Your fridge is dirtier than you think! The problem is, regular household cleaning products are toxic, harming you and the environment. Think of all the fishes swimming in water full of chemical cleaning products. Thankfully, Kate & Kimi are here to save the day with some eco-friendly cleaning solutions.
We’re already approaching May, but there’s still time for a spring clean. Clear out everything in your fridge, however, make sure they are not just sitting in the counter, you know, gathering even more bacteria. Be honest with yourself about what’s still REALLY prudent to eat and throw everything else out. Remove all the refrigerator drawers and racks if you can. Pick a brand new sponge and scrub everything with a mild disinfectant or a natural cleaner – apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are wonderful non-toxic allies. Don’t neglect the nooks and crannies, that’s where all the vile stuff hides. And don’t forget to wipe the doors and edges.
Feng-shui that refrigerator
Proper arrangement is the key. Keep your produce on the drawer and read on the best ways to make your specific veggies and herbs last longer. The deepest areas of the lower racks tend to be cooler, which harmonizes better with meat and dairy. Raw meats should be isolated from anything else though, as they are likely to contain live bugs! The bottom shelf is ideal, BUT make sure they are not leaking all over your fresh goods. The door of the fridge is the warmest place, so only store condiments and less vulnerable items there.
Strive for a stink-free life
Even if nothing is rotten, there are those of us with a persistent cheese habit (guilty!) that makes the odor in your fridge less than pleasant. Maybe one day they will make Camembert that smells like roses, but in the meantime, placing an open box of baking soda in the back corner of the fridge will make sure it smells like less of a nightmare.
Spreading activated charcoal or coffee grounds on a tray is also helpful. I’m a charcoal girl myself, easy to find online (if you have Taobao skills or a benevolent Chinese friend), wasting coffee in Shanghai is basically sacrilege.
Check the temperature
Do you know what temperature your fridge should be kept at? The best range to keep food fresh and prevent that nasty strain of bacteria that has already taken up residency from multiplying is 1 – 4°C. You will notice that Chinese people are not fond of cold anything and fridges are often automatically set to 6 – 7°C. This is a prime environment to nurture your own colony of E-coli.
Pay extra attention to the fridge settings in the office too. They are usually on the warmer side, so take a look around to make sure your colleagues are not keeping unpasteurized milk and dairy products, unpasteurized apple juice and other items that can spread contamination. You don’t want any of that to sneak into your lovingly prepared, homemade lunches!
Kate & Kimi’s community collective offers eco-friendly home care products, as well as safely sourced and prepared wholesome foods.
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