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Celebrate National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day With These Fun Facts

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I don’t know about you, but I HATE this chore!

Making it a national holiday doesn’t make it any more pleasant, but maybe these fun facts will inspire.

The origins of National Clean Out Your Fridge Day started with the Whirlpool Corporation back in 1995 and it was meant to be a moving holiday to fall on the third Wednesday of November to make room for the onslaught of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Who takes the prize for the most disgusting refrigerator content known to man? The community fridge at work. I will say that radio people are probably the worst offenders. There aren’t words in the English language that would give justice to the odors! Station management actually removed our community refrigerator a few years back! Think about it, then go look…I double dog dare you!

Expiration dates aren’t always a good indication of what should stay and what should be thrown out, but experts agree on this. When in doubt, throw it out.

Bacteria can grow on food whether it’s in the fridge or not. Colder temps just slow the process. Health experts recommend that a refrigerator should be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or lower. A setting of 41 degrees and above puts everything in the fridge, and you, at risk.

Even though today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, this task should be done more than once a year! Who knew? Click here for a guide on what foods should stay or be tossed and other great tips that might make this chore a little easier.

Do you have any USOs (unidentified shriveled objects) in your fridge? Share what should be thrown out of your fridge…don’t be squeamish! Disgusting is good today.

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