How often should you clean out your fridge

ThinkstockPhotos-466087379Try as hard as we might, we’ve all had that moment when we’ve discovered a year-old tub of yoghurt or a jar of pickles older than some historical monuments.  Leaving food which is long-out of date in your fridge can be a serious problem, cross-contaminating your food and potentially causing food poisoning.  So how often should you clean your fridge?

A shelf life guide to the foods in your fridge
A shelf life guide to foods in your fridge

It’s generally recommended you go through your fridge at least once a week to throw away expired food and clean up any spills or stains.  You should avoid using solvent or abrasive cleaning products inside your fridge as this can damage it and create an unpleasant taste in your food.  Instead, if you don’t have a cleaning product specifically designed for fridges, use a mixture of water and vinegar for best effects.

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You should also give your fridge a proper clean at least a couple times a year.  Wipe the exterior
surfaces with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid and clean the interior with a mixture of a tablespoon of baking powder and half a litre of warm water.  This will avoid leaving unpleasant odours and tastes behind while making sure your fridge is nice and clean.

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