Your Fridge and Food Safety

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Story Updated: Nov 18, 2013

Here are 5 easy tips to get rid of grime and odors.

Cleaning the refrigerator is one of those things most of us put off.... but according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service freshening up the fridge regularly is good for your health.

Start with a batch of vinegar and water to wipe down the inside walls and shelves.

If the stains are really stubborn, try scrubbing with a mixture of baking soda and water.

You can attack nasty odors with rolled up newspapers. Stuff them in the fridge and leave for a few days to soak up any lingering smells. When you take them out...use the vinegar and water solution.

Or you can combat odors with a cotton swab soaked in vanilla. Try putting it in the freezer for a few days and see if things improve.

Once the scrubbing is done, prevent future odors with an open container of baking soda or coffee on a back shelf.

Finally, if these eco-friendly solutions don't do the trick...bring in the commercial cleaner. But make sure you follow the instructions on the label.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news for healthier living.

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