Cleaning the Outside of the Refrigerator

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It is just as exciting as it sounds.
Our decision to tackle the outside of our cold-food-storage-device was impulsive. It started one summer morning when Big Brother hit Little Brother. His punishment was to help me finish cleaning the kitchen. I was about to spray some cleaning solution on the cabinet next to the fridge, when I noticed gunk on our plastic letter magnets. Ewwww.
"That's it! I want all the magnets off the refrigerator. We are going to clean it."
His eyes lit up, and magnets went flying. (We have a lot of magnets. We are magnet people.)
 "Calm down, Little Man. This isn't supposed to be fun."
But it was.

So much fun that Little Brother wanted to help. Of course a few magnets went under the refrigerator during the removal process. This forced me to pull in out and address the dust disaster that was happening behind/underneath it. Double Ewwww. But how nice to know it is much better now.
Next, we put the plastic letters in soapy water,
dried, and reapplied.
The vacuum cleaner, all purpose cleaning spray, rags and hot soapy water made for a delightful transformation. We even parted with a few oldies but goodies, like the magnet from the pest control service two states ago and the one from an eye doctor I haven't been to in years. I tried to sneak an aging Lightening McQueen in the trash, but the boys weren't having it. 
The way they reapplied, looks like we've got room for more!
I'll pick my battles.

Are you a magnet junkie? When is the last time you've cleaned them? Also, did you know that most refrigerators will roll right out with minimal tugging and no floor damage? I did not - but I do now.

Linking with:
The William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries.

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5 Responses to “Cleaning the Outside of the Refrigerator”

  1. We are magnet people also! I need to clean them :) Love how your boys are helping!

  2. I used to be a magnet nut but the stainless steel frig in this house is not magnetic. Bummer!

  3. You know, I don't think I've ever met anybody who cleaned their magnets...and yet most magnets are so gross and filthy. Way to watch the details.:)

  4. Kelly@The Reading NestSeptember 6, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Great job, and such cute workers! My fridge is framed-in, so it ain't rollling out. It's also stainless steel & not magnetic...but magnets are my go-to souvenir on trips, so I keep a metal board for them in my laundry room.

  5. I try to keep our magnets to a minimum as well as the number of things we actually have on our fridge. But I have not even considered cleaning them in years so perhaps I need to look into that. Or maybe I just don't want to know how yucky they are lol. :) Sounds like it was a very fun project for all!