Cleaning the fridge is a feared task, but it has to be impeccable, since it stores food, right? Of course. So, how often do you need to be cleaned to meet these standards? Well, it depends on how deep clean we are talking about.
Slide and protect every day
A good rule of thumb is to be diligent every day to avoid cross contamination and simply evil in general. Wipe up any spills that occur immediately with a cloth moistened with food-grade antibacterial spray.
Also, make sure you never put raw meat in the refrigerator in a container that can spill liquids. Throw it in a storage bag or container that can be closed until you cook it, recommends the US government. UU
Once a week, take the leftovers and have an impromptu day. Do not let old food get to the point where it is growing. Mold spores can spread to fresh foods. According to the US Department of Agriculture. UU., Some food molds can cause allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Some can even be toxic.
If you have trouble remembering how old something is, write down the date and food on a dry erase board every time you put something new in the refrigerator. While you're at it, clean the shelves, the door seals and the vegetable containers.
Seasonally deep cleaning
At the beginning of each new season, resolve to give your refrigerator deep cleaning. Here's how:
- Remove everything from the refrigerator and place the perishable items in a refrigerator with ice.
- Take a look at all your condiments and add them if they have already passed the "use before" date.
- Remove the boxes of meat and vegetables. Place them in a bathtub or in a sink filled with warm, soapy water.
- While the drawers are soaking, clean the inside of the refrigerator, the door panels, the top of the refrigerator and the seals. Make a good cleaning solution with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart (approximately 1 liter) of hot water.
- Rinse everything you have cleaned with a clean, damp cloth.
- Rinse vegetables and boxes with warm water, dry them and place them back in the refrigerator.
Change the water filter every six months
If you have an ice maker, you probably have a water filter inside the refrigerator. Consumer Reports recommends taking a look at the manual to find out where it is and how often it needs to be replaced. Many need to change every six months or so.