WHAT IS LURKING IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR? Refrigerator Hygiene

Posted by Virginia Makoti on Sunday, July 5, 2015



Have you ever wondered how clean and germ free is your refrigerator?  What is lurking in there can be harmful to you and your family. Each and everyday, millions of households use this wonderful invention to preserve their freshly bought or cooked food to set delicious home made desserts and to chill preferred beverages.  When modern day refrigerators where introduced as household kitchen appliances, they were a God-send. They changed our cooking habits. Storage for our daily consumables became easy do; allowing families to buy meat products, dairy products as well as ready to eat frozen food in bulk. But just, how much better has our lives gotten due to the usage of refrigerators?

Everyday, there is a medical case of food poisoning; some resulting in death. This is largely caused by the way we store our food. If storage is not done properly it will result in bacteria growth, viruses and parasites, which will pose a serious threat to those with impaired immune system, due to toxins contained inside them. When food is ingested with bacteria, it continues to grow in the intestine, setting an infection which causes sickness!

Beneath the shiny surface of the refrigerator lies millions of micro- organism cultures which will instantly cause havoc to the human body system. Simple spills can cause molds and bacteria. By setting your refrigerator's temperature correctly, you will stop bacteria which are already living in there from multiplying, while still keeping food fresh. These commonly known bacteria are ecoli. This organism is found in undercooked meat, dairy products and unpasteurized beverages such as milk and fruit juices. Salmonella which is found in the digestive tract of animals and contaminated food is another bacterium which is more deadly in older people and those with chronic illnesses. There is also listeria, which is a bacterium found in soil, water and some animals. It can grow in cold temperatures, even in the refrigerator. Listeria can be killed by cooking and pasteurization.

When it comes to the hygiene of our refrigerators, we have to take all extra measures which will make sure that we just don’t save on our grocery bills but that we save on our medical bills as well. 

HERE ARE SOME BASIC STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN CLEANING AND ARRANGING YOUR REFRIGERATOR WHILST KEEPING IT BACTERIA FREE:

1. STORAGE

Drawers
Salads, raw vegetables and fruit should be stored in these drawers.

Top shelf
Ready to eat products such as dairy should be stored here.

Middle shelf
Left-over, cooked meat and package food should be stored on this shelf.

Bottom shelf
All raw meat, fish should be stored here and covered in sealed containers.

2. CLEANING

Clean the handle of the fridge frequently because it is touched often, leaving traces of germs on it.

Scrub the insides of the refrigerator with warm soapy water, mild disinfectant and sponge, rinse with warm water and dry with paper towel.

Wash off any spills of raw meat juice to reduce cross contamination, and wipe any spills immediately.

Eliminate odors by placing baking soda in the back of the refrigerator.

Always avoid over stuffing your refrigerator, this causes air not to circulate as its supposed to in order to keep food chilled.

Always pack new products at the back of the refrigerator, moving older ones to the front, to save them from spoiling and having molds grow on them. Go through it once a week to make sure that temperature settings are correct, and there are no spills or molds in there. Doing these simple basics will not only save you money but will keep you in good health.



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