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9 Things to Put in Your Fridge That Aren't Food

9 Things to Put in Your Fridge That Aren't Food

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Your fridge and freezer are probably stocked with yummy food—but if you can spare some space, there are other super-cool uses for those chilly locations. Did you know the shelf-life of some items can be extended if they're kept in cold, dry areas? From preserving perishable beauty items to fixing some common oops-related issues, we've got nine non-food items to stick in your icebox—stat. (Then preserve your sports bras, leggings, and more by learning to Extend the Lifespan of Your Fitness Gear.)

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Batteries

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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.

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Laundry

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You don't need to freeze clothes forever, but in certain scenarios, it'll help. If ever you've got a messy problem with wax or chewing gum on clothes, stick laundry items into the freezer until they harden. After they do, it'll be much easier to chip off the excess object in question—then toss clothes into the washer for a deep clean. (See 7 Things You’re Not Washing (But Should Be).)

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Pantyhose

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Want to buy into a true urban legend? Stick your nylons in the freezer to extend their lifespan and prevent runs. Here's what to do: wet new pantyhose, wring them out, stick them in a plastic bag, and freeze. When you want to wear them, thaw in the bathtub, allow for drying, and then go.

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Bedding

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Zap stray dust mites with freezing temps by placing worn items into a plastic bag in the feezer overnight, then wash. Your sheets and pillowcases will be extra spick and span!

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Lipstick

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Lipsticks can "go bad" over time, as oxidation reactions cause some of the oils to spoil. The only problem with fridge storage is sweating, where you may see tiny droplets 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 'em cool. (Learn more on How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Makeup.)

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Eye Cream

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You use eye cream for anti-aging power around your delicate peepers, but if you want to up your gain, place your product in the fridge. Cooling the formula inside will help with depuffing—ideal after a long night or an early morning.

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Sealed Envelope

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We've all done it: You sealed the envelope with adhesive before getting all the contents in the package. Argh! Fear not. By simply sticking the envelope in the freezer for an hour or two, you should easily be able to pop the adhesive with a knife or letter opener.

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Beauty Oils

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If you're a fan of argan or marula, but don't use these oils up within a month or two, store them in the fridge. Since light, air, and heat all break down oil, keeping these babies chilly will prevent that process—and keep your hair and skin looking killer longer. (Did you know that beauty oils are one of our 7 Double-Duty Beauty Hacks?)

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Cut Flowers

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Flowers are so gorgeous, but their lifespan is oh-so short. You know why florists keep cut flowers in refrigerated areas? It keeps them fresh. So try storing your roses and tulips in the fridge if you're prepping or preserving for a special event.

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