31-Day Clean House Challenge: Day 6 — Kitchen: Fridge & Freezer

Yesterday’s Day 5.5 catch-up sort of lingered into today. I spent the better part of my lunch break this afternoon cleaning my toaster oven. Now, you may wonder why it needed so much cleaning. You have to understand: I use my toaster oven for nearly everything that most people use their standard oven for. In fact, during Black Friday last year, I upgraded from my toaster oven that would just fit a regular-sized frozen pizza (it was about 11 inches square inside) to one that will fit a 9×13-inch casserole pan. In addition to fixing just one meal at a time, it’s really really nice to have it if I’m doing meal prep and need to bake a couple of things at different temperatures using it and the big oven.

I also tried out a new “cleaning hack” that I’ve seen floating around on the interwebs recently—and that’s to use dryer sheets (anti-static/fabric softener) to clean the baked-on gunk off the metal racks. You can read about the bathtub method for large oven racks at apartmenttherapy.com. Because I was just cleaning the one rack from my toaster, along with a smaller wire rack, I just used my sink and flipped them around after an hour or so.

It worked surprisingly well. (The racks are now in the dishwasher, because I didn’t want to take a chance of any lingering non-edible residue on them.)

Earlier this month, I posted the before photo of the kitchen:

So here’s the after:

Clean House Challenge — Day 6: Purge and Clean Fridge & Freezer
When I’m on track and doing meal planning each weekend for the week ahead, I’m pretty good about keeping up with cleaning/organizing both fridge and freezer. However, suffice it to say, I haven’t been “on track” for several months now. Which means both need everything taken out and the surfaces need to be cleaned. I use warm vinegar water to both clean and disinfect, taking out the shelves to ensure I’m reaching all the corners and crevices.

I have on my own detailed schedule to go ahead and inventory the food I have while I’m doing this, as it’s something I’m supposed to be doing every week for meal planning anyway. So two birds, one stone. Here’s what I get to tackle tonight:

Have you started your challenge yet? What successes have you had in the challenge so far?

About Kaye Dacus

Kaye Dacus Academic Editor (at NCU). Published Author (11 novels, dozens of articles, essays, poems). Prolific Procrastinator. www.kayedacus.com
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