`Clean Your Fridge Day` is on November 15th, and it's a good reminder of what we should do more than once a year. Did you know that many fridges contain up to 750 times the level of bacteria considered safe? How many of us really understand the dangers lurking within the cool interior of our fridge? Here are a few to watch out for.
Mould grows easily in door seals and other nooks and crannies. Mould can migrate throughout the fridge, contaminating your food. Products such as Concentrated Fungicidal Mould Remover are a safe and cost- effective way to remove even the blackest mould.
The ideal fridge temperature is five degrees centigrade or below. Any warmer than this and your food will start to grow mould more quickly. If you notice your fridge is `sweating` and adjusting the temperature has no effect, you may need to buy a new fridge as increased moisture in the fridge creates a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.
It is easy to put new items directly into the fridge without wiping the empty fridge first. Bad fridge hygiene habits place you at risk of illness. Any fresh food you put in your unclean fridge is likely to spoil more quickly.
Follow this guide to a cleaner fridge and a healthier you. Your fridge can be switched on or off. Before you start, ensure you have a good selection of cleaners & sanitisers to thoroughly clean and protect your fridge.
Step 1: Remove all items from the fridge. Tip: pop them in a cool container whilst you clean.
Step 2: Throw away any out-of-date, mouldy or leaking items. Tip: remember — if in doubt, throw it out!
Step 3: Take out all shelving and crisper compartments. Tip: to avoid cracking and breaking, put them on the side to warm up before washing in hot water.
Step 4: Wash and cleanse the shelving and units. Dry them before returning to the fridge.
Step 5: Wipe the inside of the fridge with a good cleaning solution. Also clean the outside of your fridge, paying attention to the handles. Tip: use a toothbrush to get into any awkward areas.
Step 6: Wipe each item and return to the fridge.
Keep your raw meats and seafood in sealed containers stored at the bottom of your fridge. This prevents juices leaking on to other foodstuffs. Keep food that is to be eaten raw separate from other food. Cheese should be stored in a sealed container. Wash any soil from your vegetables and salads before placing them in the fridge.
Fridge odour can sometimes be an issue. Milder foods can become contaminated by stronger-smelling foods. To prevent this, check the temperature of your fridge and use a product that will absorb any pungent food odours. You can use the Fridge Fresh Egg, as not only does it indicate when your fridge is at the correct temperature, but it also absorbs food odours, keeping your fridge safe and clean-smelling.
To keep your fridge clean and germ-free, wipe up any spills as they occur. The quicker you clean it up, the easier it is to remove.