I think many of us use our refrigerators almost exclusively to keep food cold. Refrigeration extends the life of most foods, and helps preserve freshness. But food isn’t the only thing that can benefit from being kept cold. In fact, in the past few weeks I’ve learned about several household items that should be stored in your fridge! I didn’t want to keep these surprising discoveries all to myself, so I decided that I would share them with you today! :-) So without further ado, here are 8 surprising items you should consider making room for in your fridge!
8 Surprising Things You Should Store In Your Fridge
1. Fresh Cut Flowers
You know how florists and floral departments store many of their flowers in a refrigerated case? Well, there’s a good reason for that! The cold environment helps keep the petals and stems of fresh cut flowers from wilting like they would at room temperature. You can use this to your advantage the next time you buy flowers for a gift or for a party. Buy those beautiful bouquets a day or two beforehand and keep them in the fridge! That’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about when your event arrives.
2. Eye Cream
Many of us women (and men, too!) rely on eye creams to minimize dark circles and reduce the signs of aging. While most eye creams are perfectly fine to store at room temperature, some people swear by storing eye cream in the fridge! Applying a cool eye cream in the morning is so refreshing, and it helps to reduce puffiness and redness around your eyes too! Ahh, bliss!
The oils in your lipsticks can eventually spoil, potentially rendering your favorite shade unusable! You can avoid this unfortunate scenario by storing expensive lipsticks in your fridge. However, it’s important to note that refrigerated lipsticks have a tendency to “sweat” when brought back to room temperature. This isn’t technically a bad thing, but the moisture beads may leave marks on your lipstick. I would recommend refrigerating expensive lipsticks that you don’t use all that regularly. They’ll last forever that way!
Warm, slightly softened eyeliner might be nicer for application, but it can be so hard to sharpen! When your eyeliner needs to be sharpened, stick it in the fridge for a while to firm up. When you go to sharpen it, you’ll have no problem achieving the perfect point!
Sleeping during the summer is always a challenge for me, because I have a hard time relaxing when I feel hot or sweaty. So I’m very familiar with the magical realm of “the other side of the pillow.” That cool side is so refreshing! :-) But you can take this idea to the next level by literally refrigerating a stack of clean pillowcases. Slip one of them onto your pillow before you go to sleep, and you’ll be nodding off in no time!
6. Nail Polish
Storing your nail polish in the fridge will extend it’s life dramatically. However, refrigeration does make nail polish more viscous and, in some cases, tricker to apply smoothly (though it should thin out a bit once it comes back to room temperature.) I’d recommend refrigerating shades that you don’t wear very often, but aren’t willing to go without.
If you own any organic or natural cosmetics, or have a few of your own homemade concoctions, you should definitely be storing them in the fridge! Many of these types of products have formulas without preservatives, and refrigeration may be the only way to keep them from spoiling before you get the chance to use it all.
It’s almost impossible to make good, stiff whipped cream with warm tools. The next time you need to “whip” up a batch, toss your mixing bowl and whisks (or whisk attachments) in the fridge! You’ll find that it’s much easier to get those stiff peaks with chilled equipment. This tip is something you can use any time of year, but it’s especially useful during the summertime!
As you can see, your fridge can be used for much more than just food! And the possibilities don’t stop there—you’ll find plenty of opportunities left to explore in your freezer too! Check out some of the surprising non-food uses for your freezer at the link below.