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6 Quick Ways To Get Rid Of The Bad Smells In Your Fridge

6 Quick Ways To Get Rid Of The Bad Smells In Your Fridge

There’s nothing quite as disturbing as getting ready to prepare a meal and opening a fridge to find unidentifiable bad smells! Not only does your appetite disappear, it often takes too long to find out what’s causing the stench. Is there spoiled food? A spill on the bottom shelf? Mold growing behind the door? Here are three simple ways to eliminate the smell and three ways keep it from coming back in the future.

1. Clean the fridge completely.

The first step may sound the most daunting, but it’s necessary. Go through your fridge and throw out anything that could be rotten, or anything you honestly won’t eat in the next few days. Put all your remaining food in a cooler, cover it with ice, and unplug your fridge. You’ll be keeping the door open to clean, so it’s imperative that you save your food (if it’s still good), as well as keep from wasting electricity. When you’re cleaning, scrub all the shelves, take out the drawers to soak in the sink, and wipe the space underneath the drawers. Don’t forget to swab the seal on the door and the outside surfaces! You never know what foods might drip as you’re putting them in and out of the fridge.

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2. Use natural cleaning solutions.

No matter what ingredients are listed in a cleaning solution, it’s a little iffy to use chemicals around your food. Luckily there are natural cleaning solutions that can be easily made with household ingredients. It’s safe to scrub all surfaces with half a cup of baking soda dissolved into a sink of warm water. Use a mix of half white vinegar and half water to really make that fridge shine.

3. Leave odor removers on the shelves.

It’s common knowledge that you can keep an open box of baking soda in your fridge to prevent odors, but did you know you can spread baking soda on a cookie tray to soak up any odors that remain after cleaning? The larger surface area helps eliminate odors quickly–just be sure to throw out the baking soda when you’re done. You can also mix half a cup of baking soda with a tablespoon of vanilla to tackle tougher smells. Other natural odor removers you can leave open in your fridge include a dish of dried coffee grounds (the coffee smell goes away quickly, and takes other odors with it), a cup of white vinegar, charcoal briquettes, or even a bowl of oats!

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Now that you’re starting over with a clean fridge:

4. Keep fresh foods visible.

Don’t tuck your fruits and veggies away in a drawer if you’re going to forget about them! Keep them on the top shelf so you see them every time you open the door. This way you’ll be more aware of when they’re going bad, and can eat them before they go to waste.

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5. Use airtight containers.

Don’t store your pizza or Chinese leftovers in their cardboard containers, don’t loosely wrap the remains of your sandwich in a napkin, and don’t leave bowls of leftovers open on the shelf. Store everything in airtight containers. This not only helps your leftovers stay edible for a longer period of time, but it keeps their odors from mingling and assaulting your nose when you open the door.

6. Label and date leftovers.

This will save you from having to pop open the lid of some unidentifiable object and lose your appetite! You’ll never have to try and remember if you ate spaghetti this Monday or the Monday before. You’ll always know exactly when your food was packed away, so you’ll know if it’s good for tonight’s dinner, or needs to go out with tomorrow’s trash.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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