Got Slop? Make Your Own Fridge Coasters

Fridge Coasters are a very cool idea. They are disposable liners for your fridge shelves that soak up spills and save you the work of wiping up errant messes or congealed slop that you couldn’t see behind that giant bottle of lemon juice. Not that it’s ever happened to me…

However, a recent “hack” of these Fridge Coasters has started flying over the blogosphere: turning inexpensive plastic placemats into your own fridge liners. The liners can be easily removed, wiped down, and then replaced without having to awkwardly manage a fridge shelf that most likely doesn’t fit into the kitchen sink.

Like I’ve alluded to before, I am not exactly the best Fridge Maintenance Woman. There may have been a “situation” in our fridge.

Okay, now stop looking at that picture. It’s not good.

I purchased some placemats at Superstore for $2 a piece. It’s a great time to be buying plastic placemats, as they are often a part of outdoor collections. Also, this means that they are available in fantastic colours.

“Installing” the shelf liners is too simple. You can go the super-duper easy way and just layer the placemats one on top of the other. Or you can cut them to size with kitchen scissors.

I often get little spills and gloopy-gloops from condiments. I decided to chop up a placemat and use it to line the doors on the shelf.

I love how they turned out. I roughly eyeballed the dimensions, though a particular person could use a ruler/tape measure.

With the food replaced in the refrigerator, doesn’t it look so much better?

There. You can eat at my house again. It’s all better.

And if one of these bottles gets a bit wild and decides to have a food fight, then we’re covered. I won’t be scrubbing out corners with baking soda and vinegar while wiping sweat and regret off of my brow.

I highly recommend this very easy solution for crud and goo on fridge shelves. If you’re strolling down the aisles of the grocery/big box store and see some cheap plastic placemats, remember my colourful fridge! I used six placemats, but if you want to line your produce bins, you may want to get a few more.

*No eggs were hurt in the making of this post*

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  1. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    You do? And are you loving it so far? I’m very happy with the way ours are working.

  2. April 10, 2013

    I do…I believe the “hack” to which you are referring is actually my post. 🙂

  3. April 10, 2013
    Linda Braden

    Okay, I see now. If I choose the Google+ option in the Disqus profile if won’t lead you back to my blog. Very odd. I don’t think if I sign in as FB or Twitter if it would lead you to my blog either. Very strange …


  4. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    That IS strange. So far I’ve been really liking Disqus as a comment provider, but that’s very weird if you can’t be traced back to you blog.

    Thank you for the comment. Yes, Kitchen Nightmares was definitely the “Before” picture. Minus a yelling and swearing Gordon. 😉

  5. April 10, 2013

    I was worried this post might be going in the Kitchen Nightmares
    direction, but I think Chef Gordon Ramsey would be very proud of your
    “after” fridge liners …

    🙂 Linda

  6. April 10, 2013
    Linda Braden

    This comment shouldn’t have been posted as my son’s account — the disqus comment thing confuses me. Now I think it should be as me …

  7. April 10, 2013
    Linda at Two Sisters

    You are one brave girl to show pictures of your fridge … wonderful! And the liners are perfect!!! I just had “issues” with my fridge also… not pretty. Bless you. Linda

  8. April 10, 2013
    amy of while wearing heels

    Thank goodness no eggs were hurt in this post. That tilting egg carton made me wonder 🙂 I love the apple place mats. I hope those bottles behave, your mats are too pretty to get dirty.

  9. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    I know. I probably should have bought more of them to use as actual placemats, shouldn’t I?
    Oh, hindsight…

  10. April 10, 2013
    Kimberly Ann

    I think you stole my fridge, because my eggs are leaning exactly the same at the moment!

    I’ve had this on my to do list since I saw it floating around Pinterest a couple months ago. I’m just waiting to see the “right” placemats.

    Great job!!

  11. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    Thanks! I’m thinking that eggs are the unexpected gymnasts of the fridge world. They always seem to be in the most precarious situations in the fridge. I’m actually pretty surprised that I haven’t had more casualties.

    Let me know if you find the placemats and do the Great Fridge Cleanout. I’d love to see pics!

  12. April 10, 2013

    So you are the Original Awesomeness to this Organizing-Idea-Gone-Viral? Well done! 🙂

    And I zoomed over to your blog and took a look: we DO have the exact same placemats!! We must shop at the same place! 😉

  13. April 10, 2013

    I did this with my refrigerator and it has made such a difference. It is so much easier to wipe down a mat than to wrestle with the shelves and drawers.
    Thanks for sharing,


    Pieced Pastimes

    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

  14. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Hi Suzanne,

    Oh, wrestling with shelves and drawers is one of the bigger reasons why I detested cleaning the fridge (with my before picture as proof of that. I’m glad you like your fridge liners too. I popped over to your blog and joined the linky. Thanks for the invite!

  15. April 10, 2013
    Audra Projects

    What a fabulous idea! Why haven’t I thought of it before? Putting some under the milk…always the messiest spot in our fridge.

  16. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Oh Audra, milk is the messiest spot in the fridge, isn’t it? I don’t know why… but there always seems to be a “milk ring” there.

  17. April 10, 2013

    Very nice idea. I have the exact same mats in my fridge!


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