Household Tips That Everyone Should Know
When you know the best tips, it’s easy to save time in your daily routine. Whether it is to speed up certain tasks or simplify our life with others, here are the best tips you can know. Here are tips that will completely change your daily life.
1 Clean your pans with a dryer sheet
Despite your many attempts at cleaning, dirt still remains stuck to your frying pans? The solution to your problem is unexpected, to say the least: dryers sheets!
Place your pan in the sink with a little dish soap, very hot water and a dryer sheet, then leave it to work for an hour or two. Afterward, your pan will be cleaned like a charm!
2 Deep-cleanser for your microwave
Let’s be real, a microwave can be tricky to wash, especially if you have avoided the task for some weeks now. Well, we got your back! You will need a microwavable bowl for this, and some white vinegar. You probably already have them at home, don’t you?
Put water and white vinegar in the bowl. Place this bowl in the microwave and set aside for 4 minutes. You will no longer have inlaid dirt. Simply use a cloth or your brand of paper towels to easily wipe the grim off the inside of your microwave.
3 Unclog a sink
Your pipes give you a hard time? Do not call a plumber in panic and do not buy chemicals to unclog them. You can do it on your own, for real! You have baking soda and white vinegar in a cupboard already, don’t you? Use that!
- Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of baking soda.
- Pour the mixture into your sink and leave it for a few minutes.
- Pour a pan of boiling water to relieve the pressure.
4 How to find your long-time lost small earring
Lost an earring or a small electronic component, maybe? Wrap tights around your vacuum to suck small objects without losing them. This works like magic.
It will be easier to find everything with this tip, and you’ll be able to reach spaces you couldn’t with just your bare hands and eyesight.
5 Clean your keyboard
Have you ever noticed how gross keyboards can be? Those things need to be cleaned too, but we tend to forget about them most of the time. While you can certainly dust them, you will notice how dirt has probably gotten in between the keys.
Well, a good old post-it can easily remove dirt from your keyboard. Simply slide the sticky side between the keys, and the dirt should stick to it. Goodbye germs, hello peace of mind. And clean keys.
6 Plant a nail without hitting your thumb
Are you the clumsy type? Do you fear hitting your fingers every time you nail something on your wall? Impossible to bang on your fingers with this tip.
Take a comb to hold your nail. You will also avoid pushing it too far using this trick. Works like a charm, and we can certainly guarantee you won’t be hitting your fingers with this tip.
7 Tips for your shoes
Are you a regular tea drinker? Do not throw away your old tea or tea pockets. Let them dry and put them in your shoes to remove any bad smells they may have kept of the season or over the years.
You can use the same tips for your sports bag, your car, or even in your wardrobe. Really, the sky is the limit. Get your money’s worth out of those expensive teas you like and use them to make your life smell better.
8 Cleaning stains in the toilet
Is there something worse than a dirty toilet at home? No. Just… no. You don’t want that for yourself and your family. For this trick, you’ll need a good old bottle of Coke. The bigger, the better!
Pour a bottle of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the liquid stand overnight. Then wash your bowl with soapy water, and rinse it. This works like a charm. We don’t know why, but it does.
9 Clean the showerhead
To clean your shower head or bathroom taps, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and attach it to the showerhead with a rubber band.
Let it soak in the vinegar all night and remove the bag. The calcium deposits that were obstructing the water exit should all be removed with this tip.
10 Prevent bottles from falling into the fridge
Your refrigerator is always full and you don’t know how to store your glass bottles in it? Have you ever had accidents or near-accidents involving a bottle falling from your fridge?
By putting a clip beneath your refrigerator grill, you can make a stack with your glass bottles in order to save space and avoid breakage. It’s as simple as that.
11 Very useful water bottle tip
Is your bucket too big for you to fill directly through the tap on your sink? We bet you’ve encountered this problem at least once in your life, at work or at home.
By using the dust tray in the sink, you can recover water more easily for your bucket that does not enter the sink. You can also use a plastic water bottle if you don’t have a dust tray. In any case, use another object to help you with this task. You can do it!
12 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.
13 Clever toothpaste tip
Your car headlights are dirty, but nothing allows you to make them as good as new? We got your back once again! Rub toothpaste on your car headlights to make them shine again. Let the paste sit for 10 minutes and then remove it.
You’ll notice a big difference, especially at night. You should really do this, seriously. It will help you feel safer when you drive after dark, as you’ll see objects and animals from further away than before. No need to use your car insurance because you didn’t see something coming.
14 Remove stains on upholstery with shaving cream
Do you see a stain on your upholstery? Why hire a professional who is extremely expensive when you can remedy the situation yourself? Simply rub a little shaving cream on the stain, then let it rest for at least 30 minutes. Afterward, all you have to do is clean and dry!
Always test it on a hidden part of your furniture, however, because this method always involves some risk of damaging the fabric.
15 Wash windows with newspaper
You are used to cleaning your windows and mirrors with a cloth, or with paper towels, but don’t understand why they are always dirty afterward?
It’s simply because you’re not using the right tool! Trade-in your cloth or paper towels for a sheet of newspaper and you’ll see that your windows and mirrors will be sparkling!
16 Preserve your bananas longer
It is not uncommon to buy a lot of bananas, but in the end, you don’t eat them fast enough, so they turn brown and only become good at baking a cake. A banana cake is delicious, but it’s not ideal when you want to eat a banana with your peanut butter toast, for example.
To preserve your bananas longer, first make sure you never separate them, then place foil paper on the part that groups them. And that’s it!
17 Use vinegar to clean your coffee maker
Whether you are a coffee enthusiast who drinks 3 cups of coffee a day or just an occasional drinker, your coffee machine should be cleaned regularly to prevent the spread of bacteria that can harm your health. One of the most effective cleaning methods is to rinse your machine once a month with vinegar.
Simply fill the tank of your machine with water in which you would have mixed a few tablespoons of vinegar, then turn it on. Then repeat the process, but only with water, to remove all the remaining vinegar.
18 Eliminate scratches on your plates with baking soda
Even a new plate will inevitably (and quickly!) end up being scratched because of the various knife and fork slips it will undergo. That’s the way it is, but when you welcome guests, you like to have nice plates to present to them, don’t you?
To remove scratches from your plates, simply mix water and baking soda to form a paste that you can buff into the scratches. Your plates will look like new again!
19 Clean Your Shower
What could be more unpleasant—and especially difficult—to clean than a shower? No matter how you clean your door glass and tiles, and no matter what products you use, there is always hard soap and hard water residue and your shower will never become crystal clear again. Unless you know the trick, of course!
One Good Thing by Jillee has THE solution for you: a mixture of dishwashing soap and white vinegar! Depending on the amount of cleaning product you want, heat one or two cups of white vinegar in the microwave. Then pour it into a spray bottle and add the same amount of dish soap. Mix well, spray your product on the surfaces to be cleaned, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes before cleaning and rinsing. Your shower—and your entire bathroom, why not—have never been cleaner!
20 Removing old labels
Are you a zero-waste type, but like to put stickers on your reusable jars to clearly identify each ingredient? That’s a great idea! However, when comes the time to remove the sticker because the content of your jar has changed, it becomes more difficult.
Fortunately, there is a simple way to fix this problem! Indeed, all you have to do is pick up your dryer and heat the label to help the glue soften. This also applies to store price tags!
21 How to save space in your suitcase
For space: store your underwear and socks in your shoes. Not only does this maximize the available space, but it also helps your shoes to keep their shape without crushing them.
THEN roll up your clothes, and you will save a lot of space. Not only does this technique take up less space, but it also avoids wrinkling of clothing. We swear by this technique, and any experienced traveler will tell you the same. It’s especially true if you have compression cubes or even a backpack.
22 Light on a hard to reach candle
If you have a lighter but cannot access the wick of your candle, you can use a raw spaghetti to light it.
It works like a charm! Don’t burn yourself anymore by trying to reach that hard to reach wick. Spaghetti for the win!
23 Losing all of your hairpins?
Let’s be honest, there’s probably a Bermuda triangle for hairpins somewhere in the world. How else do they disappear all the time? Anyway, you can try to fight this phenomenon by putting all your pins together to start with.
Wash an empty box of Tic Tac, dry it and slip your hairpins. So you will not lose them anymore. You can even make the box cuter by coloring it with a gold or silver marker. Why not, right?
24 Remove a key from the key chain without breaking the nails
Is there something worse than removing a key from a key chain when you have just done your nails? Well, probably, but still, this sucks! We hope you have a staple remover at home or wherever you are, because this is the secret!
You primarily use this to remove your staples, right? Well, you can also use it to quickly open up your keyring, thus making it so much easier to remove your keys. AND you will not break your nails. YAASS.
25 Amplify your phone’s speaker
You want to listen to music on your cell phone, but don’t have a loudspeaker to get a louder sound?
Place your phone in a drinking glass or in a bowl to increase the volume of its speakers.
26 Preventing water from overflowing
Are you the type of person who can’t stand waiting for water to boil right next to it? In other words, are you a multi-tasker? We got you covered. When you boil water, place a wooden spoon on top of your pan.
Your content will not spill over, as the spoon bursts the bubbles, warning you of imminent overflowing. You still need to be around for this trick to really work, but you won’t have to stare at your pot of water for minutes on end.
27 A self-cleaning mixer
What better way to clean something than to clean it without really cleaning it yourself? Maybe it sounds too good to be true, but it’s possible! Cleaning a mixer is a difficult, even dangerous task, given the many sharp blades inside. The good news is that you no longer need to do it!
To thoroughly clean your blender, pour hot water, a little baking soda, and a small amount of dish soap into it. All you have to do is mix it all together for a few seconds, then rinse it generously!
28 Cleaning tiles effortlessly
Washing the tiles on shower walls, or even on the floor, can sometimes be quite exhausting when rubbing for hours with a brush, but there is a simple method to do this task faster, and most importantly, easier!
Do you have a drill in your garage? Go get it and attach a brush to its end. Then press the button and let the drill do most of the work!
29 Store your household products properly
It is quite common to have a ton of different household products; after all, they are each useful, and for an optimal household, it is essential to use the right products in the right places. However, the underside of your sink, or your closet, can quickly become quite messy, and it becomes difficult to find the product you are looking for.
A simple solution is to use a shoe storage to store your products, which will then all be clearly visible!
30 Refresh your drinks
Have you ever gotten home and wished you had a cold drink in your hand but forgot to put it in the fridge? Or maybe you just bought a pack of something that was room temperature at the store? If you want to cool your drinks faster, wet a paper towel and wind your bottle and place it in a freezer.
It will get cold quite fast. Ten or fifteen minutes spent in the freezer in those conditions should be plenty of time for your desired drink to get cold. Enjoy!
31 Ice cubes for an iced coffee
You like iced coffee, but like your coffee with a strong taste? Pour coffee into your ice cube tray next time you have made too much coffee at home. The coffee will freeze and cool your coffee when you put the cubes in, but you’ll still have a strong coffee.
Instead of diluting the taste, they will amplify it. Goodbye watery coffee, hello real coffee! This way you can go on your daily routine with extra energy!
32 Freeze your herbs
If you do not want to lose your fresh herbs, put them in an ice cube tray with olive oil, then leave them in the freezer.
You can use them in your recipes as you need them. No more stress, plus you’ll always have the perfect amount of olive oil for all you cook.
33 Cooling your wine
Ever wished your wine would stay cool until you are done drinking your glass? This can be tricky when you are under the sun. To cool your wine, leave green grapes in your freezer that you can add directly into your glasses.
The grapes will not make water in your glasses and will not change the taste, but they will act like ice cubes. Plus, this looks quite fancy, if we are being honest. Way better than ice cubes on every level!
34 Cut a cake without a knife
Want to get a perfectly cut cake? Instead of using a knife to cut your cake, use a piece of dental floss.
This wire will also cut your shares and will not do any damage. Just look at that perfection. Don’t you find it soothing? Anyway, this sure is a great way to get your guests talking about how nifty you are.
35 Tips to cook boiled eggs
For making hard-boiled eggs, add a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to the pan during cooking. What is it going to change, you may wonder?
By doing so, the shell can be removed more easily afterward. You could also just put your hard-boiled eggs in a Mason jar half-filled with water, close it with the lid and shake the shells off. This also works great.
36 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!