Imperatives and process of cleaning your refrigerators always

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Imperatives and process of cleaning your refrigerators always

How clean your refrigerator is speaks volumes about your cleanliness and hygiene, which in turn says a lot about the health status of your family.

Dirty refrigerators can be a breeding ground for bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria and other germs.

A clean refrigerator will keep your food fresh longer and reduce the risk of food borne illnesses. Also throwing out expired items will help create more space and better, healthier airflow between items.

A clean and organised refrigerator can improve household harmony.

A dirty, cluttered refrigerator can be a hidden source of stress for the whole family.

Being able to quickly find what you are looking for can save you wasted time and reduce your overall stress levels.

A clean and organised refrigerator will make you a better cook. You are more likely to plan, cook and eat healthier meals when you have a general idea of the food items you have on hand.

Also, knowing exactly what you have in your refrigerator allows you to combine ingredients to give delicious recipe. As a bonus, during the process of cleaning out your refrigerator, you may also come across some unexpired treasures that you can work into future menus.

Items needed to clean your refrigerator include: hot, soapy water; clean towels;
clean Water.

Step 1 – Empty your refrigerator: Empty all items in your refrigerator and put them on a counter or table while you clean. Trash out expired food items, uneaten leftovers and recalled foods.

Take out shelving, drawers, and any other removable parts.

Don’t leave food out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.

Step 2 – Wash removable parts: Wash shelving, drawers, and any other removable parts by hand with hot, soapy water.

Dry with a clean towel.

Don’t run cold glass shelves or drawers under hot water because the glass could crack.

Let them come to room temperature first.

Step 3- Clean and sanitise inside the refrigerator

Wipe the inside of the empty refrigerator with hot, soapy water; then wipe with clean water to rinse off the soap.

Dry with a clean towel.

Don’t forget to wipe inside the doors and any drawers that cannot be removed.

Step 4 – Return shelves, drawers, and food

Put the shelves, drawers, and other removable parts back in the refrigerator, along with the other items you took out.

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