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Most refrigerators now have more than one light. Replacement is easiest when at least one bulb is still working. When you first notice a burnt-out bulb, count the total number of bulbs in your unit. Unscrew any burnt-out bulbs and take them with you to the hardware store to make sure you buy the same type. Buy enough for the whole refrigerator so you have spares as the other bulbs wear out.

Clean freezers with a solution of 2 tablespoons baking soda mixed with 1-quart water. Dry thoroughly before replacing food, and wipe off any moisture on freezer packages before putting them back inside. Line the floor of the freezer with aluminum foil. Don’t cover any openings. It keeps ice cube trays and spills from sticking to the bottom.

If your freezer has an unpleasant smell, remove everything and put a cup of dry charcoal inside. Close the door and leave it overnight. If the odor isn’t gone by morning, repeat with fresh charcoal.

To organize food in your refrigerator:
1. Use transparent storage or use color-coded labels with expiry dates to identify containers of your leftovers and to economize space.
2. Double-wrap all freezer items. To lengthen the freshness of vegetables and fruits, wrap them in aluminum foil instead of plastic.
3. When stocking the freezer, put new items in the back and older ones in the front; that way, you’ll use up the old stuff first.
4. Put small packages that tend to get lost in the shuffle in one large container.
5. Use plastic-coated wire racks to add shelf space. They’re lightweight and won’t block your view.
6. Lastly, remember to fasten the lid top of your water and juice pitchers to prevent spills from the freezer.

Aside from food, your refrigerator is an ideal storage place for a wide array or non-food items, says consumer experts.

Camera film, for example, will often stay fresh beyond its expiration date if it’s kept in the refrigerator.

Candles won’t wilt and lose their shape in hot weather if they’re refrigerated – and if they’re stored for 24 hours or more in the fridge, they won’t drip when burned.

Clothing that’s been ruined by chewing gum can be saved if it’s placed in the freezer compartment. This will turn the gum brittle and make it easy to remove with a knife.

If you sprinkle clothes for ironing but don’t have time to finish pressing them, you can prevent the clothes from becoming mildewed by keeping them in a plastic bag inside the refrigerator.

Hair coloring products lose some of their effectiveness in hot weather, but you can prolong their life by refrigerating them.

Lipsticks will hold its shape longer if refrigerated – and a lipstick thatís melted can be reshaped after it’s chilled.

Tulip bulbs will remain dormant until planting time if they’re kept in the fridge. It’s best to chill them for 60 days at 40 degrees before planting.

Both flower and vegetable seeds will stay fresh longer if they’re stored inside a jar in the refrigerator.

Cigarette stay fresher and flashlight batteries keep longer when they’re refrigerated.

Refrigerator storage will also help perfume and cologne retain their fragrance longer, firm up soft soap and prevent shoe polish from drying out and hardening.

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