Summer Survival: Store this Stuff in the Fridge

Summer Survival: Store this Stuff in the Fridge

Jennifer Hunter
Jun 1, 2015
(Image credit: Veronica Roth)

With summer on the way, our homes are about to heat up big-time. So what's the best way to get some old-school cooling action without the AC? The fridge (and freezer) of course. We'll tell you what everyday household items can benefit from some icebox action (and what's just a myth).


Flowers — We finally proved it once and for all! Of five major methods rumored to keep flowers fresher, the fridge ( at night) was the winner.

Aloe — After too much sun, aloe feels good but COLD aloe feels amazing. Never going back to room temp on this one.

Eyeliner — Wasting a chunk of your favorite eyeliner to sharpening is a bummer. Chilling your pencil before you grind away helps you achieve a sharp point with less breakage and waste.

Pillowcase — Hot summer nights are on the way. Help yourself get to sleep by pulling a new icy pillowcase out of the freezer before bed every night.

Long term storage of grains/nuts/oils — Sure, these things are technically food, but the fridge helps keep bulk amounts of common pantry items from spoiling before you have a chance to use them up!

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Sweaters — Whether it's to kill moth larvae that you already have or just protect them from even the possibility of becoming a moth's lunch, AT writers have been writing about storing their sweaters in the freezer for years.

Candles — You might see just a minimal difference with your large jar-candles, but it's the tapers fresh out of the freezer that absolutely do burn longer and have noticeably fewer drips.

Jeans — This one's an AT classic. Not everyone is as brave as Maxwell is with his laundry, but the freezer method really does preserve the color and life of your denim. Try it!

Sealed envelope — I haven't tried this one, but the internet says the best way to cleanly open an envelope you've accidentally sealed too soon, is a quick trip to the icebox. Apparently it'll pop right open.

Metal utensils — The secret of my speedy whipped cream? The freezer. I pop a metal bowl and beaters into the freezer for a few minutes before I want to whip, and the cream always comes together in a snap.

Don't bother

Nail polish — the cold actually makes polish thicker and harder to apply so the benefits of (slightly) slower evaporation are probably moot.

Batteries — Any cool, dark place will do to lengthen your batteries' life but only by a few minutes. Most say it's barely worth it.

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