What’s under your fridge?

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Is there anything for landfill hiding under your fridge?

Is there anything for landfill hiding under your fridge?

You might remember during last week’s weigh in I shared that I was doing a belated spring clean. Not belated from this spring you understand, but from about 10 years ago.

It’s not just any ordinary spring clean though; nay, it’s a thorough, leave no stone or cupboard unturned clean.

Hence my question – what’s under your fridge?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, yesterday Mr Green pulled out our fridge for me to clean underneath.

I was expecting cobwebs.

We had cobweb hammocks. Infact, we had rope made from cobwebs which could have supported the weight of a small child (and nearly did).

In amongst the detritus of zero waste life I also found some beads (now restored for future use), a yogurt pot lid (can be recycled at GHS), some money (not enough for early retirement, alas) and apart from grease and grime that was it.


Not quite as scary as I had anticipated. Nothing for the landfill and nothing a little elbow grease wouldn’t put right.

After that, I had to go inside the fridge for a clean as well. No point having a clean bottom if your face is dirty, eh?

There was no food waste I’m proud to say, unless you count the old brown crispy cauliflower leaf that was stuck to one of the shelves.
That’s now been fed to the compost heap.

The fridge magnets that have been bugging me for years have been dispatched to the charity donations box (which, goes the theory, means I can keep the fridge door clean) and my fridge is restored to it’s ‘Everything that needs using up is on the top shelf’ self.

All is good.

So far with my major house declutter I’ve not found anything which has swelled our landfill waste. But I’ve only done the bathroom and half the kitchen; so it’s early days.

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Lucie says:

    I really need to pull my fridge out. We’ve never cleaned under or behind it since we had the kitchen fitted (6 years ago, eek!). I’m really hoping my wedding ring is somewhere amongst the grime and cobwebs – I lost it last year.

    Well done on everything you’ve achieved so far! 🙂

  2. Barbara says:

    We’re doing some renovations to our house and the electrician pulled the fridge out today
    to get to the outlet. Dust, dust and more dust. Also an ancient chip, fridge magnets and a pen
    (one of our cats likes to shoot things under the fridge). I was embarassed but he assured
    me he’d seen worse.

  3. Greenlady says:

    There is probably a Douglas Adams type style word definition for the detritus you find under kitchen appliances. Over the next two days I am going to have to pull out the cooker, the fridge AND the freezer for underneath cleaning goodness so gods knows what I will find, I am pretty sure it will either be desiccated or sticky or a fetching combo of both. I would happily leave this task to another millenium but a friend of one of my residents will be using my kitchen to prepare food on Saturday ( for an 80th birthday party ) and this lady is lovely but an obsessive anti bacteria hound. I am thinking of having attractive little notices put up with maxims such as ” You’ve got to eat a peck of dirt before you die ” etc 😛

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @Lucie: Oh Lucie, it would be fabulous to find your wedding ring and make all the effort of cleaning under your fridge worthwhile!
    Let us know if you find it!

    @Barbara: Hi Barbara; great to see your comment. It made me laugh about your cat; I think ours was responsible for most of the beads!
    I’m sure the electrician has seen FAR worse!

    @Greenlady: Good luck with all your cleaning Greenlady! Dessicated I can manage, sticky is tough….
    Enjoy the party preparations!

  5. carole says:

    Dessicated chips are one thing, try moving your aquarium and finding a dessicated FISH! The little buggers can really jump and find the gaps in the cover when they really want to!

  6. Mrs Green says:

    @carole: Oh Carole; I have done that too! A guppy LOL! I’d forgotten all about it until you said 😀

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