These Life Hacks are truly going to make you say… Why Didn’t I Think Of That! You will actually use them in your every day life!
Instead of starting your Morning Routine by brushing your teeth… floss first. That way you will loosen all of the yucky stuff and plaque on your teeth and it will all get brushed away! Your teeth will feel absolutely fabulous and look sparkling clean.
Rice Jar to Eliminate Odors
Do you have a small space like a closet or spare room that sometimes become a total catch-all and can have a little bit of a stale smell about it? (remember Monika’s Closet on F.R.I.E.N.D.S.) Well to keep everything smelling fresh naturally… all you have to do is take a Mason Jar… fill it 3/4’s of the way with rice and then add 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like mint) then take a piece of breathable material like a cheese cloth or tea towel and screw it on with the Mason Jar Lid. Give it a little shake and then place it wherever you would like in the room. So easy!
Un-popped Pop Corn?
Do you love to pop your own corn instead of the microwave variety? But do you have a lot of un-popped kernels in the end? Well your problem can be solved with a little soak!!! Simply soak your popcorn in water for about 10 minutes… then drain it nice and dry! That extra moisture helps create fluffier popcorn and get less un-popped corn!
Easier Way To Light A Candle
I happen to be a huge candle lover. Everyone in my family lights them often and for all different reasons! Sometimes the match does not last long enough to light the wick… so in those cases just grab a piece of spaghetti and light it and then light the candle. It works like a charm… reminiscent of lighting candles in Church!
Save Water and Give Your Plants Extra Nutrients
For all of us that have house plants, Container Gardens, potted herbs all need to be watered regularly. Well here is an idea that not only conserves water… but gives your plants extra nutrients. Next time you boil pasta… steam veggies… boil eggs save the water… let it cool… put it in a watering can and water your plants with it. They will thank you for healthier leaves and more beautiful blooms!
Cleaning your Wooden Cutting Boards
Each time you use your cutting board it should be cleaned… but if you are like me… you don’t really want to use any kind of unfriendly chemicals! So… all you have to do is spread some salt and rub it onto the cutting board with a lemon half… then rinse and dry!
Clean Eating with Chop Sticks
You know those snacks that are covered in magical orange dust? Well they really can make your hands very yucky! So why not keep your fingers clean and enjoy a chip at a time but using your favorite pair of chopsticks. It’s fun… neat and tidy. I really enjoy this method… it’s fun!
Refresh Your Sponge
Sometimes your sponge is just fine but it needs a little freshening so you don’t have to throw a perfectly good sponge away. You know what I mean right? Well you can make it last a lot longer but just soaking them in a some salt water. It’s that simple! Here’s to more clean-ups!
Bundt Cake Pan Hack
Need a Bundt Cake Pan but you don’t have one? Well then… get out your Spring Pan… place a glass or ceramic round in the center (like a ramekin or mason jar) … place in the center… pour the batter (if it slips… just slide it back) and bake! You can also use regular 8 inch round pans but the cake of course will be thinner (one batter makes two thin cakes)
Revive Your Sharpie
Well all have tons of Sharpies and Markers and let’s face it… we are not always diligent and cap them properly so they dry out a bit. Now before you think about chucking them… put a bit of rubbing alcohol in a little dish… place the sharpie tip in the alcohol and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then recap. In about 30 minutes… open it up and 9 out of 10 times it will be writing again!
Cleaning your Blender
Sometimes you just don’t feel like cleaning the blender but it has to be cleaned. Well… why not take the easy way out and add about 2 cups of really hot water… a few drops of your favorite dish detergent … be sure to cap it and then put it on high and run for about 20 seconds or so. Pour out the liquid… rinse and dry… EZPZ and no cut on your fingers lol!
It’s time for those gorgeous tomatoes to pop up all over and WOW do they make a sandwich POP. The only down size is is that the can sometimes make our sandwich soggy and no one likes that! Here’s a tip to make that yummy tomato perfect to dress your sandwich. Slice them to the thickness you enjoy and then place them on a double layer of paper towels. Sal them and then add any other seasoning you would like and allow them to sit on the paper towel for about 15 minutes. A lot of the moisture is absorbed and the salt also draws additional moisture out. It’s time to top your sandwich!
Perfect Peanut Butter and Jelly
Speaking of Sandwiches… bet you are making a ton of PB&J’s lately! No one wants a soggy PB&J either… so here is a little tip on how to keep them from getting squishy! Evenly spread your peanut butter crust to crust on both slices of bread and then add your layer of jelly or jam in the center evenly… and then seal with the other slice. Having peanut butter on both sides kind of forms a seal so the jelly doesn’t leak out through the bread. It especially helpful when you are making the PB&J’s in advance! ENJOY!
Sometimes when you are creating a delicious soup with all kinds of yummy veggies you just might over salt it. There is a reason why Chefs tell you to add a little at a time and that is because if you over do it… you can undo it! Well there just might be hope for your soup the next time you get a little heavy handed with the Salt Shaker… peel a potato and add it to the pot. It will help absorb the salt! So simple and it really works!
De-Puff Your Eyes
If you haven’t been sleeping great lately like so many of us… your under eyes might be a bit puffier and darker than usual. Well you don’t need any fancy or expensive cream… just tea bags. Simply steep 2 bags for about 3 minutes… then remove the bags and put them in the fridge until they are nice and cold. Apply a bag to each eye and chill for about 15 minutes. Your eyes will feel totally refreshed and a bit less puffy. Use whatever tea bags you like!
Over at Cranky Crafter you will be able to check out this awesome hack! If you want to keep things cold for a long time at your next party…how about freezing up some balloons…not only do they keep things chilled from drinks to potato salad…they look AWESOME!!!
Easy Glitter Clean Up
I am so loving this one…I said WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT when I saw it…I have worked with so much glitter and this little tip would have been a great one to have!!! I am sure you can use this for MANY things…ENJOY and thank BHG!
Portion Out Your Ice Cream
–I am in LOVE with this Hack from Real Simple. If you are serving a crowd ice cream…simply soften the cylinder of yumminess…peal the cardboard …cut the cylinder in half long ways and slice the portions. You can do that with the smaller containers also. So simple…so neat! Total Portion control also!
Easy Ruler Hack!
You are out…you want to measure something at the craft store…or fabric store…or any store…Don’t have a ruler? Well then Threads Daily has the answer…pull out a dollar bill and you have a perfect 6 inches! How cool is that!
Bathroom Drawer Organizer
Over at Little Penelope Lane you will find some really fun Organizational Hacks…this is the one I LOVE…Taking a silverware divider…placing it in a vanity drawer to keep all of the toothbrushes separate and then place all of the misc. in the long bottom compartment…just add the name…then the toothbrush and VOILA…everyone has their space and it is neatly hidden waiting to be found every day!
Talk about a BRILLIANT Laundry Hack…over at Broke Ass Home check out how Denise separates and stores her laundry…walk about efficient…budget friendly…s space saver and simple great! Just measure the width of the baskets…put up a basic shelving unit and hang! AWESOME!!!
Easy Eyeglass Repair
Did you know that you can tighten up the screws on your glasses temporarily by dabbing a small bit of nail polish over the hinge? Handy don’t you think! Thank you Cosmopolitan.com
Coffee Candle Hack
Over at Fresh Eggs Daily you will find a simple DIY that will make your house smell YUMMY. If you are allergic to artificial smells like I am (they give me a headache)…this is perfect for you…even if you are not…it is a FABULOUS way to make your house smell like a fresh morning cup of coffee (does it get better than that : )! All by adding coffee beans into a glass container…then place a votive in the center all nestled in…it’s that easy. You can even mix it up with different flavors of coffee like Hazelnut…etc…for more info…you can visit Fresh Eggs Daily. Oh…I find the perfect glass containers at the dollar store or of course Mason Jars work Great! ENJOY!
Automatic Watering System
Going to be gone for a bit and you don’t want your plants to droop? Well the answer is in a bottle!!! Really…it works like a watering globe! Just take a clean bottle and fill it with water…carefully invert in into the soil and it will keep the plant happy for about 2 weeks! It might not be the prettiest but it works and your plants will thank you for it. For more details you can drop by Rad Megan!
Stain Cheat Sheet
If you have stains that you wonder how to get rid of…let’s thank Kami Garcia for this great infographic!!!
When I saw this over at Disboards I almost flipped…how genius is this for a road trip of just to keep in the car if you have kids or hey…everyone loves a snack! All you needs is a container with many compartments…I actually use these for beads and little notions for crafting…you can get all different kinds and sizes at your local craft store like Michaels. They are so inexpensive and if you use a coupon you can actually get one for about $1.50! Just fill it up with everyone’s favorites and there will always be something when someone says I’M HUNGRY!!! I LOVE THIS ONE!!!!! Oh when you are picking out your container…there are some that have the little compartments along with larger ones…I suggest those because stuff like pretzels…etc…need a bit more room! ENJOY!
Mouth Wash Station
Over at Smart School House there is a hack that I personally love…instead of having that ugly Mouthwash bottle out in the bathroom…simply get yourself (in my case two because we use different ones …vinegar or olive oil glass bottles…they make the PERFECT dispenser and they look amazing…add a tray and some disposable cups and VOILA…no more eye sore! LOVE IT!
All Around Organizer
A simple shoe organizer can be used for just about anything…it can organize a closet…it can organize shampoos…conditioners…bath washes…etc…inside the shower…it can organize kids toys…it can organize crafts in your craft room…and the list goes on and on an on!!! So simple…so budget friendly and it WORKS in 1001 ways! Thank BHG!
No More Drips!
This has to be one of my favorite hacks…by putting a marshmallow into a cone…you will prevent dripping…how great is that! PERFECT for the kids cones and yours! : ) Thanks for sharing this one One Good Thing By Jillee!
Easy Paint Clean Up!
Loving this helpful budget friendly hack from Live Love DIY! For EASY Paint Clean-up…line the paint tray with aluminum foil and when you are doing…just crunch up and throw away! SO EASY!!!
Quick & Easy Pancakes!
–I know that many of you have seen this one before but it is a WINNER…better than the little plastic ones you buy empty. This fits a nice amount so you don’t have to keep filling it. When you are doing pancakes for a LARGER crown…having one of the GIANT Ketchup bottles is a great thing! SO EASY and SO Convenient…Just wash them out really good after you finish them and start flippin!!! Thanks for sharing Twisted Sifter!
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