How to keep your fridge clean and healthy

fridge cleaningA recent Canstar Blue survey showed that 1 in 5 New Zealanders place greater importance on looks over functionality when it comes to purchasing a fridge. If looks are important, it stands to reason that you also want your fridge to be clean!

So here are some helpful tips on how to keep your fridge clean – and healthy.

Keep your fridge clean

Thoroughly clean your fridge on a weekly basis with hot water and mild disinfectant. Be sure to clean up any spills immediately before they have a chance to dry, and wipe off rims of things like jam jars and sauce bottles before putting them back in the fridge.

Think outside the box

Regularly wipe doors and fridge edges with warm water and mild disinfectant. And pay special attention to the areas around the handles which are likely to harbor sticky fingerprints.

Shut that door

Get your chilled and frozen food home quickly, and don’t overfill your fridge when you get there. Having enough room for air circulation is important for effective cooling. And make sure you keep your fridge door shut as much as you can. Having the door open, even when you are unpacking groceries, allows hot air to enter your fridge and raise its temperature. Temperatures can rise very quickly and warm air is the ideal setting for bugs to flourish.

Keep it cool

Your fridge should be set to between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius. This is not only to keep food fresh, but also to prevent any bacteria already lurking in your fridge from multiplying.

Never the twain shall meet

Keep raw meat separate from cooked meat and other ready-to-eat foods. If a piece of raw meat falls off a plate onto other foods or surfaces, it could be spreading salmonella all over the fridge. So always store raw meat at the bottom of your fridge to avoid blood and other animal juices from dripping onto other foods.

Out with the old, in with the new

Always rotate old foods with new. Make sure that older supplies of food are used first and make a habit of storing new stock at the back of your fridge, bringing older food to the front. This includes things like fruit, vegetables and eggs. Sadly, 43% of us admit that we throw away food from our refrigerator at least every week.

Keeping your fridge clean not only means that it looks better, but it can also save you money in the long run by less food wastage and potentially less household illness.

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