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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 August 4, 2020

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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