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10 Money-Saving LIFE HACKS to Try at Home
Life hacking is the art of solving common problems in an efficient manner. And today, we’ve put together 10 quick and simple life facts for you to macgyver your way out of any sticky situation, we hope you enjoy them.
MAKE YOUR OWN DISHWASHER TABLET
If you want the convenience of dishwasher tablets without the inconvenience of an empty wallet, it’s time to make your own. If you combine one cup of washing soda, one cup of baking soda, half a cup of salt and half a cup of lemon juice, you’re well on your way to dishwashing freedom. Mix It all in a bowl and then pack the mixture deep into some ice cube trays with your thumb. Stick it in the freezer for a quick turnaround. Empty out the container and then store it in a jar for easy access. They work great and end up costing you a lot less than pre-packaged versions, super fresh.
We all hate carpet spills, especially the greasy ones. Grab some corn starch from your pantry and sprinkle it all over the grease spot. Let it sit and do its job for 15 to 20 minutes. The corn starch will absorb the liquids like nobody’s business and for clean up just vacuum up the remaining mass and call it a day.
BATH ROOM ROLL CABLE STORAGE
Admit it. We all have a drawer like this, right? Right. Come on. Empty toilet paper rolls can be quite useful when dealing with cables that have been lost to time itself. First radio recycling for some MTTP tubes. Gather and fold up your cables in a semi respectable fashion. Slide the bundle of similar cables right into the tube to hold it together and then label it with a marker with just a few minutes of work. You’ll save yourself a ton of time in the future when you need to locate that special connector thinks toilet paper rolls. Did you know that according to the original patent filed in 1891 the correct way to hang toilet paper is over the front?
Which way do you roll? Now this one might be a bit of a stretch, so bounce with me here.
EASY FIX FOR SHOWER HEAD LEAK
If you have a leaky shower head or faucet, it’s possible that your connections just aren’t sealed well. Now, not a lot of people have plumbers tape laying around, but you might have some rubber gloves used for cleaning. Snip off a small portion of the glove and wrap it around the threading where your leak is occurring. Now just screw all the parts back together and fire it up for a nicely sealed solution to your pesky problem.
MODERN DIY TISSUE HOLDER
How about getting rid of that plain old cardboard tissue box and making something more unique? Grab a mason jar and take it outside for a little rattle can action. Put a decent coat of spray paint on the jar and the lid and then let it all dry for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Grab your box of tissues and remove about one third of the box while keeping them all folded up as they were. Squeeze them directly into the jar carefully and prop out one to serve as a starter. Just place the lid back on and the tissue holders complete. Adding a little style to your boring tissue situation.
MAKE YOUR OWN INSECT STRIPS
If you want to get rid of insects in a quick and natural way, it’s simple. Mix Two tablespoons of sugar, two tablespoons of Syrup and two tablespoons of honey. Stir it heavily in a bowl and then microwave it for 45 seconds. Once you pop it out, give it a little bit more of a stir and let it cool. Cut Out several strips of paper from a grocery bag and slowly and carefully run the strip right through the mixture. Once you’re done, go ahead and take a paper clip and pop it through the back to use as a hook. Hang it up to dry for just a bit to get rid of all that excess mixture and then take it outside. Set your trap. You’ll probably catch all kinds of things with this. Just be sure to place it far enough from where anyone will be sitting.
ODD SHAPED GLASSWARE CLEANING HACK
If you have a lot of oddly shaped glassware, then you most likely know the struggle of trying to get them nice and clean. If soaking won’t fix the problem, then try some effervescent tablets like Alka-Seltzer. After a quick fizzing in a few minutes of saturation, all the weird stain should start lifting from the glassware after a quick rinse it should be left, sparkly and fresh.
RESTORE & CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL
While stainless steel won’t rust or discolor it sure can collect grease like a chant. If you want to restore that shine and get rid of the gunk, simply place your pot or pan on the stove and cover the bottom of the pan with some vinegar. Set the stove top to high and bring it to a heavy boil. Keep it boiling until you notice the gunk starting to break off. Take it off the stove, let it cool, and then add some baking soda and give it a light scrubbing with a brush. This will get rid of any stragglers left behind. That’s it. No steel wool needed here.
EASY SCRAMBLED EGGS HACK
I love making scrambled eggs, but I hate all the dishes that come with it. Reduce your dish footprint by using a cocktail shaker for your scrumptious scrambles. Just crack the eggs directly into the holder. Add a little milk, salt and pepper and party on to egg delicious ecstasy with no forks or bowls needed. Pour out your eggs right into the pan and enjoy yourself a healthy breakfast.
EASILY ELIMINATE FUNKY HOUSEHOLD SMELLS
Whether it’s your fridge or your garbage can. You’ve got a funky smell in your house and you can’t seem to shake it. After you’ve brewed a delicious cup of Joe, gather up the grounds and pour them into a dryer sheet for a little extra olfactory power. Tie off the top and toss your sachet right into the belly of the beast in a few short hours. That swampy smell will subside.
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