A clean fridge translates to fresher groceries and even better health as it significantly lowers the chances for food contamination. Here are some useful tips for a clean and odour-free fridge.
1. Watch the Temperature
Bad smells are often caused by food spoilage, which is why fridge temperature is important. A high temperature leads to food spoilage while a low temperature might cause energy-wastage. Ideally, fridges should be set at 0 to 4 degrees Celsius, and freezers at -18 degrees Celsius.
If your fridge or freezer isn’t cold enough even after you’ve adjusted the temperature setting, it may indicate a larger problem. Call a professional to have your fridge checked for any leaks, problems with the drip pan or a malfunctioning defrost drain. If not attended to, these issues can raise fridge temperature and cause food to go bad prematurely.
2. Utilise Humidity Controls
Keep your produce fresher for longer by placing it in the ‘crisper’ drawer - a special compartment that allows you to control its internal moisture level.
Bosch humidity drawers has two settings: farmers’ produce like your fruits and leafy greens should go directly into the high-humidity drawer; while poultry and fish need to be kept in a low- moisture environment to prevent condensation and bacteria from growing. For more storage tips, we’ve put together this quick guide to help you along!
3. Clean Fridge Shelves
Clean any ‘movable’ parts inside the fridge such as shelves and drawers. Bosch makes this process easier for you, as our fridges have EasyAccess glass shelves and drawers that can be removed without any fuss. All you need to do is to soak them in warm, soapy water for a few minutes before taking a kitchen sponge to remove any stains. Leave them to air-dry completely while you do a thorough wipe of the fridge.
4. Keep your Fridge Organised
Create an "Eat me first" section. This works as a reminder to consume food items before their expiry dates. Be sure to keep them at eye level - so they are easy to spot - and store them in air-tight containers to keep them fresh!
For more tips, check out our 7 hacks to help you keep your fridge fresh and organised.
5. Deal with Spills Immediately
It’s a good habit to wipe away spills and drips immediately, but you may not notice them until they have caked up and start to smell. A nifty and efficient way to keep your fridge clean is to line the shelves with fridge liners - they are perfect in absorbing accidental spills and are easy to dispose. When messes do occur, all you have to do is remove and wash the affected liner, rather than wipe out the entire fridge.
6. Use Natural Deodorisers
To maintain year-long freshness, there are natural remedies you can use: for example, baking soda and fresh coffee grounds. These items are easily available and inexpensive, and they work well in neutralising bad smells. Simply put one of them on a plate and place it in the fridge. For best results - be sure to replace them once every week, or once a fortnight.
Alternatively, choose refrigerators with built-in technologies that combat odours. Bosch refrigerators come with airfreshFilters, which actively remove bacteria and neutralise odours so the air in your fridge stays clean and fresh all day.