The Kitchen Staple That Can Help Keep Mold Out Of Your Fridge

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Let's face it, none of us enjoy the unwelcome sight of moldy corners in our fridge. Besides being visually unappetizing, mold can be downright dangerous to our health. It can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and other health problems, especially among immunocompromised individuals and those with hypersensitivity. So, how do you combat this unwelcome intruder? You may be surprised, but a household product in your kitchen cabinet can help remove mold: baking soda — the unsung hero of many a DIY household cleaning hack.

The science behind baking soda's ability to inhibit mold growth is simple but effective. Mold thrives in moist, somewhat acidic areas, and our fridges (unfortunately) tick both boxes. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate as science buffs would call it, is a base. This means it has the power to neutralize acidity, creating an environment where mold finds it hard to flourish. Plus, baking soda is incredibly absorbent, helping to keep that excess moisture in check — another thumb down for the fuzzy nuisance in your fridge!

How to use baking soda to prevent mold growth

Do you have your baking soda at the ready? Here's how you can use it as a DIY anti-mold solution. First, clear out your fridge. Check it for any spoiled food or visible mold and discard it immediately. Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to food safety! Then give your fridge a thorough cleaning using a mild detergent mixed with warm water. You can use a paste of baking soda and water for stubborn stains. Finally, make sure you dry your fridge thoroughly after cleaning. 

Now, it's time to deploy the baking soda. Place an open box or a small bowl of baking soda at the back of each shelf in your fridge. Putting the baking soda here ensures it's in a safe space where the possibility of it getting hit and spilling over is minimized. Change the baking soda every month or so to keep its mold-fighting capabilities at full strength. This way, it can continuously absorb excess moisture and neutralize acidity.

Keep your fridge mold free

This baking soda hack not only helps to fend off mold but also deodorizes your fridge. However, remember that baking soda isn't a magic bullet. You need to keep your fridge clean and get rid of spoiled food regularly to keep mold at bay. Other things you can do to prevent the scourage from returning include ensuring fruits and vegetables are completely dry and keeping different types of produce in sealed bags before storing them in the fridge. Of course, keeping refrigerated meat and prepared food in covered (preferably airtight) containers is also vital to combat mold and enhance the longevity of your leftovers.

Following these tips will minimize moisture in your fridge and help ensure your food is safe to consume. With just a bit of effort (and a trusty box of baking soda), those little fuzzy invaders trying to set up camp on your lunch will be things of the past.