How often do you actually clean out your fridge? Like many people, ‘expired’ and ‘best before’ dates sometimes go out the window. Here are some reasons why you make want to give that fridge of yours some TLC.
According to about.com the number one reason to clean your fridge is to prevent food poisioning to you or a family member. Spoiled foods could be lurking - ready to attack you as soon as they are consumed. Make sure you go through your expiration dates; do it now!
The bacteria that accumulates in your fridge is due to a number of issues. Not consistantly cleaning your fridge leads to a build-up of bacteria and can cause serious health issues. Fridge cleaning should be done regularly, about every 2 weeks.
One way that bacteria grows in your fridge is the constant passing of germs from hands to items. For example, condiments that are used regularly are always being touched by hands (which can often be dirty without the person even realizing) and put back in the fridge, where it multiplies and spreads. For an easy way to prevent germ and bacteria growth try wiping off condiments prior to putting them back in the fridge.
A great way to clean your fridge (housecleaningcentral.com) is to use 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 quart of warm water. Try to reach in all the little crevices and drawers, as well as shelving and the walls of your fridge to make sure everything gets disinfected.