How often should I clean my frig?

Refrigerator full of food
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Q:

How often should the inside of a home refrigerator be cleaned?

- Multnomah County, OR
A:

We generally recommend cleaning the refrigerator four times a year, once each season. Here are some guidelines for a clean and healthy refrigerator I would also suggest checking the temperature to make certain it is between 34'f and 40'f. This will keep foods fresh and safe as long as possible and reduce the likelihood of mold or bacteria growth if some foods get overlooked in the refrigerator for a long period of time.

Jeanne Brandt
County Specialist/Educator
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