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Most of us have spent more time than usual at home this past year. One unexpected upside of that for me has been some of the new household hacks I’ve adopted this year.
I’ve collected them from all over: social media, blogs, podcasts, and of course conversations with friends. Here are a few of my recent favorites that you might find helpful too!
Great Household Hacks
1. Use Play-Doh to Clean Out Headphones
If your AirPods or headphones are getting a yucky buildup in those tiny openings, try this: take a toothpick and break up the gunk, then use Play-Doh to come in and dab it all up!
2. Use Your Vacuum Hose to Find Small Lost Items
This trick SAVED me just a few weeks ago: if you’ve lost something tiny, take the vacuum cleaner hose and put pantyhose over the end of it and then vacuum around — I found my lost earring this way!
3. Use Your Lint Roller for More Than Clothes
Use a lint roller to clean awkward areas like window screens. Sometimes I do a quick run over the rugs if I don’t feel like vacuuming!
4. Batch Your Greeting Cards
This is a great activity to fill an afternoon with your kids. Get out your stationery box and have kids draw and write birthday cards for their friends and family. Do the whole year at once! After all the cards are done, put them in date order with post-it notes marking the occasion date, and you’ll have greetings ready to go for all the people you love.
5. Remove Egg Shells More Easily
Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda when you boil eggs and the shells will come off a lot more easily. Another hack of 1/4 cup of vinegar also works great.
6. Easy Pet Hair Cleanup
If you have a pet who leaves hair all around, try rubbing a dryer sheet on your furniture, rugs, clothing, etc. It will pick the pet hair up easily.
7. Grate Butter if it’s Too Cold
If your butter is too cold to spread, try using the cheese grater. This is one of my favorite tricks!
8. Iron Your Clothes in a Pinch with your Straightener
If you’re in a rush a notice a wrinkly spot on your clothes, try using your hair straightener to quickly press out a few wrinkles! I’ve used this trick for years, especially when traveling without an iron.
9. Use Tea Bags in Smelly Areas
If you have smelly shoes or bags, try putting tea bags inside to deodorize. (I’ve also heard to use dryer sheets, but sometimes those can smell too strong for me!)
10. Magic Erasers Really Are Magic
Use Magic Erasers to take sticker gunk like price tags off of items! I’ve also heard they can take red sauce stains out of Tupperware, but I haven’t tried this one for myself yet!