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Is your refrigerator making you sick?

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Posted by: The We Love Wipes Team on Mar 15 2017
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We all love our refrigerator, it’s the place where food is kept after all, but did you know your fridge has a lot of germs that could make you sick?

In 2011, researchers from the odor control company Microban Europe discovered some potentially harmful bugs lurking in refrigerators, like E.coli, salmonella and listeria.

Tests on 30 different salad drawers found an average of 7,850 bacteria colony-forming units per square centimetre (cfu/cm2), and in some cases it found 129,000 bacteria per cfu/cm2!

Currently the standard European Commission recommendation for safe and clean food storage and preparation is 0 to 10 germs per cfu/cm2. This means that our fridges could be harming us. It’s a good job there are plenty of ways to avoid those germs and keep your fridge clean:

The right placement

Where you place food in the refrigerator is very important. Make sure that you keep raw meat on the bottom shelf to avoid juices dripping onto other foods, and to separate your fruit and vegetables. This is vital because fruit emits ethylene and this gas can make vegetables go off quicker.

The right temperature

Fridges at a temperature of 41°F or higher can allow microbes to grow. It’s best to keep your fridge between 32°F and 40°F, and to keep your freezer at 0°F. Leaving your fridge or freezer door open for long periods of time is a bad idea too, as this can increase the temperature.

The right cleaning schedule

This one might sound obvious, but it is important to stay on top of cleaning your fridge. Every time you go grocery shopping get the antibacterial wipes out and give your fridge a good clean before putting the fresh food in. This will also give you the opportunity to throw anything out that might be going off, and help protect your new food. It is also important to deep clean the fridge monthly with hot soapy water and a scouring sponge to remove any build up or spillages.

Do you have any other tips for making sure that your refrigerator is free from nasty germs? Get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know!

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scary thought that nowhere seems safe these days
Tue October 24 2017
This is awesome - thanks for sharing.
Tue October 24 2017
This is interesting. Love the read
Tue October 24 2017
Great wipes
Tue October 24 2017
Great wipes
Tue October 24 2017
keep a note on your calendar when you are next due to clean the fridge(make the note on the day you clean it and then count ahead so that you don't turn over the calendar page and miss it)
Tue October 24 2017
The one thing that drives me mad is that raw foods are put on shelves above cooked foods. Nothing that I say can make the men in my house realise this is dangerous!
Tue October 24 2017
Wow I never knew there could be so many germs
Tue October 24 2017
I regularly clean it using white vinegar. It is a great anti-bacterial!
Mon October 23 2017
Good advice on placement of the food I tend to just put food in the fridge while unpacking x
Mon October 23 2017
Very interesting article
Mon October 23 2017
When you buy fresh meat or fish and they come pre packed, take them out and put in a suitable food bag and place on the bottom of the fridge
Sun October 15 2017
Yikes! Must remember these top tips!
Sat October 14 2017
Eat out a lot and then you can just keep beer sand wine in the ridge
Fri October 13 2017
Our work fridges are gross and it’s always the same people who end up cleaning them.
Thu October 12 2017