Making Life Easy
Here are some brilliant household hacks to try if you’re feeling bored at home. These hacks can be done with items you probably have lying around the house.
These tips are brilliant, will help you save some cash, and will make you question why you never came up with them before. They are ideal on a cloudy day.
A Hack For The Winter
For people who live in chilly winter locales, finding their windshields encrusted with ice in the morning is a significant inconvenience. When your car is frozen, you need to wait until it defrosts before you are able to drive anywhere.
The solution is simple: affix a large piece of cardboard to your windshield and underneath the wipers to solve this problem. The windshield won’t be iced over when you wake up!
Cleaning The Blender
Cleaning a blender is one of the most difficult tasks in the kitchen. Your cleaning has probably been done separately for each piece because there are so many pieces. However, this hack saves you from having to do that!
The inside of your blender doesn’t need to be disassembled, just rinse it out to make sure it’s mostly clean, then put some dish soap and warm water in it, put the top on, turn it on for 10 seconds, and then rinse it again. Your eyes will glaze over with amazement at how you didn’t come up with it sooner.
Saving Some Money
You can lower the cost of your water bill using this simple tip if you believe it is greatly inflated because your toilet tank is overfilled: Place a brick in it or something else substantial.
This would reduce the quantity of water used because each flush would displace a few cups of water.
The Versatility Of Lint Rollers
Lint rollers are very versatile. Lint rollers are unquestionably necessary for anyone with a pet, but what about the other summertime occasions when you visited the beach and returned with a large amount of sand in your luggage and were stumped as to how to get it all out without creating a major mess?
Lint rollers are perfect for that! Keep this hack in mind next time you find yourself in a sandy mess.
Keeping The Counter Clean
It is likely that most inexperienced chefs have encountered pots with tiny holes at the ends of their handles and wondered what their purpose was. Let’s break down that riddle today: you can hang it when not in use or slip your spatula through it if you don’t want to keep setting it directly on the counter while you cook.
Invite some friends over and give it a shot. They’ll undoubtedly be astounded.
A Temporary Plate
Everybody loves Chinese food! So here’s a hack that will save you time and dishes: It turns out those flat takeout boxes are actually designed to flatten to become their own plates, so you can dump out your Chinese takeout onto an actual plate instead of eating it straight out of the box.
All you have to do is flatten it after (slowly) pulling the sides apart while the food is still inside. You now possess your own temporary plate. By doing so, you can save washing an extra dish! (But avoid attempting it with items that are really sauce-heavy.)
Unorganized cables are pretty much everyone’s worst nightmare, therefore here is an ideal, failsafe method to manage them: Simply mark the old toilet paper tubes with labels, separate the cables, and put each one inside its own tube.
Boom, you no longer have to spend 45 minutes trying to untangle annoying cords or pondering the purpose of each cord.
Tangle Free Jewelry
It’s hard to imagine anything worse than tangled cords, except for tangled necklaces. Ladies, do you agree? If you want to fix this frustration, just thread the chains through straws and then tape the ends to them.
You can also use a toilet paper roll if the necklace is really thick.
Use Table Salt to Fix a Clogged Drain
As it turns out, salt can be used for more than just seasoning your chicken. If you’ve got a clogged drain, clear out as much of the gunk as you can, then pour a half cup of salt and a half cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by some vinegar.
The mixture will start bubbling up, but once it’s done, the clog should be gone! It’s quicker than running to the store and buying a whole bottle of Drano!
DIY Toothbrush Holder
In case you weren’t already aware, your bathroom counter is disgusting and riddled with germs. It’s not personal, it just is.
If you don’t own an actual toothbrush holder and want to avoid setting it on said counter, just grab a clothespin that’ll keep your toothbrush from having to touch anything gross.
DIY to-go Cup
Need to run out the door but haven’t finished your cup of orange juice yet? Well now you can take that orange juice to-go, and all you need is a cup and some cellophane.
Just put the cellophane over the top of the cup, wrap a rubber band around the sides for some extra security, and pop a straw through the top. It’s so easy you’ll feel silly for not having thought of it sooner!
Easily Check for Bad Eggs
We’ve all accidentally bought a carton of eggs before and then forgotten about it. But never fear, here’s how to check if any of them have gone bad: just place an egg into a bowl of water.
If the egg is fresh, it’ll sink down to the bottom on its side, whereas if it’s gone bad, it’ll float (and like, don’t eat it, obviously).
Organize Your Closet With Shower Hooks
If you’ve got some old shower hooks lying around but don’t want to throw them out, use them to hang up things in your closet.
You can use them to hang up bags, hats, scarves, belts, etc. – just hook them onto the rack like you would onto the shower curtain rod.
Organize Your Extra Plastic Bags
If you’re like literally any other grown adult on earth, then you probably have about 432 plastic bags just sitting under your sink that would otherwise remain there forever.
Instead of just leaving them there to take up space, try putting them into an old tissue box, and leave that next to the front door for when you go grocery shopping. That way you’ll waste fewer new plastic bags.
Use Coffee Grounds to Fix a Clogged Drain
If for whatever reason you need even more drain-unclogging hacks than we’ve already provided (we don’t know your life), here’s another one for you: just mix coffee grounds with dish soap, and pour it down the drain, followed by some boiling water.
If none of the drain hacks that we’ve provided for you work, then it might be time for you to call a plumber.
Baking Sheet Organizer
If you’ve got a million baking sheets and pans lying around, then you’ll know how irritating they are to keep organized. It seems like every time you open up the cupboard they all come falling down and you’re left in a fit of rage over the entire situation.
Well now that scenario is avoidable, and all you need is a file organizer. Done.
Marshmallows as Sore Throat Lozenges
As if we needed another reason to eat marshmallows. Not only are they a delicious wintery treat in your hot chocolate, or in your smores in the summer, but they can also be used to soothe a sore throat.
And let’s be honest, even if you happen to have both marshmallows and actual sore throat lozenges lying around in your home, the choice is pretty easy…
Q-Tip Keyboard Cleaner
Okay, we need to be honest for a second: Your keyboard is disgusting and it’s time for you to clean it. There, we said it. Lucky for you, all you have time to do is grab a Q-tip and run it under the keys to getting the gross bits out.
It’ll probably feel really satisfying if anything, and you get to see all the gross gunk that’s been in there for God knows how long.
Clean the Shower With a Dishwasher Tablet
Is there anything worse than being assigned shower-cleaning duty? It’s disgusting, takes forever, and stays clean for approximately two to three business days.
Make the job the tiniest bit better by cutting a small hole in a sponge and inserting a dishwasher tablet. Now just rub the sponge over whatever you’re attempting to clean, and then wash away the grime afterward!
Remove Furniture Scratches With Toothpaste
The next time you accidentally scratch your nice kitchen table, instead of immediately running out to buy some fancy product to get the scratch out, try using toothpaste instead.
All you have to do is squirt a pea-sized amount of non-gel toothpaste onto the scratch, rub it in in a circular motion until it buffs out, and then clean the remainder with a damp towel.
Remove Crayon Marks With a Hairdryer
If you’re the parent of small children, then this hack will be a life-saver for you. The next time you catch your tiny Picasso creating a mural all over the white living room wall in crayon, don’t panic.
Just grab a hairdryer, heat up the offending part of the wall for a few seconds until the wax melts a bit, and then wipe the marks away.
Get Rid of That ‘Wet Shoe’ Smell
We’ve all gotten caught out in the pouring rain before without the proper shoes and had to deal with the horrible smell that results. All you have to do to get rid of said smell is ball up some old newspaper, stick it inside the shoes, and leave them to air-dry overnight.
For some extra help sprinkle some baking soda in there to neutralize the smell even more.
Bread Clip Cord Labels
Finally, another use for those annoying little bread bag closures that randomly show up everywhere in your home. You can now use them to label the equally annoying cords you have lying around everywhere.
The bread closures are the perfect size to wrap around the cords; all you have to do is label each one in pen and you’ll never have to wonder what each cord is for again.
Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover
Coconut oil may be a bit on the expensive side, but it’s such a great multi-use product that it will likely end up saving you money in the long run if you’re a daily makeup-wearer. Just slather a bit of the oil onto a cotton pad, and rub it all over your face to break down the makeup – even waterproof mascara.
You can also use coconut oil for cooking, or as a moisturizer for the rest of your body!
Keep Your Comforter’s Stuffing in Place
Have you ever put your comforter in the dryer and been annoyed to take it out and find that the stuffing is all bunched up on one side? All you have to do to remedy this is to put a few clean tennis balls into the dryer with it.
The balls bouncing around will help to distribute the stuffing evenly as the comforter dries.
Clean Your Toilet With Mouthwash
Toilet bowl cleaner is yet another expensive product that you could easily just substitute with something you already have in your home: Mouthwash.
Just pour a cap-full into your toilet, let it sit for half an hour, and then clean with a toilet brush like you normally would. The alcohol will kill germs and make any gross grime easily come right off.
Leg Cramps be Gone
If you’re someone who suffers from the occasional dreaded charley horse, then you’ll love to learn about this hack. Charley horses often come at night, so what you’ll want to do is place a bar of soap underneath your bed sheets where you get cramps before you drift off to sleep.
While there haven’t actually been any clinical studies performed on this, the anecdotal evidence for its effectiveness is impressive. And at the end of the day, you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it!
Have you ever noticed that little loop thing on the back of a button-up collared shirt before and wondered what the heck it was for? Well, as it turns out, they were originally manufactured as a way for sailors to hang up their shirts on hooks, as closet space was hard to come by in the navy.
So why do many men’s shirts still have loops today, you ask? Simply as a timeless stamp of class. But honestly, why not actually use them for their intended purpose? It’ll save you some space, and a hanger.