Did you know that if you don’t clean your microwave after every use you could be cross-contaminating other foods/drinks?

Your microwave is one of the safest places to defrost frozen foods, but it might not be safe afterwards.

Think about it: If you thaw meat in the microwave, and some meat juice drips down or splatters on the wall. Anything you put in there afterwards could be cross-contaminated by the uncooked meat juice. Clean your microwave with a sanitizing wipe or light detergent after every use so it’s not a box of bacteria. This will avoid nasty bacteria getting into your child’s food or milk.

When’s the last time you cleaned out your fridge?

To have minimum bacterial growth in your fridge, here are some pointers:

Keep the air circulating around your food – don’t overfill your refrigerator.

Clean all surfaces – interior walls, shelves, and especially the bins that hold produce and deli meats and cheeses. Use paper towels, hot water, and dish soap. For extra sanitising, make a solution of 1 tsp unscented bleach to 1 litre of water, and then wipe dry with paper towel.

Foods that can support bacterial growth, like eggs, should be kept in the coldest part of the fridge: the back. Condiments that are less sensitive, can live in the doors, where the temperature fluctuates.

Fresh veggies, salads and fruit can be kept in the bottom seperarated drawers to avoid cross contamination.

Keep raw meat and fish wrapped up on the bottom shelf which is often the coldest area of the fridge. You can also keep your dairy and eggs on this shelf.

The best time to clean your fridge is right before a big shopping trip. You can then fill your sparkling clean fridge with your fresh groceries.

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