LAUNDRY BAG IN DISHWASHER
We recently talked about just how handy laundry bags are when it comes to washing delicate items like lingerie in the washing machine – but did you know that this wonderful little bag also works wonders in the dishwasher?
We all have those items which we precariously place into the dishwasher and that enviably end up at the bottom of the dishwasher – so to put a stop to this, simply place all small items into a laundry bag, place it on the top rack and run the load through..
And for all you Moms out there, this is also a great way to wash children’s toys – as it both cleans and sanitizes..
CHALK ON A GREASE STAINS
We actually made a video about this tip a long time ago – you can check the description for a link – but it’s such a good tip and I had to share it again..
To remove greasy fingerprints and other oily stains from your walls, all you need is a stick of white chalk, a cloth ..and a little water – just cover the stains with white chalk – wait a few minutes and then wipe the chalk away with a damp cloth – viola, stains be gone!
You can also use cornstarch or baby powder instead of chalk – but I find it’s easier to apply with chalk – and it’s fun to color on the walls ever now and again..
ALUMINUM FOIL DRYER BALLS
If you want a cheap and effective alternative to dryer sheets – try tossing in a couple of aluminum foil balls during your next load, which fights static cling and doesn’t leave any smells behind..
All you have to do is take about 2 feet worth of aluminum foil – ball it up until it’s the size of a tennis ball – smooth the ball as much as you can – make another ball just like it – so now you have a par of balls…then just pop them in dryer and enjoy scent-free, anti static clothes..
SAVE SILICA GEL PACKS
This isn’t so much a hack as it is just a good piece of advice for people who come across these every so often – these are silica gel packs and you should never throw these things away – and, according to the little package they come in, you should never eat what’s inside..
What’s inside are these little beads of silica gel and they are awesome at drying things out by absorbing moisture..
You can use them to make a dry travel bag – which is perfect for transporting your gadgets in your luggage – you can even use them as an effective way to suck the moisture our of your iphone after you’ve dropped it in the toilet!
SHOWER CURTAIN ROD BOTTLE HOLDER
This is a hack Chad really wanted to try here at our home – because, the truth is, the cabinet under our kitchen sink – was a pretty big mess and finding stuff was always a chore..
So he bought a shower curtain rod, for $10 and installed it inside the cabinet under the sink – the end result was a unique storage solution for our spray bottles and microfiber cloths..
Better yet, now we have a place to hang damp cloths so they can air out and dry properly!
DRY TOILET BRUSH UNDER TOILET LID
This was a hack that I’ve yanked from our very popular 3 minute toilet cleaning tutorial, which you can see here.
When you’ve finished scrubbing the toilet, you have this drippy brush that you put back into the toilet brush holder. Well, instead of placing it in there wet, leave the brush under the toilet seat to drip dry for a few moments while you finish cleaning the rest of the toilet and within minutes, you’ll have a dry brush.
DRY GLOVES & BOOTS WITH RICE
For those of you who actually experience precipitation where you live, you’re all too familiar with the ickiness of wet boots and gloves. So, when you have the wet boot or glove blues, all you need to do is place a sachet of plain rice into the shoe or glove, which absorbs moisture quickly and will help promote faster drying. You can also use a silica crystal pack instead, if you have one handy.
PICK UP PET HAIR WITH A SQUEEGEE
If you have cats or dogs, then pet hair is at the top of your cleaning issue list. I’ve heard this one from several of our community members before and my goodness, it works. Take a squeegee and simply rub it in short strokes along any hair-laden area, specifically a carpet, and watch – to your horror – as that squeegee yanks up 50 pounds worth of pet hair.
SPEED UP DRYING TIME WITH A DRY TOWEL
Here’s a quick and easy way to reduce the amount of time it takes to dry a load of wet laundry – all you have to do is put a clean, dry towel into your dryer – along with your wet clothes or wet towels – and the dry towel will actually absorb some of the excess moisture floating around in your dryer – making for a faster dry time
BATHROOM DEODORIZER IN YOUR TOILET ROLL
If you want your bathroom to smell fan-freakin-tastic but don’t want to have any artificial scents in there, all you need to do is grab your favourite essential oils and add a few drops to the inner roll core. That way, your bathroom will have a pleasent scent which will be fairly low maintenance and gentle.
FIGHT GARBAGE ODORS WITH NEWSPAPER
I love this for two reasons. Firstly, I hate, with a capital R, smelly, leaky garbage. I mean, nothing grosses me out more. So, if you are not a fan of those green garbage fumes and crusty drips and drops of garbage juice, all you need to do is crumple up some newspaper and place it in the bottom of a fresh garbage bag – you can do this for the kitchen and even for your bigger garbage bags. The newspaper helps absorb odours and leaks. Amazing!
HANGAR TAG TRICK
I did this in one of our recent videos, and some of you caught onto it. For those that didn’t, here’s the best way to hang your clothing so that it doesn’t fall down. Slip the garment tag through the top of the hanger hook and then place the shoulders on your hanger as usual. Now, your clothing will stay put! If your clothing comes with a ribbon you can use that as a hanging aide, and you can also criss-cross ribbon straps to help avoid items from falling off the hangers.
QUICKLY CLEAN A BLENDER
I love my blender to bits and pieces, and use it every single morning for my smoothie – which involves kale, spinach, berries, chia, flax, coconut milk and a bunch of other colorful, sticky and seedy ingredients. Anyway, it gets messy every single morning and can be quite the clean up task, especially where time is limited. So, to clean it up, just fill it with warm water and a drop of dish soap, then turn it on and blend for a few seconds and voila! Be sure to rinse well and leave to dry. I leave my belnder parts in order but i never close the lid in order to allow everything to dry properly and that avoids mildew growth.
REMOVE CLOTHING PILLING WITH RAZOR
If you get those tiny fabric balls on your clothing, you are a victim of pilling. The good news is, there is an easy way to get rid of them. You can use a dull razor blade to ‘shave’ off the tiny clusters and have a wad of tape handy to easily clean the razor. By using an old razor, it’s dull enough that it won’t ruin the clothing but even with that in mind, be careful to not ruin your clothing! If you don’t have one available, you can use a cheap pumice stone to quickly buff off the tiny balls using short strokes and then grabbing the pile of pills.
CORN STARCH TO GET GREASE STAIN OUT OF CLOTHING
And finally, should you get a grease stain – you know the rule is to act super fast. Blot up as much oil as you can with a paper towel by pressing down on the stain several times and then, colour over the stain with plain white chalk or sprinkle some baby powder or corn starch on the stain. The powder will absorb the oil on contact and you’ll see it start to form a crust after a few moments. Gently brush off the crust (being careful not to re-sent the stain) and then pre-treat with laundry detergent and launder the item. Done.