11 things you should keep in the fridge or freezer besides food

These things aren’t food, but it’s smart to keep them in the fridge or freezer nevertheless

Our refrigerator is an appliance we really cannot do without. Our modern foods often have to be stored in the fridge. Can you imagine leaving stuff like meat and dairy outside of it? There are tons of other things you can also keep in the fridge or freezer that have nothing to do with food, though. 

Did you know about these?

In the freezer:

1. Chewing gum in clothes

Oops! Have you been a little too enthusiastic blowing bubbles or did you accidentally sit down onto a nasty piece of gum? No need to panic; just put the item of clothing in question in the freezer over night and the next day you can very easily peel off the gum.

2. Jeans

Did you ever notice that your jeans lose their shape and colour after washing them? This is because denim isn’t supposed to be washed and dried; it’s quite vulnerable to this. Instead of washing it, you could put your jeans in the freezer over night. This will kill the bacteria, but your jeans won’t lose any of their colour or shape.

3. Pillow case

Did you know you’re actually supposed to wash your pillow case every other day? Of course, almost no one actually does this, because to most of us it feels like a waste of time (and water). If you still want to make sure it’s as clean as it can be, you could also put it in a plastic baggy in the freezer when you get up in the morning. When you get home after work, the bacteria will have died and you can make your bed again with a fresh, cool pillow case.

4. Sheer tights

To prevent ladders in your sheer tights, you can put them in the freezer. The fibers in the fabric will become stronger because of this and that will result in fewer holes and ladders.

5. Candles

Put newly bought candles in the freezer for a night. They will become more firm and this will prevent them from dripping as much and the wax will burn less quickly as well, which makes the candles last longer. We’ll definitely be using this trick from now on for our pricey scented candles!

In the fridge:

1. Flowers

Are you as bummed out as we are when your fresh flowers wilt after only a couple of days? The following trick is only possible if you’ve got a large enough fridge, but if you do, it’s very handy! Place your flowers in the fridge at night before you go to bed; this way you’ll prolong their life! You’ll be able to enjoy them for many more days than you would otherwise.

2. Envelopes

Do you like sending (and receiving!) good old, hand-written letters? To neatly open envelopes you can place them in the fridge for a little while. The cold will break down the glue, which enables you to easily open the envelope without tearing it.

Want to read more about what else you should be keeping in the fridge? Go to the next page for the last four tips!

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