Mama Mila reveals her hack for keeping berries fresher for longer

Organisation queen spills her ‘secret trick’ for ensuring berries last WEEKS longer in the fridge: ‘It’s so easy’

  • An Aussie mum-of-two has shared her trick for keeping fruit fresher for longer 
  • Chantel Mila, aka Mama Mila, soaks berries in water and vinegar for 10 minutes 
  • The Melbourne cleaning queen then rinses the berries and lets them air dry
  • Once dry, she stores them in an airtight container with some paper towel
  • Reducing food waste can help cut down grocery bills amid rising costs of living 

An Australian mum-of-two has shared her easy trick for keeping berries fresher for longer in the fridge. 

Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, soaked the berries in vinegar and water before storing them in an airtight container with a bit of paper towel to reduce food waste and keep her grocery bill down. 

The cleaning and organising queen, known as Mama Mila online, shared the trick in a now-viral video with her 942,500 TikTok followers. 

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Cleaning and organising queen Chantel Mila has revealed show she keeps berries fresher for longer in the fridge

The mum-of-two soaked the berries in vinegar and water before storing them in an airtight container with a bit of paper towel to reduce food waste and keep her grocery bill down

Chantel starts by combining a quarter of a cup of vinegar and three quarters of a cup of water in a bowl.

She then soaks her berries in the mix in the bowl for 10 minutes to ‘rid spores and bacteria’ revealing the amount of dirt left behind in the solution.

The ‘home hacks’ guru rinses the fruit in water then leaves them to air dry on a clean tea towel.  

Chantel places a few sheets of paper towel at the bottom of an airtight container to absorb moisture, puts the berries on top, seals the lid and stores in the fridge. 


She soaks her berries in a bowl with a quarter cup of vinegar and three quarters of a cup of for 10 minutes to ‘rid spores and bacteria’


Chantel rinses the berries and lets them air dry on a clean tea towel. She then stores them in an air tight container in the fridge with a few sheets of paper towel to absorb moisture

According to the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, each Aussie wastes more than 300kg of food per person which is the equivalent to one in five bags of groceries or $2,000-$2,500 annually. 

Taking small steps to reduce food waste can significantly slash a person’s yearly grocery bill so previously meal prep pro Katie Lolas shared her storage tips to keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer. 

The Sydney mum, who goes by Lady Lolas online gave her advice on how best to store vegetable sticks, berries and salads.

In a video posted to Instagram, Katie said to keep cut vegetables in water, wash berries with white vinegar and keeping dressings separate from salad leaves to stop them going soggy. 

Taking small steps to reduce food waste can significantly slash your grocery bill so meal prep pro Katie Lolas (pictured) shared her tips to keep fruits and vegetables fresher for longer 


For vegetable sticks, Katie said to keep them in a container with a some water at the bottom and swish the water around every couple of days so they stay crisp and crunchy

For vegetable sticks, Katie said to keep them in a container with a some water at the bottom and swish the water around every couple of days so they stay crisp and crunchy. 

‘With washing berries, add a little bit of vinegar. Make sure you wash them well, pat them dry and this will kill the bacteria and preserve them for double the time,’ she continued. 

In the comments, Katie clarified she used white vinegar to wash the fruit.

She recommended using airtight containers as they will seal in the freshness of the food. 


‘With washing berries, add a little bit of vinegar. Make sure you wash them well, pat them dry and this will kill the bacteria and preserve them for double the time,’ she said


Katie recommended using airtight containers to store food and to keep dressing separate from salad to prevent the leaves from going soggy

‘Store dressings separate from your salads until you’re ready to eat – it’s the dressing that makes your salad soggy,’ Katie said. 

‘Lastly, add a square of paper towel to your salads to absorb any moisture and keep your greens crunchy and fresh.’ 

The clip has been viewed tens of thousands of times with dozens of fans in the comments praising the helpful tips and offering their own food storage hacks. 

‘I’ve been told to put berries in mason jars in the fridge to keep them fresher for longer,’ one viewer advised.     

Another user said she sprays olive oil on chopped avocado to prevent it from going brown. 

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