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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A Few Good Hacks

Keep brown sugar soft by storing with a couple of marshmallows
Via Storage and Glee

Install a regular coat rack low down 
   the wall to store shoes safely off the floor
Via Destination Unknown

Hang onions in cut-up tights or
old stockings to make them last for months!
Via BuzzFeed
My Dad did this all the time.

To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won't affect the taste of the onions)

Remove pet hair from furniture and carpets with a squeegee.
Via Bobbenblog Lite

Cover paint trays with aluminium foil to make cleaning up afterwards a breeze.
Via OurHumbleAbowed
I've even used plastic grocery bags, works wonders :)

Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.
Via Instructables

                      Use ice-cubes to lift out indentations 
                   made by furniture on your carpets.
Via North Carolina Charm

Use a large muffin tin to cook stuffed peppers in the oven - it will help keep them upright.
Via Better Recipes
                To prevent potatoes budding, add an apple in the bag.
Via My Fridge Food
Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells incredibly easy to peel off.
Via Delighted Momma
Use bread tags to label power cords.
Via Apartment Therapy

Use non-stick cooking spray in votive holders to prevent wax from sticking to the sides.
Via Real Simple
   WD40 can be used to remove crayon marks from any surface!
Via Real Simple
When hanging a picture frame, put a dab of toothpaste on the frame where you need the nails to be. Then simply press against the wall to leave marks (which can later be wiped) as guides for hammering in.
Via Somewhat Simple

Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining with large coffee filters
Via This Old House

Sprinkle salt in the spaces between patio slabs and at the bottom of walls to get rid of pesky weeds (but be careful NOT to get salt near plants you want to keep as salt will kill them!)
Via One Good Thing
To clean a chopping board is to cover liberally with Kosher salt and leave overnight. Scrape off with a cloth in the morning.
Another way to clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.
Via Off the Wheaten Path

Use binder clips to keep stacked bottles in place in the fridge
Via In This Crazy Life

Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily: place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass. The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.
Via Martha Stewart

             To sharpen scissors, simply cut through sandpaper.
Via U-Create Crafts
Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl at night to clean off stubborn stains.
Via Stockpiling Moms
 A very simple solution to get rid of furniture scratches!
Via Obrienkr18 

This has to be the simplest way to
open those annoying blister packs!
Via Babble

Use chalk to remove grease stains from clothes. Simply rub white chalk on the affected area and wash as normal - the chalk will absorb the grease and be washed away in the cycle.
Via Budget101

They look pretty too - a great tip for parties!
Via Daily Pix

Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a coat hanger
to prevent dresses from slipping off.
Via Re Create Design

Yet another use for drinks can ringpulls! Use to create a hanging loop for picture frames by screwing into the back.

Place a wooden spoon over a pan to
stop the water from boiling over
Via The Life of a Not So Ordinary Housewife

A genius tip to help prevent paint spillage!
Via Buzzfeed


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