Summer is really hot and one would never say that a refrigerator is an unnecessary accessory to keep one's vegetables and beverages fresh and cool. But the price of a refrigerator is so high that one would think of enduring the heat of summer rather than buying that costly apparatus. But here is an idea that can cut cost by 150 times and works quite smart.
This is a DIY (Do It Yourself) project. You can build it yourself. The items you need to assemble this cool refrigerator are available in any village market and are damn affordable- less than the cost of two days' vegetables! And, you don't need to worry about electricity bills. It works on capillary principle-doesn't need electricity!
I have built it a few months ago and it still works well for me. I spent Rs. 110 on two pots. The rest of the items were picked from household articles. A fridge at Rs.110 is quite an attraction, isn't it? Try it. You will like it.
These are the items you need
|1. a plastic basin|
|2. two flower pots |
(with a difference in size so that one can be inserted into the other)
|3. a towel|
|5. a handful of clean sand|
|6. a plastic sheet|
|7. a cleaning cloth|
How to make it your cool refrigerator
How to maintain
- one should take out the vegetables everyday at least once and dry the walls of the inner pot using a cleaning cloth.
- everyday, one should replenish the space between both the pots with fresh water. Never let it dry. This is the engine of your DIY cool refrigerator! If there is no water there, your DIY cool refrigerator dies.
- twice everyday, wet the towel and spread it over your DIY cool refrigerator.
NOTE: Some vegetables need deep freezing. They cannot be kept for long in your DIY cool refrigerator. But vegetables like carrot, beetroot, brinjal, snake guard, ivy gourd, etc.