Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bring on the Spring Cleaning…The Fridge

With temps soaring into the 50’s (for Northern Michigan that is WARM in March), it seemed fitting to do a little spring cleaning.
I wasn’t going to share this nastiness with you…
But I felt the need to tell you about the AWESOME discovery I made last year. And it is right up my alley!
SAFE, GREEN, NATURAL cleaners! I mean, I was cleaning the fridge. Food…that we eat…goes in the fridge.
Before I discovered Basic H last year, I remember worrying that the Lysol cleaner I was spraying onto the shelves of the fridge would somehow make it’s way into our food. But, I was unable to find anything that cleaned as well. So I rinsed everything well and hoped that I wasn’t poisoning my family.
Then I discovered Shakleeand it totally changed our lives. If you want, you can read about that here!

On to the cleaning…

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Utterly disgusting. I am ashamed to admit that it has been a couple months since I have cleaned my fridge. But, if I can convince you to STOP using harmful cleaners, it will be totally worth it.

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I used my Basic H in the degreaser formulation (it was that nasty).

Oh my gosh, do I ever have hairy arms...haha! Luckily I'm a blonde;)

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It is even safe enough to spray near that sweet little blonde head.
A couple little sidenotes here: 
Yes, we are missing a drawer front. Yes, it has been missing for over a year. Yes, my husband is a carpenter…Hmmm?
That bottle with the yellowish mixture is Basic G, a germicide that is safe when diluted to the properly. I used it to clean the meat drawer. Raw chicken juice FREAKS me out!!

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For the real icky, sticky messes, I used Scour Off, a paste made from cherry pits, that also smells like cherries. I may or may not have inhaled it a couple times after I unscrewed the lid (it smells that delicious)…and I didn’t have an asthma attack!

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You’re judging, aren’t you?  I would too.


But look how beautiful they turned out!

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The produce drawer. Which Is always packed to the top in this house.

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There were a few spots where the plastic had been stained. I would have used bleach (scary) in the past, but I found that Scour Off worked just as well, with no chemical residue or smell.


See! Like new!


Now my veggies are happy again!

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Spraying down the doors.

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I love that I don’t have to stress about cleaning anymore.

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Loading everything back in.

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That is rust around the handles. I have NO CLUE why it does that (old 80’s fridge?). Scour Off takes that off too! I ran out of time yesterday, but scrubbing that off is tops on my list today.

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You can clean your fridge safely and naturally! It is great for the environment, and for the health of you and your family! Plus, it is dirt cheap! A 16 oz. bottle of Basic H makes 48 gallons of all-purpose cleaner, or 8 gallons of degreaser, or, if used as a window cleaner, over 5,000 bottles! Pretty awesome and budget savvy, eh?

Are you ready to start your spring cleaning?



  1. Great cleaning Jessie, Um I have yet to get started on that dreaded cleaning lol:)

  2. Ooooohhhhh pretty!! I dont even want to look into my fridge, I know it needs cleaning bad! I have Basic H too and I love it. Enjoy the week it is supposed to be 70 here, hopefully it makes its way up to you too!!


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