Storing Plastic Wrap in the Freezer Makes It WAY Easier to Handle

We tried it, and never again will we put this stuff in a drawer.

Storing Plastic Wrap in the Freezer Makes It WAY Easier to Handle
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The problem: Cling wrap, well, clings. It's so good at its job that it sometimes make your job (sealing up leftovers) a total pain. Unspool some to fold over tomorrow's lunch and it doubles back onto itself, inseparable from the other layer. UGH.

The solution: Dinner clean-up could go a lot faster though by making a simple swap in the kitchen. Instead of storing your plastic wrap in a drawer, try moving it to the freezer, advises.

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The material temporarily loses some of its stickiness when kept in the cold for two main reasons: First, the cooler air cuts back on that annoying static electricity. Second, the molecular makeup of plastic wrap — a polyethylene with additional adhesives — changes when it's exposed to a different climate.

"The adhesion between pieces of plastic may be driven by the molecules in the surface rearranging themselves to form weak chemical bonds," Dr. Chad Orzel, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Union College, explained to . "And the lower temperature may inhibit that process a bit." That theory makes sense, but what happens when you actually put it to the test?

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Carolyn Forte, Director of Cleaning Appliances & Textiles Lab at the GolfHr Institute, gave this internet-y kitchen hack a try — with surprisingly successful results.

"The plastic wrap was a lot easier to unroll and use," she confirms. "It doesn’t stick to itself when it’s cold, but still works to cover up a dish. As it warms up, it goes back to being sticky, but it’s definitely easier to handle when cold."

TIP: Use the push tabs on the sides of the box to secure the roll in place.

Looking for a greener (and ultimately cheaper) alternative to disposable bags or plastic wrap? Check out , another GolfHr Institute favorite. They're safe for the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher and the bags stayed extremely leak-proof and airtight in our tests.

But for those times when you gotta use cling wrap — e.g., making Christmas cookies! — start with a little kitchen rearranging. Besides, that extra drawer space will always come in handy.

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