I Hate Cleaning the Refrigerator!

Hi everyone!
Now how’s that for a blog post title? Seriously, it really is one of my least favorite household chores. And yes, I think of it as a chore!
So, why am I writing a post about this little fact? Do I honestly believe any of you could possible care about whether my fridge is clean or not? Of course not. However, I know a lot of you feel the same way I do. And if I find a tip that might be a simpler method of getting a dreaded chore done easier and quicker, isn’t it my duty to share this?  Why yes it is!
Thrifty isn’t just about money to me. It is also about saving time, stress and energy. So, I search out easier and quicker methods for doing anything that needs to be done that I don’t enjoy. As a matter of fact, that is probably one of my favorite things about Pinterest. It’s a great place to gain tips and information.
So, since household chores are not on my top ten list of favorite activities, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to cleaning tips….Thrifty Cleaning.
Yup, it’s time for another “Saw it….Pinned it….Tried it!”
So, it all started with a can of applesauce. I had put several cans of applesauce and other fruit in the bottom shelf of my fridge so they could get cold and be served with dinner in the upcoming week. And when I went to grab the can of applesauce, it didn’t move! It seemed to be cemented onto the shelf! I plopped my butt on the floor to see what the problem was. I saw a thick hard gooey mess on the shelf under the cans of fruit. I discovered that on the top shelf a jar of caramel ice cream topping tipped over and and drained down the backside of the fridge.
Do you know how insanely difficult it is to try and just wipe up cold petrified caramel? I thought I would try to chisel it out with a butter knife. Oh no, that just turned into spreading the mess around!
So, I took out the shelf and then discovered that the crisper drawers under the shelf were also cemented in. After finally getting them out, I saw the bulk of the caramel jar was nicely spread out on the very bottom of the fridge.
After boiling a pot of water and pouring it directly onto the mess, I finally got it all cleaned up. But, I thought it was ridiculous that I had to spend so much of my time cleaning up this.
I will spare you the “before” pictures! Who really wants to see that anyway?!
All cleaned! And I know I don’t want to deal with this again. So, I remember pinning a tip for just this situation. I headed over to my Thrifty Cleaning board and found what I was looking for.
That’s right, Glad Press’n Seal! Okay, I have that!
I pulled a long piece of the wrap and started at the very top of the bottom space of the fridge. Then I put another piece overlapping it a little with the first piece to help it cling. You can so tell that I didn’t “stage” my pictures! The picture I saw online was perfect, no wrinkles! I just wanted the job done! LOL
Then I slid the shelf back into place along with the crisper drawers.
And that shelf also got covered with the wrap! I made sure the pieces were long enough to fold under the shelf to cling to the underside.
So the verdict?
Cleaning Tip @ TTG
So far, this one is a thrifty, time-saving cleaning tip winner!
And just in case you are wondering, no the folks at Glad have no idea who The Thrifty Groove is. I haven’t paid attention at the stores to see if there is a store brand of this stuff yet. I just had this one on hand.
Do you have any thrifty time saving cleaning tips? Please feel free to add them in your comment. I am ALWAYS looking for ways to save time from cleaning!
Thank you for stopping by and I hope this tip helps you!
Linking to Savoring Saturdays


  1. Thank you Diane, My hubbie and I just cleaned our refrigerator. I did not know much of a mess it was in until I started to clean. When I was working , house work was a hit an miss thing. After having breast cancer, I just could not seem to get my strength back. So alot of things went undone or was hit and miss as I said before.
    I am definitely going to try this press and seal;.Thanks for the tip.

  2. This is a fantastic tip!!! I'm definitely going to do this next time I clean the fridge. On a related note, I put saran wrap on top of my printer to keep cat fur and dust from getting into the nooks and crannies.

    1. I was thinking that Press n Seal would probably make a good shelf liner too. I always get a ring on the shelf where I put my bottle of oil so I use a plastic lid as a "coaster" to protect the shelf.

  3. This post is perfect timing! I REALLY need to clean my fridge and I am so dreading it. This is a great solution for after it's clean! Gonna run out and get some press and seal! I have to pin this on my Need To Know This board!

  4. I hate it when something spill is the refrigerator! This is a great tip. I need to find this stuff!


  5. Thanks!! This is a great tip because I hate to clean the fridge shelves!

  6. Thanks for the great tip! My refrigerator needs a good cleaning!

  7. That is seriously a great idea! I hate cleaning the fridge too. I'm sure this saves a ton of effort in the end. Thanks so much for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays! I hope you'll come link up again this weekend. Maybe share something on how to cheat at cleaning the bathtub? Hint, hint.... haha. ;)


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