It’s been awhile since I’ve humiliated myself in the name of household science….so here I go again. Just keep in mind…I would only do this for YOU! I share (my dirt), because I care. :-)
So the last several weeks our refrigerator has been making some odd noises and we keep turning the temperature down (ie. turning the dial “UP” to “Coldest”) to keep the stuff inside cold enough.
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I actually didn’t give it much thought beyond, “Well, that is odd.” That is until I happened to see a picture on Pinterest of someone doing something to their refrigerator I had never seen before. They were VACUUMING it! Which got me thinking about whether MY refrigerator might benefit from something similar.
Well, curiosity got the best of me and pretty soon I was down on my hands and knees, and then laying on the floor, inspecting the mysterious grill at the bottom of the fridge that I’ve never given two seconds notice before. Yep, sure enough….I had one. And by upon initial inspection…it looked like it could definitely use a little cleaning. HA! Did I say a LITTLE cleaning?
I popped the grill off, (which was surprisingly easy to do!) to take a closer look.
Dust bunnies doesn’t even come CLOSE to describing the horror that faced me! Dust MONSTERS is more like it! Trust me on this one…make sure your little ones aren’t around when you do this…they’ll have nightmares for WEEKS!
Did I mention that when the coils under your refrigerator are caked with dust or dirt like this, they can’t dissipate heat from the refrigerator, which in turn makes it work harder to keep food cool? When you consider your refrigerator gobbles up more energy than any other appliance in your home, that’s a considerable amount of energy (and money) being wasted! Just cleaning the coils can improve the energy efficiency of your refrigerator by as much as 30 percent!
So I made a beeline for my new (to me) Dyson vacuum cleaner to take care of the situation. Well, of course it couldn’t be THAT simple! Oh no. Somehow the crevice cleaning accessory that came with my refurbished vacuum had mysteriously disappeared. This job REALLY required a crevice tool!
It’s a good thing my husband was taking a pre-Father’s Day nap at the time because what I did next would have horrified him. lol. Sometimes it’s best he just doesn’t know the stuff I do until he reads about it on my blog. ;-) (Hi hon!)
I couldn’t find the accessory for my NEW vacuum…but I did manage to find the crevice tool for my OLD one. And it was almost a perfect fit! Almost. I figured some packing tape would fix that right up…and I’m pleased as punch to report (unlike most of my “hair-brained” ideas) it worked swimmingly!
I quickly removed the tape with no ill effects to the vacuum at all, and the hubster was none the wiser! (Until now.) ;-)
To give you and idea of how much dust was actually lurking underneath my fridge….I decided to completely empty and clean the canister of the vacuum before I started attacking it. (I will horrify you with that picture in a bit.)
Before I started vacuuming I thought it was odd that MY refrigerator didn’t have any coils like the one I’d seen in the picture on Pinterest. I figured mine must be in the back or something. lol. I am so blonde sometimes. After a couple of minutes of sucking up gunk…these shiny black rounded things began to appear. Ahhh….there they were. :-) They were just hiding under so much dust they were literally not visible. At all.
Thankfully the Dyson made quick work of all of the dust MONSTERS and here is proof positive. That was ALL clinging to the coils underneath my fridge! I know….disgusting.
But thankfully my vacuum made quick work of all of it….and now all is once again right with the world underneath my fridge.
I solemnly swear….I will never allow it to get to that state again. (Yes, I was watching Harry Potter 3 when I wrote that.)