Getting ready for Christmas – cleaning out the fridges

We have a couple of fridges and a freezer down in the garage – one fridge was left by the people who sold us the house and the other two were ones we bought before we got a load of work done and a new kitchen.  Usually, they are left switched off but they are useful at Christmas and (occasionally) in the summer when we have lots of visitors.  Yesterday, my job was to give them a clean, ready for when we are back for Christmas.

Here they are
Here they are

In fact, the only one that really needed a clean was the one on the right hand side, which is quite old (although was probably quite a nice fridge back in 1994 or whenever they bought it).

Ugh
Ugh
I took the drawers and salad crispers out and washed them up in the kitchen sink
I took the shelves and drawers out and washed them up in the kitchen sink
The drawers
The shelves

One thing I do find really useful is a cushion for my knees – my knees aren’t amazing and a cold concrete floor doesn’t do them any favours.  My husband bought me a fancy silicone one a while back and I was glad of it.

This is actually for gardening but I was glad of it yesterday
This is actually for gardening but I was glad of it yesterday

In the end, I gave the left hand fridge and freezer a wipe down with soapy water as they were just a bit dusty rather than properly filthy.  However, the right hand one was repulsive and this I gave a proper going over.  Now, my husband said I could probably just use some antibacterial spray but the sign in my (new) fridge says that I must NEVER USE A SPRAY and must only use washing up liquid water and a sponge.  So I did that.

The kitchen towel came away BROWN
The kitchen towel came away BROWN

I was pleased when I was finished and it looked much better.  My husband did, however, tell me that it still smells a bit.  He suggested using a toothbrush to get into the crevices (I don’t have a spare toothbrush and, if I did, I probably wouldn’t use it for that).  Perhaps it won’t smell once it has been switched on for a while.

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