Daily habits make the refrigerator become a bacteria nest without you even knowing it! Change now to protect family health


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    Have you ever wondered why your refrigerator often smells bad even though you cleaned it not long ago? If you don't know How to use the refrigeratorEven if you regularly clean your refrigerator, bacteria and mold still have the opportunity to grow. Worse yet, cross-contamination causes the refrigerator space to become a hotbed for bacteria. This is an extremely serious threat to your family's health. Change now so you won't regret it!

    1. Unpredictable dangers from "infected refrigerators"

    Refrigerators are indispensable equipment in modern families. They help preserve food, keep food fresh longer and prevent the growth of bacteria. However, refrigerators can become dangerous bacteria if not used and stored properly. Bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria can thrive in unclean refrigerators, causing food poisoning and many other illnesses. 

    This not only wastes food but also endangers family health. Change bad habits and learn How to use the refrigerator The right way to protect family health is very important.

    2. What causes refrigerators to become bacteria nests?

    Refrigerators can become an ideal place for bacteria to grow for many different reasons. These include not cleaning regularly, not storing food properly, and not cleaning up spoiled food.

    Not cleaning the refrigerator regularly: Dirt and bacteria accumulate over time, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow.

    Food is not stored properly: Not wrapping tightly or dividing food haphazardly makes bacteria easily spread.

    Not cleaning up spoiled food promptly: Wilted or spoiled food, if not removed immediately, will be a source of bacteria spread.

    Inappropriate temperature: The refrigerator temperature is not cold enough to keep food fresh and prevent the growth of bacteria. Please refer to the product manual for more information on how to use the refrigerator to adjust the temperature and preserve food effectively.

    Improper use of the refrigerator can bring many health risks

    3. Do's and don'ts when using the refrigerator

    To keep the refrigerator clean and safe, you need to pay attention to how to arrange and preserve food and clean the refrigerator periodically. Below are the do's and don'ts when using the refrigerator to ensure the refrigerator is always safe and hygienic.

    3.1 Divide and arrange food

    Should not: Store messy foods in the refrigerator. When foods are arranged haphazardly, they are not only difficult to find but also susceptible to cross-contamination, increasing the risk of food poisoning. Leaving food messy also makes the refrigerator look messy, making it difficult to clean and maintain cleanliness.

    Should: Store food in dedicated areas that have been divided. Dividing storage areas helps keep food from getting mixed up and makes it easy to find. For example, vegetables should be placed in the vegetable compartment, and raw meat and fish should be placed in the bottom compartment to avoid dripping from the meat onto other foods. Cooked or ready-to-eat foods should be placed on the top shelf to avoid contamination from raw foods.

    3.2 Food packaging

    Should not: Leave food uncovered when putting it in the refrigerator. When food is not tightly wrapped, it is susceptible to contamination and bad odors can spread throughout the refrigerator. This not only makes food spoil quickly but also affects other foods.

    Should: Use airtight containers or food storage bags to store food before putting it in the refrigerator. Sealed containers from reputable brands like Lock and Lock and Inochi not only help preserve food longer but also prevent the spread of bacteria. Sealed containers help food retain its flavor, avoid mixing odors and prevent the growth of bacteria.

    If you are still using disposable plastic containers to store refrigerator foods, stop now. You need to replace these disposable plastic containers with specialized food containers, with standard materials and durability. In Lock&Lock, Inochi (2nd floor AEON MALL Tan Phu Celadon), you can refer to and experience hundreds of high-end kitchen product models from food containers to specialized cooking utensils.

    Seal food in specialized containers to avoid bacterial cross-contamination

    3.3 Prepare food before putting it in the refrigerator

    Should not: Leave newly purchased food intact in plastic bags and put in the refrigerator. This not only makes food susceptible to bacterial contamination but also makes it spoil faster. Plastic bags are often not airtight and do not protect food from bacteria and moisture.

    Should: Use specialized vacuum bags to preserve food before putting it in the refrigerator. Vacuum bags help remove air, reduce bacterial growth and keep food fresher longer. Using vacuum bags also helps save refrigerator space and keeps food safely preserved.

    3.4 For cleaning up spoiled food

    Should not: Leave dried or spoiled food in the refrigerator. Spoiled food is a major source of bacterial growth, which can spread to other foods and cause unpleasant odors in the refrigerator.

    Should: Check and immediately clean up food that shows signs of spoilage every day. This habit not only helps keep the refrigerator clean but also prevents the spread of bacteria and keeps food fresh. In particular, when you discover food showing signs of spoilage, remove it immediately to protect your family's health.

    3.5 Frequency of cleaning the refrigerator

    Should not: Only clean the refrigerator when it is very dirty. When the refrigerator is too dirty, bacteria and odors have spread, cleaning becomes difficult and takes more time.

    Should: Schedule monthly cleaning of the refrigerator. Cleaning the refrigerator regularly helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria and dirt, ensuring the refrigerator is always clean and safe. This also helps prolong the life of the refrigerator and keeps food in the best possible condition. Instructions for cleaning the refrigerator are usually printed in the user manual when purchasing the refrigerator. You can refer to the instructions from the manufacturer itself.

    Check and clean up food that shows signs of spoilage every day

    Proper storage and use of the refrigerator not only helps food stay fresh but also protects family health from dangers caused by bacteria and mold. Immediately change bad habits and apply what you should do when using the refrigerator to keep the food storage space always clean and safe. 

    Besides, refer to the refrigerator usage instructions to understand the rules for effective food preservation. Investing in quality preservation products such as Lock&Lock, Inochi food containers, and specialized vacuum bags not only helps you preserve food better but also creates a safe storage space in the refrigerator. 

    Knowing how to clean the refrigerator properly and regularly checking food every day will help eliminate foods that show signs of danger. Using and storing the refrigerator properly will help you and your family always have delicious and safe meals.

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