The problem with life hacks is sometimes the term is used way too generously. For a life hack to really qualify as such, it has to fulfill two criteria: to really be helpful and useful in terms of making your life easier and to save you money. These ten life hacks from HouseholdHacker qualify on account of both of those!
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1. DIY Dishwasher Tablets
Dishwasher tablets are essential in any household. They help the dishwasher disinfect and clean your plates and cutlery, but the problem is they are quite costly. So to have your washer perform without spending all that money, you can make your own lemony fresh dishwasher pods for next to nothing.
* 1 cup washing soda
* 1 cup baking soda
* 1/2 cup salt
* 1/2 cup lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients into a paste, fill up an empty ice cube tray. Stick the tray in the freezer and couple of hours later, you can start using your homemade tablets.
2. Removing carpet stains
Carpet stains are unsightly but also inevitable. One secret weapon for removing them you probably already have lying around? Cornflour.
Cornflour is brilliant at soaking up oils and various other stains from any fabric. Simply sprinkle some of it onto the carpet stain and let it do its work for 15-20 minutes. All you have to do is vacuum up the remaining flour!
3. Organizing Your Wire Drawer
One of the biggest problems of the first world, it seems like a drawer filled with all kinds of wires, cords and connectors is an unavoidable feature of any household.
A quick way to get it organized is to bundle up those wires and stick them into empty toilet paper rolls, labeling them on the cardboard so you know where each connector goes.
4. Fixing a Leaky Shower
To fix a drippy shower head you need some plumber’s tape. To Do It Yourself, cut off the bottom of a rubber glove, then wrap the shower head with the latex to stifle the leak.
5. DIY Tissue Jar
Looking for an upgrade from your boring old cardboard tissue box? Try this little DIY project.
* Glass jar
* Spray paint
* Boxed tissues
Spray paint the jar thoroughly and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Then, remove 1/3 of the tissues from the box and stick them into the mason jar, folded exactly as they were. Pop the lid back on and you can start pulling them out.
6. Getting Rid of Insects
If you want to play exterminator, but are looking to do it in a safe, natural way, you only need a few ingredients to get rid of those bugs.
* 2 tbsp. sugar
* 2 tbsp. honey
* 2 tbsp. syrup
* Paper grocery bag
Mix the sugar, honey and syrup into a paste and stick it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir the liquid. Take your grocery bag and cut it into strips, dipping each one so that it’s coated in the mixture. Stick a paperclip through the top and hang your debugging strips outside.
7. Washing Oddly Shaped Objects
Some vases or other oddly shaped objects can be frustrating to clean. Try this simple trick: fill up the glass with water, then pop in an Alka-Seltzer tablet and the frizz will soak off any stains in minutes.
8. Freshening Up Stainless Steel
Stainless steel won’t discolor or stain, but it might become rusty and greasy over time. To remove the gunk, boil some white vinegar and apply it on the affected area until you see the gunk starting to lift off the metal. After several minutes coat the bottom with baking soda and scrub the leftover grease away with a bristle brush.
9. Scrambling Eggs Easier
If you love scrambled eggs but hate how many dishes you have to clean after preparing them, you can save yourself some effort by preparing the eggs in a margarita shaker. Add eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, and… shake! Pour out the perfectly mixed egg yolks into a pan and clean the shaker.
10. Nipping Kitchen Smells in the Bud
Something smelly in your kitchen that just won’t go away? If it’s coming from your fridge, there’s a quick and easy fix. After making a pot of coffee, roll the coffee grounds in a dryer sheet. Then, pop this little smell-bomb into the fridge – after a few minutes, any unpleasant odors will be magically gone!