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8 Things You Should Keep in Your Fridge (But Shouldn’t Eat)

Food safety is no joke. According to the FDA, harmful bacteria like listeria can live inside your fridge and cause illness. Fridge temperature, cleanliness, and organization are your best ways of preventing bacteria and mold, ensuring that your perishables stay fresh, longer.

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Fresh Is Best

No one likes opening the fridge and finding a stinky, disorganized mess. Fortunately, there are products on the market that have the power to organize and deodorize your fridge in record time. You will also find that these items help keep your fruits, veggies, and herbs fresh for longer, cutting down on food waste and spoilage.

Keep the Temperature in Check

To ward off bacteria that can cause serious illness, your fridge needs to be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The Rubbermaid Fridge and Freezer Thermometer provides accurate readings, and ensures that your food stays within a safe temperature range. This durable stainless steel device has a shatter-proof lens and can withstand extreme temperatures, between 20-80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also battery-free, and is designed to sit or hang on any surface. Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation, you can rest assured that this thermometer is sanitary and toxin-free. Available on Amazon; $7.14.

Make More Space

They stack, they move, they clean up easily. Minimize messes and maximize space in your fridge with these stackable storage containers by Greenco. Made from BPA-free plastic, this six-piece set won’t shatter easily, and it wipes clean with soap and water (it’s not microwave or dishwasher safe, however). The clear containers make it easy to keep tabs on what needs to be added to the grocery list. Plus, your fridge will stay organized—no items will get hidden in the back where they expire before you rediscover them. Available on Amazon; $28.99.

Line the Shelves

Prevent bruises on produce and protect your fridge from musty smells with Envision Home liners. Specially design for the fridge, the liners absorb excess moisture from fruits and veggies, and condensation from drinks and wine bottles, as well protect surfaces from leaks and sticky jars. These mats can simply be cut into any size you need and are reversible. You can clean them with a damp cloth or machine wash in cold water with a liquid detergent. Available on Amazon; $6.49.

Store Your Herbs

Never hesitate to buy fresh herbs again. If you don’t use them right away, simply place in Novart’s clear glass Herb Keeper. Designed to increase air flow and moisture drainage, this storage container herbs fresh for up to four times longer. Made of a sturdy combination of borosilicate glass, stainless steel, and BPA-free plastic, the Herb Keeper is easy to clean and perfect for delicate produce from asparagus to parsley. The minimalist design is elegant and the company promises 100% money back if you are not 100% satisfied. Available on Amazon; $26.95.

Produce Preserver

Stop throwing out wilted celery and soft apples. Instead, use BluApple’s Produce Preservers. These simple yet high-tech inventions harness the power of activated carbon, which absorbs ethylene gas generated by fruits and vegetables as they ripen. The result? Fresher, crisper produce for two to three times longer, plus reduced odors. Entrepreneur Timmy Chou, who founded BluApple, hopes to cut down on food waste, which can cost an average family more than $600 a year. Available on The Grommet; $12.50.

Finders Keepers

Tired of reaching, bending, and scratching your head when you can’t find something? MDesign’s rotating organizer is the perfect solution. This fridge-sized turntable is especially good for organizing bottles, spices, and condiments. Expect a smooth, 360-degree turn, thanks to stainless steel ball bearings. The tray is made of BPA-free, shatter-resistant plastic. Clean with soap and water (but don’t place in the dishwasher). Available on Amazon; $12.99.

Absorb Odors

Ditch your box of baking soda, and soak up odor with activated charcoal. Freegrace’s six-pack of handy, beautifully designed sachets contain carbon derived from coconut shells. According to brand research, this type of charcoal is up to three times more effective than bamboo derived products. Hang sachets in your fridge – and in your car, closet, storage unit, and anywhere you want to absorb smells. Try Freegrace’s air-purifying power with a 90-day money back guarantee. Available on Amazon; $16.99.

Keep Things Crisp

Plastic is out, and cotton is in. The breathable qualities of these cotton bags make them ideal for absorbing excess moisture and keeping veggies crisp and fresh for up to two weeks. Designed by Sally Erickson, an organic gardener who understands that managing humidity is essential to preserving produce, Vejibags are a breeze to use. Simply wet the bags, wring out, and place clean produce inside, storing in your fridge’s crisper drawers. Made in Morganton, North Caroline, by Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned business, you can feel good and eat well, thanks to Vejibags. Available on The Grommet; $21.99.