November 15th – National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

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If you look hard enough you can find a National Observance for anything…. November 15th is no exception!

The home economists at Whirlpool Home Appliances created National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day in 1999 to encourage people to clean out their refrigerators in advance of the upcoming holidays. At that time, the company even had a toll-free hotline that people could call into for cleaning tips.

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day on November 15th encourages us to prepare for the upcoming holidays. Get together a soap and hot water-filled bucket, disinfectant, a sponge, and a garbage bag. Then you will be ready for the day!

With family gathering and a large turkey waiting to be roasted, cleaning out the refrigerator makes sense. Not only will we need room before the meals, but we also need space for all of the upcoming leftovers. Many dread this job. However, it is an important task nonetheless.

Refrigerator FAQ

Q. How often should I clean out my fridge?
A. Clean your fridge every week or two. A good rule of thumb is to clean the fridge before you go grocery shopping. This habit not only makes room for the new groceries but prevents you from over shopping. While you’re disposing of any science projects, take a hot soapy rag and wipe down the shelves and doors. Take stock of the cheese, eggs, and butter. That ranch dressing should last another week and the mayo, too.

Q. Things are always getting lost in my fridge. How do I fix that?
A. Those items that get shoved to the back are easy to forget. Did you know that many of the shelves on today’s models slide forward for easy inspection? That’s right. Just lift up and pull forward. Other tricks include see-through, labeled containers, lazy Susans, and dividers.

Q. What temperature should I set my refrigerator?
A. According to the Food and Drug Administration, 40°F or below is the ideal temperature to keep food safe and chilled.

Need suggestions for HOW to clean your fridge? Check out these links from:

N.C. Cooperative Extension – Brunswick County Center

N.C. Cooperative Extension – Caldwell County Center

Mississippi State University Extension