time to clean the fridge....way past time in my case! I like the vinegar/lemon cleaning solution, and I really liked how you organized the freezer. My favorite part has to be the fresh oatmeal cookies, though....that would definitely motivate me to clean out my fridge1

    Visiting from the Sweet Tea Social,

    Love, Joy

    1. The cookies turned out to be a nice reward too! :)

  6. I actually have two fridges, the one in the kitchen spazzed out last week and we ended up moving everything to our garage fridge. I'll certainly be using your cleaning recipe before items get moved back into the kitchen for our holiday festivities.

    1. How horrible to lose a fridge, especially preceeding the holiday. Hope you new one doesn't break the bank.

  7. *sigh* I really need to do this, especially the freezer. Bleck! I hate doing it, but always feel better with a clean fridge!

    Visiting via the TWB Social!!

  8. I just did this today! Cleaned out the fridge, freezer and pantry. Cooked dinner using food I didn't know I had:)


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