DIY Fridge Liners

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Do you line your refrigerator? If not, you should give this idea a try.
I used to dread cleaning the refrigerator. My old routine was to remove all the food and then take out all the glass shelving and drawers.. I would then awkwardly wash the oversized pieces in the sink, dry them and then continue with the daunting task of figuring out where they went. Using liners, saves you from having to do this tedious chore. With the liners, you can simply remove the liners and wipe them down as needed.
diy fridge liners, appliances, cleaning tips
Vinyl place mats are cut to size to cover each glass shelf and line each bin.
diy fridge liners, appliances, cleaning tips
I staggered two mats to achieve the depth I needed and simply joined them with packing tape on the back side.
diy fridge liners, appliances, cleaning tips
I found these place mats at the dollar store. I love the black and white damask pattern.
diy fridge liners, appliances, cleaning tips
Isn't she pretty! She looks so clean and uncluttered. I am almost tempted to not put the food back in ☺.
UPDATE: The shelves in our refrigerator are glass. There seems to be some debate about whether refrigerators with wire shelves should be lined, as it may possibly restrict air flow. I don't know whether this would be a problem or not. My guess is that cold air will still get everywhere it needs too, but I can't guarantee that to be the case.
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3 questions
  • Bhe4305171
    on Jan 31, 2016

    Why would the air flow change on a fridge with glass shelves?

    • Jpo5020209
      on Oct 14, 2016

      It won't change air flow for glass shelves. The concern was for wire shelves.

  • Beverly Pendergrass
    on Feb 29, 2016

    I bought placemats and they slide around in the fridge, I must be doing something wrong

    • Bui30956139
      on Oct 3, 2017

      Under the placemats, I used clear chopping mats (2 to a pack @ DollarTree). This way the placemats don't slide around

  • Smo4778725
    on Oct 19, 2016

    I put them in and my husband says the placemats stop the ventilation from the glass that is designed to let air flow. What do you think?

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  • Laura
    on Aug 15, 2017

    Yes! I cleaned and organized the fridge after a two day power outage. Had to throw away everything! The idea of using plastic bins to contain like-food is great. The hardest part was the place mats until I read your instructions and cut and taped them to size. Looks great. Thanks.

  • Jan Barrett Hobizal
    on Jul 6, 2018

    Much easier and cheaper to buy the clear plastic at Wal-Mart that the fabric.dept. For about 3.00 you can cover all your shelves and have left over for.other projects. (They also have.patterned) Cut to size. Pull in and out to clean. Such a time saver. I have done this for.years.

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