4 Refrigerator Myths That Are Not True

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In today’s world where anyone can post something online, there is more false information circulating around than ever. Here are four common myths about refrigerators, none of which are true.

Myth #1: Top shelf or bottom shelf? It doesn’t matter.

Where in the refrigerator should you store you food? Eh, it doesn’t matter, right? If it’s in there, it’s in there. Well… not really. Where you store your food can actually have a big impact on how long it lasts. Reserve the bottom shelf for foods that are known to spoil quickly, such as raw meats and dairy products. Keep condiments, bottled water, and other spoilage-resistant items on the door, where temperatures can reach over 40°.

Myth #2: Freezing your batteries makes them last longer.

According to GreenBatteries.com, standard alkaline batteries discharge at a rate of about 2% per year when stored at room temperature. This number climbs to 5% at 85° and skyrockets to 25% at 100°. Using this logic, it is clear to see why you may think refrigerating or freezing your batteries will help them last longer, but it doesn’t.

Myth #3: You never have to replace your water filter.

If your refrigerator has a built-in water dispenser or ice maker, when was the last time you cleaned or replaced the filter? Over several months and years, these filters can accumulate grime and completely lose their ability to remove pollutants from your water. Make sure to replace yours every six months – refer to your owner’s manual for instructions specific to your model.

Myth #4: The freezer is an infinity box.

If you put something in the freezer, that doesn’t mean it will be good indefinitely. While freezing your favorite foods can greatly extend their lifespan, it won’t make them last forever. This chart from Thrillist does a good job illustrating how long you can expect your frozen goods to last.

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