It’s National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day


Though the origin of this Nov. 15 event is unknown, there are plenty of reasons to participate. Among the best reasons is that it’s an opportunity to clear your home of unhealthy foods and snacks. Here are some other suggestions for National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.


Remove Spoiled Items and Clean

Believe it or not, food poisoning can start in the refrigerator. That’s why you should clean your refrigerator regularly to ensure there are no hidden hazards lurking inside. Toss spoiled dairy products, old leftovers (more than 3-5 days), moldy fruit, leaking jars/bottles, and any food that smells odd. Then make sure to clean drawers and shelves with warm, soapy water and wipe down the walls. Now, you’re ready to add fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and zero-calorie fluids.



Check the Temperature

Keeping food at the proper temperature is key to avoiding food poisoning. Your refrigerator should be at 34-40 degrees F. When the temperature exceeds 41 degrees, bacteria have the greatest chance of growing and spreading. Check the temperature regularly to ensure your refrigerator is performing properly.


Make Space for Holiday Leftovers

The holiday season is almost here. Use perishable items near their expiration date. The Signature Patient Website has more than 200 recipes to help you get started. You might be surprised to find you have all the ingredients for a great meal just sitting in the refrigerator.




This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.