With the holidays just around the corner, this might be the best time to tackle what’s lingering in the back of your fridge.
Ideally, people might clean out their fridges more often than once a year but sometimes it’s harder than it seems. At least making it an annual occasion provides everyone with the reassurance tat at least the situation of a dirty fridge will be rectified eventually.
But while we’re on this topic, the history of modern-day refrigerators has an interesting story.
From 1911 to 1922, the technological advances of home refrigerators and refrigeration technologies increased at the rate of speed rivaled only by smartphones. It wasn’t until 1927 when GE produced the “Monitor Top,” a reference to the ironclad Civil War-era ship, the USS Monitor. This model alone sold over one million units.
It wasn’t until post-war America that separate freeze box units were created and used in addition to the typical refrigerator. And then, in the 1970s and 80s, further developments helped created the combo model we usually see today.
Regardless of what kind of refrigerator they had over the years, everyone had the task of needing to clean it out. Whether it’s the moldy oranges, the brown bananas, or that milk you forgot about, cleaning a refrigerator is something that American’s over the past century can relate to.