If you think about it, housekeeping is all about tips and hacks. There is no other way to function effectively in your home unless you learn a few tricks. We are never too old to learn something that makes us say, “How did they think of that?
Well, you have come to the right place. We have a few tricks up our sleeves as well. Here you will find some of the strangest tips that ever existed that will solve household gaps and I manage to drop in a few food tricks too.
They are here to fix situations you wouldn’t think of on your own. I can’t say I didn’t warn you; they would leave you gasping for breath.
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1. GET URINE OUT OF YOUR CARPET WITH CLUB SODA
Pour club soda on a sponge or a cleaning rag. Use this to blot out any stains on a carpet. To remove urine spots, Pour club soda directly on the urine spot.
Allow the soda to soak for 10 minutes. Scrub it this time using a carpet shampoo to give it a touch of fragrance.
2. USE A LEMON TO RESTORE SOGGING LETTUCE
This tip is super cool. How do you keep your sogging lettuce from becoming inedible? Do you have an answer? I guess not, and if you do, maybe you can share it with me.
It’s all about using a lemon. Just simply squeeze the juice from the lemon into a container with cold water. Place the lettuce in the container. Refrigerate for half-hour then remove, allow to dry, and enjoy.
3. LEMONADE KOOL-AID FOR YOUR MESSY DISHWASHER
Please do not pour any other flavor of Kool-Aid into your dishwasher. Only lemonade Kool-Aid will work. I was curious about all the other flavors I read about. Now I know the truth.
To refresh and clean your dishwasher. Pour the Kool-Aid into the detergent slot and turn on the washer. This will remove foul odors, stains, and any hidden, nasty grime.
4. HOW TO MAKE RAISINS AT HOME
Make your own juicy and tasty homemade raisin. Simply spray cooking spray on a baking sheet (non-stick). Place seedless grapes on the sheet.
Place the sheet in the oven at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook until they are shriveled but not dried. The time in the oven depends on the type of grapes. Keep checking to ensure you get the best quality raisins.
5. TOSS ALUMINUM FOIL IN THE DRYER AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS
I saw in the supermarket that there are some really cute but a little bit costly things that are said to make clothes dry faster. Well, there is no need to spend on those. Do you have a roll of aluminum foil in the kitchen?
If your answer is yes, good for you; if no, you are going to need one. Here is who, roll up a ball of aluminum foil maybe two. Throw these in the dryer with your clothes. It will eliminate static, make your clothes dry faster, and save you a ton of💰.
6. LOOSEN HARDEN BROWN SUGAR
Brown sugar when wet or old has a way of hardening and becoming lumpy making it impossible to use. An apple can actually help with this. Place a slice in the bag with the brown sugar. Seal it tightly. Let it remain for a day. Your sugar will be loose and ready for use.
7. USE AN APPLE TO MOISTEN YOUR CAKE
I love to bake, but whenever I store my cakes in the fridge, they get dry and crumbly. I read about this apple trick, which made me so anxious to try it. It worked well, and my cakes were never dry again.
All I did was cut an apple in half. Use one half to place it in the same container as the cake. and my life just became easier. Great job 🍎. Did you know that apple sauce can be used to replace butter when baking?
8. STUFF YOUR CHICKEN WITH APPLES,
Does your baked chicken come out dry, no matter how hard you try to prevent it? Maybe you need something to keep it moist so the oven can never make it dry.
Simply stuff the chicken with slices of 🍎 before baking. Your chicken will be moist and finger-licking delicious 😋
9. Use a Dish Rack to Keep Tupperware from Rattling
To keep your Tupperware from rattling and moving around in your dishwasher, try doing this simple trick. Take a dish rack turn it upside down in the dishwasher and set your Tupperware in the slots. This will stop all the rattling and even breakage.
10. EMERGENCY COUNTER SPACE
To create extra counter space in the kitchen. Simply pull out a drawer. Place a large cutting board on top of it. There, now you have all the space you need.
11. HOW TO REDUCE WRINKLES WITHOUT AN IRON
If you find yourself in a situation with wrinkled clothes and no iron around, There is a way to fix that. Place the wrinkled clothes on a flat surface.
Use a damp towel to spread over the clothes, then press down using your hands to smooth the deep wrinkles out. Hang on a hanger to air dry.
12. FREEZING GROUND MEAT TIPS
Do this before storing ground meat. Separate the meat into portions then place each portion in a freezer bag. This allows a faster defrost time and saves on space in the freezer. One can easily say, this works better than freezing the entire bulk.
13. CREATING FREEZER SPACE
To create space in your freezer. Use binder clips or iron clothespins to hang small packages on the racks. This will not only provide you with more space but look way more organized.
14. THE BEST WAY TO STORE SMALL KITCHEN UTENSILS
Attach command hooks to the inside of your cupboard doors. Use this to hang your sieves, strainers, lids, kitchen towels, or any other KitchenAid. This is not only organized but it also looks amazing.
15. HOW TO WATER HANGING PLANTS
Hanging plants are just beautiful. Watering your hanging plants can do the opposite. If you are looking for an easy way to keep your plants hydrated without flooding your home, here is how.
Simply toss a few ice cubes in the pot. The ice will melt slowly while keeping the soil moist. You will have the benefit of not having water pour down on the ground.
EXTRA TIP: KEEPS GARDEN PLANTS MOIST
This tip works well in your garden as well. Even potted houseplants can benefit from this awesome idea. Most plants get dehydrated in the summer quickly, especially those that need constant moisture.
One way to keep your plants moist all the time is to place cubes of ice at their roots in the mornings. This will keep your plant green, no matter how hot it gets. Most days I just don’t have the time to tend to my garden so this idea saves all my neglected plants.
16. HOW TO REMOVE PERMANENT MARKER
Recently, I was writing about how to clean a dishwasher. THE PROPER WAY TO CLEAN A MESSY DISHWASHER when I thought it was cool to write on my dishwasher. That was it! The mark just would not budge.
I took a few minutes to breathe. Then I became a scientist on the spot! I combined baking soda, Dawn dish soap, glass cleaner, and vinegar in a container.
I used this to make a paste to cover the marks. This made it easy for me to scrub the markings off. Now my dishwasher is marker-free. I never got to try it on clothing but if you do, let me know the results.
17. HOW TO CLEAN YOUR LAMPSHADES WITH A…..?
The best person to talk to about cleaning hacks is a hotel housekeeper. How on earth do they clean a room in 30 minutes? Not only that but cleaning everything spotless.
While vacationing, I observed my hotel housekeeper rolling a lint roller on the lampshade. I asked her what the purpose of that thought was, thinking it was a little silly.
She explained that using the lint roller to roll on the lampshade will pick up dust, leaving it looking clean as if it were washed. Thank you for that tip.
18. USE A SQUEEGEE TO CLEAN YOUR CARPET
Okay, this is really cool and a little shocking, but yes, it’s all about squeegeeing your carpet. Vacuuming is the most common way to clean your carpet; however, there is a vacuum alternative that works just as well.
Use a STAINLESS STEEL SQUEEGEE it is easy to handle and has flexible handles. Use it to scrape dust and food particles off your carpet. You won’t be able to tell the difference. SEE HOW TO REMOVE FOOD STAINS FROM YOUR CARPET (DIY)
19. HAVE YOU ANY OLD NEWSPAPER?
Make use of your old newspapers by using them to clean your home. A newspaper is a retro version of a paper towel. This was used to clean homes daily years ago. They are sure to save you some cash, as you will be using fewer paper towels.
Grab hold of your old newspapers and clean your mirror as crystal clear as you would with a regular rag. This ancient tip I knew from when I was a child and have been using it ever since. You can also use it to shine your car so that it’s blinding to look at. Don’t wait, you need to try this today.
20. MICROWAVE YOUR KITCHEN SPONGE
To be honest, I never seem to trust the sanitary status of my kitchen sponge. I simply don’t believe they are ever clean. What must I do? Do I replace it every week? That will drive me into bankruptcy. So this is what I do to keep them bacteria-free.
Rinse your kitchen sponge well, then place it in the microwave oven for 1–2 minutes. Heat is a known factor for killing bacteria, so for a quick clean before doing the dishes, toss those sponges in the microwave oven and push that button.
KEEP YOUR POT FROM OVERFLOWING
Have you ever had a situation where your food just won’t stay inside the pot while still cooking? I guess everyone who cooks has experienced this. There’s a way you can prevent this.
I’m sure you may have a few tricks up your sleeve too, but check this one out. Simply place a wooden spoon on the top of the pot to stop it from overflowing and causing a mess. Your stove will be grateful.
Great tips! You just may need them soon.