As I was performing valuable social media research on twitter yesterday (aka: procrastinating) I saw a tweet saying, ” Fun times. I get to clean out the office fridge today.” And my heart immediately went out to the tweeter.
For haven’t we all seen the scary, hazardous state of office refrigerators everywhere?
After further “research” I found an entire tumblr site dedicated to the nasty things found in office refrigerators … Like this …
… and far worse. Warning: Visit containerspore.tumblr.com at your own risk!
What if you find yourself assigned the title of Indiana “Office Refrigerator” Jones, like poor Connie in this cartoon?
Thankfully, Food Safety.gov has put together some helpful guidelines to help prevent your office refrigerator from become a hazmat zone in the first place.
Office Refrigerator Safety Guidelines
- Keep your refrigerator at 40° or lower since refrigeration slows bacterial growth.
- Create a schedule to throw out perishable foods left in the refrigerator once a week.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Keep an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
- Share the responsibility.
In a future blog post we’ll have to share more of the hilarious employee-created signs out there, shaming their co-workers into cleaning up after themselves. Clearly, there are a lot of nasty office refrigerators out there!
For now, though, it’s time to dive into your dirty fridge. You can do it! You will need:
The Official Clean-Out-The-Office-Fridge Kit
- A safety rope and an SOS signal to let your co-workers know to call 911 (okay, just kidding)
- Reusable latex cleaning gloves or disposable vinyl gloves
- A face mask to put a mental & physical ‘barrier” between you and the gross stuff.
- Garbage Bags
- Spray all-purpose cleaner
- Paper Towels
- Air Freshener
What else should the official Clean-Out-The-Office-Fridge Kit contain? Let me know what we should add to the kit!