Refrigerator cleaning tips, anyone?

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Not my fridge (you really think I'd embarrass myself like that) but not too far off either. How do you clean these things?

This weekend, I broke down and cleaned the refrigerator. The condiment shelves alone took a half-hour, because of a combination of leaky bottles and cold temperatures. I used a rag and some Seventh Generation spray cleaner, but because the cold air sucks moisture from the spills, they were condensed and hardened and impossible.

There’s got to be a better way. Does anyone have good tips for a clean refrigerator to share in the comments? How often do you clean your refrigerator, or do you just religiously clean messes as they happen?

I would normally just sic ‘em with some Bar Keepers Friend or Bonami, but not around my food. See other things to avoid (lifted from a major manufacturer’s site):

Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners such as window sprays, scouring cleansers, flammable fluids, cleaning waxes, concentrated detergents, bleaches or cleansers containing petroleum products on plastic parts, interior and door liners, or gaskets. Do not use paper towels, scouring pads, or other harsh cleaning tools.

Seriously, paper towels are “harsh?” Too funny.

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2 Responses to “Refrigerator cleaning tips, anyone?”

  1. AMY (WARNERS' STELLIAN) Says:

    The best advice I have is HOT HOT HOT (dish) soapy water. Fill your sink with the hottest water you can get & some dawn. Use rubber gloves so you don’t get burned. Soak some up with the towel & let it sit on the spill for a little bit (30 seconds?). Almost anything will rub right off. & I’ve had some terrible things to clean off with a husband who’s a chef. Even syrupy messes are no match. Good luck everyone.

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