Cleaning and organizing your home can be a time-consuming chore. However, there are a few tricks you can do to save time and money. Here are some home hacks with items you probably already have around.
1. Clean Off Counter Marks With Hairspray
Do you have younger kids who like to draw on surfaces? Suppose your child found a sharpie and drew on the counter. There’s no need to panic. Head to the bathroom and grab your hair styling products.
Hairspray helps remove permanent-marker stains. This solution saves you time and ensures your house looks presentable for guests.
2. Organize Your Home Paint Set With Tape
If you’re into remodeling projects, you need an efficient storage system. After you’ve finished painting, label the can for later use. Stick a piece of masking tape on it and write what room you used it for.
This will make it easier when you do touch-ups in the future. It’s also less confusing if you pick similar colors for multiple rooms. When you put it back on the lid, place a layer of plastic wrap over it so the cover doesn’t stick to the can.
3. Use Dish Soap to Clean Jewelry
Polished jewelry looks nicer and impresses your friends. However, some cleaning supplies can leave scratches or chemically react with the metals. Dish soap is a better solution. It cleans the glass without scratching or responding to the metal.
To start, fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Then, let the piece soak for a few minutes. After taking it out, gently remove any dirt with a toothbrush.
4. Frost Windows With Tissue Paper
If you want a bit more privacy in your home but don’t want to invest in window treatments, try tissue paper. Simply cut tissue paper to the size of your window then adhere with tape or glue dots. To mimic the look of professionally frosted glass, use white tissue paper. This method works great on smaller windows, such as garage door windows, which can be a target for burglars. A simple tissue paper treatment can give your home more privacy without breaking the bank.
5. Keep Your Eyes Safe From Hot Peppers With Vegetable Oil
If you prefer spicy foods, you may have this issue: you get your hands covered in residue and then touch your eyes, irritating them. Rub vegetable oil on your hands after handling the jalapeño peppers to avoid this.
You can then rinse your hands with water and soap. This hack works well for people who have contacts or constantly rub their eyes.
6. Freshen Your Kitchen With White Vinegar
Do you enjoy cooking fancy meals? The smell may often linger for a few days after. You can freshen up your space with a simple mix of ingredients probably already in your pantry.
Combine water, vinegar, rosemary, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and bay leaf. Then, boil these together to remove unwanted odors. With a fresh-smelling kitchen, you can enjoy quality family time over dinner.
7. Pick Up Shattered Glass With Bread
You can use bread for more than just eating a sandwich. Suppose your wine glass accidentally falls from your hand. You can clean up small pieces of glass with the bread. Just get a good grip on the bread to prevent injuries.
This efficient solution saves time running around to find a dustpan and broom. Consider using Wonder Bread, which is thicker and more absorbent.
8. Untangle Phone Cords With Velcro
Are you spending time sifting through charger cords at night? If so, use this hack to make life simpler. Glue a velcro strip to the end of your phone charger and another strip to the side of the nightstand.
This makes it easier to reach for your phone before bed. It also saves time searching for your device when you’re in a rush.
9. Keep Your Furniture Looking Brand-New With Toothpaste
Over time, your furniture may get scratched up due to everyday use. Before you spend tons of money to have your couch refinished, consider this solution. It can cost around $600 to $4,000 to reupholster a sofa.
So, if you have minor scratches, grab your toothpaste. Use a small amount of non-gel paste and rub the scratch in a circular motion. Then, clean up the rest with a damp towel.
10. Achieve Streak-Free Mirrors Using Vinegar
Are your mirrors covered in streaks from fingerprints and water residue? Then clear them up with white vinegar. You probably have it in your pantry for cooking with. Use vinegar instead of ammonia-based products, which aren’t the best for the environment.
Mix the vinegar with water inside a spray bottle to clean the mirrors. Then, apply the solution to the mirror. Wipe the mirror from side to side or up and down with a soft cloth.
How to Use Household Items Effectively
Oftentimes, we buy tons of supplies to clean, update and organize our homes. However, you can use everyday items to save money instead. Try out these home hacks to impress your friends and family.
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