As you know, I’ve been keeping this cleaning schedule for the month of January…all 6 days of it so far.
It’s going pretty well so far! Definitely not perfect, but I’m enjoying the structure of knowing what I’m supposed to be doing every day. I was really looking forward to the FREE days on Friday and Sunday – but then I saw the “Swing Day” chore for Saturday – clean oven, microwave AND fridge.
Confession: I don’t think I have cleaned my oven or my fridge since we moved into our house in August 2012.
It was time.
I started on Friday with the fridge. I don’t work on Fridays so I was home with the two kiddos. I did the fridge during naptime and it turned into a MUCH bigger project than I anticipated!
I filled a bucket with warm water and added baking soda. I took a rag and wiped down ALL the surfaces in the fridge – some of them needed a lot of work. Part of me wishes I had a “before” picture, but then I’m worried none of you would ever want to eat at my house again. So instead, let me show you the pretty “after” photo.
I worked Saturday and had a pretty busy day, so I put off cleaning the oven until Sunday.
I know there’s an “Auto Clean” button, but I wasn’t so sure about trying it out. So I decided to go the old fashioned way – put the two year old to work!
I mixed up some baking soda and water (my new favorite cleaning mixture – obviously) and put it in a spray bottle and let the Mini Athlete go to town.
(BTW, did you notice his big boy haircut!??!?!)
After he had thoroughly soaked the oven, I pulled on some rubber gloves and went to work.
Let me tell you, that was HARD work! I used a brush for most of it, but had the best luck scraping up the yucky stuff with a cheap plastic putty knife of all things. (I wouldn’t recommend using a metal one since you would probably scrape up your oven.)
By the way, for my northern friends, I HIGHLY recommend this as a snow day activity when you can’t make it to the gym. This was one of the best arm workouts I’ve gotten in a long time. My arms were shaking when I was done!
I just kept brushing, spraying and scraping over and over again and finally, it looked like THIS!
Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but a BIG improvement.
I also did the freezer and the microwave which were tiny tasks in comparison.
Honestly, I’m not looking forward doing this chore once a month – but I’m thinking if I did it that often, it wouldn’t be so overwhelming…right?
How often do you clean your appliances?