Did you know the shelf-life of some items can be extended if they’re kept in cold, dry areas? From beauty items to some common tricks, here are five non-food items to put in your fridge for best results:
1. Medicines: I’ve always kept medicines in the fridge right from my childhood days. The instructions for preservation of most drugs actually advise for storage in a cool, dry place such as a fridge. Not freezer!
2. Batteries: You’re supposed to keep batteries in a cool, dry location, making the fridge—at around 40°F—an ideal location. The low temperature prevents electrolyte fluid, which is what allows the current to surge into battery-powered objects, from depleting.
3. Lipsticks: Lipsticks, just like most makeup items can “go bad” over time. This is because the oxidation reactions cause some of the oils to spoil. The problem with storing lipsticks in the fridge however is that you may see tiny droplets (sweating) forming on the lipstick over time. For those colors you only wear every once in a while, or for tubes that seem to last endlessly, it might be worth keeping them cool.
4. Eye Cream: Putting your eye cream inside the fridge for a while to cool will help with depuffing after a long night or an early morning.
5. Envelopes: Here’s a new trick: If you want to open a sealed the envelope without messing it up, simply stick the envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. When you bring it out, you should easily be able to pop the adhesive with a knife or letter opener.
What NON-food items do you keep in your fridge and/or freezer?