Tips for Maintaining a Clean Office Fridge
The office fridge is one of the most difficult areas to keep clean. It is a high-traffic spot with employees storing most of their food as well as leftovers there. As a result, it is constantly packed with food, making it almost impossible to give it a proper and deep clean without having all of the contents removed.
With the constant influx of items from employees, food is continually being pushed to the back of the fridge and forgotten about. This poses a serious health risk to employees as the rotting food starts to collect bacteria that can quickly spread to other foods. We’ve put together a list of tips for maintaining a clean office fridge and preventing the spread of bacteria to your employees.
How to Keep Your Office Refrigerator Clean and Tidy
Inform your staff ahead of a major clean
It is crucial to have the entire fridge cleared out of its contents and cleaned thoroughly every few months to keep it fresh and hygienic. But to avoid inconveniencing and annoying your employees, make sure to notify them ahead of time before removing their food and containers. Doing so will also encourage employees to finally get rid of that food they’ve been hoarding so you don’t have to do it yourself.
Label food with names and dates
Putting labels on food items allows employees to throw out each other’s food once it’s past its expiry date. It also makes it easier to identify the owner and find out from them if they’d like to keep it. This not only goes a long way in creating space in the fridge but also makes it easier to clean the shelves and drawers without having to empty out the entire fridge. By doing this, your fridge can stay cleaner and tidier for longer and will be much easier to manage in between the professional cleaning sessions or deep cleans. In addition, your fridge will be more organized making it easier for your staff to find their food.
Move fresh food to the back of the fridge
Consider asking your employees to be putting their fresh food at the back of the fridge. Food that may have been forgotten about will be pushed to the front and the owners will be more inclined to eat it or throw it out as it will be right there in front of their eyes when they open the fridge. This will go a long way in keeping the fridge fresher, thus making it much easier to keep the office clean.
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