Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Press'n Seal Fridge Shelves

A tip for keeping your refrigerator clean...line the clean shelves with Saran Wrap or Press'n Seal. If a spill or mess occurs, simply peel the wrap off, throw away the mess, and recover! Keeps my fridge clean! (I was lucky enough to get the Holiday Print Press'n Seal on clearance). Whoop whoop! CUTE!

By the way, I've seen lots of comments about how wasteful this is. Just so you know, I wrote this post in January (It's June now) and I haven't had to change the liners, most spills are taking care of by wiping down the liners with vinegar/water, I only remove liners when there is a SERIOUSLY sticky nasty spill which is very rare. =) And I use clear press'n seal but the patterned showed up better in the picture so you could actually see it for the tutorial.

If you're having trouble adhering the press'n seal, make sure you shelves are the glass shelves (not grates) and wash and dry them first. Sometimes if you let them come to room temp first (one shelve at a time), it makes it easier. Also, saran wrap works if you'd rather try that. I've also read that some people use plastic placemats or newspapers- even cookie sheets to line their shelves. All great ideas!


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68 comments:

judyslowcarbkitchen said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!

Michelle said...

I currently have two gross gooey spills in my fridge that I am avoiding. This would make me day. Love it!

The Virtuous Wife said...

Oh, I'm right there with you. I got this idea one day when I was scraping some hideous blob of sticky something off the top shelf in my fridge. I thought, I wish they made contact paper for fridge shelves...and then I thought Press'n Seal! Works like a charm.

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

Genius!!!! Press and Seal is on my next shopping list. I think cleaning the fridge ranks right next to cleaning the toilet for me, lol!

lisa said...

Great idea!

Anonymous said...

so cute I hate washing the shelves in my refigerator so creative Im going to do this tonight. thanks

The Electric Esthetician said...

Smart, clever lady! I am so doing this, thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love it! I hate cleaning the fridge and the kids are always spilling something. It will keep the glass from getting scratched too.

Laura said...

Genius! I'm linking to this on my Weekend Links post on Saturday. Love it!

Anne Marie Gross said...

So smart! Thanks for sharing.

Judy I said...

I have the refridge with baking-type racks in them!!!! BOO!!!!

Anonymous said...

I get milk in glass bottles...which are always dirty on the bottom because of the rusty wire shelves at the store. So even if I clean my fridge, the shelf gets dirty right away. Awesome idea!! I "pinned" it.

Anonymous said...

Just make sure you wash and completely dry them before sticking the wrap on them or you will take a chance of having some unwanted bacteria growing on them....I know ewwww lol

suzyknits said...

I just got a new fridge!! Thanks this is going to help keep it looking that way for a lot longer!

suzyknits said...

I just got a new fridge!! Thanks this is going to help keep it looking that way for a lot longer!

Anonymous said...

great idea, just one more thing, is there a coupon for Press and Seal ?

The Virtuous Wife said...

If I catch a spill early, I just wipe the Press'n Seal down with a rag. But I only need to remove and replace for seriously yucky spills. I don't know of any coupons right now. I got the Holiday print Press'n Seal on clearance after Christmas for 1 dollar a box.

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

i saw you over at what's new wednesdays and had to come over. this is genius! i am reorganizing my whole house right now so the fridge is on my list. I am definitely doing this!! thanks!

Omi said...

Tomorrow is reorganizing the kitchen day. Guess what I put on my shopping list?? Yep! Press & Seal, whether I have a coupon or not. This is genius and nobody said you had to repace it every time there's a small spill. Thanks, Girl.

Anonymous said...

Press N Seal does leave a sticky residue, though....

Kate said...

This is unbelievably wasteful! Press & Seal contains petroleum derived adhesives and plastics; it's non-biodegradable and considered an unsustainable product. What's so difficult about wiping down a shelf when there's a spill?!

Twins Squared said...

Such a great idea! I am so doing this.

The Virtuous Wife said...

Kate- valid points! Thank you for coming to my blog. Hopefully you can find something you can use or enjoy here. God Bless you!

Anonymous said...

LOVE IT, going to the store tonight ......AWESOME IDEA

Anonymous said...

I tried this and it didn't seem to stick... I'm not sure if it was because it was cold or what. I'm going to try again tonight. If you have any tips please let me know!

The Virtuous Wife said...

Hmmm...mine were room temp when I applied mine. I had washed and dried them, first. Try letting them warm up before trying again. Saran Wrap works too!

Amy said...

Gotta try this. Thanks

Demaroge said...

If you have the wire rack type shelves...you could try having plexi-glass cut to the right size and clamping the plastic onto the wire shelves. I don't know if it would work but its worth a try!

Suzie HomeCaker said...

What a clever idea!! I'm motivated to clean my fridge now. Thanks for sharing.

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Jackie said...

Apparently, this is NOT a good idea. It can block airflow which is needed to keep your food cold and maintain the proper temperature. It can also shorten the lifespan of your fridge because it causes it to work harder to keep cool and creates unsafe food temperatures!

It does look nice and I would love it if it would have worked out (because I hate cleaning my fridge!) but if a friend of mine wouldn't have pointed the above out to me than I would have ran out and got the stuff, and could have potentially made my family's food unsafe.

Maggie said...

^If you have glass shelves, I don't know how the press-n-seal could block airflow any more than it already is blocked by the glass shelves. See what I mean? LOL... I like this idea for keeping the glass from getting scratched up, will be trying it on the new fridge I'm getting tomorrow :-)

Vicki said...

That is an awesome idea. I hate cleaning spills in the refridgerator. Am gonna do this. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Not very eco friendly

Kara said...

You are a genious!! I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow! Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea with us!

Pams Party said...

I love this idea. Things are always spilling in my fridge.

Linda said...

I am 73 yrs old and this is first idea I have seen to make cleaning frig easier. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. Plan to do this this week when I do a thorough cleaning of my frig. You have made my day!! Take care.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was great, but after cleaning and drying the shelves I still can not get the press n seal to stick!! :( What am I doing wrong?

The Virtuous Wife said...

Some people were having trouble sticking it the shelves when the shelves were cold. When I did this, I had taken the shelves out to clean them and they were room temp when I applied the Press'n Seal.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much !! love your tip !!

Dazy Jo said...

just tried this today, on a fridge that we just moved(so it is room temp-not plugged in) and I am still having trouble getting the PnS to stick. if I rub, the plastic just slides across the glass. if I press straight down finger by finger or palm-it, the plastic sticks for a second then moves when I press somewhere else.....IDK. I loved this idea, though. Maybe my PnS is old?

Anonymous said...

I think it is a grand idea. Keeping the frig door open while trying to clean those obnoxious hardened pieces of whatever is more wasteful for sure....and those who criticize your ingenious idea probably commented from the leather seats of their Hummers!! This is my experience with people who think they are so green committed. They usually aren't. Rock on!!!

Miss Heather said...

I love the idea of a quick fix for not having to clean your refrigerator shelves as often. I actually think I might try this on the shelves in the fridge door since it is so difficult to keep the bottles from leaving sticky rings on the doors that I have to scrub.

The easiest thing I have found for the glass shelves is popping them into my dishwasher. Of course, I do this before a trip to the grocery store when my fridge stock is low (so nothing spoils), and when I come back, my shelves are clean and dry! :)

Margaret said...

For anyone who thinks this is wasteful, I have a simple solution - don't do it. For me, I'M DOING IT. Why, because my time is valuable, not to mention that it's much less wasteful that the amount of energy being wasted while the refrigerator is open and being scrubbed down and the amount of water it takes to clean those crusty shelves. BRILLIANT IDEA!!!

Gourmet Mama said...

Love this idea. I have the wire shelves though, so I just lay down a couple layers of newspaper which absorbs bad smells AND makes spills easier to clean up. Also keeps greens fresher. And for those who don't like the idea of wasting plastic, recycled newspaper is a good way to go. On glass shelves, though, I suspect it would stick with a spill.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Idea! I purchased some Press-n-Seal awhile ago and didn't like it, but didn't want to throw it away. Perfect way to use it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I don't know how it would affect the temperature, though. I'm definitely going to try it, or I may use the econosize Saran Wrap that I get at Costco! Awesome! Keep the ideas a'coming!

April Grinaway said...

I love Press-n-Seal !

Twin Cities janitorial said...

If only all refrigerators look like the given photos above - but they do not. This is because most of us do not have the time to keep things organized at home, including the food we store in the fridge. Thanks for the tips!

terbear287 said...

Love this sooo much. I totally did it and I am almost anxious for my fridge to get dirty so I can find out how easy it is to clean....lol!

Grand idea thanks!

Anonymous said...

From the standpoint of a flybaby (someone who has troubles with wanting to keep everything spotless but lacks energy to do so) this is a godsend answer. I will have to try it while spring cleaning before surgery this fall. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Im in the military and live in the housing and when we leave the house has to be crazy clean, it's so unreal moving out these next two weeks to come. So I'm. Going to be doing this in the new military housing im moving into. Thank you for the idea

Grace Leamon said...

My question is i live in a small town and have to travel to get thing i need can you get press and seal at walmart i think this is a great idea and want to try it thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the idea ! I would never have thought of doing this. My fridge gets some of the worst spills in it & I hate to spend hours scrubbing at it trying to clean it off. Sometimes I really got to put some elbow grease to get the goop off so I am hoping this will work for me.

Linda Witbeck said...

I love the idea of it...I work a full day, drive one hour to and from work five days a week...I don't have much time to pay attention to my refrige. This is a quick cleaning when needed...thank you soooo much!

Margaret said...

This also works on the TOP of your fridge. When it gets dusty and/or greasy, just tear it off and throw it away.

Anonymous said...

Also, for the veggie drawers, you can put bubble wrap that you've received in packages on the bottom that no only keeps the refrigerator clean, but keeps the fruit from bruising. (:

Sharon Anne said...

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and cleaning my fridge is a chore I need simplified, so your idea just may be just the blessing I need so thank you INDEED for sharing!

Warmly, Sharon Anne

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Anonymous said...

ok maybe it is wasteful-but I am loving this idea-my kids never see when they spill-so sometimes it maybe hours before I see it and can clean it! I can't wait to get some - reading all the ideas my entire fridge maybe wrapped in it!
thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

I use paper towel or old wash cloths on the door shelves. If you use your old kitchen towels that will take care of those who think this is a waste. They can just grab and toss them into the washer.

cleaning companies Phoenix said...

You actually have a great kitchen. Drawers and cabinets are really very useful especially in the kitchen where several utensils and appliances are being used. These organizing tips you have shared are really very useful. I do agree that keeping the sink clean is one of the most important things to do in a kitchen. Thank you for sharing these pictures, too.

Ellen Pruett said...

Love this!!!!!

Anonymous said...

While it does seem to make keeping your fridge clean easier, you do realize that you're creating more plastic junk for the earth to absorb everytime you change the plastic and throw the old one. Wouldn't a better compromise be to use something that be taken out, chucked into the washing machine and then reused - like the kind of fabric they use for aprons etc.

Anonymous said...

What's wasteful is the roll of paper towels used to clean-up the mess otherwise.

Barbara said...

I think this is a fabulous, low cost idea that will make it super easy to keep the fridge clean. Thanks for the awesome tip! :) And they make your fridge look oh so cute! :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea, but those bowls caught my eye! I assume that's a strainer at the bottom of each bowl, where can I find these? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I too had a horrible time getting the press n seal to stick. It jumbled up in a mess the second my hand moved. It wouldn't stick to the sides, glass, or underneath

Anonymous said...

I was really excited to do this it sounded like a great idea I ran out and bought some press and seal! Well, it's a pain in the butt!!! The stuff keeps sticking to itself and its hard to cut! It would be easier just to clean the fridge!!

Isabella B said...

OMG, I could kiss your face. I always dreaded cleaning those shelves. I am SO lining them with press and seal today. Thank you!!!!!