Use Placemats in Refrigerator

By Judy 14 35

My mum taught me the advantages of lining the glass shelves in a refrigerator. Most refrigerators could benefit from this. You just place a large plastic or cloth place mat on each shelf. Of course the cloth are a bit harder to keep clean.


I have my refrigerator shelves line with sturdy plastic mats. I can quickly wipe up spills and only need to take the mats totally out of fridge to clean about twice a year (nothing is perfect and once in a while, liquids will seep under mats). An extra bonus is that, if you can pick place mats that match your personality or kitchen decor, then all the better.

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By Lilac 20 1,329 Flag

December 1, 2010

I have been told never to do that as it interferes with the air circulation in the refridgerator.

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By Lelia Jo Cordell 51 1,936 Flag

December 1, 2010

I wouldn't think it would be a problem, if the placemats aren't bigger/wider/longer than the actual shelves. I need to try this myself - reaching all the way to the back of my fridge shelves isn't easy for me.

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By eileen 5 75 Flag

December 1, 2010

Here's a solution to spills and getting at the items at the back of your refrigerator shelves. I discovered white plastic drawer organizers 6"x2"x15" from WalMart that are interlocking (one side slips over the corresponding side of a matching/identical organizer.) I use as many as necessary to "corral" items and just slide the one out a little bit with the items needed. They are easy to clean and remove when not needed.

I have not noticed any difference in circulation of the air. Often as not, items stored on the sheves individually are packed in and air does not circulate much.

I also use a fridge thermometer on a shelf in the door which alerts me to the minimum temperature of 40 degrees at the door. Once the temperature is set, there is no need to change the controls.

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By Maya Lee 14 172 Flag

December 6, 2011

I put shallow plastic trays on the shelves of my refrigerator. They have a low edge and contain any spills. They don't effect the flow of air as they only cover the glass tops of the shelves. They make it very easy to clean.

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By BonnieAlice 13 83 Flag

October 8, 2012

Years ago I lined my glass shelves with rubbermaid shelf lining, thinking it was a good idea. Not so fast! Everything was sticking to it, of course, so one day I laid leftover upholstery fabric on top of that. It stays put, "sweating" items don't leave marks, things move around easily, a win-win for me. I take everything out now & then to clean.

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By syntoniser 5 56 Flag

October 8, 2012

I did this and I love it. I even cut some to fit the wide shelves in the door, that part is now easier to clean.

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Archive: Use Placemats in Refrigerator

Line the metal racks in your refrigerator with large washable place mats. They catch the spills for easy clean-up.

By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO


RE: Use Placemats in Refrigerator

I am sorry to say that this is not a good practice. The mats interfere with the air flow in the refrigerator. This is why the shelves are wire. (07/28/2010)

By Lilac

RE: Use Placemats in Refrigerator

My shelves are glass and I think this is a brilliant idea. Thanks. (07/28/2010)

By merlene

RE: Use Placemats in Refrigerator

Definite thumbs up, great idea. (07/28/2010)

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