Grandma’s Simple Trick To Save Money: Pour Food Coloring In Your Toilet Tank

My grandmother was a penny-pincher of the highest order, and she passed down all sorts of tricks that my family still swears by to this day.

Growing up in the Great Depression taught her to be clever and thrifty, she loved to cut coupons, and she always knew a bad deal when she spotted one.

But her simplest tricks were the best, and this was my all-time favorite.

If you’re like me, you probably notice your water bill creeping up from month to month.

You know your family probably isn’t using more water than usual, so what explains the extra costs?

Often, your toilet tank is leaking down into your bowl.

That may not sound like a big problem, but every drip is like a fraction of a cent on your water bill, and it adds up.

NYC Environmental Protection says a small leak can cost 40 cents a day, while larger ones have been known to hit $53 a day.

So how can you check if your tank is leaking?

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Take some food coloring from your kitchen and put a few drops in your tank, just enough to noticeably change the color.

Don’t flush the tank for the next 15 minutes. You can drip coloring in another tank at the same time, to check multiple toilets.

When the time is up, if your toilet bowl has changed color, you definitely have a leaky tank.

Next, you’ll have to fix it.

The Best Gardeners Have Already Started, Here’s What They’re Doing

Don’t let that last hint of winter fool you: as far as we’re concerned, spring is here.

If you’re the kind of gardener who waits for stories about “planting season” or big sales at the garden center to start work, you’re already falling behind.

Even before your yard is ready for new plants, you should be seed starting indoors. Then, mature plants can be moved into your garden when they’re ready.

If you haven’t tried seed starting your garden plants before, it can sound intimidating. But the extra work will actually save you time and money in the long run.

First of all, buying seed packets from your garden center is cheaper than mature plants, and there are usually more varieties available too.

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While you’ll need to invest in some extra equipment – like grow lights, indoor seeding soil, and seed planters – they will pay for themselves over time.

If you live in a part of the country with a short growing window, seed starting really pays of. You can squeeze in more crops of vegetables, or enjoy more time with lovely flowers.

But seed starting will also take up space inside your home. Although, a compact planter and light setup can fit easily in a garage, spare room, or your kitchen.

If you’re ready to try seed starting for yourself, we have some helpful tips to get started.

Homemade Dryer Sheets Work So Much Better Than Brand Name Ones, And The Best Part Is That They’re Reusable

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.

Here’s what you’ll need:

7 Microwave Tricks You Didn’t Realize Were Possible

Our microwaves get used almost every day, but how much do we really know about how they work? Sure, I can microwave a bag of popcorn every single day, but if you asked me how to stop it from beeping loudly when I was trying to make my midnight snacks, I would never be able to tell you how to do it.

Well, it turns out that there are ways to make all your microwave work better for you, and it’s not that hard at all. Here are some of the best hacks for the microwave that will help make every day so much better.

If you microwave your garlic for 20 seconds before you try to peel it, the skin will slide right off without getting stuck.

If you put a bowl of warm water with white vinegar mixed into it, and then turn your microwave on for three to four minutes, you will then be able to easily wipe down all of those splatter marks that have been crusted onto the side for weeks.

You just need to put your milk in a jar and shake it up. Use as much milk as you normally would in your coffee, and then screw on the lid. Shake it up for 30-60 seconds until you can see the milk has doubled in volume. Microwave for 30 seconds and then open it up. The foam will rise to the top so you can pour it right into your coffee or just spoon the foam on top.

If you are growing a garden anyways, you may as well grow your own fresh herbs! But when you want to use dried herbs in a recipe, all you have to do is microwave them in a bowl for two to three minutes, and then you’ll be able to grind them up and store them for longer periods of time.

But there is so much more it can do…

Lysol Life Hacks: While You Have It And When It’s Gone

We all know how much of a life saver Lysol is, especially the wipes. But what most of us don’t know is all the uses for the container after the wipes are gone. Here’s a list of awesome Lysol uses we didn’t know you could do, and uses for what to do with the container afterwards, that will literally change your life.

1. Shoes

We all have a pair of white sneakers that we haven’t worn in forever due to scuffs and dirt we can’t get off. Luckily Lysol wipes can remove scuffs and dirt easily. This works best on the rubber part of the shoes. If your shoes are giving off a funky smell, try spraying Lysol in, and on them to kill the smell.

2. Furniture

You can actually use Lysol spray on furniture, clothing and bedding. Doing this is super easy if you want to freshen things up while also killing germs. To do this spray a light even coating on fabric until wet. Make sure it is damp, not soaking wet, then let it air dry. For bad odors or heavy fabrics, repeat the process until gone. The only things you shouldn’t be using it on is leather, silk, rayon acetate or satin fabrics.

3. To go

You can buy Lysol wipes in a smaller “to-go” package. But you can also make your own. Just take a few Lysol wipes and put them in a sealed plastic bag to keep in your purse. These work perfectly for wiping down grocery carts or gas pumps.

Here’s how to reuse the Lysol wipe container:

Egg Hacks That Will Transform Your Breakfast

Making eggs can sometimes be a huge pain. From the yolk breaking, to shells ending up in your breakfast, it seems like they are the biggest hassle ever.

Making breakfast doesn’t have to be that frustrating, here are hacks to make cooking eggs a breeze, no matter how you like them made!

This can honestly be the most frustrating part of the egg making process. How many times have we all had to go digging into the slimy mess to get that tiny part of the shell that decided to fly off when you cracked it?

1. Flat surfaces

Try cracking your eggs on a flat surface rather than on a corner of a bowl. Doing this will prevent tiny bits of the shell from breaking off and falling into the bowl.

2. Egg shell scoop

If you still get little pieces of the shell in the egg, use the egg shell to scoop it up. This will save you time and the sliminess getting on your fingers.

This will solve the constant dilemma of eating shells for breakfast.

Hard boiling eggs is an extremely painful process. Luckily there are some ways to make it easier.

1. Baking soda boil

When boiling them, put in a small amount of baking soda to raise the PH which prevents them from sticking.

2. Blow removal

When cracking them, crack the top and bottom of the egg on a flat surface, take the bit of shell from the top and bottom, and then blow on the egg. This will remove the rest of the shell with no peeling involved.

3. Shake removal

Another (and probably the coolest) way, is once your egg is boiled, fill a pot with a small amount of water, not completely covering the egg. Then take a plate and place it on top of the pot, and shake it. After only a few seconds you will see that the shell has completely fallen off the egg.

4. Spoon removal

The final way, is to crack the shell on a flat surface, then slide a spoon under the already cracked shell, and turn the egg. This will remove the shell clean and easily.

Try these different hacks out and see which removal is easiest for you.

10 Ways To Use Toothpaste That Don’t Involve Your Teeth

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.

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Silica Gel Packs

Silica Gel packs seem to come in everything and anything you buy these days, and while you might think that they are just an annoying piece of trash you need to throw away, they are actually quite useful.

You should actually be keeping them all in a sealed bag or container so that you can use them for a variety of useful hacks that will make your life so much easier! They are super versatile and can come in handy more often than you’d suspect.

Here are some ways that you can use them:

Sure, you’ve heard that rice works, but instead of wasting perfectly good rice, you may as well use these silica gel packs. They work even better than rice! Just fill a bag with a bunch of them and add your wet phone and seal it overnight.

If you want to clear up your windshield, keep a few of these packets on the dash and it will help your car stay fog free without needing to blast the air.

We all have those big boxes of photos from back when people would actually get pictures printed, and we want to keep them looking their best because we can’t just print them out again. If you throw some silica gel packs in with the pictures, it will get all the moisture away from them and keep them safe.

But that’s not all they can do…

8 Popular ‘Life Hacks’ That Are Most Dangerous Than Helpful

Who doesn’t love a great “life hack?” Something outside of the box that could end up making your life a hell of a lot easier, why wouldn’t you give it a try? Sure, some life hacks are truly that, helpful hacks, but some are just stupid and don’t work whatsoever, and others are just plain dangerous.

Let’s take a better look at these 8 “life hacks” that you should just stop doing immediately.

If you are trying to toast grilled cheese, wouldn’t it no longer be considered grilled? Apart from the obvious, putting your toaster on its side in order to “life hack” something as simple as comfort food is freaking dangerous. Toasters have metal elements in them that toast your bread, they get red hot. Why might I ask, would you decide to put something that is both oily and greasy in contact with those heating elements? Can you say fire hazard?

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Sure, this on the whole seems to be a great idea, but we have been doing perfectly well storing our chemical cleaning supplies in locked cabinets under our sinks, and in our closets for years. Hanging one of these organizers off of a door and filling it with all of your supplies serves to make things easier, but you have also made it easier for your children to get their hands on what could be dangerous chemicals.

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I have been guilty of this myself, sticking a new pack of double-A batteries in the freezer once I get them home in hopes of keeping them stored for a longer period of time. How wrong I was. Battery contacts are made from metal, and metal rusts. Putting them in the freezer can cause rust to build up which can lead to a leak of battery fluid, which is both corrosive and poisonous. And this is all taking place where you store your food.

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True, trying to remove a packed full garbage bag from your kitchen can can be a terrible pain in the a**, and realistically you would be willing to try anything to make the task easier so that you don’t find yourself covered in garbage juice. But whose idea was it to drill holes in the bottom of the can to make this easier? Think about that, do you really want garbage juice to have an easier escape hatch onto your kitchen floor? If you don’t like the “juice” on your hands, certainly you don’t want to step in it and track it around the rest of your house?

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Sometimes you just need to use some common sense.

8 Popular ‘Life Hacks’ That Are More Dangerous Than Helpful

Who doesn’t love a great “life hack?” Something outside of the box that could end up making your life a hell of a lot easier, why wouldn’t you give it a try? Sure, some life hacks are truly that, helpful hacks, but some are just stupid and don’t work whatsoever, and others are just plain dangerous.

Let’s take a better look at these 8 “life hacks” that you should just stop doing immediately.

If you are trying to toast grilled cheese, wouldn’t it no longer be considered grilled? Apart from the obvious, putting your toaster on its side in order to “life hack” something as simple as comfort food is freaking dangerous. Toasters have metal elements in them that toast your bread, they get red hot. Why might I ask, would you decide to put something that is both oily and greasy in contact with those heating elements? Can you say fire hazard?

Daily Mail

Sure, this on the whole seems to be a great idea, but we have been doing perfectly well storing our chemical cleaning supplies in locked cabinets under our sinks, and in our closets for years. Hanging one of these organizers off of a door and filling it with all of your supplies serves to make things easier, but you have also made it easier for your children to get their hands on what could be dangerous chemicals.

MENTŐÖTLET – blogger

I have been guilty of this myself, sticking a new pack of double-A batteries in the freezer once I get them home in hopes of keeping them stored for a longer period of time. How wrong I was. Battery contacts are made from metal, and metal rusts. Putting them in the freezer can cause rust to build up which can lead to a leak of battery fluid, which is both corrosive and poisonous. And this is all taking place where you store your food.

B-logman – WordPress.com

True, trying to remove a packed full garbage bag from your kitchen can can be a terrible pain in the a**, and realistically you would be willing to try anything to make the task easier so that you don’t find yourself covered in garbage juice. But whose idea was it to drill holes in the bottom of the can to make this easier? Think about that, do you really want garbage juice to have an easier escape hatch onto your kitchen floor? If you don’t like the “juice” on your hands, certainly you don’t want to step in it and track it around the rest of your house?

Pretty Handy Girl

Sometimes you just need to use some common sense.

You Probably Aren’t Drinking Enough Water, And This Is Why You Should Be

It’s the source of life. Humans are approximately 75% water, and we need to drink it constantly or else we risk many negative side effects, up to and including death within a few days.

Many people think water is something they can get from other sources like juice, tea, or soda. Unfortunately, while these do have varying levels of water, it is just not the same as having the pure H2O!

Here are just a few of the reasons you should start carrying a water bottle around with you wherever you go!

Feeling sluggish? Always tired? Maybe you just aren’t staying properly hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day allows your body to function properly in everything from muscle movement to organ activity.

Your brain is mostly water content and it also needs to remain saturated in order to stay clear and in focus!

That’s right, just drinking water is enough to begin shedding those extra few pounds. Water helps remove the by-products of fat, makes you feel fuller and reduces hunger, and boosts your metabolism so your body works better!

By replacing unhealthy drinks with water, you’re already making healthy choices!

3 Stress-Free Tricks That Are Guaranteed To Find You A Parking Space At The Mall

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means from now until next year people will be packed into the mall like sardines every weekend.

The shopping experience this time of year can be so stressful that some people refuse to stop by the mall until Christmas is over. But experts actually have tips that will help you find the perfect spot in minutes, without breaking a sweat.

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Just keep these three tips in mind:

1. Pick a Row

The first thing 90% of drivers do when they arrive at the shopping center is cruise up and down the aisles looking for “a good spot.” Here’s a tip: there aren’t any good spots this time of year.

Instead, take psychology professor Andrew Velkey’s advice and pick a row, any row. Velkey observed the parking habits at his school, the Christopher Newport University in Virginia, and noticed this technique saved a lot of time.

The difference is that even if you drive up and down the parking lot, you usually wind up pretty far away from the doors. There’s no major difference in walking distance if you just pick a row and park in the first free spot you see, but your time in the lot will be way shorter.

Remember the next tip on those really busy holiday shopping trips.