Most people appreciate a good hack, something that makes their life a little easier without being expensive or requiring much effort. The internet is full of home hacks, but here are a few that you may not have seen before.
Use Ice Cubes to Sharpen Garbage Disposal Blades
Running ice cubes through your garbage disposal helps to keep the blades sharp. For best results, run ice cubes through the disposal once a week. For an added bonus, freeze vinegar in ice trays and run the vinegar cubes through the disposal to sharpen and clean at the same time.
Revitalize Wood Furniture with Instant Coffee
Add a little water to instant coffee to make a thick paste and rub it into the nicks and scratches on your dark wood furniture. Your furniture will be left looking new and beautiful.
Use Dried Orange or Lemon Rinds for a Quick and Easy Air Freshener
To add a spicy aroma to your home on those cold winter nights, try tossing some dried orange or lemon grinds into the fireplace the next time you enjoy a fire. The house will smell divine for hours.
Red Pepper Flakes Can Help Rid Ants from the Kitchen
There is no worse feeling than realizing that ants have found their way into your kitchen. The next time you spot these little buggers, grab the red pepper flakes from your pantry to run them off. Simply sprinkle the flakes on your counters and floors before you go to bed and you should be ant free by morning.
Baking Soda Will Remove Starch Deposits from Your Iron
Make sure the iron is unplugged and cold to the touch, then apply baking soda to a damp sponge and rub over iron to remove starch deposits and leave your iron sparkling clean.
Liquid Fabric Softener Makes a Great Baseboard Cleaner
Adding 1 tablespoon of liquid fabric softener to 1 quart of warm water gives you the ideal baseboard cleaner. Not only will your baseboards be squeaky clean, your house will smell clean and fresh and the anti-static properties of the fabric softener will keep dust from accumulating on the baseboards.
A Shelled Walnut Can Remove Scratches from Hardwood Floors
As strange as it sounds, rubbing a shelled walnut on scratches in hardwood floors can leave your floors looking like new. Be careful not to rub too hard, be gentle and the oils in the walnut will blend with the hardwood leaving it looking shiny and new.
Wash Dishes with Vinegar
Instead of buying expensive dishwasher detergents, pour some white vinegar into your dishwasher’s soap compartment and run the dishwasher on a hot water cycle. Both your dishes and your dishwasher will stay sparkling and spotlessly clean. Vinegar can also be used to hand wash dishes, just add three tablespoons of white vinegar to warm water and rinse the dishes thoroughly. No soap required!
Use Chalk to Absorb Musty Odors in Closets
If a musty smell has you wrinkling your nose every time you open your closet, blackboard chalk is the answer. Place a few pieces of blackboard chalk in a small mesh or muslin bag, hang it in the offending closet, and the chalk will absorb the odor. A few pieces of chalk placed throughout a toolbox will also keep tools from rusting.