It is difficult to find the right time to clean the refrigerator, because it is used constantly. However, regular maintenance is imperative to ensure that food is kept in good condition. We find the refrigerator among the household appliances that require the most maintenance.
The hygiene inside the fridge must be optimal in order to limit the development of pathogenic microorganisms and potential sources of mold. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about some of our best good tips to clean your entire appliance to reduce the risk of food contamination and poisoning effectively.
1. Check regularly that the fridge is in good working order
From time to time, it is advisable to check your fridge to make sure it is working properly. Indeed, a malfunction in the cold chain can have serious repercussions on our digestive system. So, we check that the door closes correctly (if it is not the case, we can play on the height of the feet, by raising the two in front, that can help), that the seal is in good condition, and that the fridge is well adjusted to make enough cold without making ice in the bottom.
If necessary, you should also learn how to store your food properly: first of all, you should remove the packaging (which many handlers have touched, which has gone from containers to trucks, to pallets, to shelves), and you should avoid having food touching each other (germ exchanges should be avoided: those that are good for one will rot the others).
2. How to clean your fridge?
The ideal would be to clean it at least twice a month, before doing the shopping. First, throw away the packaging and plastic bags; if necessary, repackage in airtight boxes. Then, we get rid of foods that have passed their best-before date:
- Sauces that we’ve only used once.
- Mayonnaise from three days ago.
- Stunted vegetables are starting to turn to juice.
When you’re done, you put what you want to keep in a cooler and remove each shelf before cleaning the fridge itself, not forgetting the door and, most importantly, the door seal. Then, we clean each shelf before putting it back in its place on each side.
3. What products should I use to wash my fridge?
You might be tempted to clean your fridge with bleach to eradicate any mold or mildew. This would be a bad idea. It’s better to banish all chemicals and opt for natural products. The ideal product for a proper cleaning of the fridge is white vinegar (you can find it under the name “household vinegar” or “crystal vinegar”, or even “spirit vinegar”, the only difference is the acidity level).
Choose vinegar with an acetic acid content of less than 8% so that it will not be dangerous if it is absorbed (think of the tomato on the shelf that you are hastily cutting up for the salad). In a container, mix 100 ml of white vinegar with 100 ml of warm water and soak a clean cloth with which you will conscientiously pass over each element of the surface of your pantry.
To give your appliance a good smell, you can add the juice of a lemon to your mixture. Then rinse with a sponge of warm water. For the seal, use pure household vinegar on a sponge or, even better, on a used toothbrush, but rinse thoroughly. Those who prefer to use baking soda will make a mixture of 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 40 cl of warm water (in a 50 cl bottle) with which to soak a sponge (yellow side).
After rubbing the stains, rinse the sponge and then the fridge, dry with a clean cloth. Baking soda is particularly appreciated for its ability to absorb odors; you can place a few grams of it in the bottom of your appliance so you won’t be bothered by conflicting odors. Think of renewing the contents of the cup once a month at each major cleaning. For the freezer part of your refrigerator, the method and the products are identical; it is just necessary to have removed the ice beforehand.
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