The food we eat can either be the safest and the most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison. So, it’s important to take simple steps like cleaning our fridge to ensure a healthy level of hygiene. Here are some hacks that are pretty simple yet effective in sanitizing your refrigerator.
Make separate compartments for fruits and vegetables.
If you want these products to stay fresh in your fridge a lot longer, then it's important to store ethylene-sensitive vegetables alone in a high-humidity drawer. On the other hand, ethylene-producing fruits should be stored in a separate drawer with the low-humidity setting on.
Don’t store milk on the side of your fridge door.
As the fridge door opens, the temperature of the products drop and the constant fluctuation results in the milk spoiling faster. Therefore, dairy products should always be kept on a shelf in the main compartment of your fridge.
Put water containers in your freezer.
Fill empty containers with water and keep them in your freezer. It helps them run more efficiently and maintain ideal temperatures when full.
Use transparent boxes more often to store food in your fridge.
Don’t use opaque plastic tubs. The see-through ones help you to know what you have in your fridge and what needs to be used first.
Make sure and limit the amount of air that's trapped inside your food containers.
Products like eggs, asparagus, beets, mushrooms, carrots, celery, cucumbers, zucchini, berries, etc. last longer in an airtight container.
When it comes to veggies, try to remove the green parts from the roots.
The green parts of the vegetables, like radish, beets, carrots, etc., suck the moisture out of the edible roots, making them limp and chewy. So remember to trim them off before storing your veggies in the refrigerator.
Next time you vacuum your carpet, stop for a moment, and used it in the back of your refrigerator.
This might not sound like a great idea, but dust particles accumulate behind the refrigerator and settle on the condenser coils. Cleaning them will help the heat from the refrigerator dissipate quicker.
It's always a good idea to cover every item that you store in your refrigerator.
When food is left uncovered, it releases moisture in the air, which won't be entirely removed by the compressor and could make your fridge start to smell. So cover your food whenever possible.
Create a homemade cleaner that will work wonders for your refrigerator and won't make it smell like chemicals.
Take some lemon and some rosemary and turn it into a cleaning solution. Not only will this prevent mold and mildew from forming inside the fridge, but it will make it look and smell like new.
Designate a special place to store foods that should be eaten right away.
Leftovers are pretty common, especially in a big household, or if you have the habit of over ordering takeout. So some people work on the principle of out of sight, out of mind and forget all about it until it rots. So to prevent wasting good food, label your containers, so you'll know what you've got.