Home Trends: Smaller Fridges

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There have been many changes in appliance design over the last several decades, and one thing is for sure: our refrigerators have been supersized. Back ye olden days before refrigeration, people ate differently. Because there were fewer ways of keeping food from spoiling, it was eat fresh or bust. That meant food had to be grown locally and eaten quickly, and often meant making daily purchases from local independent bakers, butchers, and dairy farmers. Ubiquitous refrigeration more or less put an end to that – if one can keep a gallon of milk for a couple weeks and fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, or fish frozen until the apocalypse.

With the motivation of necessity gone, convenience reigns supreme, and it’s all too easy to stuff the fridge full of food, forget it, and pull out a Tupperware container of moldy goo a month later. By reducing your refrigerator space, you can make it less convenient to eat old food, saving you money by reducing the amount of food going bad in the back of your fridge.

Below are a few things to consider when thinking about the size of your fridge.

1. Compact Refrigerators Aren’t Just for Apartments

Once the domain of places that simply didn’t have the space for a full sized huge refrigerators, compact refrigerators and mini fridges might actually deserve a spot in a home, no matter what the size of the kitchen. While this might seem counter-intuitive (big house, big family, big fridge), it is amazing how easy it is to pile up food nobody is going to eat. A compact refrigerator is a little like a food diary that way – it forces one to look at one’s eating habits and figure out what’s going to waste and why.

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Natural Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

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With all that goes on inside the home, it can be hard to keep it smelling fresh. Last night’s dinner, the kid’s dirty soccer jersey sitting in the laundry, and Fluffy’s litter box—well, they all can create lingering odors.

When it comes to ensuring the home looks, feels and smells clean, 64 percent of homeowners have even gone to extreme measures to rid their homes of pungent odors, such as replacing a rug or carpet (34 percent), purchasing a new trash can (26 percent) or replacing a couch or another piece of furniture (17 percent), according to a survey commissioned by Filtrete Filters from 3M.

But if you’ve become accustomed to the scents of your own home, how can you really know if it’s odor free? Healthy living expert, Building Biologist and author Lisa Beres shares these simple solutions to naturally create and maintain a fresh home:

Kitchen refrigerator: Remove foul odors and stains from leftovers in the fridge by cleaning the drawers and shelves with a homemade cleaning solution. Simply add a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste. Also, store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start. Replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.

Candles and air fresheners: Store-bought air fresheners can contain synthetic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes, skin and throats, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil — such as lavender or eucalyptus — with two cups of water.

Pests and repellants: Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen pantry when they’re on a mission to find food, but dousing them and your kitchen’s surfaces in toxic repellent isn’t a healthy solution for the home or the family. Instead, set a line of coffee grounds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier they won’t cross.

Damp towels: Wet towels from a shower, a trip to the gym or a day at the pool can be a breeding ground for mildew to develop if they sit too long without drying. To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid mildew and associated smells in the future, hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.

Source: www.Filtrete.com.