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10 Home Hacks We Wish We Knew Sooner
Dated: November 3 2020
10 Home Hacks We Wish We Knew Sooner
Let’s be honest: Cleaning and organizing is tedious. While necessary, there’s no reason to spend
hours getting your home in tip-top shape. These 10 home hacks will save you time and
1. Use Desk Organizers to Declutter Your Pantry
The pantry is one of the first places to become a cluttered mess in your home. If you have old
desk organizers lying around, you can use them to keep spices, jars, and bags organized.
Hang them on the door or organize them neatly on shelves to bring order to your pantry.
2. Remove Water Marks with Toothpaste
No matter how diligent you are at protecting your furniture, there will always be that one
person who forgets to use a coaster. Water marks aren’t always easy to prevent, but they can
be removed with something you already have in your home: toothpaste. You’ll need white toothpaste for this job, so
leave the gel pastes in the medicine cabinet. Scrub gently with a toothbrush, and don’t scrub for too long (you don’t
want to ruin the finish). The water mark should lighten or disappear quickly.
3. Lift Spilled Candle Wax with Steam or Ice
Spilled candle wax doesn’t have to mean expensive repairs. If you spilled wax on carpeting or fabric furniture, place a
paper bag over the wax and go over it with a steam iron. The steam will lift the wax and cause it to cling to the bag
instead of the fabric. For wax spills on furniture, place a plastic bag filled with ice cubes over the wax and allow it to
sit for a few minutes. Once the wax has thoroughly cooled, it will be easy to remove without damaging your furniture.
4. Remove Crayon Marks with a Blow Dryer
Kids will be kids. Sometimes, adults will be kids at heart. No matter the reason for the crayon
marks on your walls, you can easily remove them with a simple blow dryer. Just heat the crayon marks with the dryer
to soften the wax and then wipe them away with a clean cloth.
5. Use a Squeegee to Remove Pet Hair
Vacuuming does a great job of removing pet hair, but it always feels like there’s hair left
behind. Even if you don’t have pets, we can all agree that vacuums can’t suck up everything.
Enter the humble squeegee. As crazy as it may sound, squeegee-ing carpet is a thing, and it
works very well at removing hidden hair, dirt, and other things you didn’t know were hiding in
6. Banish Microwave Odors with Vinegar
Microwave odors are notoriously hard to get rid of. Harness the odor-busting power of vinegar
by heating one cup of water mixed with a few tablespoons of water in the microwave for a few
minutes. Make sure that you use a microwave-safe bowl.
7. Clean Your Blinds with Tongs
Blinds may give you privacy, but they’re one of the most frustrating things in your home to
clean. If the vacuum or duster isn’t cutting it, try using towel-wrapped tongs to rid your blinds
of dust. Dish towels work best. Secure them to your tongs with rubber bands and dust away.
8. Use Stick-On LEDs for Easy Under-Cabinet Lighting
Want a quick kitchen hack that will instantly add value to your home and make cooking prep a breeze? Install under-
cabinet lighting. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get this trendy home hack. Use stick-on LEDs to bring light
to your countertops. These lights use an adhesive to stick to the bottom of your cabinets, so there’s no need for
complicated, messy installation. Puck lights and tape lights are available, so you can choose a style that meets your
needs and budget.
9. Use Shoe Organizers to Organize Closets
Repurpose shoe organizers to store and organize pantry essentials, crafting supplies, and more.
The pockets are also great for organizing stray power and charging cords scattered throughout
the house. They’re easy to install, and they come in a wide range of sizes.
10. Heat Aromatic Spices to Make Your Home Smell Fresh
Want to make your home smell fresh without expensive air fresheners? Heat a pot of water and
aromatic spices to instantly make your home smell warm and welcoming. Cloves, cinnamon,
vanilla, and orange peels work great for simmering scents. These are ten home hacks that we wish we knew sooner.
What home hacks do you wish others knew?
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