Appliance Repair Tip: Keeping A Clean Refrigerator Will Minimize Fridge Repairs & Keep Your Food Healthier

stuffed refrigeratorJust because bacteria, fungus, mold and other microorganisms prefer warm and wet environments to proliferate doesn’t mean that your refrigerator cannot become a breeding ground for these harmful, unseen hazards. In fact it is exactly these types of microorganisms that cause fresh food to spoil faster.

A clean, hygienic refrigerator simply means healthier food. Follow these tips to ensure that the food in your refrigerator is optimal for consumption:

Optimal Functioning

It is important to ensure that your refrigerator is functioning optimally and cooling foods to the right temperature. If you need to keep decreasing the temperature in order to keep the ideal climate in your refrigerator, then it is time to call in a technician. Excess moisture in the refrigerator may also be a sign that it isn’t operating optimally.

healthy foodFood Storage

It is always a good idea to store foods in closed containers, sealed plastic bags or wraps. Food that is not covered will release all kinds of microorganisms that will affect other types of food stored in the refrigerator. Never leave food in the refrigerator beyond it’s expiry date or for 2 to 3 days after it has been cooked.

Regular Service

Having your refrigerator serviced on a regular basis will ensure optimal functioning as well as hygiene. A refrigerator should be serviced by at least once every 1 to 2 years or more often if necessary or recommended by the manufacturer.

Cleaning And Care

It is recommended to clean your refrigerator at least once a week. Turn the refrigerator off at the wall socket and remove all food from the refrigerator as well as shelves, drawers and other accessories. These items should be washed, wiped down and dried properly before being replaced. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with a soft cloth that has a small amount of disinfectant detergent placed on it. Look for detergents that are non-abrasive and that are suitable for cleaning refrigerators. Make sure that the refrigerator is entirely dry before replacing food items.

Excess Moisture

Apart from warmth, moisture is the next essential ingredient for the spread of microorganisms. It is important to manage moisture in the refrigeration environment. Moisture can be released by foods contained in the refrigerator as well as the refrigeration process. Place an open container of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb excess moisture and bad odors. Keep in mind that bad odors are a sign that the refrigerator is not clean and hygienic.