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SPEED-CLEAN YOUR FRIDGE

From the editors of Real Simple magazine

Minutes 1 to 2: Unplug the refrigerator. Slide a coil brush underneath the unit's kick plate (the rectangular panel just above the floor) to remove dust.

Minutes 3 to 7: Empty the contents. Toss anything past its prime into a trash bag. Recycle glass and plastic containers.

Minutes 8 to 10: Remove the drawers and place them in the sink. Scrub the drawers with a sponge, warm water and liquid dish soap. Leave them out to air-dry.

Minutes 11 to 15: Douse the interior with a multisurface spray. Wipe down the walls, then each shelf. (Don't forget the shelf seams and the rubber door seal.) Use an old toothbrush and a spritz of cleaner to dislodge grime from crevices.

Minutes 16 to 17: Plug in the refrigerator. Return the drawers. Put the food back in, wiping down jars and bottles.

Minute 18: Attach the suction cups of a baking-soda pod, at right, to an interior wall.

Minutes 19 to 20: Clean the exterior. For enameled steel: Use a multisurface solution and paper towels. For stainless steel: Dampen a microfiber cloth with distilled white vinegar and rub in the direction of the grain.

All done!

Secret weapons

Real Simple's top picks for the job at hand.

Fuller refrigerator coil brush

Grabs dust and dirt, shaving about 10 percent off annual energy costs. $10, fullerproducts.com.

Method multisurface cleaner

Nontoxic, biodegradable and super-fresh smelling. $4, methodhome.com.

Arm & Hammer Fridge Fresh filter

This baking soda-filled unit suctions to the interior refrigerator wall to remove odors. $2, greatcleaners.com.

You'll also need: a trash bag, a sponge with a scouring side, liquid dish soap, paper towels, an old toothbrush, a microfiber cloth and distilled white vinegar.

In Wednesday's BayLink: How to speed-clean your freezer in 20 minutes

Secret weapons

Real Simple's top picks for the job at hand.

Fuller Refrigerator Coil Brush

- Grabs dust and dirt - shaving about 10 percent off annual energy costs. $10, fuller.com.

- Method Multi-Surface Cleaner

- Nontoxic, biodegradable, and super-fresh smelling. $4, methodhome.com.

- Arm & Hammer Fridge Fresh filter

- This baking soda - filled unit suctions to the interior refrigerator wall to remove odors. $2, greatcleaners.com.

You'll also need: a trash bag, a sponge with a scouring side, liquid dish soap, paper towels, an old toothbrush, a microfiber cloth, and distilled white vinegar.

In Wednesday's BayLink: How to speed-clean your freezer in 20 minutes

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