GALLERY: National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

Photo: Food and drinks in a refrigerator Source: USDA via MGN

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we'll soon be needing room for all of the upcoming leftovers.

Busy lifestyles (and general dread) often mean that cleaning out the refrigerator gets neglected, hence the creation of National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.

National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day is observed annually on November 15th and was created by the home economists at Whirlpool Home Appliances in 1999.

It is said that they created the holiday to encourage people to clean out their refrigerator in advance of the upcoming holidays.

So grab a bucket of soapy hot water, your favorite disinfectant, a sponge and a garbage bag, and you'll be ready to get to work!

Here are some quick and easy tips for a sparkling-clean refrigerator:

  • Empty each shelf.
  • Completely wipe down the inside of the refrigerator.
  • Wash drawers and underneath the drawers.
  • Throw away all expired and moldy food along with anything you no longer use.
  • Vacuum condenser coils and underneath the refrigerator.
  • Restock shelves and drawers with good food.
  • Enjoy your nice, clean, organized refrigerator!

Show us your photos of your hard work by uploading them here: and be sure to use the hashtag #CleanOutYourRefrigeratorDay on social media!

Check out the gallery below of other Pinterest-worthy refrigerators for some cleaning inspiration:

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