Ice cream. Coffee. Bags of frozen snow peas. Your freezer is where you keep the good stuff. But did you know you should also be stuffing it with these six non-food items?

Dirty Jeans

Get more mileage out of your blues (or other colors) by forgoing the washing machine for the… freezer. Just fold them, place them in a large plastic bag and stick the whole thing in the freezer for about a week. Voilà: clean jeans that won’t lose their shape or luster.

Wax candles

Double the life span of that Vanilla-Cedar-Dream by placing it in the freezer the day before you want to use it. Once you’ve burned it down to its very bottom, place the empty jar back in the freezer for a few hours. You’ll then be able to peel the remaining wax off easily and reuse the jar for something else.

Stockings and tights

Shivering into a pair of cool tights may seem counterproductive, but storing them in the freezer helps them keep their shape. (E.g.: Just say no to saggy knees.)


Yup, you can totally store seeds like sunflower and pumpkin in the freezer for up to five years. Just be sure they're really dry first and don’t forget to date the airtight bag.



Prolong the charges of NiMH and Nicad batteries by as much as 90 percent (!) by storing them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. Do, however, give them time to thaw before popping them in your favorite flashlight.


Frosted mugs. They’re grrrrrrreat!

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