How to Properly Store Extra Batteries

Twice a year I give my home a good overall cleaning. Every spring and fall season I work from room to room in our home getting things cleaned up, organized and downsized as I go along.

Like most families, we have a lot of extra batteries in our home. Let’s face it, we all use a ton of batteries every year to power-up our remote controls, handheld games, smoke detectors, flashlights, camping lanterns, motorized & electronic toys, beauty devices and more! Seriously, tons of items in our homes use batteries!

During my heavy-duty cleaning, I realized that I needed to get all of our extra batteries cleaned up, organized and stored properly. To make sure I was doing things correctly, I hopped online and did some independent research and I talked with one of the pros over at Dorcy…my favorite manufacturer for batteries, flashlights and lanterns. Here’s some important things that I learned.

How to Properly Store Extra Batteries

How to Properly Store Extra Batteries and Additional Tips

1. Always store them in a cool and dry place. Do not store them in direct sunlight. It is not recommended to store them in a refrigerator or freezer, that’s an old-time myth!

2. It’s best to keep all batteries in their original and unopened package until you need them. Batteries can become damaged when not in their original package.

3. Don’t leave them in devices or products that you don’t plan on using for a long time, like seasonal decorations. It’s best to remove them before packing away your item for the next season.

4. If the battery is extremely cold, you need to let it warm up to room temperature before using it.

5. Place batteries for storage in an airtight plastic container to prevent humidity and moisture damage. Never store them in a metal container.

6. If you have batteries rolling around in your junk drawer or tool box, it’s time to clean it out! Batteries shouldn’t come into contain with metal coins, screws, paperclips and other metal items.

7. Inspect all batteries for damage and/or leakage before inserting them into any device. If you think it’s damaged, properly dispose of them.

8. When it comes to disposing alkaline batteries, place them in your household trash, wrapped up in a bag. Do NOT throw them into a trash burning barrel where heat & flame can cause them to explode. If you live in a state the requires alkaline batteries to be recycled, follow those guidelines.

9. When it comes to button batteries, lithium and lithium-ion batteries, you need to drop those off at a battery recycling center. These types of batteries contain heavy metals and are considered to be a hazardous material.

When is the last time you properly cleaned up and organized all of your extra batteries? If it’s been awhile, it’s time to do it now!

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  1. Sarah L says:

    I don’t have that many things that require batteries so I don’t have many spare ones. I do keep them in the original packaging and they’re in a cool dry place.

  2. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I am glad to learn these tips. I did not know that you should not store batteries in a metal box nor that keeping them in the refrigerator or very cold is a myth.

  3. heather says:

    I learned a ton by reading this post. I had no idea that you should remove batteries from seasonal decorations before putting them in storage. I really like how you have your batteries stored in that plastic bin I want to do that with ours now so I can easily see what we have and what we need.

    • I picked up the bin at the Dollar Store. I can easily see what sizes I have, what I need to stock up on, etc. Plus, that bin allows the air to move through. They should be stored in their original packages (when possible) and in a cool and dry place. I’m glad you learned a few new things…which is the purpose of the blog, to share what I know & learn with the readers to help make all of our lives easier!

  4. Tamra Phelps says:

    When we moved in to our current home, we found the previous owner had left a bunch of batteries in the freezer, lol. I had heard of storing them there but I never bothered. I had no idea it was just a myth, anyway.

    • Yes, it’s a myth. Peeps used to believe that but the truth is this…storing them in a refrigerator or freezer causes moisture and/or condensation which slowly zaps the power. On top of that, what if one of them corrodes and/or leaks? I wouldn’t want that any where near where I store food.

  5. Well I never heard of batteries stored in the frig or freezer–yuck–not around the food (nutrition was my first profession). I will have to check if the batteries I keep in the drawer are touching any metal. We have battery recycling a couple times a year, and it’s within walking distance for me, so I should check what needs to be tossed. This was helpful. Thanks!

  6. ellen beck says:

    Great advice.Hubby STILL insists on the freezer, I keep telling him it isnt needed. He is also one to ‘save’ batteries I dont know why. If they arent recharrgeable he throws them in the junk drawer. I slowly pull them out an dispose of them.

    • Putting them in the refrigerator and/or freezer causes them to get too cold and can cause condensation. Cool and dry place is best..not chilly cold like the refrig or freezer. Yikes!