Many of us take pride in keeping our homes and living spaces spick and span. But sometimes, there just aren't enough hours in the day to thoroughly clean every inch of our houses.
However, it seems that missing out on cleaning certain areas could actually be a much worse idea than we first thought.
When it comes to our kitchens, the fridge could be a hot bed for bacteria if we opt out of giving it a scrub every so often.
According to a study, the salad drawer of the machine in particular could pose the most potenital problems to our health.
The study states that it could contain up to 750 times the levels of bacteria considered to be safe, if not regularly disinfected. And it looks as though this could even be a particular problem in the warmer weather, like we’re experiencing in the UK now.
Tests found that on 30 home fridges, there was an average of 7,850 bacteria colony-forming units per square centimetre.
Paul McDonnell of Microban Europe in Cannock, Staffordshire, which commissioned the research, told the Daily Mail, “The whole purpose of a fridge is to keep food safe and minimise the chances of bacteria and mould growth so it is worrying that in some there is clearly a substantial problem, as the research indicates.
“The performance of fridges is especially important in warmer weather, when high ambient temperatures mean that the potential for bacteria to multiply is high.
“The low temperatures of fridges will only inhibit the growth of bacteria in tandem with regular cleaning. When bacteria get a foothold and no cleaning is taking place, they will tend to multiply over a period of time.”
In fact, according to research from applicancesdirect.co.uk, a whopping 71% of us don’t clean our home appliances regularly – with the fridge, oven, dishwasher and washing machines making the list of those we neglect the most.
It’s recommended to give your fridge a deep clean every three or four months – although it’s advised that you give it a spot clean as and when needed – perhaps before loading it up with your weekly shop.
Although most refridgerators are set at a temperature that aims to avoid bacteria growth, missing out on a regular clean could allow it to seep in, even in low temps.