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5 Best Way to Clean Your Refrigerator

5 Best Way to Clean Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator sees a lot of action every day, and not all of it's pretty -- leftover chili splatters; forgotten veggies turn slimy. Eventually, the icebox looks like an abstract painting in a modern art museum.

Every now and again you’ll need to clean the inside of your refrigerator, not least because, despite the low temperatures, microorganisms can still multiply.

Refrigerators will inevitably get a little messy – perhaps jam gets stuck to one of the shelves or maybe juice spurts out in the door shelving, and it’s obviously time to reach for the cleaning cloth! Yet, even if your fridge isn’t visibly dirty, we still recommend that you clean it every four weeks or so because, after all, you’re storing fresh food here!

Preparing for the Purge

Cleaning out the refrigerator, while a sloggy, smelly, often grotty task, doesn’t require a whole lot by way of specialty products. You should, however, gather a few items that will help to streamline the process and, hopefully, cut down on the ick-factor of disposing of so many long since forgotten foodstuffs.

Here are some of the things you might need for your clean-out:

• Trash bags

• Rubber or disposable gloves

• Cleaning solution

• A Dobie Pad, sponges, rags or paper towels

If you have a fridge-freezer without NoFrost or a refrigerator with a freezer compartment you should leave it to defrost for several hours before you clean it out.

Note: For Every Brands have their specific cleaning guidelines. Check Best Refrigerators with all details.

Start by Taking Everything Out:

You can do this all at once or in sections. We prefer to do it all at once. The thought of the food sitting out helps me do everything faster. Set aside two areas for setting items down: one area for things that need to be cleaned out (outdated leftovers in tupperware, for example) and another area for items that need to be put back into the fridge. Anything that needs to be discarded that's not in a container you want to keep goes straight into the trash, of course.

Do a First Pass at Inventorying Your Foodstuffs:

Cleaning the fridge is a good time to organize the contents to make them more visible and accessible. Food that's easily seen and reached is less likely to be overlooked and turn into a future source of odors. Also, spacing foods to allow a free flow of chilled air helps to keep them at their peak.

Transfer highly perishable items like milk, raw chicken or pork to a cooler or the freezer for the duration of your fridge-cleaning efforts (check those items for spoiling and toss anything that’s gone off). Then set aside bottles, jars, produce and the like, reviewing the food to weed out rotting, moldy or unused things that should go into the trash.

Last, review leftovers. This will be, perhaps, unpleasant! Gloves can help to make scooping out old lasagna or soggy salad less disgusting. And, as facile as it sounds, holding a deep breath while decanting moldy foods into the trash will help minimize any stomach-turning.

Cleaning the interior:

Reaching into the recesses of the fridge to wash down racks, shelves and drawers makes a good stretching routine. The best way to clean the interior is with a microfibre cloth, warm water and a little washing-up liquid or pH-neutral detergent.

While these pieces take a bath, take a toothbrush with cleansing powder to brackets and gaskets. Bacteria can hide in these and other hard-to-reach areas, while the moist, airtight environment formed by door seals makes them prime targets for mold. Dry all pieces well to discourage these unwelcome microbial guests.

After cleaning, wipe out the interior using clean water and dry it with a cloth. It’s not uncommon for household advice websites to suggest cleaning your refrigerator with vinegar: we strongly advise you not to do this as vinegar can sometimes corrode plastics. You should also avoid using scouring pads, abrasive sponges and other aggressive cleaning agents and aids.

Cleaning the exterior

Suitable cleaning of the outside of your appliance depends on the material from which it is made.

Plastic exteriors: Clean with a little lukewarm water and washing-up liquid.

Stainless steel doors: These have a SmartSteel finish, which must be treated with care. Wipe them with a soft, clean cloth. If it is necessary to remove tough dirt, use a little water or a pH-neutral cleaner. Please note: You must not use stainless steel cleaner on SmartSteel surfaces as this can damage the SmartSteel finish.

Have Cleaning Supplies Ready

Too often, a messy refrigerator falls victim to the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome. The food's behind closed doors most of the time, after all. By stashing a cleaning kit nearby, you may be more tempted to clean up accidents as they occur.

Why the hurry? For one thing, cleaning up fresh spills saves the time and effort of scrubbing after they've dried. It may also save you trips to the bathroom and even the emergency room. A glob of deviled ham can harbor a thriving colony of listeria, the bacteria that cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness marked by nausea and diarrhea, fever and chills.

Guide to Choosing The Best Hob for Your Kitchen

Guide to Choosing The Best Hob for Your Kitchen

With so many different hobs available online, it can be difficult to know where to start. This guide offers a simple explanation of the main types of hob, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. That way, you’ll be able to focus your search on exactly what you need.

TYPES OF HOBS

There are three popular types of hobs — gas, induction and ceramic.

Gas Hobs

A gas hob uses burners with visible flames, characterised by metal pan supports on top. They’re a traditional choice which is still popular today, and tend to be the first choice for chefs in professional kitchens.

Most of us are familiar with this type of hob in the kitchen. When the gas hob is turned on, a flame lights the gas flowing out of the burners on the cooktop, producing the fire to cook with. You can either use it with gas supplied in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders that would have to be replaced when the gas is used up, or piped gas for convenience. As such, determine what type of gas you are using in your home, to select a compatible hob.

ADVANTAGES

  • Instant, powerful heat
  • Complete flexibility – no set temperature intervals
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used with any type of cookware

DISADVANTAGES
  • Requires a gas supply, so not suitable for all homes
  • Can be difficult to clean due to their burners and pan supports
  • Less efficient than induction models

Induction Hobs

Induction hobs are unique in the way they heat your pans. They create a magnetic field between the induction element and the base of your cookware, heating your pan directly, rather than wasting energy heating the cooking surface. Aside from a little residual heat, the surface stays relatively cool.

Induction hobs use electromagnetism (generating electricity using magnetism) to create heat inside the cooking pan, rather than from the outside. In a way, it turns cooking pans into cookers, cooking food more directly and quickly, with less energy.

Induction hobs feature touch-sensitive buttons, and different heat settings and programmes for precision cooking, apart from safety features. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, from a portable single-burner to built-in models with multiple burners. There are some models in the market that are exceptionally versatile, such as the Brandt Maxizone and Electrolux Infinite Pure Zoneless (pictured above) induction hobs. With their flexible cooking zones, you can use cookware of almost all shapes and sizes, instead of being confined to specific heat zones.

ADVANTAGES

  • Really quick to heat up
  • Efficient since no energy is wasted heating the cooking surface
  • Stylish designs available

DISADVANTAGES
  • Restricted to which pans you can use – cast iron or steel cookware is ideal, but aluminium or copper pans won’t work unless the base has an additional layer which a magnet will stick to


Ceramic Hobs

The phrase ‘ceramic hob’ simply refers to its sleek ceramic glass finish. That means technically, gas on glass and induction hobs are also ceramic hobs. However, most of the time, if a product is advertised as a ‘ceramic hob’, it will be electric, and there are a number of different ways it could work.

Ceramic hobs look similar to induction hobs, but the key difference between them is that ceramic hobs makes use of an element underneath the cooker’s surface, which heats up and transfers the heat to the cooking pan. As such, the surface of the hob will be hot.

ADVANTAGES

  • Sleek finish for a premium feel
  • Frameless designs are available for an impression of fluidity between your worktops and hob

DISADVANTAGES
  • Often more expensive than electric plate or gas hobs
  • With standard radiant elements heat isn’t very evenly distributed across the base of a pan and can be difficult to control 

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7 Ways to keep air indoors clean and safe

7 Ways to keep air indoors clean and safe

With all the cars and chemicals in the city, all that pollution is bound to get in the house. This can cause health issues if not being acted upon. Not to mention the on-going issue about haze. It is especially difficult for people with allergies and asthma. Here are some ways to keep air indoors clean and safe.


1. Ban Indoor Smoking

Smoking is a hard habit to break, but at least, have them exclusively outdoors. Smoking does not only harm the smoker but the people around who can inhale the second-hand smoke and can lead to respiratory problems. 

2. Groom your pets regularly

Pets are just so adorable, it is almost impossible not to have them at home. Make sure that rugs and couches are regularly

3. Let the fresh air in and the bad air out

 

Install Exhaust Fan in different parts of the house like the kitchen and bathroom. Putting this in the kitchen will remove the harmful gases. This can also help avoid mold and mildew in the bathroom. If your home is well sealed open the windows a little when running the exhaust fan to avoid creating negative pressure. 

4. Essential Appliances

 

Vacuum

There are special types of vacuum for the more heavy duty kind of cleaning that pet owners have to do. Check out this post for tips on what kind of vacuum is perfect for you.

Air Purifier 

Dust and allergens will always find a way. An Air purifier will be best in areas where you spend the most time in like the bedroom. But if the budget allows and there is just too much allergen present in your home, get a second unit and add a HEPA filter for the best air cleaning.

Dehumidifier

While a humidifier controls the moisture the dehumidifier makes sure that there is no moisture when it is not needed. This controls the harmful effects of mold and mildew in the room. 

5. Clean Coolers and Heaters

Clean the coolers and heater filters you have at home. The dust that cover the filters in your heaters and coolers make it less effective for the appliance to sieve out the harmful particles. Cleaning the filters regularly helps save energy since the appliance will not have to exert as much effort in doing the job. 

6. Do the Laundry

Laundering drapes and large fabrics that cover furniture and bedding keeps the dust mites away. Wash your linen with hot water every once a week to keep the dust mites away.

7. Go for the more natural option

Cleaning agents can have a lot of harmful chemicals in them, which defeats the purpose of cleaning the house. This also goes for air freshen aires. Clean with products with the least toxins in them.

  • Contractor Ram