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Mold in your refrigerator and the need for deep cleaning

Eliminating mold is the number one reason for deep cleaning your refrigerator. This is especially true if you or another family member suffers from allergies, asthma, or has a compromised immune system. In the event that you do not know how to recognize mold, it is those greenish-black spots on top of the sour cream, or the nasty fuzzy grey stuff on old fruits and vegetables.

Recognizing mold

However, mold also grows without those obvious spots. Yogurt may not have spots, but the container may be swelled, or the product may have a slightly fermented smell or taste. To consume this product can be particularly dangerous. We commonly associate mold with products that have been around too long, but in reality it can literally grow overnight.

Mold and mycotoxins

The real danger behind mold is that many mold species produce poisonous substances called mycotoxins.The most dangerous of these is commonly found in peanuts and grains in developing countries. When you purchase a bag of peanuts and notice a moldy smell or a foul taste, throw them away. The mycotoxins found on peanuts and grains are a serious health threat.

Waste or safety?

Part of the reason that mold is such a problem in the refrigerator is that no one likes to throw away food. Most of us resolve the problem by simply removing the ugly spots and eating what appears to be okay. There are times when that approach is totally acceptable. For example, it is safe to trim mold off hard foods such as cheddar cheese, just be careful to cut at least one inch all around the spot, being mindful to keep the knife from touching the mold. However, if you looked at molds under a microscope, you would see that they are long, thread-like organisms which grow rapidly in foods that are soft or liquid. In the case of yogurt or sour cream, it is better to throw out the whole container rather than taking any chances. This is especially true with bread. If one piece has mold on it, throw out the entire loaf.

Deep cleaning the fridge

We realize that housekeeping entails so many things. Keeping your refrigerator clean and organized is not only about cleanliness, it affects the health of your household. When the holidays or any days have you super busy, it is easy to forget about what’s behind closed doors. If you do not have the time, perhaps you should consider calling in professional housekeepers to help you get caught up.

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