When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? If you do not remember, you are not alone. In a survey conducted in the US in May 2012 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics / Con Agra Foods, nearly 20 percent of respondents said they did not know how long they had cleaned their refrigerator. Another twenty percent had never cleaned their fridge!
If you are dealing with this problem, then it is time to get started, beginning with laying the spoiled food, jars and packages open for too long then cleaning every nook and cranny of your refrigerator: shelves and drawers and the storage rack. Indeed, whether fresh or spoiled, some foods can shelter bacteria that can then contaminate everything inside your refrigerator.
Use a soapy sponge to scrub the refrigerator and eventually rinse your sponge in water and vinegar. There is some cleaner that you can make yourself: mix half warm water and half vinegar with 15 drops of essential oils of tea tree which is ideal to clean after cleaning the refrigerator with soap.
How to keep bacteria at bay
- Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C)
Keep the temperature between 0 and 4 ° C degrees because from more than 4 ° C, the bacteria can multiply rapidly. Place a thermometer in the central part to check the temperature in the heart of the refrigerator, then adjust the thermostat if necessary. Be careful not to leave the door open too long (when you store your groceries, for example) and make sure the doors are closed.
- Preserve food
It’s advisable to keep food in reusable containers like sealable plastic boxes, glass or stainless steel which can be closed with next-generation plastic lids (without phthalates or BPA). Never leave yogurt, cheese, ready meals opened. Try to cover or better to transfer to an airtight container. This conservation method helps keep food fresher but also to keep your refrigerator clean. Indeed, with more airtight containers there will be no leaks or stains in your fridge! Tip: If you defrost raw meat in the refrigerator, it is recommended to place it in a container that closes to prevent cross contamination of bacteria but also drops due to thawing.
- Do not let the dirt settle
Before storing them in the refrigerator, wipe the outside of the jars, bottles and jars by removing food debris that can stick it (tomato sauce, milk, ketchup, etc.). This will help to keep things clean and prevent odors. Clean without waiting as previously indicated and wipe to remove moisture. Also, check the tightness of the seal around the door and remember to clean the area where food is easily pile up of crumbs and residues or mold.