Maintaining a house can be a lot of work, and sometimes it takes days or even weeks to fix a tricky problem. Check out these 15 easy and genius tips that can help you save more time and money! No. 5 is definitely an eye-opener!
1. Clean Dirty Dishes With Tea Bags
Next time when you finish steeping a pot of tea, don't throw away the tea bag just yet! Tea tannies can actually help break down greasy stains. Just put the used bag and dirty dishes in warm water, and after a little time you'll find it much easier to remove the residues!
2. Use Lemon And Salt To Clean The Cutting Board
A cutting board is essential to your kitchen, and it also gets dirty very quickly. A simple solution is to rub coarse salt on the surface using half a lemon. These two ingredients combined will add a shine to your board!
3. Put Soap In Your Garden
If there are leftover insecticidal soap bars in your house, then you're in luck, as they're great for deterring wild animals and pests. Try sprinkling some soap shavings around your garden, and just make sure your pets don't eat them!
4. Leave Garlic In Your Toilet At Night
This might come as a surprise to you, but garlic is a powerful tool when it comes to household cleaning. It contains antiseptic properties such as allicin that can help disinfect your toilet. Try this method next time, so you can improve your bathroom hygiene more naturally!
5. Put Vinegar On Bread
We've all run into the situation where our trash leaks and makes the room stink. In this case, try putting some vinegar on a slice of bread and leaving it in the trash. It will help soak up the bad odors. Plus, this trick also works in other places that may have unpleasant smells, such as the garage!
6. Fill Nail Holes With Soap
A simple way to get rid of nail holes on the wall is to fill them with soap. Find a bar that is dry and matches the color of your wall, and rub it over the void to fill it in.
7. Wash Potatoes In The Dishwasher
Preparing for big meals is a challenging task. If you don't want your potatoes to leave a whole lot of dirt on the countertop, try washing them in your dishwasher. Make sure the machine is clean before you put the potatoes inside. Run a 10-minute cycle, and then they're good to go!
8. Wrap Your Car Mirror With A Ziploc Bag
When we go on road trips, we usually have to park our cars outdoors, and it can be annoying when ice and snow stick to the car mirrors in winter. In this case, putting Ziploc bags over the mirrors is a useful hack to keep them in good condition.
9. Find A Leak With Kool-Aid
One easy way of checking if your toilet has a leak is to pour a pack of Kool-Aid into the water tank. If the water in the toilet bowl has the same color as the powder, then you probably need to get a leak fixed.
10. Use Baking Soda And Vinegar To Unclog The Drain
When you have a clogged drain, don't rush to call the plumber. Pour some hot water down the drain, and add a mixture of 1-cup baking soda and 1.5-cup vinegar solution. It'll help break down the clog.
11. Clean Wine Stains With Milk
Next time when you accidentally spill wine onto your carpet, pour some milk on the stain and let it sit for an hour. The fat content in milk can help absorb the wine's phenolic compounds, eventually soaking up the color of the spill.
12. Use Dishwasher Tablets To Clean Your Oven
Dishwasher tablets can be used in many ways. Apart from cleaning dirty dishes, they are great for cleaning your oven. Put on gloves and scrub the inside with a moist tablet. Your oven will be good as new after you wipe away the crumbles.
13. Pour Salt And Vinegar Down The Drain
A clogged drain is always difficult to deal with, but this simple trick might help you with the problem. Pour boiling water, salt, and then some vinegar down the drain. The ingredients combined can help loosen the clog.
14. Unscrew Broken Light Bulbs With Potatoes
When a light bulb breaks, it's important to replace it as soon as possible or it'll release too much mercury vapor into your room. And to do it safely, you can try pressing the bulb into half a potato and start twisting. The light bulb will grip onto the potato and eventually separate from the socket.
15. Place A Bar Of Soap In Your Bed
If you are often woken up by leg cramps in the middle of the night, try tucking a bar of soap under your bed sheets. The magnesium inside the soap has been proven effective at relieving your nocturnal spasms.