15 Tricks You Never Knew Would Change Your Home for the Better
Sure, our families usually have interesting tips and tricks to get the stains out of white shirts or to bake the perfect cake, but what about the tricks for your home? Well here are 15 you'll want to try immediately.
The Tea Bag Trick
Hate the sight of mice and arachnids? Get rid of those pesky spiders and rodents with just a peppermint tea bag. Brew it and leave it in the same room as the culprits, preferably near the corner. It's best if you have a bag for every corner. Voila!
Colorful Walls No More
If your walls are full of stick figure drawings completed in marker, fear not! Toothpaste is one way to get rid of the remnants, at least if it's on wood.
Your disposal doesn't have to reek.
If you've ever tossed anything with garlic or onions down the garbage disposal, you know the smell is pretty nasty to stomach. Avoid the stench by finishing your disposal cycle with some lemon rinds and water.
Pets don't either.
If you have a dog, you likely have a dog bed. If you have a dog bed, you likely have some less than pleasant odors coming from said bed. End them by dusting baking soda over the bed. Let it absorb for about 15 minutes, vacuum the remnants and you're good to go.
Neither do soft toys!
Chances are, any overused stuffed animals you might have are stuck with some sort of odor. If you're already tossing them in the wash, make sure to use a dryer sheet with them too, just for a little something extra.
Fix the Towels
Towels aren't as soft and comforting as they used to be? Well, that's probably because of mineral accumulation. Good Housekeeping's Heloise suggests washing them in "the hottest water possible." Don't forget to add in a cup of ammonia.
Solve the Rest of Your Towel Woes
Maybe your problem isn't scratchy towels but mildewy ones. Remove the spores with a brush and let the towel air-dry in the sun for a few hours—about three should do. After that's done, use a combination of bleach and water to pre-soak the towel, check that it's machine washable, and toss it in the laundry.
If your cutting board is stained, run some sliced lemon over it. This should help ease the smells too. Still not enough? You can sprinkle it with baking soda first.
Grime be gone!
Ironically, dish detergent is your best friend when it comes to removing grime from outdoor furniture. If you have a hose, you can use it to wash the furniture down afterwards.
Let's start off by saying that no cabinet should be greasy, but too many are. Pour dish soap in a bottle with a nozzle to spray. Mix it with warm water and spritz away. Finish by rinsing with a damp cloth, then dry it off.
If your copper pots and pans are getting dull, try applying some ketchup. Believe it or not, the scrumptious condiment should make them shine again in no time.
Toothpaste Has a Third Use
Maybe after reading this, you'll keep extra toothpaste around, because as it turns out, it has at least one more use. If you put some on a wet sponge and scrub faucets, it should leave them fresh and clean.
If your wooden furniture isn't as flawless as it was when you bought it, try a walnut. That sounds strange, but give it a try. Make sure it doesn't have the shell on and then rub it over the damaged spot.
Dust Your Plants
All it takes is some mayo to remove the dust from your potted plants. Actually, first you should wash them with water, soap, and then dab the mayo on the leaves to help them gleam.
Unclog the Drain
Clogged drains are the bane of indoor plumbing. Instead of calling the plumber right away though, pour one-half cup of baking soda and one-half cup of vinegar down the drain. Place a wet cloth over it for about five minutes.