We all live extremely busy lives and we will do anything to save a few minutes in a day. There are tons of simple hacks many people don’t know exist but that can actually make our lives easier and simpler. From the kitchen to the bathroom, discover 25 household hacks you wish you would have known earlier.
1. Ice cubes for an iced coffee
Do you hate diluted iced coffee? Never drink watery iced coffee again with this simple trick. Brew some coffee, let it cool and then pour it evenly in an ice cube tray. When you make yourself an iced coffee, add the coffee ice cubes instead of normal ice cubes!
2. Freeze your herbs
Never waste your sweet herbs again! Pick the herbs left in your garden at the end of the summer and place them in ice cube trays. Add olive oil, freeze them and use them whenever you need to use herbs.
3. Deep-cleanser for your microwave
Place a bowl filled with 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar in your microwave. Set your microwave for 5 minutes on high. Carefully remove the bowl and then use a slightly wet sponge to clean your microwave.
4. Unclog a sink
If your bathtub or kitchen sink is not working as well as it should, try this DIY trick: Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Pour the mixture into your sink and leave it there for a few minutes. Pour boiling water into the drain.
5. Cooling your wine
In the summer, your glass of wine can get warm pretty quickly. Keep it nice and cool by adding frozen grapes to your glass instead of ice cubes since they dilute the wine. Keep grapes in your freezer at all time so you never have to use ice cubes to cool down your wine.
6. Cut a cake without a knife
Instead of using a knife to cut a piece of cake, use unflavoured dental floss to make perfect slices of cake.
7. Charge your phone faster.
Low battery? Put your phone on airplane mode if you want to save battery and make it charge faster. You won’t need as much time to charge it.
8. Losing all of your hairpins?
Use an old Tic Tac box to store all your hairpins and elastics. You will always know where they are at all times.
9. Remove a key from the keychain without breaking a nail
Separating your keys from your keychain can be difficult, especially if you don’t have long nails. Use a staple remover to separate the metal hoops of your key chain. This will make things much easier.
10. Clean your blender
An easy way to clean your blender without risking cutting your fingers is to add water and soap to your blender and then turn it on for a few minutes. Make sure you don’t put too much water so the soapy liquid doesn’t overflow and go everywhere on your counter. Rinse your blender and it will be clean again!
11. Amplify your phone’s speaker
Place your phone in a high glass or in a bowl to increase the volume.
12. Clever toothpaste trick
Are the headlights on your car dirty? Instead of using pricey car cleaning products, use toothpaste to remove dust and dirt.
13. Tips to cook boiled eggs
Easily remove egg shells from your hard-boiled eggs by adding a teaspoon of baking powder to your water when you cook your eggs.
14. How to find your long lost small earring
Wrap stockings around the mouth of your vacuum cleaner to find small objects you might have lost (without the vacuum sucking them!). If you’ve misplaced your earrings under your bed, you are sure to find them with this hack.
15. Light a hard to reach candle
Use a raw spaghetti to light a hard to reach wick. Brilliant!
16. Clean your keyboard
Remove dirt and dust in your keyboard with a sticky note! Insert the sticky band in between the rows since it will attract all the dust and crumbs that have accumulated there.
17. Hammer a nail in a wall without hitting your thumb
You’ll never have to worry about banging your finger with your hammer with this trick. Use a comb to stabilize the nail and keep your fingers far from the hammer.
18. Tips for your shoes
When you finish drinking your tea, don’t throw out your tea bags! Let them dry and then use them to remove unwanted odours from your shoes. You can also place some in your gym bag or in your closet to leave a nice smell.
19. How to save space in your suitcase
Rolling your clothes is the ideal way to save space when packing. This technique also helps keep your clothes from getting wrinkled. You can also place your underwear and socks in your shoes to save space.
20. Make your drinks colder
If you decided to have friends over last minute at your place and realized you didn’t have any beverages in your fridge but you do have some in your pantry, just wrap your bottled beverages in a damp paper towel and place them in the freezer. This will help them get colder faster.
21. Cleaning stains in the toilet
Pour Coca Cola in your toilet bowl and leave it there overnight. Flush away the liquid and then clean the bowl with your usual cleaning products.
22. Clean the shower head
Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and submerge your shower head or taps by attaching the bag with a rubber band. Leave the bag overnight and remove the bag the next day for a clean shower head.
23. Prevent water from overflowing
If you tend to add too much water in your cooking pot when you make pasta, just remember to place a wooden spoon on top of your top. This will prevent the water from boiling over.
24. Prevent bottles from falling
Use a binder clip to make sure your stacked bottles don’t move around. You just have to secure it to your fridge to avoid a big mess.
25. Very useful water bottle tip
It is impossible to fill a bucket in a small sink. Try this ingenious trick that only requires a water bottle. Make sure the water is secure so it doesn’t fall.