Growing up my mom was always adamant about taking out the kitchen garbage every day. She would not go to bed until whoever was on trash duty took out the bag(s) to the dumpster.
I must admit that I hated it when it was my turn. The dumpster was a short walk from our house, but it was an annoying routine. Sometimes the bag wouldn’t even be full, which often left me wondering why she couldn’t just take the trash out every other day instead.
Unlike me, who enjoys take-out a couple of times a week and does not have a lot of food waste, my mom cooked every day and she used fresh ingredients at that. So, at the end of the day, there would be all sorts of food waste in the trash. As we all know, the longer this sits, the more it starts to stink.
We didn’t have the fancy garbage cans or scented bags that are available nowadays that help suppress odor so your whole house doesn’t smell. We also did not know about the ingenious cotton ball hack from Apartment Therapy.
If you’ve been struggling with smelly trash, and don’t have the time or energy to take it out at the end of the day, this trick is all you really need to keep your garbage can and kitchen smelling fresh.
I love to experiment with different household products to see how they can be used in new ways. If you’re like me and like to experiment, you should make yourself familiar with the household products you should never mix together. A lot of these combinations are deadly, so taking the time to know this will keep you safe.
1. Two Different Battery Brands.
Although this one isn’t fatal, you’re going to want to avoid it. When two different battery brands are used together, they could leak. They leak because different battery brands usually contain different chemical compounds.
When one of the batteries dies, the other battery could continue discharging electricity, causing your batteries to leak. The leaking could damages the electronic device the batteries are being held in.
2. Acetaminophen and Alcohol.
You have probably heard that you shouldn’t take acetaminophen while drinking but what you might not have known is that it potentially deadly to mix the two. This happens because alcohol activates enzymes that transform acetaminophen into chemicals.
The chemicals can cause serious liver damage, even when the medicine is used in moderate amounts. Even when you take it after a weekend of drinking, it can lead to liver failure.
3. Vinegar and Bleach.
These common products are often used as disinfectants. These should never be used at the same time, as the chemicals mixed together release a toxic chlorine gas. This happens because adding any weak acid to bleach will release toxic chlorine and chloramine vapors.
The outcome of using these products together could leave you with a bad chemical burn. This could even burn your lungs and eyes.
4. Prescription medication and Grapefruit Juice.
Grapefruit juice is known to make a normal dose of prescription drugs, into a deadly overdose. This doesn’t happen with all medications but it is seen in a lot. Many of the drugs are common, such as some cholesterol-lowering drugs, antibiotics and calcium channel blockers used to treat high blood pressure.
Others include agents used to fight cancer or suppress the immune system in people who have received an organ transplant. If you are currently frequently drinking grapefruit juice while on prescription medication, stop immediately until you talk to your doctor to make sure you’re in the clear. For now, here is a list of the most common medications that react with grapefruit juice.
The next ones are found in a lot of products make sure you checked the ingredients for them.
Most of us have a box of dryer sheets that’s kept in the laundry room cupboard somewhere, but did you know you can get so much more use out of them with things not even related to laundry?! From beauty tips to household cleaning, there isn’t anything you won’t be able to get done without the clever hacks of dryer sheets.
Keep your toilet paper roll smelling fresh by placing a dryer sheet inside it.
Use as a duster for blinds, baseboards and furniture.
Get ‘gunk’ off your iron: turn iron on lowest setting and let warm up. Lay dryer sheet on ironing board and gently rub iron over it. The sheet will pick up all that ‘gunk’.
Help remove pet hair from clothes by rubbing a dryer sheet on it.
Remove smudges and and fingerprints from any glass surface.
Clean water spots off chrome.
Soak a dryer sheet in warm water with dirty paint brushes for easy cleaning.
Place a dryer sheet at the bottom of your garbage bin to help keep it smelling fresh.
Although it is good to get into a regular and frequent cleaning routine, we shouldn’t be over-doing it. There are some things around the house that we need to hold off cleaning too frequently.
Take the time for yourself rather than cleaning an unnecessary amount. Here are seven things that you’re cleaning way too often.
1. Your dog.
You’re probably washing your dog way too often. To avoid skin irritation, you should be washing you dog ever two to four months, if they get smelly in between washes, you can rinse them to remove dirt. If you feel bad waiting that long in between washes, don’t! Your dogs skin is not like yours, and might get irritated by too many washes, and if it was up to them, you would never wash them.
2. Your comforter.
There is a lot of speculation around how often you should wash your bedding. Although you should wash your sheets and pillow cases about once a week, your comforter does not need to be washed this often. You can wash your comforter every couple months, since it doesn’t come in contact with your skin as much as the rest of your bedding.
3. Your hair.
You have probably heard by now that you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday. This is because your hair needs oils in it to be healthy. Although it varies for everyone for how long they can go, no one should wash their hair everyday, it dries it out.
Unless your jacket has visible dirt on it or smells bad, you can wash it just every three months. It only needs to be washed every so often because it doesn’t come into contact with your body oils like your other clothes do.
My family loves fabric softener and dryer sheets. They love it so much that my daughter, who is slightly allergic to dryer sheets, would rather get a little rash than have her clothes not smelling like anything. (A little excessive, I know.)
The reality is, when your clothes come out of the dryer, you expect them to be warm, soft and smell great. Unfortunately, most brand name dryer sheets are loaded with toxic chemicals that can be easily absorbed through your skin.
There was an easy solution to all this all along, and I’ve finally been able to make my own reusable and non-toxic dryer sheets. They’re easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your home already!
If you’re in love with the fabric softener you already have, I’ve also provided a way to make a reusable dyer sheets that smell like your favorite brand.
Most people have microwaves in their home, and chances are they’re only used for heating up left over dinners. So wouldn’t it make life easier if you knew there were lots of helpful microwave hacks to use? Guess what – there is!
Microwave thinly sliced potatoes to make your own chips.
Microwave an onion 30 seconds for tear free cutting.
Microwave your chips for 30 seconds to get some crunch!
Add vinegar to a small amount of water and microwave for 5 minutes, then wipe clean.
Add water to your veggies and covert with a plate then microwave to steam.
Enjoy easy peeling by microwaves your garlic clove for 10 seconds.
Vinegar isn’t just a great add-on to your your fries, it also is incredibly useful around the house. Whether you are cleaning, deodorizing, or doing household chores, vinegar can come in handy in a lot of ways.
Here are some of the clever ways you should be using vinegar in your home.
If you don’t have any fabric softener, you can make your own mixture using hair conditioner, white vinegar, and water that will help release those wrinkles immediately.
Use a mixture of water and vinegar to wipe down the shelves in your fridge to help remove all the smells that have gotten stuck inside of it.
If Fido has a little accident, it’s important that you make sure to get all of the smell out of the carpet and the best way to do that is by using vinegar. If you first pour vinegar onto the stain and then add some baking soda on top, you can let it sit for a few minutes and then you just have to vacuum it up.
Sure, they always say they won’t get on your clothes, but we all know that’s not true. If you need to get those annoying deodorant stains out of your shirts you can use a cloth with vinegar to wipe them off.
If you aren’t able to get all the paint off of your brushes the first time, using vinegar will get the residue from the bristles. Heat the vinegar on the stove to a simmer, then soak the brushes for an hour. Drain the vinegar and rinse them off, and the paint should come right off!
When your flowers start to droop, you can add two tablespoons of vinegar to the water along with one teaspoon of sugar, into the water. It should help your flowers regain some life.
A little bit of vinegar on a cotton ball can help you stop that annoying itch that comes around with mosquito bites. Just dab it on and it’ll help stop the itching and disinfect the area.
But there are still so many other ways to use vinegar around your house…
Whether you live alone or you have a full house, there always seems to be a mysterious smell that lingers. You don’t always have time to bring in a cleaning lady or do a full deep clean yourself, but you also don’t want to live with the stench.
The problem can get especially bad in the winter and colder months because opening a window isn’t always an option. I know that my place can start to smell a little musty when you mix in gym bags, soggy boots, and no air flow.
Luckily, there are ways to keep your home smelling great without having to do a huge clean-out, and they all use things you probably have at home already!
When you want a room to smell like a summer’s day, you can attach a dryer sheet to your fan and just let it go all day! The fan will blow the scent of the sheets into the room, and you don’t have to go buy an over-powering air freshener. You can also just leave dryer sheets in drawers or closets to make keep the scent without the airflow!
If you come from a smoking household, or a household that burns food regularly (like mine,) then you need to pay attention to this! Smoke smell can linger in your house and be hard to get out. Try soaking a rag in white vinegar, ringing it out, and then walking around the room while swinging the rag around. It’ll take the smell away, even if you look silly doing it!
The smell of vanilla is one of the most popular in the world, but before you go a buy an expensive scented candle, try this first! Dab a small amount of vanilla onto a light bulb. As it heats up, your home will be smelling sweet in no time! If you don’t want to apply it directly to the light, you can also cook two teaspoons of vanilla extract in the oven for 20 minutes for long-lasting scent!
One of the smelliest places in the house can be your garbage disposal. Instead of using harsh chemicals, pour some ice in the disposal and let it get ground up. Sprinkle some borax or baking soda down the drain, and the disposal will do the rest for you!
Older bathrooms or basement bathrooms can start to smell musty and of stale urine (I know, it’s gross) over time. Using chemicals can be expensive and harmful, which is why this solution is perfect. Mix together lemon juice and baking soda until it forms a paste. Scrub the mixture on the toilet seat, the bowl, and the tank if need be. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then add 1/2 a cup of vinegar to the toilet and let it sit for another 15 minutes. Use a sponge to clean up the solution.
Everyone likes a nice smile, but did you ever think that the toothpaste you use to keep your teeth healthy can be useful around your home too?
From cleaning, to stain removal and dealing with pimples and bites, toothpaste has more uses than just cleaning your mouth.
How many have you tried before?
Have your leather shoes seen better days? Bring them back to life with a some help from toothpaste. Just add a little toothpaste on the scuffs of your shoes and rub with a soft cloth. The scuffs will disappear after you wipe them clean.
Get the gunk off the bottom of your clothes iron with the help of the non-abrasive nature of toothpaste. Just apply the toothpaste to your cool iron, scrub with a rag and then rinse clean.
Has the sparkle diminished from your ring? Clean it up in a jiff with a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush. Once you’re done scrubbing, just remove the residue with a damp cloth. This is so much easier than going to the jewelry store or paying for an expensive cleaner.
Nothing ruins a great outdoor experience than being covered in itchy bug bites. Stop those pesky bites from bothering you by adding a drop of toothpaste to the effected area to cure the annoying itch. This will also help to cool down the irritated part of your skin.
Have you been chopping garlic and now no matter how many times you wash your hand the odor remains? Toothpaste can actually help. The ingredients found in toothpaste are able to deodorize your mouth, so the same effect can happen to your hands. Minty fresh!
Did a pimple pop up just before you have that big staff meeting at work? Dab a little non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste to the effected area and it will be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorb the oils so that it disappears quicker.
After a while, baby bottles take on the smell of sour-milk. Believe it or not, toothpaste can take care of that! Just add a dab of toothpaste to the end of your bottle brush and scrub the inside of your bottles. After a good rinse, they will be like new again!
A can of WD4O is one of those things that most people have in their home, however, most people aren’t aware of all the other uses it has besides the obvious. From removing crayon stained walls to removing the stuck on grime in the fridge, WD40 will become one of your go-to products for daily tasks.
Remove stuck rings by spraying a bit of WD40 on your finger.
Degrease your hands by spraying WD40 on them and then using a paper towel to wipe off.
Help loosen stuck zippers by wiping a paper towel with WD40 on it along the zipper track.
Remove stuck on glue after removing a sticker, by spraying on some WD40 and then wiping with a paper towel.
Remove crayon from walls by spraying a paper towel with WD40 and then wiping clean.
Gum stuck in your hair? Spray WD40 on it, and pull out slowly, but be sure to wash thoroughly afterwards.
Remove stuck on grime in your fridge by using WD40 as a spot shot and then wiping clean.
Remove dirt and grease stains from your tools by spraying them with WD40 and then wiping clean.
If you are anything like me (especially if you have children), cleaning up your home can feel like a battle that never ends, and one that never has a winner. As one thing gets completed, another mess decides to rear its ugly face and it’s right back to battle.
Honestly, it feels like that ever spare moment that I have, I am cleaning up one mess or another. And when I am not busy cleaning, I feel like I am not living up to my adult responsibilities. It’s not always a monster sized mess, but rather the continuous barrage of little messes.
It seems to be easier to deal with the “big” messes, ones that simply take time and a little bit of muscle power. When we are talking about going through something with a fine tooth comb, not only does it take a lot longer, but you don’t mentally feel like you are getting a lot done.
With that being said, there are some ways that you can help stem the tide enough to possibly get ahead of the next onslaught of dirt, grime, and disaster. Here are six cleaning tips that will make a difference in how you do things at home.
The garbage is full, but you aren’t in “taking out the garbage mode,” as you walk out to the car to go to the store. There are dishes from dinner earlier that night, but you will grab them later when you are done watching your show, even though you just passed them on the way back from the washroom. In these instances, if you have a chance to grab something and get it done while you are doing something else, you may as well. Every time I head outside to have a smoke, I bring whatever trash or recycling needs to be dealt with out with me, it saves me a lot of time in the long run.
Have you ever looked at a massive mess that has to be cleaned and you just feel immediately overwhelmed? It happens when you let the mess accumulate, or you put it off until you have a decent block of time to tackle the problem. Feeling overwhelmed can put a major damper on your cleaning success. Instead of trying to get it all done at once, set aside a little time each day to tackle the small things before they are able to become big things.
You know that weird looking tool that mom used to use to clean the dust off of things sitting on shelves or mantles? Well it might be time to get yourself one. Dust can build up quickly, and it is one of those things that you don’t think about nearly enough, because you’re often dealing with “bigger” issues around the home. Spend some time every so often running a cloth over items and shelves in order to get that dust outta there. It will make you feel a lot better, and your lungs will thank you.
If you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do, then you are always looking for new ways to be more efficient, while keeping your favorite room looking stylish!
When something can make your food look straight out of a cooking show AND taste amazing, then you know it’s a deal.
Here are some of the best items that will help you go from amateur to chef quality food!
Listen, I love hard-boiled eggs, but I hate having to scoop them out of water, only to guess when they are cooked correctly. Stop mucking about with pots and pans, just rest your eggs in this automatic egg cooker and for consistently perfect hard-boils!
Are you still eating regular burgers? That is so 2017. Knock your BBQ patties up a notch with this incredibly easy to use burger press and add cheese, mushrooms, peppers or anything else! The options are endless!
The dream for every dog owner is that their sweet and precious pup finally picks up the slack and helps out around the house. Sure, their job is to look cute and love us unconditionally, which they obviously do, but wouldn’t it be nice if they would start vacuuming or doing the dishes?
Well apparently some dog owners are more clever than the rest of us, because they’ve actually figured out how to get their dogs to help around the house with a few canine-friendly chores. Here are some of the genius tricks that some dogs have learned to do that you might be able to teach your dogs as well.
Trying to wake everyone up in the morning is a hassle. Somehow they always manage to sleep through their alarms, and it becomes your fault that they aren’t up. Well, now you can just send the dog! You just need to teach your dog how to identify all the people in your home, and if you can get them to learn the command “go find [person’s name]” then you are all set!
Start by getting them to find the people all in the same room, then slowly put them further apart. Eventually you can have everyone in different rooms and your dog will still go running to find their friends, hopefully dragging them out of bed in the process.
We lose it daily, so wouldn’t it be nice if our dogs could just find it for us? The remote seems to always end up in the strangest of places, but if you can teach your dog to either “find” or “touch” or “pick up” then you might be in luck. Getting them to learn what a remote is might take some practice, but imagine how useful this would really be?
Those aren’t the only things we can teach out dogs…
Everyone has at least a tube or two of toothpaste in their house at all times (we hope). But did you know, there are countless amount of ways you can use your toothpaste around the house? Toothpaste is one of the most effective and cheapest life hacks out there.
1. Repairs CDs or DVDs
Wiping down a disk with toothpaste can repair small scratches.
2. Gets rid of water rings
Place a dab of toothpaste on a ring mark on any wood surface, then rub it with a cloth to make the ring mark disappear.
3. Removes stains
Rubbing toothpaste on a fabric stain can remove the stain.
4. Get permanent marker off wood
Rubbing a cloth and toothpaste on wood can remove marker stains.
3. Removes gum from hair or clothing
You no longer have to cut a chunk out of your hair if gum gets stuck in it. Put toothpaste on a toothbrush and rub it directly on to you hair or clothing until the gum loosens and falls off.
4. Polishes silverware
Brush any silverware with toothpaste to remove tarnish and return it to it’s shiny polish.
5. Gets rid of zits
Dabbing toothpaste on zits and leaving it overnight will dry them out and get rid of them faster.
If you have a messy room, you’re probably also really tired. You can make up whatever excuses you want: you’re too busy, it’s just “clutter,” or you’ll get to it later, but your room is a mess and it’s starting to affect your life.
Growing up, my room was a disaster zone, and I never understood why that was such a big deal. I could see everything I needed, I made a path to my door, and I kept my door shut. But now I’m starting to realize that a clean room may have been a better idea, and not just for the sake of getting rid of clutter.
A new study has found a link between messy rooms and sleeping issues, and when you read their evidence, it actually makes a lot of sense.
We all want to be living our most effective lives, putting ourselves dutifully into every task without hesitation or tiring out. But let’s face it, no one can act so robotically all the time.
Luckily, you can put the things around you to use in a way to make your daily routine easy and efficient!
Don’t go out and spend your money! Save time and energy with these awesome life hacks!
Got a tough stain that you can’t get rid of? Before you throw out as ruined, try spraying hairspray on the item! Watch as it fizzes up and begins to dissolve the stain.
Make sure you dab it with a damp towel after, and if the stain is particularly bad, throw it in the washing machine right after to finish it off.
Next time you pour yourself a refreshing glass of lemonade, add a little to your flowers on the windowsill! The citrus juice has antibacterial qualities that protect the flowers, and the high sugar content actually feeds them and makes them look fresh and happy!
Want to get rid of the ashy smell that cigarettes leave behind? Add two tablespoons of malt vinegar from the pantry to a small bowl and leave in the room overnight.
Don’t you hate having to wipe your mirror after a shower to see yourself before getting ready? Tired of needing to clean up all those streaks? The answer is simple!
Just wipe the surface with a bit of shaving foam before hand and you’ll enjoy a clean, clear reflection even after a steamy shower!
Want more tips? These next three hacks are all about clothing!
Having kids means having to put up with a lot of things. It could be the constant pouting, their need to wander off, but most of all, the mess.
Children are geniuses in coming up with new ways to make everything dirty, with everything from dirt to crayons. But something you don’t have to put up with any longer is stains from their favorite treat, chocolate.
Chocolate is the worst to deal with. It melts, gets all sticky, and leaves a trace that up until now you thought would stay forever. But before you throw away those fabrics, give these products a try and you’ll be amazed at how different those “ruined” articles look!
This is going to be the most common one to deal with. It seems like kids actually want to smear the chocolate all over their clothes, especially if they have just come out of the wash!
Before you do anything, scrape off as much chocolate as you can from the stain. Next, instead of using some expensive stain remover, pretreat the piece of clothing with Shout Advanced Gel, then stick it in the washing machine. If still present, lather, rinse, repeat.
There’s an indescribable feeling of walking on air when you get yourself a pair of new shoes. They feel comfy, look great, and you just want to start running around everywhere to show them off!
But eventually, there is always a puddle in your way, and if you’re not careful, your stylish sneakers may lose their gleam sooner rather than later.
This is especially frustrating with white shoes. As good as they look, you have to be super on the ball to make sure that nothing gets on them. But inevitably, they will get dirty.
Instead of buying new shoes every time you splash some mud on your trainers, use these simple tips to keep your white shoes shining! You probably already have all of these ingredients in your home already!
Use white, distilled vinegar to wipe away stains and small markings on your shoes. The acidic cleaning properties are great for removing grime and sharpening the white gleam, just like magic!
For the harder to remove stains, bleach is the answer. It also really makes the white color pop again if it has become faded over the years. Make sure you dilute the solution with plenty of water, or else you could really damage the material. Rinse the shoes once you’re finished.
If you’ve had oil and grease get on your shoes, you know how difficult it can be to remove it and that just soap and water won’t always do the trick.
Instead, grab your shampoo (nothing too clinical) from the bathroom, mix it with warm water and get to scrubbing. The shampoo mixture lifts the oil right off of the shoe!
Keep reading for more household tips when cleaning your pearly white footwear!
Imagine the dirtiest place in your home or in your workplace. I bet you didn’t have to think too hard about your answer.
Toilet seats should be the dirtiest area, but in fact, they’re actually cleaner than a lot of other places.
The ATP meter is a tool that measures the dirtiness of a surface, and people have used it on all kinds of surfaces to inform the public about what needs to get wiped down on a regular basis.
An ATP reading of over 300 means the surface is at risk of spreading an illness, while a reading of 100 or more means that surface needs a good wipe down.
Your golden throne comes in at around 200 on the ATP meter, which is bad, but you’d be surprised to learn which common places you can find a higher reading.
Here are 10 unlikely places in your home or work space that are dirtier than your toilet seat. You don’t want to miss the last one.
Research has found that handbags used regularly were 10 times dirtier than an office toilet seat. The area that carries the most bacteria is the handles, but even the items inside, like hand creams and lipsticks, are also covered in bacteria.
Just because your gold, silver or gemstone jewelry may have changed color doesn’t mean that you can’t get them looking just as good as new. There are special products you can purchase to clean your baubles, but why spend money when you can use things you already have around the house to do the same job?
Here are a few ways you can restore the shine to your jewelry without spending a dime:
All you need is some white vinegar to get your gold and gemstones to sparkle again. Place the dirty jewelry in a cup of vinegar for up to 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away dirt.
If you don’t have vinegar on hand, use antacid instead. Add two tablets into a glass of warm water, then drop your sparkly accessories into the solution and let it sit until it stops fizzing (between 2-10 minutes). Remove the jewelry, rinse with water, and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Don’t use antacid to clean opals, pearls, or silver, the solution is too harsh for them.
Beer, except dark ale, can also bring the shine back to gold. Pour a little bit of the drink onto a soft cloth and gently rub it over the jewelry, then use a towel to dry.
Ammonia is your friend when it comes to cleaning diamonds. Mix 1 cup of warm water and 1/4 cup of ammonia, then soak your diamond jewelry in the solution for about 15 minutes. Next, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean away dirt that’s lodged in the crevices.
Delicate gemstones like pearls actually get polished with frequent wear, but if you wanted to give them an extra cleansing the process is very simple. They only need soapy water to get back to their original condition. Mix two cups of warm water with a few drops of a mild soap or detergent, and quickly dip your string of pearls into it. Wipe each pearl with a soft cloth then lay flat to dry.