Expert DIYer shares 10 creative hacks that will make your life much easier
Cailyn Finkel 1/11/2017
Your home can either be a thing of dreams or nightmares! Luckily for us, there are several simple methods to ensure it stays neat, tidy, and stress-free - and it all begins with these helpful home hacks.
So grab your reading glasses and start scrolling down - you're not going to want to miss these awesome home tips!
In today's modern age, dishwasher pods are a must! They disinfect, scrub and keep your plates, bowls and utensils looking shiny and new! Despite all of their wonderful benefits, the pods are known to cost you a pretty penny!
To save a buck and still get the perfect end result, try making your very own lemon-scented dishwasher pods!
What You'll Need:
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of lemon juice
All you need to do is mix them into a thick paste and press it into an empty ice cube tray. Let the tray sit overnight and remove the pods in the morning. You can store them in a plastic bag or tupperware container under the sink!
2. Say Goodbye To Carpet Stains
Caked-in carpet stains are frustrating to any home owner! But you probably didn't know there's the perfect weapon to combat these pesky stains sitting in your very own kitchen cabinet.
Your dream solution is actually.... cornstarch!
This flour-like substance works wonders at soaking up stains (even oils) from all type of fabric - and it does so without leaving a mark! Simply rub the cornstarch into the stain, let it soak for 20 minutes and vacuum it up after the time has passed! This may need to be repeated once or twice for the desired result.
3. No More Wire Drawer Chaos
At my house we call it the "messy drawer" - cords, tacks, magazines and anything else you can think of is stuffed into its four corners. But now you can empty your home's messy drawer and turn it into a function space!
Most of the bulk is due to tangled-up cords, and an easy way to organize them is with toilet papers rolls! Instead of tossing them away next time you run out of T.P., save them and bundle your wires through them! You can even use a felt tip pen to label the rolls accordingly!
This will save space in the drawer and time looking through a jumbled bunch or cords!
4. Stop A Pesky, Leaky Showerhead
You definitely don't want to call the plumber all the way out to your home for a dripping shower head! Save yourself a wad of cash and time scheduling and appointment by simply cutting the bottom off of a latex rubber glove and wrapping it around the leaking area!
No more "drip drop, drip drop!"
5. Make Your Own Gorgeous Tissue Jar
Plain ol' tissue boxes look just that: plain and old! Spice up your tissue container method by making your own with a little homemade flare!
What You'll Need:
- Mason jar
- Spray paint
- Tissues from box
Just spray paint the mason jar with two or three even layers and allow it to dry (this process generally takes about 30 minutes).
Once the paint dries, remove one-third of the tissues from the cardboard box. Place them gently into the mason jar, making sure to keep them folded. Pull from the center of the tissues and now you'll have an easy-to-grab tissue box that looks nice and doesn't take up all of the counter space!
If you're not one to use pesticides, try making this all-natural sticky strip to keep bugs at bay!
What You'll Need:
- 2 tbsp. of sugar
- 2 tbsp. of honey
- 2 tbsp. of syrup
- Paper grocery bag
- Paper clips
Combine the first three ingredients into a thick, sticky paste and microwave it for roughly 45 seconds, or until it turns into a runnier liquid.
Cut the paper grocery bag into long strips and dip the strips into the liquid mixture - be sure to completely coat the paper strip. Now all you need to do is stick the paperclips through the strips and hang them around your home!
7. Oddly Shaped Glasses Are A Chore No More
Cleaning weirdly shaped glassware is a pain - but not anymore! All you need to do is fill up the glass container with water and drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet into it!
The fizz will remove the stains in minutes and you'll be left with a smile on your face!
8. Give Your Stainless Steel A New Boost
Although "stainless" steel pots and pans won't become discolored, they can rust! Rust and other stubborn gunk is a pain to remove, but there's a simple trick that will help you do it with half the effort.
Begin by boiling white vinegar in the affected pot or pan until you can see the rust or gunk begin to pop off. Be sure to let the metal cool before adding a bit of baking soda to the bottom and scrubbing any remaining pieces with a bristled brush or steel sponge!
9. Scrambling Eggs Is A Breeze
Scrambled eggs are delicious to eat but a pain to clean up! The mountain of pots and pans can be avoided when you mix the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a margarita shaker.
Not only will your eggs taste wonderful, but there will only be two dishes to clean after!
10. Banish Gross Smells From Your Kitchen
Most yucky kitchen smells originate in the fridge!
To get rid of these stomach-wrenching smells, take fresh coffee grounds and roll them in a dryer sheet. Place the combination in the fridge for 30 minutes (on a plate, of course) and prepare to be shocked by just how amazing it smells!