Scientists have recently made a test which resulted that in the refrigerator drawers for fruits and vegetables contain 750 times more bacteria than the level considered to be safe for health. Potential killer bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella and listeria are among the most commonly found in refrigerators, despite that temperatures in the interior are very low.
30 refrigerators were tested and most had more than 7850 colonies of bacteria per square centimeter. There were severe cases in which the number of colonies in the same area reached to 129,000.
Here’s what to do to keep your refrigerator as clean and disinfect as possible:
1. Establishes a day of the week to clean the refrigerator. Remove all the products from it and put them in a cool room, so they do not decay (it is possible that some foods to be more susceptible than others).
2. Remove all the shelves and drawers from the refrigerator and wash them with a sponge soaked in detergent and then put them under running hot water.
3. Spray a powerful disinfectant on these shelves and drawers, leave several minutes the liquid and then rinse again with plentiful water.
4. For the refrigerator use another disinfectant, but this time more environmentally friendly. Vinegar is the best option in this regard, especially because it removes all odors inked over time. After sprayed liberally , wipe the entire inside surface of the refrigerator with a clean, dry cotton cloth.
5. When the walls or shelves of the refrigerator gets dirty or stains because of food, would be better to wipe immediately with a disinfectant that is always near your refrigerator.