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Time to Toss

 Every week or two check the expiration dates on foods in your fridge and toss any that are past due, particularly if they’re lumpy, sporting a greenish cast when they should be white or yellow, or require you to wear a nose clip. There’s a really cool disposable device called Timestrips that can help you keep track of stuff you open like pasta sauce or baby food by automatically counting down the days to their demise. Truly an accidental housewife’s must have. Go to www.timestrip.com.

Shake It Up
• It’s an oldie but goodie: Keep an opened box of baking soda in the fridge and freezer and replace it every three months. It’s a good idea to shake up the box once a week and empty out a little bit every two weeks to ensure freshness. FYI: The actual life expectancy of baking soda is usually found on the bottom of the box. If you can’t find it but want to check on its potency, put a teaspoon into a bowl and add some vinegar. If it starts to bubble with gusto, it’s still good to go. If it makes a clump, it’s time to dump!

• I’ve become a big fan of Arm & Hammer’s Fridge Fresh Refrigerator Air Filter, which you just stick on a wall in your fridge or freezer and let it do its thing. It even lets you know when to replace it—simply idiot-proof and why I love it!

• Another cool inexpensive odor buster I like is Fridge It, which you can use and hang from a shelf in both your fridge and freezer. You can find these little wonders at Linens ’n Things or check them out online at www.innofresh .com.

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