7 Great Reasons To Clean Out Your FridgeKaren Belz

All you wanted was a cold soda, but now you can’t avoid it – something stinks in your fridge. Like, really stinks. In fact, it smells like organisms might have developed and gained some type of intellect on Planet Deli Ham. You could avoid the problem, and hope that someone else takes responsibility (after all, you’re probably not the only person who uses the fridge – unless you live alone, in which this is all on you, buddy). Or, you could be a responsible adult (or, if you prefer the title, “Food Detective”) and take action.

If you’re in need of some motivation, here are seven solid reasons as to why cleaning out your fridge should be a practice you incorporate into your weekly routine.

1. Remnants Of Past Food Makes All Food Pretty Unappetizing

Food should be enjoyed, and you just can’t get the most out of it while looking at the stain left when you lost grasp of your fruit juice. You were in a rush that morning, and – well – kind of got used to staring at it after a few days.

Trust me – it only takes a few seconds, and it’ll make you look forward to opening up your fridge.

Speaking of food spills, make sure that all meat, poultry and seafood are wrapped and placed on the bottom shelf of the fridge – that way, you won’t risk meat juice contaminating the rest of your food.

2. Your Fridge Is, Strangely Enough, One Of Your Most Important Appliances.

A well maintained refrigerator will prevent you from getting sick. Food poisoning is real – and I’m sure that if you’ve experienced it at least once before, you know that you never want it to happen again. Also – while some expiration dates seem to be more like “suggestions,” others should be taken seriously. Don’t trust that yogurt that’s been wedged near the back. Always remember this simple rhyme: When in doubt, throw it out!

3. You’ll Save Money.

Listen, you guys. Every week, I used to buy a vat of spinach. Like, a Popeye-enhancing mound of the green stuff. And every week, I eat maybe 1/8th of it. Forgetting the fact that I don’t consume greens with every meal, I bought more and more spinach on a weekly basis. Let’s just say that it piled up, and turned into a disgusting disaster. I felt close to being a vegetable hoarder.

By cleaning your fridge, you have a weekly inventory in your mind. Not only have I stopped buying large amounts of spinach, but the spinach I have is fresh – no questions asked.

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  1. Reason number 8: (for those of us without AC), cleaning out the fridge can leave a shelf open. In the summer time put your pillow on that (cleaned) shelf for awhile, then when you go to sleep on it the cooled pillow feels really nice!