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The refrigerator is a cornerstone of every household as it keeps your food fresh, from leftovers to raw meats stocked in the freezer. Unfortunately, it takes quite the beating on a regular basis – spills and residue, forgotten perishables that lead to funky smells, and overcrowding. As you strive for a healthy living environment and lifestyle, it’s important to properly clean, sanitize, and disinfect your refrigerator. While you may think that those terms are interchangeable, they actually serve distinct purposes in ensuring that food stays fresh longer and make your daily cooking sessions much easier.
Cleaning is your first line of defense, a fundamental step in upkeeping your fridge. The process involves the removal of visible dirt, sticky spills, and food residue from the surfaces of your refrigerators. It focuses on surface level hygiene and does not eliminate germs, but can help in reducing buildup.
Start by wiping down the interior surfaces, including shelves and drawers with a mild detergent or a mixture of warm water and baking soda. After wiping all surfaces, rinse with a damp cloth to remove residual cleaning product. If you want to maintain the aesthetics of your refrigerator, regular cleaning can avoid grime buildup, bacteria, and unpleasant odors.
Sanitizing takes your cleaning process a step further by reducing the microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi on the refrigerator’s surfaces. This step is necessary in the context of food storage, as it prevents the growth of harmful bacteria that can contaminate your food items. The process involves the use of chemicals to eliminate a significant portion of bacteria, but take note that it may not completely get rid of all types.
Start by applying the cleaning solution to interior surfaces, as well as high-touch areas such as handles and knobs. Allow the solution to sit on the surfaces before rinsing thoroughly with water. Sanitizing is crucial when storing raw meats, dairy products, and other perishable items that potentially carry harmful bacteria.
Disinfecting goes beyond sanitizing and is reserved for extreme cases that require deep cleaning. The process is crucial when dealing with harmful contaminants, like for when items have been left rotting in the fridge over a long period of time. It involves the use of stronger disinfectant that is safe for food contact surfaces, but it’s important to avoid excessive amounts of disinfectant that can cause food contamination. Disinfecting ensures that you effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses, so you keep you and your family safe and healthy.
No matter the fridge size, whether it’s a single or two door refrigerator, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are all necessary processes in maintaining a hygienic food storage practice. While we understand that different refrigerator styles like a french door or side by side refrigerator, require more time and effort, it’s important to remember that your food is only as clean as the refrigerator you store it in.
A little tip from us? A well-designed refrigerator is the way to go, from the interior build so you’re able to reach corners and crevices easily to its cutting edge features to maintain the refrigerator’s hygiene.
Well, you’re in luck, because you can opt for a less tedious cleaning process with Condura Refrigerators! For those who are starting out with independent living, the Condura No Frost Inverter Bottom Refrigerator is perfect for you! Less effort is needed with its auto evaporating system so you don’t need to drain accumulated water on the drain pan. It’s also designed with a tempered black glass door that’s easy to clean and scratch resistant. For big families, Condura No Frost Inverter Multidoor Refrigerator. Built with a low temperature catalyst sterilization or LTC that’s designed to filter the air inside your fridge; therefore eliminating odors, bacteria, molds, and other pollutants. Save time on the cleaning process so you can spend your meaningful moments with your family.