Easy And Useful Home Hacks That Will Improve Your Life
We all know cola is a good cleaning agent, but what about using ice cubes to remove creases on clothes? Time to discover some amazing hacks all the while remaining indoors. You can thank us later
By Ashwin Dewan • 9 min read
Who knew it would be this easy? That all those 'seemingly' backbreaking and complicated tasks would be resolved with simple hacks. That too, with the help of everyday objects lying around the house.
Plus, these hacks are surprisingly easy-to-do, require little effort, and… Hold your breath, relatively inexpensive. Wonderful, isn’t it?
A wooden spoon can be used for purposes other than cooking, baking soda is not only for baking, ice cubes can do much more than cooling liquids. We are sure nobody told you about the ‘other’ useful functions of these items neither did you even imagine. Well, you are not alone in this regard. There are innumerable objects found indoors that, surprisingly, have multipurpose uses.
Get ready to marvel, to be surprised, to wonder, and appreciate the fact that sometimes, it pays to keep things simple. Let us look at some hacks that you wish you knew sooner. Sometimes, the natural remedies work the best.
Useful house hacks that everyone should know
1. Toothpaste to clean the sink
A toothpaste can be used for much more than just cleaning your teeth. Apart from keeping your smile great and teeth sparkling, toothpaste can make a dirty sink shine. Literally! The next time you drop some toothpaste while brushing your teeth, do not rinse it away with water. Grab a damp cloth or sponge and clean the entire sink. Rinse well afterwards and leave the sink to dry. The sink will not only be clean but smell great too.
2. A combo of hot water and hair conditioner to unshrink clothes
Tired of your clothes shrinking after each wash? We have got the perfect home hack for your garment troubles. Rather than discard such clothes, there is a simple trick to revive your favourite shirt. All you need is hair conditioner.
Start by filling a bucket or even the sink with warm water. Add a tablespoon of conditioner to the water and mix. Soak your shirt and let it stay for at least 30 minutes. Drain out all the water, wring out the shirt, and lay it out on a flat surface. Next, start to stretch the shirt in every direction. Wash it again by hand or machine wash and hang the shirt to dry.
No magic trick here. The conditioner relaxes the cotton fibers of garments allowing them to stretch back to their original form.
3. Baking soda can help peel eggshells easily
Peeling eggshells may look easy and a simple task. Many would beg to differ. Fret not. The next time you start boiling eggs, add a pinch of baking soda to the water. The baking soda raises the pH level of the egg and makes them easier to peel.
Note: In chemistry, pH is a scale used to measure how acidic or basic water is.
4. Heat two plates of food in an oven using a glass
This is no Houdini act or an advertisement for some oven making company. The next time you are in a hurry to serve dinner and want to heat food fast, this home hack is the perfect in such a situation.
All you have to do is place a glass in the middle of a plate by gently placing the food around the glass and stack another plate on top of the glass. This will enable you to heat two plates of food at once.
5. Use a wooden spoon to prevent milk from boiling over
One of the simple and useful home hacks involves a wooden spoon. How many times have you felt helpless over milk boiling over and creating a mess? It is a matter of seconds before the milk goes from boiling to overflowing if not monitored carefully.
Here is where the wooden spoon can work wonders. The next time you boil milk, place a wooden spoon over the top of the vessel. The moment the milk starts to boil up too high, the spoon will pop the bubbles and keep it from boiling over quickly. In simple words, the bubbles and foams created from boiling milk are full of steam. The moment the bubble meets the spoon, the steam will condense and break the bubble’s surface.
Note: We recommend wooden spoon or spatula as metal conducts heat more quickly.
6. Use hand sanitizer to remove sticker residue
Kids love to play around with stickers. It is fun and engaging for them. Glass, wood, walls of the home – kids love to stick. However, getting stickers off that new frame or the solid glued price label on the back of your phone’s new cover case can be difficult. Add adhesive residues to the mix and exasperation guaranteed. After all, a sticker can leave behind unwanted textures and broken nails.
Use this simple hack in this situation. Apply a small amount of hand sanitizer on the surface. Smear evenly. Rub it with a clean cloth. Voila. The sticker residue is gone and no scratches to show for it.
7. Peppermint oil to keep rodents and insects away
Is your house slowly being overrun with mice and insects such as ants and spiders? Before reaching out to pest control, try this simple and effective home hack. And it involves the use of cotton balls and peppermint oil. Minimal force with maximum effect, we say.
Both spiders and mice rely on their sense of smell and tend to be turn away or retreat from distinct essential oil odors. Soak a few cotton balls in peppermint oil and stick them in the nook and crannies of your home to keep pesky insects at bay. As a bonus, essential oils like peppermint are environment-friendly and safe for the entire family.
8. Car wax for foggy bathroom mirrors
Who does not get irritated by foggy bathroom mirrors? Just when you are all cleaned up, you look into the mirror to set your hair only to be greeted by a foggy mirror. Well, your home hack for this is car wax. Just rub a thin layer of car wax onto the bathroom mirror and wipe with a clean cloth. The wax creates a barrier the prevents steam from hot water that causes foggy mirrors.
9. Remove cloth creases with ice cubes
Now, we are sure that you will be mighty pleased to learn of this hack. If you are the type of person who simply hates wrinkled clothes, time to rejoice. Why? Well, this hack of using ice cubes will ensure your clothes are wrinkle-free. All you must do is take three to four ice cubes and throw them into the dryer along with the wrinkled garment.
Then let the dryer run for about 10 minutes. The result is wrinkle-free clothes. The ice cubes will melt inside the dryer creating moisture and a steam-like effect that will remove creases in the garment.
So, there you go with a list of amazing and effective home hacks that are guaranteed to make your life a bit easy during the time spent indoors. Is there any useful hack that you might know of? If so, why don’t you share in the comments below.
Also read: Hacks for home based parents with toddlers
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Written by Ashwin Dewan on 17 July 2020.
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