Keeping Your Refrigerator Free From Germs

Here are some tips to keep your refrigerator free from germs which of course is very important for the health of you and your family.

Refrigerators are opened so many times a day.  People going in and grabbing this and that – all which could lead to more germs in the fridge.

Keeping the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer is very important.  According to FoodSafety.gov, they suggest you keep your refrigerator at 40 degrees and your freezer at 0.  You could monitor the temperature of your fridge and freezer by investing in an appliance thermometer.

Compartments are made in refrigerators for specific reasons.  Keep raw meets on the lower shelf and if they are thawing, keep them on a plate with a lip to prevent drippings onto other foods.

Don’t keep foods past expiration dates.  Don’t use foods that are 5 days past their ‘sell by’ date.  Click the link to see how long various foods really last in the fridge.  Food list here

Leftovers should only be kept for three days – no longer than four maximum.

Keep shelves and insides of drawers clean by wiping down with soap and water at least once a week.  Keep on top of spills by cleaning them up as soon as you notice them.

Do a thorough cleaning several times a year.  Empty all the contents and scrub with baking soda and water.  Only put back the foods that are not expired and that are fresh.

Keep in mind that sponges can be a breeding grounds for germs so I suggest using a clean kitchen washcloth.

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