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How Cleaning Your Fridge Helps Your Health

By Brandi Goodman 

Your refrigerator is most likely something that gets used daily. Despite this fact, many people allow extended intervals between cleaning times. You should actually be cleaning out your refrigerator at least every three months at maximum. Doing so can help your health.

Cleaning and Organizing Helps Mental Well-Being

Your mental well-being can struggle when you know you have something dirty or unorganized in your home. The thoughts of a dirty fridge that needs organizing can eat away at you, causing you to feel stressed and overwhelmed. You may realize it needs done, but just don't have the time right now to complete the task. Schedule the time and clean and organize your fridge so you can improve your mental well-being and get that stress reduced. If you really can't fit it in, have a cleaner come and do it for you.

Reducing the Risk of Bacteria

Bacteria grows easily in cold, damp environments. This makes your refrigerator the perfect breeding ground. Uncovered food and dripping juices from fruits, vegetables, and meat can quickly contaminate your appliance and leave germs to fester. You want to be sure you're cleaning out old food regularly and keeping things covered so you can reduce the risk associated with bacteria from food.

Improving Breathing Quality

Huh? How does a clean refrigerator help you breathe? Not many people make the effort to actually fully clean their fridge. You may wipe down the inside, and even the door handle, but what about the coils and components behind it? Dust gets trapped in various areas of your refrigerator which can cause breathing issues as you inhale it. You should be regularly cleaning out the coils and keeping the top and back of your fridge dusted so you can breathe easily. It will also keep your appliance working efficiently. 

Creating Space for Healthier Foods

When you take the time to clean out your refrigerator, you make space for healthier food options. A full fridge will leave you weary of buying fruits and vegetables that may not fit. You may be more apt to purchase processed items that can go in your cupboards instead. Keeping your fridge cleaned out and spacious can give you a reason to fill it with nutritious options.

Every few months at most, be sure you're setting aside the time to fully clean out your refrigerator. This means taking everything out, sanitizing the shelves, and giving the whole unit a full rub-down. You don't want germs to linger and spread. Keeping a clean fridge is beneficial for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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