Mold in Fridge

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Have you ever opened the fridge and been afraid to touch the container that’s been in the back for what seems like years? 

Wondered if the thing your kids left from lunch last week was going to crawl right out of the kitchen and start its own colony? Just what IS that stuff growing in there, anyway?

A common occurrence in everyday life, mold has become a joke passed around for years. People laugh about the science experiments, then just toss out the offender. Mold growing on food stores isn’t actually a laughing matter.

Why is mold growing in my fridge

Mold is microscopic fungi and is carried by air currents and foot traffic into the home. Some of the crop may be part of the penicillum family, which is beneficial when processed into penicillin. 

It is not safe to consume, though. Small children and the elderly could become sick after eating food from which the mold has been cut from.

How to clean mold out of a fridge

There are several foods on which mold can be safely removed. Hard cheeses can be cut at least one inch from the mold. The cheese is too dense for the mold roots to penetrate far.

Hard salami and cured hams can be scrubbed clean and eaten. Mold is normal on these products. Some cheeses have natural mold in them, but if any grows on the outside, the cheese should be discarded in full.

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Say hi to some of the friends that you might find in your fridge

How to remove mold from fridge

Popping open a container of spoiled food to throw away can make you sick if not done properly.

By carelessly opening a container, then not wrapping the spoiled contents, you can inadvertently introduce even more mold spores into your home.

Just smelling the food can cause the fungi spores to enter your respiratory system, causing problems.

Is fridge mold dangerous?

For best results in controlling mold on food, buy small amounts and use quickly.

Fruits and vegetables that grow molds can make you very sick.

The molds on produce cause mycotoxins. The worst mycotoxins are aflatoxins and are cancer causing if consumed in large amounts. Aflatoxins are found mostly in corn and peanuts and are very common.

The USDA and FDA keep an eye on the corn and peanut supplies in the U.S. and remove any supplies that have unacceptable amounts of aflatoxins.

How to clean mold from fridge

If you notice mold growing in your refrigerator, grab the vinegar and spray down the inside of it. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub down. 

Vinegar kills mold because it is acetic acid mixed with water. Acetic acid is one of the two acids used to kill and prevent mold that are also safe to eat in small amounts. If you have black spots of mold growing on the rubber gaskets mix three tablespoons of bleach in a quart of water, then scrub well.

How to prevent mold in my fridge

You can prevent most mold by just keeping a step ahead and cleaning often.

Wiping down the inside of your appliance with one tablespoon baking soda mixed in one quart of water once a month will help prevent growth.

If you notice a musty smell on your cleaning cloths or sponges, wash them in the dishwasher or put them in the microwave for a few seconds. Recently scientists have discovered that microwaving sponges kill more germs, mold, and bacteria in them than washing.

Using sponges or cloths that have not been treated in this manner can spread mold spores all over your kitchen.

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