Life hacks are something everyone is drawn to because everyone can use them. They are meant to save money and make life easier. These pieces of advice are your life hacks and you’ll want to start using them immediately.
1) Store Blankets In Pillowcases
This tip came from Martha Stewart herself. If you store your bedding in pillowcases, it’s easy to retrieve and it looks way neater than folding the blankets and sheets up and stacking them in the cupboard.
2) Use Cold Water On Linoleum
Hot water is too strong for linoleum. This flooring can be a steal if treated right, but it does need proper care. Use a standard mopping solution with cold water and try not to let hot water get on the floor.
3) Use A Straightener For Small Wrinkles
Straigthers are small irons, hence the name flatiron. So using them on your clothing isn’t a bad idea. They can get rid of small wrinkles in a flash, even while you’re wearing the clothing. Just be careful!
4) Vinegar For Tiles
A vinegar solution might be your best bet when cleaning tiles, especially in the bathroom. Vinegar has many uses and properties, so mixing some with water is a great way to remove that extra layer of grime on your tiles.
5) Freeze Your Sweatshirt
To soften your sweatshirts, freeze them overnight and let them thaw in the warm sunshine. If it’s a hot autumn day, it will not just be soft but feel cool on your skin. Perfect for that middle-weather.
6) Shine Hardwood With Glycerin
Glycerin can be exactly what your hardwood needs. If you have hardwood floors, you know they need special care. Shining them with glycerin is fairly cheap, very safe, and effective.
7) Chloride For Grout
While your tiles are fairly easy to clean, grout can be very stubborn. Try a chloride-based toilet bowl cleaner to whiten those cracks and make your tile come together like it is supposed to.
8) Lacquer The Back Of Your Buttons
This can be done as soon as you get the clothing, but works great in a pinch as well. Just use a clear coat nail polish to paint the back of the buttons where they stick onto the material to make sure the buttons don’t fall off.
9) Salt Your Carpet
A salt solution could be just what your carpet needs to fluff up and brighten. Apply the salt the night before, let it set, wash it off, and let it dry. With carpet cleaner so expensive, this is a great solution.
10) Salt Your Hands
Salt is so multi-purpose, it’s crazy. You can salt your hands before washing them to not only clean your hands more thoroughly but get rid of any smells that may be attached to them as well.
11) Handsoap Can Unstuck Zippers
If your zipper gets stuck, try rubbing it down with handsoap or a parabin candle. It will likely let lose and let you unzip and zip till your heart’s content. Keep a bar with you for emergencies.
12) Citric Acid To Clean Limescale
If your washer isn’t working as good as it used to or if you see limscale building up, wash it without any clothes in it with a citric acid solution. It should break down the limescale and make your washer shine again.
13) Dry Shoes With Newspaper
Sticking newspaper in your shoes is a great way to speed up the drying process. Better than sitting them in front of the fire the old-fashioned way or taking a hairdryer to them. Thank you, next.
14) Pull Lose Stitches Back Together
This one is tricky, but if the stitch has just come undone, you may be able to temporarily bring it back together by pulling it from either side at the same time. But in the long run, you’ll want to keep a sewing kit on hand.
15) Fabric Softener After Mopping
After you mop or even wipe the counters, you can prevent dust by finishing it with fabric softener. Either a wipe or the spray. Dust won’t collect near as fast and your floors and counters will be smooth.
16) Brush White Soles With Toothpaste
To keep your soles white, brush them with toothpaste regularly. Make sure the toothpaste is all white, and even better if it’s “whitening” for obvious reasons. What better way to whiten them than to whiten them?
17) Peroxide And Cleaner For Cutting Boards
After cutting onions, garlic, and fish, cutting boards can be quit stinky. Get rid of odors with a cleaning solution mixed with peroxide. Just make sure you read the labels to avoid chemical incidents.
18) Make Straw Golden With Saltwater
A simple saltwater solution can make straw materials shine once again. This is especially helpful when using straw baskets around the house, a trend that is rising right now. Make sure yours shines golden.
19) Bring Gym Shoes Back To Life
This works the best with leather sports shoes but is worth a try on others as well. Simply soak them in warm water, wipe, let dry, apply glycerin, and fill with newspaper. Let them dry again and voila.
20) Parsley For Garlic Breath
If you are prone to garlic breath because garlic is the tastiest thing in the world, then don’t worry. Chew on a little bit of mild parsely and you’ll get rid of the stank breath in no time. Now enjoy your garlic.
21) Non-Chlorine Bleach For Shower Curtain
Clean your shower curtains regularly with non-chlorine bleach. It gets rid of soap scum, lime, and buildup while also brighten them. Just dilute the bleach with water so as not to overpower.
22) Solution For Waterproof Shoes
Here we have a simple solution to make sure your waterproof shoes stay waterproof. Mix fish oil, wax, and turpentine in water. Bathe your shoes for an extended amount of time and let them dry.
23) Salt Your Iron
To remove burn marks from your iron, try ironing salt. Let the iron cool and wipe with a damp cloth. The marks should be removed and your iron should be clean once again. Good as new!
24) Roll Jeans Before Storing
To prevent wrinkles in your jeans and trousers, you can always roll your jeans before storing them instead of folding them. Wrinkles are much less likely and they are still easy to stack.
25) Boil And Rinse Enamel
You can “bleach” enamel dishes by boiling them then rinsing them in a cleaning solution. This won’t get rid of chips but it makes them way easier to clean and will get rid of scuffs and stains.
26) Rub Certain Oils On Squeaky Soles
You can use safe oils such as linseed oil or castor oil to rub on your soles before leaving to make sure that they don’t squeak. No one likes to awkward squeak of new shoes, least of all the wearer.
27) Vinegar And Baking Soda For Pans
We are all familiar with this mixture due to school volcanoes. A vinegar and baking soda mixture is a great solution for frying pans. Let it activate and set for a few minutes before scrubbing the pan cleans.
28) Don’t Use Soap On Windows
Soap on windows creates soap scum. You will have streaks you can’t get rid of without a lot of work if you use it on your windows. Stick to ammonia and other sprays used for windows.
29) Wash Silver And Gold With Ammonia
Another thing you can wash with ammonia is silver and gold. The chemical will make your shiny materials shine even brighter. From coins to jewelry to antiques, you can bathe them in the solution and wipe them clean.
30) Let Baking Soda Set In Casserole Dish
Casseroles are tasty and versatile, but that casserole dish can be a pain to wash at times. If you let baking soda and water sit in the casserole dish before washing it, the junk will scrape right off.
31) Steam Brush Suede
If you let suede set under steam, you can brush it to revive it. Use a tooth brush or something similar as the bristles are soft yet effective. We all have that favorite pair of suede boots, don’t let them fade.
32) Clean From Top To Bottom
You know how people always say they are cleaning from top to bottom? It’s because if you do it in reverse, you’ll sully all of your hard work. If you work from the top, you can keep what you’ve already done clean.
33) Wipe Tight Shoes With Cologne
If you spray the inside of your shoes with cologne, the alcohol in it will stretch them out as you walk so they won’t hurt your feet. This is perfect for those new heels you’ve been dying to wear.
34) Run Vinegar Through Kettle Or Coffee Pot
If your kettle or coffee pot has built up limescale, it won’t work properly. It will be slow, have funny tasting beverages, and then altogether stop working. Prevent this by running vinegar and water through it.
35) Peroxide For Shoe Odors
To get rid of sweaty show odors, wipe the inside if your shoes with peroxide. It’s a natural odor eliminator that’s safe for skin contact, even in open sores, like blisters. Peroxide is something you should always have on hand.
36) Wet Sheet Then Beat
If you are looking for a way to clean your soft furniture, look no further. Just wet a sheet, lay it on the piece, and beat like you do a rug, only gentler. It’s a foolproof way to safely get rid of dust.
37) Dry Perfume Or Soap For Stale Closets
If your closet is smelling stale or moldy, just add a few bags of dry perfume, or soap. Or, if you don’t want the extra smell, you can try charcoal bags. You can buy adorable ones online or make your own.
38) Dryer Sheets For Dust
To get rid of dust and prevent further buildup, use dryer sheets on your surfaces. It won’t prevent dust altogether but it is way better than a simple duster or wet rag. Plus, they are really cheap!
39) Lacquer Ring To Prevent The Green
If you have a cheaper ring that makes your finger green, you can always add a layer of clearcoat to the inside. This will make the ring glide smoothly without affecting the look, at the same time, preventing the green.
40) Sift Your Flour
It’s a good idea to do this when you’re not cooking, though you can just sift as you go. However, if you sift all of your flour every once in a while, you can make it easy for the whole household.