How often do you clean you refrigerator?

@Bebs08 (10685)
United States
November 2, 2009 2:00pm CST
hahaha Honestly!! I have no regular cleaning days of our ref. I just clean it or arrange it when it needs to. If there are lots to left overs that we were not able to re heat or re use, then I feel that it needs to be thrown away? that's the time I will clean our ref. what about you? do you have regular cleaning like every week or rwice a week? just curious!!!
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32 responses
• United States
5 Nov 09
Not often enough that i for sure. I am a very clean person, I clean my house daily but the fridge is one place I neglect. It is not dirty but I don't clean as often as I should either. I will normally just wipe it down as I see the dirt or spill. This is normally down once a week thanks to my kids spilling their juice or kool aid as the get or put the container back in the fridge box. Do you remember back in the day when cleaning a fridge meant defrosting the freezer and that meant heating a pan of water on the stove and and placing it into the freezer and waiting for the water to melt of the ice?? I remember my mom doing this like once a month and I am so glad that I don't have to do that with my fridge LOL..
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Oh? I don't remember doing that heating water and put in the freezer to defrost?
@sblossom (2169)
4 Nov 09
I quiet clean my fridge regularly. I think it’s a good way to avoid disease. As I know if the fridge is not clean, some food will be spoiled. We do our shopping weekly. Sometimes when I see the fridge is almost empty, then I use the chance to clean it. Luckily I don’t need to do the ice. The freezer compartment defrosts automatically. Last Bank Holiday I purchased a refrigerator, Beko CDA 539F on my local Currys shop for a cost of £239.99, £60 less than the original price.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I am glad too that our ref will automatically defrost like yours and there's no problem of cleaning the watery mess all the time.
• United States
3 Nov 09
Every time I go grocery shopping. I can't stand a dirty fridge. I'll clean it so I know how fresh everything is.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Oh!! so, if you are going twice a week for grocery, you will clean your ref too? oh!! that is too much for me.. I don't like it hahaha....
• United States
3 Nov 09
i must have my frig clean any leftovers more than a day later are discarded
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Oh? that is good!!
@cutepenguin (6446)
• Canada
3 Nov 09
ummm...this is embarrassing, but we just clean it out once a month. It's not a fun task, and it just doesn't occur to us.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I know!! it is not a fun task that is why I just do it when it is needed.
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
I think cleaning the fridge once a week is ok but if you're quite busy maybe once every 2 weeks would be ok. we should always keep our fridge clean to make sure that no bacteria will grow on the food that we store in it. Regular defrosting of the freezer will also save us from consuming more electricity.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Well am just glad that our refrigerator need not to be defrost. It is automatic in cooling off.. so I don't need to keep on changing the temperature of it.
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
yes..i have a regular cleaning schedule of my refrigerator. i dont want thick ice in my freezer. i dont want my door freezer got stuck because of very thick ice. and it also lessen the coldness of the refrigerator. when this happens, it causes big electricity bill...and all the left overs which are 2 to 3 days in the ref also has grown bacteria in it..which is harmful to our health. so make a habit of cleaning refrigerators regularly.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Well, our refrigerator has no covering in the freezer area.. and it is automatic in making ice and in cooling off.
• Italy
3 Nov 09
I think just once a muounth
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Oh? that's good!! thanks for sharing.
• Italy
3 Nov 09
Actually, why does a refrigerator need to be cleaned once per week or twice per week? The food you put inside should be into bags and boxes, it doesn't get dirty. I only clean it if something spills out, otherwise it's just ok as it is.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
You are right but there are people who are not putting their stuff on sealed boxes or zip lock they just put it in a bowl or plate and it makes mess that is why it needs to be cleaned.
• India
3 Nov 09
I clean my refrigerator very often, Offcource it has to be cleaned where we keep food, fruits... etc
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
It is really necessary to clean the ref.. but it depends upon the looks of it.. hehehe
• Malaysia
3 Nov 09
I think my mom who's always like to clean the fridge. Like you, I would only re-arrange those things and throw something out, but she would take care of the cleaning further. Sometimes, it will be once in a week, but it also depends on how bad the fridge needs cleaning!
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Once a week is so tiresome for me.. hehehe well it depends upon the circumstance. there are times that everyday you have to arrange but general cleaning? just when it is needed.
• China
3 Nov 09
Oh my gosh, when I saw this title it reminds me that I have never clean my refrigerator when I brought it for one year. Maybe there are millions of bacterials get their green card of my ref. I think it is time for me to do some tough problems to expel these bad things of my ref. HAHa
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I think you are right. Start it now.. go.. good luck!!!!
@jpso138 (7860)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
I do not have a specific time table to clean our refrigerator. Usually when I find it necessary then I clean them. Of course, it also matters on my schedule. There are times that I need to clean it but is quite busy to do it.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
we are the same. I just clean the ref when I feel it is needed but there's no specific schedule doing it.
@coolsudan (313)
• India
3 Nov 09
yupp my mum cleans the refrigerators every week .usually at the end of the week when the firdge is totally full . i help her out sometime but i dont like that much. i just like to go to the fridge whenever i am hungry not when i want to claen it lol
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
hahaha!! you are funny!! good that you are still living with your mom but if you will be living alone and have your own ref? you will be forced to like it cleaning.
@buping (954)
• China
3 Nov 09
hi bebs, i never clean up my regregirator,lol:) my mom cleaned it in my house, and she does not clean it often and regularly, she would clean it when she thought that it was time to clean it. i think it is a good habit to clean the refrigerator, for we store our food in it, we store what we like most. and we eat them, it is so important to every home.
@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Correct our ref needs to be cleaned but if we will keep the stuff in containers or tight zip lock, theres nothing to worry about cleanliness.
@neelimaravi (1794)
• India
3 Nov 09
hi bebs, how are you, yeah i clean my refridgerater twice in a month. even i clean my house hold things like this only, i am a housewife so, i have lot's of time to do this, so, i enjoy doing these kind of work, and some time i do spend in mylot. thankyou, have a nice day.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Oh good for you, you like that job cleaning the ref. I don't like to do it all the time. I just do it when it is needed.. hehehe
@salonga (27819)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
Actually it is my husband who is really very diligent in maintaining the cleanliness of our refrigerator. I'm really blessed to have him as my husband. Those chores that I can't manage anymore, he is the one patiently and efficiently doing.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Wow!! congratulations my friend. You are lucky to have a wonderful husband. 5 stars for Him.. hahaha
• United States
3 Nov 09
I really don't have a schedule either. I just make it a point to clean it when I know it needs cleaned. We generally have a weekly clean out of leftovers though so we don't have to worry about things spoiling. We hate wasting food so usually whenever we're way too lazy to cook or whenever our fridge is rather full of food, we make sure to actually go through and heat food up. Secondly, we try to keep the fridge itself clean by wiping up any spills we have as soon as it happens. The longer it stays in there the longer it has to get gross and sticky and everything else. We know that the longer you wait to clean it the harder it is to clean it and well, we don't always have time to really do that much cleaning.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
that's what we are doing too.. Heat the left overs and use it instead of just throwing it away.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I probably should clean it more often than I do, like you, if there are alot of leftovers in it,I'll clean it out and throw them away if they are too old. Once in awhile I will wipe it out with some disinfecting spray, especially if something has spilled, I especially don't like having a smelly refrigerator.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I don't like also that my ref smells bad/ that is why when my hubby smells something bad he keeps on complaining and that's the time I clean it.. hahaha
@dorannmwin (36648)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I empty the leftovers and crap out of the fridge on a weekly basis. However, as far as a through cleaning of the fridge, I don't get to do that nearly as often. I think we are able to do that about once every two months or so. The reason for this is that we don't use a lot of things that are able to leak in the fridge and all of our produce is kept in containers that will not leak out into the fridge so it does stay relatively clean the majority of the time.
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@Bebs08 (10685)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Oh!! that is a good idea to put the stuff in containers or zip lock. I am not using those that is why my ref if dirty. thanks for the idea.