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Refrigerator and Freezer Cleaning Checklist

You may think you have the technique down cold, but keeping the refrigerator clean requires more than a box of baking soda. Think of this checklist as a refresher course.

Remove food.Store the frozen items in coolers. Refrigerated, perishable foods generally won’t spoil during the cleaning process if left at room temperature for under 2 hours.

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Changing table

Complete Child's Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Dust the furniture.
  • Clean the upholstery.
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Crib

Cleaning a Nursery or Child's Bedroom Checklist

  • Remove the padded topper.
  • Wipe down all sides of the changing table.
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Dishes with soapy water

Quick Dinner Cleanup Checklist 

  • Keep the refrigerator clear.
  • Cover the counter.
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Clean white bathroom

Complete Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Clean the tub and shower.
  • Shine the mirror.
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Desk Chair

Cleaning Home-Office Accessories Checklist

  • Dust the tops and the spines.
  • Carefully rub dirty spots off cloth-covered books with a microfiber cloth.
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Flat-screen TV

Cleaning Electronics and Tech Accessories

  • Dust the outsides.
  • “Clean” the insides.
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Blender

Cleaning Kitchen Appliances Checklist

  • Pop off the blades and any other removable parts.
  • Hand wash the blender carafe and the food-processor bowl using warm, soapy water.
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Scrub brush

Daily Cleaning Checklist

  • Clear out and wipe down the sink (5 minutes).
  • Wipe down countertops and stove (1 minute).
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Cleaning Laundry-Room Accessories

  • Smudge petroleum jelly on a cloth.
  • Remove the lint trap.
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White sofa

Complete Living-Room, Dining-Room, and Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Dust the furnishings.
  • Sanitize the telephone and remote controls.
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Stainless steel stovetop

Speed-Clean Your Stovetop Checklist

  • Make sure the stovetop is cool.
  • With a damp paper towel, wipe crumbs off the stovetop.
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Wall-Mount 8x/1x Magnifying Mirror

Cleaning Bathroom Accessories Checklist

  • Wipe down the towel racks, toilet-paper holder, hooks, and other fixtures.
  • Work around wall mountings, if necessary.
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Freezer

Speed-Clean Your Freezer

  • Minutes 1 to 3:
  • Minutes 4 to 7:
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Speed-Clean Your Car

  • Minute 1:
  • Minutes 2 and 3:
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Gas grill

Gas Grill Maintenance Checklist

  • Clean the burner and tubes.
  • Wash the grill.
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Angled Broom

Fall Cleaning Checklist

  • Wash all windows.
  • Vacuum dusty canvas, cotton, and treated fabric blinds.
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Newsletter checklist

Complete these seven chores before hitting the hay and you'll be better prepared for whatever the day throws at you.

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