November 15th is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day – yes there is a day for everything! Cleaning out the fridge is a chore that is important, but often overlooked. Let’s see why you should make time to clean out your refrigerator this November 15th.

The Bacteria in Your Refrigerator

A large percentage of what you eat is stored in your refrigerator. These foods can be the source of bacteria in your fridge, and can spread contamination.

With all of the raw foods stored in the refrigerator, it is common for some bacteria to stick around. The refrigerator meat compartment is known to harbor E.coli, while both meat and vegetable compartments often test positive for salmonella.

Not only do these germs contaminate your food inside the fridge, but they can also escape out into your kitchen when the fridge is opened and as food is moved around to cooking areas. Think counters, sink, cutting boards, kitchen utensils…

Creating a Clean Fridge and Kitchen

Cleaning your refrigerator can be a daunting task. For the most efficient refrigerator sanitation, follow these steps:

  • Take all the food out of your refrigerator and throw away anything that has gone bad.
  • Remove all shelves and drawers.
  • Wipe the shelves, drawers, and interior down with a mixture of dish soap and water. Do not use harsh chemicals, like bleach, since these sections come in contact with food.
  • Reassemble the fridge and return all the food. For more tips, visit Cleanipedia.

It’s essential to keep a clean refrigerator to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. There’s great care that has to be taken when handling meat and raw food. There’s always going to be bacteria in your kitchen but what can you do on a regular basis to decrease the chances of creating an environment with harmful germs? This can be more difficult as these invisible microorganisms are anywhere and everywhere, including the air and surfaces.

The best way is to Reset & Protect with Healthy Home Solutions. We use a hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectant that breaks down bacteria on surfaces and in the air. It is released into the air as a fog, and can reach every area of your kitchen.

Healthy Home Solutions uses Halosil’s disinfectant system to remove bacteria from the air. This EPA registered formula combines hydrogen peroxide with silver ions to create a solution trusted to treat any space, including medical centers and laboratories. Halosil’s formula has a proven 99.9999% kill-log efficacy for C-Diff and is an effective disinfectant against Staph, MRSA, Norovirus, Influenza and more.

Healthy Home Solutions also fights pathogens after creating a clean slate in your kitchen through the use of probiotics. These are not the probiotics you think of for your gut that you ingest. BetterAir uses probiotics to combat bad bacteria, while spreading good bacteria and purifying the air. Because the formula is natural and free of harsh chemicals, it is safe to use in the kitchen. Running a BetterAir Biodify machine in your kitchen will continually clean the air and those items we mentioned, such as counters, sinks, cutting boards, kitchen utensils, and more.

With Healthy Home Solutions of CT  you can Reset & Protect your kitchen and any other areas of your home, office or building.  Check out our other services, including mold testing and remediation, water restoration, odor control and air duct cleaning.

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