Among one of the places that people look after most in their houses generally, and their kitchens specifically, is the fridge. For most kitchens, the fridge is considered to be the centrepiece of the kitchen and a true reflection of the state of the house and – by extension- the state of towners of the house.
With that in mind, we all need all the help we can get in order to keep our fridge looking dapper and clean; and that is what this article is exactly about, so let’s get to it, then!
Before we talk about our trick of choice for your fridge, let’s talk about the root cause of fridge issues that most people come across. When it comes to the items stored in the fridge, there are some items that inherently have pungent smells even whilst fresh (like fish for example), while there are other items that develop smell, fungi or both even if they are kept in the fridge.
From this, we can conclude that a couple of factors are crucial in determining the status of the fridge.
The first one would be proper storage. That depends entirely on the type of item you’re storing, if it’s vegetables, meats, or other perishables. For the new models of fridges where there are areas dedicated specifically for certain types of food (like Fruits & vegetables compartments) where there are smart configuration like humidity control, those can help massively in keeping the food in the best shape possible for the longest time possible.
If your fridge does not have those features, then you can just apply your best effort to store the food in the best place possible in the fridge. One more reason to consider the kind of storage you should put the item for is obviously the intended use for the item in question; namely when you intend to use whatever you’re storing. This argument applies particularly strongly for meats.
For example, if you intend to use the meat later day, it is best to store it in the fridge (in the meat or de-freezing section). But if you’re intending to cook it in the following days, then the choice would definitely be the freezer.
The second factor that is of great importance to the state of the fridge is maintenance. It would be a fair statement to say that the vast majority of us (especially students, graduates, workers, basically everybody) falls prey to putting things in the fridge and forgetting them there.
Something which is completely understandable, since the fast pace of life can sometimes do that to a person. However, it would do you a lot of good if you shuffle through the items stored in your fridge at least one every couple of weeks. Find out the expired items as well as all fibres that have gone bad.
In addition to that, it’s important to keep in mind that removing the expired item may not always be enough, as some of them leave residue (mostly in disgusting liquid form) on the surface of the shelves of your fridge. Ergo, you need to clean that out as well.
Take an hour during a boring Sunday to take out your fridge shelves and wash them and let them dry before you put them back inside the fridge. You do that and your fridge will thank you for it, otherwise the smell will come back at you, only this time it’ll be much, much worse.
Now that we’ve got a bit of context as to why fridge hygiene is so important; we will now proceed to the fruit of this article. But please note that this trick that we’re about to share with you does not substitute the recommendations mentioned above. The priority remains to practise proper fridge hygiene for obvious reasons.
What we’re about to offer is an auxiliary to them, not a replacement. So, without any further ado, let’s present our crown jewel. Tea bags. Yes, really. How do tea bags help keep our fridge fresh and smelling nice, I hear you ask? Great question. Let’s dive right in.
Tea has plenty of very helpful characteristics that can help with more than one aspect of your house’s hygiene. Let’s start with the main interest here, using something as simple as a used bag of tea and a saucer can do wonders to the undesired smells that may be coming out of your fridge.
So, here’s how you do it: as previously mentioned, you take whatever’s causing the smell out first. That’s absolutely necessary, otherwise, it would be completely useless. After having cleared out the suspect, you take a saucer and put a used teabag in it and put the saucer in the most central area of the fridge.
In case you have a large fridge, you can place multiple containers with multiple teabags in there. The effect of the teabag would work on absorbing the pungency quickly and efficiently; so much so that you’d be surprised how little time it would take for the smell to actually fade away. What if I don’t even have teabags because I don’t drink tea at all, I hear you exclaim?
Well, worry not. Grounded Coffee or even baking soda can do the job still. After all, if you’re not a tea person, then you’re a coffee person. But if you’re neither, then you need help far more than what I can give you.
Now that we’ve talked about the main way tea can help with the smell of the fridge, you’d think we’d stop there, but oh no. Tea has antioxidant as well as fungi-repellent abilities. These are definitely needed in other areas around the house.
One possible usage can be for your houseplants. You boil water and add a used teabag to it in order to make a diluted version of tea, then use it to water your house plants. This should be able to rejuvenate your plants as well as help them fight off moulding and parasites.
You are probably much more thankful for the cup of tea you were drinking while you were reading this article by now. And so are we.
So let us know just how grateful you are to this amazing plant in the comments below and let your friends know of this article so they can share your newly-found admiration for this herb.