A New Maid

Or so Mrs. Julia Kiene stated in the introduction to the Recipes, care, use of Westinghouse refrigerators in 1948.

I’ve never thought of my refrigerator as a new maid. In fact, I’ve often thought my refrigerator NEEDED it’s own maid. Today was one of those days. I did the “big cleaning” of the refrigerator–not just the sort, wipe, and “what’s this” that gets done weekly. I  did the pull everything out and wash it all down cleaning. Ok, I didn’t follow Mrs. Julia Kiene’s advice and wash down the exterior and then coat it with No.7 du Pont Wax.

I am pondering finding the spare parts site again and ordering replacement door shelf pieces. Does anyone else have this problem? Those guards that should keep the condiments on the door just don’t last with our family. They break. I duct tape for a while. They end up dying. We are down to one semi-usable door shelf because of this problem.

Fortunately, other than a peculiar dish of dead blueberries, nothing exceptionally horrid was found on the shelves of the fridge. I was horrified as always by the goo under the produce bins. Maybe milk this time? We had a leaky gallon and kids were in charge of clean up.

This guide to a refrigerator (apparently an “Aristocrat” model) has helpful instructions and diagrams about where in the refrigerator everything should be placed. Oddly, there is no help in where to store the soy sauce, yogurt, rooster sauce, salad dressings. I suppose it wouldn’t be much help anyway because my refrigerator isn’t from 1948 (though it is old) and it certainly isn’t an Aristocrat.

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