Reader Tracy Britton of Los Angeles shares a grime-stopper for storing ice chests and other containers.
After each picnic, party or trip, she rinses out the cooler, then leaves about an inch of water in the bottom with half a cup of bleach. When she’s ready to use it again — sometimes months later — she swishes the liquid around, pours it out and allows it to air-dry. “It is fresh-smelling and super-clean,” she writes. She also puts a tape label on top warning that it contains bleach. Her coolers have lasted for years with this simple trick.