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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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