The Germiest Place In The Refrigerator You're Probably Skipping When Cleaning

October 19, 2018

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Okay, we going to talk about eh grossest spot in your refrigerator that you're probably not cleaning.  Now it's not your fault.  In fact, your refrigerator is filled with filth!  You are constantly introducing new items on its shelves from stores, restaurants and outside gardens.  It is one of the few places you go in and out of multiple times per day potentially introducing new strains of bacteria. While there are a few spots you would probably guess are a germ's nirvana, such as door handles, the grossest spot in your fridge is actually pretty surprising. According to NSF International, an organization devoted to developing public health standards and certification to protect human health and educate consumers about sanitation, the dirtiest spot in your fridge is actually the vegetable drawer. This may come as a surprise, as veggies seem sort of innocuous. Yes, you're supposed to wash them, but they aren't as obvious a risk as, say, where you store your chicken. But in their tests, an NSF study found germs like Salmonella and Listeria, as well as yeast and mold, in the veggie drawer. The problem is not the veggies themselves, but that they can become cross-contaminated with other items, including meat juices, in your shopping cart, grocery bag, and other food handling. While many of us are conditioned to take precautions with storing meat, we just don't think about it the same way for veggies. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to clean the drawer: Just empty it, pull it out of the fridge, and then wash it in the sink with dish soap and water. Either let it air-dry or pat it dry with paper towels before replacing it in the fridge. And get into the habit of doing this about once a month.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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