If you work a lot of hours you may not have time to keep an eye on the food in your refrigerator to ensure it is healthy. This is important, however, for your safety as well as your family's. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure your food stays healthy so you will not have to worry about this. Below are two of these things to help you get started.
Purchase a Food Monitoring System
One of the best ways to keep food safe in your refrigerator is to purchase a food monitoring system. The monitoring system will check the temperature inside your refrigerator constantly so you will know it is always at the right temperature. Some systems will also check the airflow in the refrigerator. You can also use food monitoring systems to check the temperature and air flow in the freezer.
If the temperature goes blow or above the temperature level that you preset, a visible and audible alarm will sound. The thermometer may suction to a wall or clip on a shelf inside the refrigerator or freezer.
You can find these systems in home improvement stores or online and they come in a wide range of prices. Larger systems can be expensive, but you should have no problem finding one in your price range to work well with a residential refrigerator.
Keep it Clean
Once a week clean out your refrigerator. This not only allows you to see the expiration dates on products but also allows you to see the contents of leftovers you may have put in the refrigerator and forgot about. This also allows there to be good airflow in your refrigerator.
If you see any spills, wipe them up immediately. If you do not, bacteria will grow and could contaminate other foods if the foods are not in a completely sealed container. To keep your refrigerator smelling fresh, put a box of baking soda that is unopened on one of the shelves. The baking soda will absorb odors.
Keep the front grill clean from any lint or dust so the condenser has good airflow. You should also clean the condenser coils a couple of times per year. You can do this by using a vacuum or brush.
Wipe down the seal that goes around the doors with a damp rag. This will help keep a good seal so cold air does not escape out of the refrigerator.
If you notice any problems with your refrigerator not keeping the right temperature, contact an appliance repair contractor to service it or for more info.