10 Unusual Ways To Use Table Salt That’ll Save You A Fortune

Salt does more than just flavor your food and prevent you from slipping on ice. This essential condiment can be found in any household, so it’s best to know all its uses to get the most out of your table salt.

I usually buy mine in bulk at Costco for a super cheap price. I’ve saved a ton of money using it creatively, and I encourage you to try at least a few of these clever salt hacks.

Number 8 is my favorite!

I have to unclog a drain in my house at least once a week. Hair gets stuck in the drain in the bathroom, and food gets stuck in the kitchen sink. It’s an endless struggle, and my family hates the smell of liquid drain cleaner. Luckily, I stumbled upon a natural concoction that’s worked perfectly.

Clear the drain as much as you can, then pour 1/4 cup of baking soda and the same amount of table salt in a bowl. Mix those two ingredients and pour it straight into the sink. Then pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in the sink. Wait for at least half an hour, and then rinse with hot water.

No matter how clean your feet are, your shoes will start to smell overtime.

Sprinkle some salt in your shoes, and let it sit for at least a night. You can also add baking soda to create a more powerful anti-odor mixture. Salt will not only absorb the smell, it will also deter bugs from nesting in your shoes.

Speaking of bugs, salt is also great for deterring ants from taking over your home. If there’s a certain place that ants love to hang out in your home, sprinkle some salt there. You can also make a solution containing one part salt and four parts water to spray on any place you think would become inhabited with these little critters.

While bubbles are fun, they don’t help get the job done when you’re trying to wash your dishes. In order to see to the bottom of your kitchen sink, sprinkle a pinch of salt.

Get ready to save the day with some table salt! Pour a generous amount of the condiment directly on the flame and it will extinguish immediately.

Life hack: Always keep a bottle of table salt around when you’re out barbecuing.

These next five hacks have been a life-saver!

10 Unlikely Foods That You Should Always Keep In Your Fridge

There’s not too much debate on what should be kept in or out of your fridge. We all know meat should always be kept in the fridge to prevent spoiling, but what about some of those items in your pantry? Are all of them safe in a warmer environment?

Here’s a list of eight unlikely foods that you should always keep in your fridge:

Medication is not food, but it since you digest it and it keeps your body functioning normally, it might as well should be. Practically everyone I know stores all their medication in their medicine cabinet. The storage area in your bathroom is called that for a reason, but there’s actually certain types of medication that will last longer if it’s stored in the fridge.

For example, any type of medication containing probiotics need to be kept in the fridge to prevent heat and moisture from killing the good bacteria.

Insulin, penicillin, aspirin, and amoxicillan are other popular medications that you need to make some room for in the fridge.

If you want to enjoy the sweet taste of corn on the cob, store it in the fridge right when you get home to slow down the chemical process that works to change the flavor.

Experts recommend storing olive, sesame, and walnut oil in the fridge to extend its shelf life.

If you’re like me and buy beef jerky in bulk, keep packets of the cured meat in the fridge if they’re not going to be consumed in a couple days.

Jerky stays fresh when no oxygen gets to it, so once you open that package, make sure you put it in the fridge before it spoils.

Store your mixed nuts in a sealed bag in the fridge to prevent them from becoming stale. The healthy oils will start to taste unpleasant if they’re left out for too long.

These next ones need to go in your fridge immediately, if they’re not already there!

Dryer Sheets Aren’t Only to Be Used in the Dryer

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.

  1. Sharpen scissors
  2. Keep your toilet paper roll smelling fresh by placing a dryer sheet inside it.
  3. Use as a duster for blinds, baseboards and furniture.
  4. 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’.
  5. Help remove pet hair from clothes by rubbing a dryer sheet on it.
  6. Remove smudges and and fingerprints from any glass surface.
  7. Clean water spots off chrome.
  8. Soak a dryer sheet in warm water with dirty paint brushes for easy cleaning.
  9. Place a dryer sheet at the bottom of your garbage bin to help keep it smelling fresh.
  10. Tame frizzy hair.
  11. Wipe away deodorant stains from clothes.
  12. Polish stainless steel.

10 Unlikely Uses For Vicks VapoRub That Will Solve Your Biggest Problems

There’s not a home in America that doesn’t have a bottle or two of Vicks VapoRub in their medicine cabinet.

The topical ointment is great for all your aches and pains, but the cooling cream has so many other uses that could save you a lot of time and money. I mean A LOT.

If you’re not willing to spend hundreds of dollars to potty train your pets, leave some VapoRub in places that they relieve themselves most often. Vets say dogs and cats hate the smell of the ointment, so the smell of Vicks will remind them that what they did was wrong.

Vicks will also prevent your cat from scratching up all your beloved furniture. Leave the ointment on any piece of furniture that they like to scratch on, before it gets completely destroyed.

Vicks VapoRub is extremely moisturizing, which means it can make your cracked heels look as good as new. Before you go to bed, rub some of the ointment on your heels. In the morning, wash your feet with cold water and scrub away dead skin, and then moisturize.

The cream is also great to cure toenail fungus. Apply the ointment on the affected nail every night, and then wear an old, but clean, sock. In the morning, wash your feet and clip off the infected nail.

If you massage this ointment for a few minutes onto your stretch marks or wrinkles at least once a day, you’ll notice that these unwanted lines will disappear within a couple weeks.

Gently massage VapoRub with a little bit of salt on your bruised skin for a few minutes. You’ll notice that the cream will reduce the swelling, and in a short time the bruise will disappear.

Before you sleep, put a small amount of Vicks on your pimples or acne. In the morning, wash your face, and repeat for the next couple days until the problem is solved.

4 Ways To Stop Your Jeans From Bleeding Dye

The other day I was wearing a relatively new pair of dark wash jeans at work when all of a sudden I looked at my hands and they were blue. I panicked for a minute, wondering if my circulation had cut off or if my pen had exploded, but then it clicked: my hands were dyed because of my jeans. I usually stand with my hands in my pockets, giving the dye ample time to rub off.

A similar situation happened years ago when I was at my grandmother’s house and was sitting on her light-colored sofa. When I stood up, there was a blue stain all over the fabric. Needless to say, she was not happy.

The dye in darker wash jeans has a tendency to bleed, whether it’s on your skin, your furniture, or even onto other articles of clothing. But there are ways to limit the amount of bleeding from the dye, and even stop it altogether!

This may sound simple, but how many of you actually read the washing instructions on your clothing? Dark wash jeans all have specific washing instructions, and most will give you directions like “wash before wearing,” “wash inside out,” or “wash separately.” However, washing your jeans separately isn’t always an option.

Did you know they make dark wash detergents? I didn’t! They’re made to lock in dark colors without fading them over time.

“They really do work,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab in the Good Housekeeping Institute. “They have ingredients to help fabrics hold onto dyes and to deactivate the chlorine in the water that can fade colors. We recommend Tide Plus ColorGuard and Woolite Dark.”

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Vinegar has also been known to help, if you use it correctly.

8 Ketchup Hacks Your Mom Never Taught You

This delicious food condiment isn’t just for burgers and fries.

There are many other useful ways to use that sweet, tangy sauce that will save you time and money.

My family loves copper pots and pans because cooking food in them is great for your health! You can scrub these with kitchen soap all you like, but you’ll never get them sparkling clean. Squeeze ketchup into a cleaning cloth, add coarse salt, and scrub your copper pan. Let it sit for a few minutes before you wash it off. And viola!

Ketchup works wonders on silver as well! In a bowl of ketchup, place your silverware or silver jewelry and let it sit for a few minutes (not more than 10). Using an old toothbrush, scrub the ketchup on the silver item and rinse off with warm water.

If you ever dye your hair and it turns green, or it discolors over time, correct the color using ketchup. It’s a simply and easy solution! The acid in the ketchup will neutralize the chemical reaction that caused the mishap. Apply ketchup all over your hair and let it sit for half an hour, then rinse.

I highly recommend freezing ketchup packets and turning them into mini ice packs to ease pain. When ice melts, it turns to water, and warms up fast. When your frozen ketchup melts, it will remain cold and becomes malleable.  

These next four ketchup hacks will come in handy!

7 Ways To Use Your Laundry Detergent Other Than On Your Clothes

Finding out things we have in our house can be used for multiple things is the best thing I have ever discovered. I love little hacks I find to use the things I already have in my cupboard for completely different uses than what they’re made for. It is awesome not having to go out and buy a new product when you have one that gets the job done right at home.

Luckily, everyone has laundry detergent at home and there’s a lot more you can do with it other than just washing your clothes. Here seven ways you can use your laundry detergent outside of the washing machine.

1. Kills weeds and moss.

Sprinkle a cup or two of powdered laundry detergent liberally over moss or weeds you want to get rid of. Within the next three to four days, you should see the weeds or moss go from green to brown. Once they have died, brush them away and then thoroughly rinse the area.

2. Cleans oil spills off the driveway.

Sprinkle powdered laundry detergent onto the fresh oil spill and make sure it’s covered. Leave it over night, and the powder will soak up the stain. Rinse it off the next day, and the stain should be completely gone or almost invisible.

3. Carpet and furniture stain remover.

Apply powdered detergent to the newly stained area. Let it sit for five minutes and then work the detergent into the stain. Then brush or vacuum away what is left. The stain should be completely gone.

4. Removes clogs from the drain.

Pour 1/4 cup of liquid laundry detergent down your sink. Wait a couple minutes and then pour a gallon of boiling water down the drain. It should flush the clog out, and save you from having to buy a drain de-clogger.

Here’s How To Grow A Pineapple At Home In 5 Simple Steps

I never knew pineapples grow on trees. To be fair, I grew up on a farm where we raised cattle and took care of corn fields, so tropical fruits were not our forte.

I’ve been growing ginger, coriander, lemons, and basil in my home for years now. My kids love eating the fruits and vegetables I grow, but they would never help me out with taking care of the plants. I can’t blame them, I wasn’t into gardening when I was in middle school either.

But when my daughter started to become obsessed with pineapples, I asked her if she’d be willing to grow and take care of her very own pineapple tree. I promised her it wouldn’t take much time out of her day, and it would be something fun to do.

We bought a fresh pineapple from the supermarket, and decided to grow it in our living room. I was surprised when my son wanted to help too!

It’s actually pretty simple, and you only need to follow these five steps to get a pineapple growing in your home.

That being said, you must be patient. They don’t grow overnight!

8 Things You Should Be Keeping In Your Fridge That Definitely Aren’t Food

Refrigerators are meant to store food and keep it fresh longer, but there are other things that would benefit to be in low-temperatures.

Here are eight unlikely items you should always keep in your fridge that are not food.

I love receiving flowers, but it’s upsetting that they don’t last for very long. Every good florist knows that cut flowers stay fresh longer when kept in the fridge overnight, but that’s something most of them don’t tell you. So before you go to bed, put the vase with your flowers in the fridge to make them last longer, then take it out in the morning. You don’t look at the flowers at night anyway!

Frozen foundation is the last thing you need when you desperately need to cover the imperfections on your face, but at least it will save you money from having to buy another foundation once yours goes bad. The trick here is to put your foundation in the fridge for only a short amount of time. Once you remove it from your fridge, wait at least an hour before you apply it onto your face.  

Store your candles in a sealed bag and put them in a refrigerator. This will make them burn slower and last longer. If you’re worried about your candles cracking, leave them out for a bit before you burn the wick.

Instead of overwashing your expensive denim, put them in the freezer when they start to get a little smelly. The bacteria will be killed off once the denim starts to freeze. Don’t worry, no harm will be done to your jeans. This also works for shoes and clothes with sticky stains. You can easily peel whatever is stuck on your clothes once it’s been frozen.

Just when you thought it’s time for the garbage…..there’s a hack for that!

You’ve showered, your hair is styled, makeup is on, and the perfect outfit is picked out! You’re just about to walk out the door and then BAM! You look in the mirror and all you can see is white deodorant stains on your perfect black dress. Don’t stress…….we got a hack for that and so many other simple solutions!

  1. Put your jeans in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer at night to remove bad odours. The freezer will kill most of the odour-causing bacteria, and you don’t have to worry about the dye in your denim fading from overzealous washing.
  2. Remove deodorant marks with your jeans. Rubbing the spot with a pair of light-wash jeans.
  3. Spray a small amount of vodka on your clothes to eliminate strong odours. If you don’t have time to wash a shirt before wearing it again but it has a strong, lingering smell, just spray on some vodka and let it dry. The alcohol will kill odour-causing bacteria.
  4. Fix foundation stains with a little bit of shaving cream. If you take off your shirt and accidentally smudge your makeup on the collar, just wipe a dollop of shaving cream on the spot to pretreat it before tossing it in the wash.
  5. Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain. Spray the fabric (make sure it’s not dry-clean only) with hairspray, and let it sit for a few minutes. Dab the stain, and then toss it in the washer.
  6. Fix underwire that’s poking out of your bra with a patch of adhesive moleskin.
  7. Paint clear nail polish over a loose button thread to temporarily stop it from unraveling. No need to learn how to sew on a button just yet.
  8. Remove red wine stains with white wine. Soak the spot in white wine for a few minutes to pretreat the stain before washing.

Microwaves….Not Just for Heating Your Food. Check out These Hacks!

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!

  1. Microwave thinly sliced potatoes to make your own chips.
  2. Microwave an onion 30 seconds for tear free cutting.
  3. Microwave your chips for 30 seconds to get some crunch!
  4. Add vinegar to a small amount of water and microwave for 5 minutes, then wipe clean.
  5. Add water to your veggies and covert with a plate then microwave to steam.
  6. Enjoy easy peeling by microwaves your garlic clove for 10 seconds.

13 Ways To Reuse Your Dryer Sheets Outside Of The Dryer

I think we all love having dryer sheets in with our laundry, it gives them an extra boost of freshness and takes the static out of our clothes too. My problem with dryer sheets is that they are so expensive for a disposable item that I tend to go through so quickly. Due to this, I rarely ever buy them. That was until I found out all the uses for them, outside of the dryer. Dryer sheets can be reused for so many different purposes around the house.

1. Repels Rodents.

Something about dryer sheets repels rodents. Place them in your garage, basement, camper, or anywhere you want to make sure rodents aren’t making a home out of.

2. Remove deodorant stains.

Ever put on a shirt just to realize you have those white lines of deodorant stain on it? Nothing seems to take these off without having to wash it. A dryer sheet will easily remove them.

3. Cleans bugs off the car.

Wet a dryer sheet and wipe down the front of your car where bugs have gotten caught in. The fabric is tough enough to scrub away the insects but not so harsh as to damage the paint or finish.

4. Clean up dry spills.

Dryer sheets are able to get the dry spill to stick to them, unlike any sort of paper towel, making the clean-up a lot easier. This works for pretty much any dry or grainy spill.

5. Dusting.

Dryer sheets actually work better than that expensive spray you’re buying. This is because they dust the surfaces the same, but also repels dust much longer than traditional dusting sprays. They will work on basically any hard surface.

6. Scissor sharpener.

Wipe the blade on the dryer sheet to make it sharper.

7. Screen and glasses cleaner.

Since any screen and glasses are somehow always covered in dust, dryer sheets are designed to reduce the static cling which will remove the dust and keep it from resettling on the surface.

8. Pet hair remover.

Wiping a dryer sheet on basically any pet hair covered surface will remove it. This even works on clothes or furniture.

Just a Couple Ways to Make Your Life a Little Bit Easier in the Kitchen!

Save time in the kitchen when it comes to prepping food and make cooking easier with these genius kitchen hacks! From delicious homemade yogurt pops to shredding chicken in a flash, there’s a hack for everyone!

  1. Check your eggs for freshness by placing them in water – if it sinks it’s good, and if it floats it’s bad.
  2. Boil Chicken and then put it in a bowl and use a hand mixer for easy shredded chicken.
  3. Use a warm glass to soften a stick of butter quickly without putting it in a microwave or melting it.
  4. Push popsicle sticks through the lid of yogurt cups and put them in the freezer for a simple frozen yogurt pop.
  5. Use tongs to easily juice citrus without a special tool.
  6. Make your own buttermilk! Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup whole milk.
  7. Add a couple of large marshmallows to brown sugar to keep it from clumping and drying out.
  8. Chunk of eggshell in your bowl? Use the shell to scoop the little piece out.
  9. Keep potatoes from sprouting by storing them with apples.
  10. Keep avocados fresh longer by storing them with a chunk of onion.

7 Common Stains And How To Easily Get Them Out From What’s In Your Cupboard

Stains happen everyday and all stains come out differently. Some are okay to just throw in the washer, and when we put others in the wash, it will make the stain permanent. Here’s a list of ways to get every common stain out with products you have in your cupboard.

If the stain is on a carpet, it’s best to dab the stain to remove any wine that hasn’t been absorbed yet. You can use paper towels or a clean cloth. In a small bowl, pour two cups of warm water. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dish washing liquid.

Do the same with clothing and wash it immediately after.

Gently wipe as much of the excess chocolate as you can, making sure not to to push the stain deeper into the fibers. Next, remove as much chocolate as you can using cold running water from the back of the stain. Soak in a solution of detergent and water for at least 30 minutes before washing as usual.

There are a few ways you can remove gum from clothing.

Lemon juice: This method is extremely cheap, and causes no damage to fabric. All you have to do is soak the garment in lemon juice and scrape the gum off with a hard edge. It will come off with this method but wash the clothing soon after doing this process.

Hairspray: Apply the hairspray directly onto the chewing gum and it will harden. Then just scrape the chewing gum off.

Vinegar: Soak the garment in hot vinegar, then brush or scrape the gum off gently with a blunt tool to avoid damaging the fabric.

Mayonnaise: Pour this onto the chewing gum and rub it in slowly. The gum should then peel off smoothly.

Now for the most frustrating stain ever…

You Wont Believe All the Uses Vaseline Has!

I was having trouble removing a ring from my finger so I looked online to see what could help, and that’s when I came across so many uses for Vaseline. You won’t believe all the tips and tricks there are to having this product in your household. It’s definitely something that should have a permanent home in your medicine closet.

1. Keep tattoos moisturized

2. Sore ears from wearing earrings? Try adding a bit of vaseline to your earing stud, and then putting it on.

3. Help remove stuck on rings.

4. Help unstick stubborn zippers.

5. Make your perfume scent last longer throughout the day.

6. Prevent getting nail polish on your finger while painting your nails – get the perfect manicure.

7. Use as a lip balm.

8. Help heal your dry cracked heels.

9. Use as a moisturizer for after shaving.

10. Help hide split ends

11 Crafty Tips From The Great Depression That Save Time And Money

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

That was the mantra that inspired a generation of Americans raising their families during the Great Depression.

When the country was facing drastic numbers of people out of work and struggling to make ends meet, we worked smarter and harder.

That generation’s wisdom lives on today, and following it could make your life a lot easier.

In the 1930s, children started sporting dresses and shirts made from old pillowcases, animal feed bags, and potato sacks. And why not? It was a waste to just throw out that leftover fabric.

You don’t need to dress your kids in potato sacks, but learning to turn scrap clothes into new outfits is thrifty.

When you needed help around the house that your family couldn’t provide, calling a professional was out of the question.

You could save money by calling a neighbor to lend a hand. These days, Craigslist makes it easier to find a handy neighbor, just remember to be safe and smart.

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It’s easy to spend money without thinking things through (so, so easy). Instead, take time out to consider if you really need something. That’s what our parents and grandparents did.

Take a 10 second time-out before chucking something into your grocery cart, and give yourself at least a week to mull over anything more expensive than $100.

This old trick is coming back in style now that people are trying to avoid expensive coffee shops like Starbucks. Salt gives cheap, bitter coffee a smooth taste.

Add just a pinch to your coffee grinds and you’ll notice a difference.

To save money, poor farmers would share a “party line,” a connected phone line that would ring on all of their dials.

These days, you probably have your own phone, but the idea is the same. If there’s a big purchase you absolutely need, see if your neighbors will split it with you.

Not only is this easier on your wallet, you might make a new friend.

13 Unusual Uses For Coffee That Have Nothing To Do With Drinking It

If starting your day with a cup of coffee is essential, then you know the importance of this delicious ground bean. Whether it’s the caffeine fix or the intoxicating aroma, many Americans start their day with a cup of Joe. Well, as it turns out, there’s more uses for coffee than to wake you up in the morning.

So it’s time to start saving those used coffee grounds, because they will come in handy in places you hadn’t even considered.

If the smell of your fridge is a mixture between old vegetables, soggy leftovers and spoiled milk, then clearly you need some help. Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside your fridge and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the awful smells and you will crave a cup of Joe every time you open the fridge. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Cellulite creams can get costly and they may not always work. These creams and coffee have one major ingredient in common: caffeine. Caffeine is supposed to enhance fat metabolism and helps to reduce the appearance of these fatty pockets under your skin. To make your own treatment, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin using a circular motion. Then rinse away.

The secret to shiny, healthy looking hair is not confined to your shampoo bottle. Coffee is a natural way to keep your hair looking glossy. Brew up a nice strong pot of coffee, let it cool and then apply it to your dry, clean hair. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse it away. Doing this regiment once a week will give you beautiful hair without expensive salon treatments.

Not only can coffee be good for your hair, but it can also help give you great skin! The same properties that can help reduce cellulite can actually help smooth and tighten your skin. The texture of ground coffee will help to remove dead skin cells too! Make your own skin scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds, with half a tablespoon of olive oil, as well as a drop of your favorite essential oil for a great scent.

Have you been chopping garlic and now no matter how many times you wash your hands they still smell? While it may have been delicious at the time, the lingering odor is starting to become offensive. Get rid of the strong scent by rubbing a handful of used coffee grounds on your hands and then rinsing them with warm water.

You will want to put aside your used coffee ground this winter for the spring thaw. Many gardeners swear by adding used coffee grounds to their compost. Rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, the coffee grounds will release nitrogen into the soil as they break down.

8 Laundry Tips Your Mom Probably Never Taught You

Our moms taught us everything we know about being an adult, for the most part. Although our mothers are amazing and helpful, they might have not told you about these laundry hacks that will literally change your life.

1. Vinegar

You can prevent fading by adding half a cup of vinegar to each wash load. As a bonus, vinegar acts as a natural fabric softener. You don’t have to worry about your clothes smelling like vinegar either, the smell always washes away throughout the rinse cycle.

2. Salt

While you’re already in your cupboard getting vinegar, grab the salt too! Adding salt to your wash load will help stop new garments from bleeding. To do this, add half a cup of salt to a load with something being washed for the first time. The salt should dissolve throughout the cycle.

3. Ice cubes

If you have a piece of clothing that is wrinkled or even needs to be freshened up, throw it in the dryer with an ice cube and a dryer sheet. Let it run for 10 minutes and it will come out smelling fresh and smoother than ever.

4. Towels

If you need a load to dry quicker, toss a dry towel in with the load for 15 to 20 minutes. The dry towel will help absorb moisture from the other items, helping them dry quicker.

10 Ziploc Bag Hacks That Don’t Have Anything To Do With Packing Your Lunch

Ziploc bags come in all shapes and sizes. From the “snack” size for packing some raisins to “large freezer” bags, you can find one to suit just about any need. While we know that Ziploc bags are a great way to store food, they’re actually a lot more versatile than you think. Whether it’s in your home, or while you’re out, these trusty bags come in handy when you least expect it.

Here are some other ways we have found to make use of these handy storage bags.

You never know when you will need to clean a messy hand or face, so keeping a wet washcloth in a Ziploc bag is a great way to avoid wasting money on wipes.

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Bumps and scrapes are bound to happen, that’s why it’s always handy to have an ice pack on hand. Make your own with just a wet sponge and a Ziploc bag.

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Spring cleaning can’t come soon enough! Individually package your chargers and wires to prevent them from getting tangled and get them within reach when you need them.

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Whether you’re heading to the beach or it’s a rainy day, pop your phone into a Ziploc bag to prevent it from getting wet.

When you’re packing for a weekend away, put your outfits inside large Ziploc bags to make it easier to get ready. When you’re done you can even put your dirty clothes back inside, talk about working double duty!

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10 Hacks To Keep Your House Smelling Fresh And Clean

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.