The Best Home Hacks You Always Wanted To Know
1 Scatter Soap
Sometimes hungry rabbits or deer unfortunately assume that your garden is their personal feeding ground. They’ll nibble away at your greenery, ruining all your hard work in one meal. Thankfully, soap provides a solution to this problem. Shred some soap in your food processor and scatter it among your plants. Don’t cover the entire ground, but leave a healthy supply of shavings interspersed with your mulch.
The smell of the soap will keep hungry animals away, but the soap itself won’t damage your plants. You’ll have to replenish your shreddings if they wash away, but other than that it takes very little effort for you to keep your plants safe.
2 Clean and De-Fog Eyeglasses
Eyeglasses are an essential element of every outfit for those not naturally blessed with perfect eyesight. But as you go through your day, your eyeglasses tend to accumulate dirt and smudges that fog up your vision. While cleaning them with a soft cloth is the preferred method, sometimes a little piece of fabric isn’t enough to fully clear up your lenses.
If your glasses could use a deep cleaning, use a little dish soap. Simply put a drop of dish soap on the outside and inside of each lens and gently wash it with your fingers. When you’re done, dry the glasses with your trusty soft cloth. Your glasses will be smudge and fog-free, promising perfect vision.
3 Keep Insects Away
Household insects like to hide in dark, creepy places. If you search long enough in your kitchen cabinets, you’ll probably find a few unwelcome visitors. While using shelf liners is a common practice to keep your cabinets clean, aluminum foil is the best shelf liner of all.
Aluminum foil reflects light, which in turn drives away all the creepy-crawly creatures. By lining your cabinets with aluminum foil, you’re creating an environment where no insect wants to live. You’ll keep your kitchen safe from scavenging critters and you’ll keep your cabinets tidy and dust-free.
4 Start A Fire Easily Using Doritos
When it comes to snacking, Doritos are often the snack of choice. After all, these chips are absolutely delicious! Not only are they great for satisfying that afternoon or late night hunger, but Doritos are also extremely useful when it’s time to start a fire!
The next time you need to start a fire out of the blue and don’t necessarily have the best possible ingredients, if you have Doritos on hand, grab a few and take advantage of their ease of catching on fire to give you a hand! The chips will ignite in no time.
5 Use Your Old Sponges
Too much water can be just as damaging as too little water for the plants in your garden. If water settles at the bottom of your pot, it can rot your roots, causing your precious plants to die.
To maintain a healthy balance of water for your plants, put old sponges at the bottom of your pot. The sponges will soak up the excess liquid that could damage your plants, while simultaneously maintaining enough moisture to keep your plants healthy.
6 Wring Out Your Clothes With Your Salad Spinner
We all have a few pieces of clothing that need to be hand washed. If there’s one thing that’s unpleasant about washing a piece by hand, however, it’s the drying time. You can’t wring out a garment by hand as well as the washer can, which adds considerably to the drying time. However, a significant aid to this is in your kitchen cabinet!
The next time you need to wash a piece of clothing by hand, get your salad spinner. Once you’ve tried to remove the excess water from your piece yourself, place it in your spinner and give it a few turns. You’ll see, a lot of water will leave your piece of clothing and it will dry much faster!
7 Create Your Own Burrito Bowls
If you eat at home a lot, you’re probably on the hunt for new, innovative foods that differ from your average dish. Do you know what you’ll never get tired of? A delicious and crunchy burrito bowl.
For this trick, all you need is a muffin tin and corn tortillas. Flip the muffin tin upside down and form the corn tortillas into a little bowl between four of the cavities. Then bake your corn tortillas in the oven at 375 degrees for roughly 10 minutes. When they’re done, you’ll have crispy bowls ready to be filled with your favorite burrito fixings.
8 Shield Your Doorknobs
If you’re into DIY projects in your home, you may find that you want to paint a few doors to add a splash of color to your space. But while you’re painting your door, you’re faced with the issue of protecting the doorknob from your new color. Painting tape is an okay solution, but it’s also time-consuming and difficult to wrap each strip around your circular doorknob.
Instead of wasting your precious time on that strategy, simply wrap a piece of aluminum foil tightly around the door handle. Then, use a knife to cut a perfect circle around the handle, ensuring that you get clean lines when you remove the foil. Once you’re done painting, you simply have to take the foil off to finish your project—it’s that easy.
9 Clean Your Toilet Tank
While your toilet bowl is one obvious area of the bathroom that needs a good clean fairly regularly, your toilet tank is often forgotten about. But much like the bowl, the tank can also get very dirty. Over time, dirt, grime, and water stains build-up, which can impact the overall function of your toilet if not addressed. Thankfully, vinegar provides a solution.
To keep your toilet tank clean and running smoothly, you simply have to add vinegar to the water. The vinegar will help to clear out mineral deposits from the inner components, keeping your toilet in pristine condition. Plus, it won’t damage any of the components and it requires very little effort on your part. Add a little vinegar every now and then, and you’ll never have to worry about your toilet tank.
10 Remove Carpet Hair
If you have pets at home, you experience this difficulty regularly. You clean the house, then it’s time to remove all the pet hair from the carpets. And no matter how many times you vacuum the same spot, many hairs remain visible. That’s when you pray for a miracle solution to appear, and we have it for you!
Go get your window squeegee, and use it on your carpets. You’ll see, the rubber blade of the squeegee will trap the hair of your carpets easily, and in just a few strokes, you’ll finally be rid of them! Here’s a simple but very effective trick!
11 Keep Fitted Sheets On Your Bed
What could be more unpleasant than having to constantly replace your fitted sheet on your mattress because a corner has decided to give way? It’s as if you always have to take a fitted sheet that is bigger than your mattress to make sure it stays in place, and yet, if you move around too much in your sleep, there is no guarantee that it will hold. Fortunately, there is a very ingenious trick to remedy this unpleasant situation.
A pair of suspenders is collecting dust in your closet because the fashion has passed, or the special event requiring a clean outfit is over? Use them to hold your fitted sheet! Simply place the suspenders under your mattress and attach the four corners of your fitted sheet to the four straps, and you’re done!
12 Get Rid Of Odor
We’ve all dealt with odd odors in our house from time to time. Even if your home doesn’t smell particularly bad, it might exude an unpleasant, musty scent that’s hard to fully get rid of. But no matter what odors you’re dealing with in your home, vinegar provides a solution.
For this hack, you’ll simply need a bit of vinegar and a slice of white bread. Place the white bread in a bowl and fully immerse it in vinegar. We know it sounds odd, but just give it a try! Once the bread is soaked, place the bowl in the smelly area of your home for 24 hours. The acid in the vinegar will combine with the yeast in the bread, absorbing any odors and leaving your home smelling clean and fresh.
13 Soak Dirty Pots And Pans With A Dryer Sheet
It’s challenging to clean dirty pots and pans when they’re covered with caked-on food. What are you to do if it seems like no amount of soapy water will remove those stubborn stains? This next tip will have your casserole dishes and skillets looking clean as a whistle.
Soak your dirty dishes with a dryer sheet. Just pour warm water into the bottom of the dish, place a dryer sheet on top of the water, and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. The longer the better, so you can even leave it soaking overnight. Finally. clean the dish with a wet sponge and rinse.
14 Eliminate Weed
If you have weeds growing in between the bricks of your terrace, salt can be quite practical in eliminating them.
To benefit from this ingredient, all you need to do is sprinkle some between the bricks and make sure the salt goes into the soil by pressing it in with your hands so the weeds can’t grow. They should disappear quite rapidly.
15 Rid Bathrooms of Mildew
By the time mildew forms in your shower, it won’t come off with a simple once-over with a sponge. In order to truly clean your shower, you need something a little stronger. Thankfully, one of our baking soda hacks will do the trick.
Next time you clean your shower, scrub the floors and walls with a sponge covered in baking soda. The powder will help to dissolve all that stubborn mildew, cleaning your shower easily and effectively without the need for strong chemicals.
16 Fix Your Phone Screen
There are few things more frustrating than cracking your phone screen. With how expensive phones are nowadays, cracking the screen is often a real disaster. But instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars to fix your cracked phone, cure the problem with a little WD-40.
When your screen is cracked, simply spray a little WD-40 onto the surface and wipe it off with a clean, dry cloth. While the WD-40 won’t fix the crack, it will improve the appearance of the screen, allowing you to at least see your phone clearly until you can afford to get it fully fixed.
17 Remove Soap Scum From Your Bathroom Fixtures
While cooking spray is the first thing you reach for in the kitchen, it can also present the solution you need for a clean bathroom. Chemical cleaning compounds are certainly necessary to remove bacteria and grime in your bathroom, but they’re not always the best solution for that stubborn soap scum.
Next time you clean your bathroom, spray your faucets and showerheads with a bit of cooking spray. The spray will help to remove that stubborn soap scum, leaving bright, shining fixtures behind.
18 Use As Weed Killer
If you’re trying to keep your home garden alive and thriving, getting rid of weeds is your first priority. But chemical weed killers can not only damage the plants you’re trying to grow, they can also have harmful effects on your family and pets.
To keep your home a chemical-free zone, use vinegar as a weed killer. Look for a high acidity vinegar and pop it in a spray bottle to rid yourself of the pests in your garden. Use the vinegar on its own, or combine one gallon of white vinegar with a tablespoon of dish soap and a cup of salt for an even more effective mixture. Using this method, your garden will be both weed and chemical-free.
19 Unclog Your Toilet
Clogged toilets are the worst! But with just a little dish soap, you can solve the problem of your backed-up lavatory. Rather than going at your porcelain throne with a plunger, simply pour half a cup of dish soap into the toilet.
Allow the dish soap to sit in the toilet for roughly 15-20 minutes. Then use a hot bucket of water to flush the refuse down the drain. Thanks to the dish soap, your pipes should be free from all the yucky debris that first caused the clog.
20 Reducing Joints Pain
Joint pain can be downright unpleasant and, above all, painful. Of course, there are different ways to relieve them, with medication, among other things, but once again, aluminum foil could help. In fact, wrapping your toes-or any part of your body that suffers from joint pain-will go a long way towards relieving the pain.
This technique is believed to have been used for a hundred years. Apparently, human organisms contain special stem cells that constantly interact with the Earth’s energy field. Aluminum foil helps to reflect this energy field, and thus, to restore the possible disrupted interaction that could occur in the stem cells and cause the pain.
21 Clean Your Baking Tray
Cooking is great, but when it comes time to do the dishes, we often regret having to fight with our dirty baking trays that are impossible to wash. Fortunately, there is a foolproof and ultra-efficient way to get your baking trays clean again.
All it takes is dish soap. Yes, as banal as that. However, instead of using it mixed with water and scrubbing with a sponge, freeze your dish soap in an ice cube tray, then rub your baking tray directly with your soap cube. You’ll see, the result will leave you speechless!
22 Banana Peels
Many fertilizers sold in stores may contain questionable products, and we’ll tell you, sometimes it’s just very expensive to buy. Fortunately, you probably have natural fertilizers on hand without even knowing it!
If you’re used to eating bananas, it’s time to stop getting rid of their peels. Instead, save them to make your own homemade fertilizer for your garden. It’s extremely simple, and very effective!
23 Remove Scratches On Stainless Appliances
It’s inevitable, at some point, some scratches will appear on your stainless steel appliances. Although this is normal, it is always a little annoying and disturbing. The good news is that there is a way to eliminate these unwanted scratches, and you already have what you need in your bathroom! In fact, a simple toothbrush and a little toothpaste will get rid of the scratches that have appeared on your stainless steel appliances.
All you have to do is apply a small amount of whitening toothpaste on an old toothbrush that you no longer use, then rub gently in circular motion, following the grain of the stainless, on the scratches to be removed. Then, clean the whole with a damp microfiber towel, and you’re done!
24 Keep Your Garden Healthy
If you have cornstach in your kitchen cabinet, you should consider using it in your garden. Indeed, its uses in your garden are even more varied than in your kitchen!
You can sprinkle a little cornstach on the leaves of your plants to keep the worms away, but you can also dip the seeds of your future corn, tomato or bean plants so that the seeds sprout more quickly. Cornstach will also improve the sandy coastal soil, reduce the need to water your plants, control Nitrogen pollution and repel ants.
25 Make Your Stainless Steel Shine
It is essential to clean your stainless steel appliances regularly, otherwise their beauty will fade quickly. However, if you want to restore their shine, consider using a little flour!
After cleaning your stainless steel, sprinkle a little flour on a clean, dry cloth and gently buff your stainless until it shines! That’s pretty simple, right?
26 Make Your Avocado Rippen Faster
It’s a running gag that every avocado lover can relate to. When you buy this food, it is never ripe enough, but when you finally want to eat it a few days later, that’s it, it is now too ripe! Fortunately, flour can help you in the ripening process of your avocados.
When you come across an underripe avocado that you want to eat in a relatively short period of time, place it in a paper bag, then in a bowl where you cover it with flour, then leave it on your counter for the next 24 hours. After that, your avocado should be good to eat!
27 Freeze A Bottle Of Water For A Colder Drink
When it’s hot, everyone appreciates a good cold thirst-quenching beverage. However, with the heat comes the difficulty of keeping the said beverage cold long enough, unless you use a thermos, which is not always practical. However, there is an effective way to keep your water cold longer, even in your favorite water bottle!
The trick? Fill your water bottle halfway with water, then put it in the freezer. Allow the water to freeze, then fill the rest of the bottle with cold water.The half frozen water will take longer to thaw than just ice cubes, keeping your water fresh for much longer!
28 Remove Warts
Warts are a nasty affair, but they don’t always require a trip to the doctor. Instead, you can try to take care of warts at home using a little duct tape.
Cover your wart with duct tape every day for six full days. When the sixth day is over, soak the wart in warm water. Then, gently rub a pumice stone or other exfoliator over the wart. If the wart isn’t completely gone after the first cycle, continue to follow the same routine until your warts entirely disappear.
29 Catch Ticks By Wrapping Tape On Your Ankles
Many people are afraid of ticks, especially since Lyme disease is spreading more and more each year. Finding a tick near you is always a scary moment! Fortunately, there is a very simple—and, more importantly, very effective—way to catch them before they have a chance to do any damage.
The next time you go out and are anxious about ticks approaching and biting you, consider using tape. While wearing closed shoes, socks and long pants, wrap your ankles with tape, sticky side out. The first thing you’ll know is that a tick will have stuck to it when it dares to approach you!
30 Clean Shower Doors
Beyond cleaning the fixtures in your bathroom, cooking spray is also a useful compound for creating clean, pristine shower doors. If you’re dealing with a clear shower door, then you know that removing all the bits of soap scum, hard water stains, and general grime is difficult. But cooking spray makes it a lot easier.
Next time you clean your shower, start by spraying the doors with a healthy amount of cooking spray. Allow the spray to sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off. After that, you can proceed with your cleaning as normal. When you’re finished, you’ll notice your shower doors are significantly brighter and clearer.
31 Whiten Your Fingernails
If you’re trying to save cash by giving yourself a manicure at home, then you’ll be happy to know that whitening toothpaste can clean your fingernails. Get rid of that yellowish tint by selecting a tube that includes baking soda.
First, remove any old nail polish, then put a layer of toothpaste on top and under your nails and allow it to sit for 15 minutes or so. Next, scrub your fingernails with a toothbrush under a stream of warm water. Your nails will look like you just had a professional manicure for a fraction of the cost.
32 Take Care Of Your Garbage Disposal
When you have a garbage disposal in your sink, it is very common to call a plumber when it comes time to clean it. However, calling a plumber for such a task is expensive. It is much more economical to clean your garbage disposal and drain yourself, especially when you already have the key ingredients at home!
All it takes is dish soap and ice cubes. If you have a few cubes of frozen dish soap, that’s even better! First, remove the rubber seal and clean it by soaking it in hot water with dish soap. Then, place several ice cubes in your sink and pour dish soap over them. Next, put on your stopper, then turn on your garbage disposal. Not only will this process clean your garbage disposal, but it will also sharpen its blades! It is recommended to repeat this about 3 times a year.
33 Remove Red Stains From Tupperware
Have you ever kept leftover spaghetti only to discover a red stain on your Tupperware? It seems like no amount of scrubbing will get rid of that stubborn stain. Don’t give up and throw away your Tupperware because we have a tip for you.
The next time you want to remove leftover red sauce from a plastic container, try washing it with a Magic Eraser. It will be good as new with a few simple steps. Just sprinkle a bit of baking soda into the container, apply water, and rub it with a Magic Eraser. Finally, rinse any residue from the container.
34 Clean Your Oven With Shaving Cream For A Perfect Result
Few places are dirtier than the inside of an oven. Through cooking and making a few messes that we don’t necessarily clean thoroughly every time, our oven traps some stubborn stains that are then extremely difficult to remove. But there is one product that you never thought would help you in such cases: your shaving cream!
All you need to remove the toughest stains in your oven are your shaving cream and a scouring pad. Apply a generous amount of shaving cream to the stain, then rub it with the scouring pad. Then remove the cream with a paper towel, and you’re done!
35 Make Powdered Or Crushed Toppings With Your Coffee Grinder
Oat flour is healthier than regular white flour. However, it costs much more. If you still want to opt for oat flour, why not make it yourself? Quick oats are much less expensive than oat flour, and if you have a coffee grinder at home, you won’t have to put in any effort!
Just pour your quick oats into the coffee grinder, turn it on, and you’re done! If you don’t have a coffee grinder, a blender or food processor can also do the trick. The texture will not be as smooth as real oat flour, but the result will still be similar.
36 Steam Towels With Your Rice Cooker
Why wait for a visit to the spa to enjoy some of the benefits of such a visit? You can easily replicate the warm, steamed towels that are so enjoyable at the spa at home. It’s free, and so relaxing!
Wet a few hand towels with hot water, roll them up, and place them in your rice cooker. Turn it on, and after a few minutes, you’ll have warm and steamy towels to place on your face!
37 Clean Your Patio Furniture With Bleach
Over time, a white plastic patio set will tend to yellow and lose its luster. At this point, you may want to get rid of it and buy a new one, but you should know that it is possible to easily restore it to its former whiteness!
All you need is water and bleach. In a large bucket filled with hot water, pour 1/4 cup of bleach. Making sure to protect your hands with rubber gloves, dip a scrub brush into the water and then brush your patio set with the cleaning liquid. In no time at all, you’ll have a patio set white as before!
38 Rinse Your Grain Using Your French Press Coffee Maker
Many people don’t know this, but before cooking certain grains, such as quinoa or rice, for example, it is essential to rinse them first with water. This extra step removes dust and the thin layer of starch that covers the grain.
First, pour your grains into the press pot. Fill the rest with water, then stir and press down to the bottom. Pour out the cloudy, starch-infused water, then repeat these same steps until the water you pour out is clear.
39 Shred Your Meat In Your Stand Mixer
Shredded meat can be used in many different ways, and it is always delicious! However, the shredding process can sometimes be long and laborious. As a result, you probably often give up on the idea of eating shredded meat just to save yourself the trouble. But what if we told you that there is a simple and effortless way to achieve it?
After cooking your meat, separate the pieces you want to use and place them in the bowl of your stand mixer. Then, just turn on your stand mixer, and your meat will be shredded in an instant! It is also possible to do this in a bowl using a hand mixer.
40 Cook Your Fish And Veggies In The Dishwasher
Once you have a dishwasher in your home, you can’t live without it. Unfortunately, most people only use it to wash their dishes, when it can be very useful before you even get your dishes dirty while eating! When running, the inside of a dishwasher becomes extremely hot. The hot water and steam are perfect for removing stubborn stains, but also for steaming foods!
For example, to cook vegetables, simply place them in a mason jar with a cup of water and your spices. Then, close the lid of your mason jar tightly, and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher. Turn on your dishwasher, then run it through a normal cycle for about an hour and a half! Bon appétit!
41 Clean Your Plastic Shower Curtain With Bleach
If there’s anything that gets absolutely disgusting over time, it’s a clear plastic shower curtain. It yellows, traps mildew and becomes slimy. Yikes! But when that happens, you don’t have to change your curtain, you can just wash it!
Take your curtain and put it in your bath, which you will have filled with hot water. Add a little bleach, then let your shower curtain soak for at least an hour. Then place it in your washing machine and give it a rinse cycle with warm, but not hot, water.
42 Use Tabs To Create Extra Hanging Space
Rare are those who never end up running out of space in their closet, especially if it is not very big! In these cases, you have to learn how to maximize space in a smart way, and we have just the perfect solution for you, effective and free!
The next time you have cans at home, before you recycle them, take the time to remove the tabs. These will allow you to hang multiple racks together without having to buy an extra accessory at the store to get the same result. A practical, smart, economical and eco-friendly tip that will save you a ton of space!
43 Use Your Sunglasses As A Stand For Your Smartphone
Whether it’s during a break at work, when we’re waiting for someone or when we’re preparing dinner, there’s no shortage of opportunities to settle down in front of our phone to stare at the screen for a while. However, over time, it can become tiring to hold your phone in front of you.
But instead of buying a stand, know that the solution is already at hand! The next time you want to look at your phone without holding it, grab your sunglasses, place them on a flat surface with the temples folded up with the end upwards, and then rest your cell phone on them. And there you have it, a homemade holder!
44 Keep Your Bathroom Mirror From Fogging With Shaving Cream
A bathroom mirror that doesn’t fog up is practically impossible. Unless you have a really powerful fan—and still!—it takes several minutes after each shower to be able to see our reflection in the mirror again. However, an unexpected product in your bathroom is the solution to this problem!
Before you shower again, take your shaving cream and apply a thin layer to your mirror. Then, simply remove the cream and buff your mirror until it is clean and pristine. You’ll see, when you get out of the shower, your mirror won’t be fogged up!
45 Make Your Own Cooking Spray
Cooking spray is an indispensable ingredient in the kitchen. Although it is not expensive and it is possible to find healthy cooking sprays, many of those found in stores contain chemical propellants and preservatives that are harmful to your health. To make sure you only consume what is best for you, here is a very easy DIY cooking spray!
There is really nothing easier to prepare than this cooking spray. All you need is 1 part of the oil of your choice (olive, coconut, macadamia, avocado, etc.) and 4-5 parts of boiled, distilled or filtered water. Once the two ingredients are mixed, pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and voilà! Your oil will last for a little over a week in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to shake it well before using it!
Did you know that, on average, a woman spends between 16 and 17 hours a week doing household chores? Whether she’s a woman at home or a businesswoman who has to balance work and family, the average remains about the same. While such a number of hours seems immense even for the woman at home, imagine how the businesswoman can seem to lack the time to have a life outside of her mandatory occupations? It’s several hours that could be used for many other purposes that are certainly more fun, but that will also have a very positive impact on her physical and mental health.
- Vacuuming or watching a TV show?
- Dusting all the furniture in the house or having a drink with friends?
- Washing dishes or spending time with family?
The choice is pretty obvious…
And, knowing that with the generation of millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996), women tend to be more educated than before, therefore work more, have a probably wider social network and have greater purchasing power, it is obvious that for them, household chores are far from being a priority in their lives.
Indeed, today, according to the Pew Research Center:
- 39% of women have a bachelor’s degree or higher, in contrast to 25% of boomers;
- 72% of women are in the labor market.
That’s why the shorter and sweeter the household chores are, the better!
On the other hand, still according to Pew Research Center, the millennials have been greatly affected by the Great Recession, so that many of them continue to live with their parents much longer than previous generations. In 2018, 15% of the 25-to-37-year-old generation was still living in the family home, nearly double the number of past generations combined. While this cohabitation may be viewed negatively for some reasons, it does have great financial benefits for both parties, but also benefits at the household level!
By sharing the space, everyone can share the household chores, and therefore have more free time for other things! If we add to that the countless ways to optimize our time and make cleaning easier, it is possible to greatly reduce this average of 16 to 17 hours of housework per week!
So whether it’s daily or weekly chores, or meal preparation, no one will say no to a few good tricks to make it quick and easy. Thanks to our tips and tricks articles, you’ll be able to save a lot of time on housework and enjoy more the good things in life!