Filthy fridge hell

HEALTH RISK: Grim findings on fridge cleaning habits. Photo credit: Flickr

APPLIANCE repair company recently conducted a national fridge cleanliness study, involving 2,000 UK adults, and the findings were pretty grim.

According to the research, the average British fridge hasn’t been properly cleaned for 87 days. That’s more than three times longer than the recommended length of time between cleans. Shockingly, almost one in ten Britons can’t even remember the last time they cleaned their fridge.

Brighton is the UK’s dirty fridge capital. 17 per cent of the city’s residents can’t remember the last time they cleaned their fridge and among those who do remember, the average time since the last clean is 138 days.

Glasgow has the dirtiest fridges, with more residents than anywhere else in the UK leaving their fridge without a clean for more than a year.

The research also looked at workplace fridges as part of the study and if you’re thinking of taking yesterday’s Spaghetti Bolognese into work today, you might want to think again.

Four in ten (38 per cent) respondents who regularly kept their lunch in an office fridge said they had no idea when the fridge was last cleaned out.

Equally, if not more alarming than fridge cleanliness, was the lack of understanding around how the appliances actually work. Just over 10 percent of study participants wrongly believe that – because they’re temperature controlled – fridges require no cleaning at all.

James Holden, spokesperson for, believes misconceptions about how fridges actually work are behind the problem.

“According to our research, a worrying amount of people wrongly believe they don’t need to regularly clean their fridge. But even in a cool environment, food can go off and bacteria can rapidly contaminate other items. It’s really important for hygiene and maintenance reasons to regularly clean your fridge.

“We recommend doing a deep clean of your fridge every four weeks. To make life a little bit easier, schedule your next clean the day before you do your food shopping. This way, there will be fewer items to remove from the fridge before cleaning.”


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