Have you ever heard of a life hack? These tips are where you take regular, normal household items and use them for something other than it’s original intended purpose to make your life easier. More often times than not someone you know either through an acquaintance, friend, or family has a few tricks up their sleeves for small everyday annoyances. Many of these life hacks can save you money in ways you never thought of before.
You would be surprised at how many uses something can have once you start thinking outside of the box! These 10 common life hacks from normal household items are just a few of the many that are out there. Try them out and let me know in the comments what you think!
10 Common Life Hacks from Normal Household Items
Use toothpaste to fill small holes in your wall – If you’ve hung your wall décor with nails, you probably have at least a few holes in the wall. Grab a tube of regular, non-whitening toothpaste and fill in the holes with it. Once it dries, sand it smooth with fine grade sandpaper and you’ll never know the difference! Toothpaste is cheaper than the regular putty for repairing walls.
Get organized with shoe organizers – Those hanging shoe organizers? They’re great for so much more than shoes! Use them to store cleaning supplies in your garage (which also keeps them away from the kids!), hair accessories in the bathrooms, school supplies in the kids rooms and so much more! I recommend the mesh shoe organizers if you are going to store heavier items for the simple reason that the plastic shoe organizers tend to rip easier. At a cost of about $9-19 each, you can’t go wrong!
Use toothpaste to clean off hazy car headlights – Your car’s headlights get dirty and hazy as they age. Use non-whitening toothpaste to bring them back to a like new glow! Just rub a small amount of toothpaste on the headlight, let sit then wash off! Good as new and oh so easy! Who would have thought!?
Use tin foil in the dryer – Want to save on dryer sheets? Grab a medium sized sheet of aluminum foil and crumple it up. Toss it in the dryer when you’re drying clothes and voila! No static cling in a cheap and reusable sort of way! The foil ball can be reused as well. Keep an eye on your clothes and if you start to notice a static cling, change the foil balls out.
Use spaghetti to light your candles – Jarred candles that have burnt too low to reach can be hard to light even if you have a candle lighter. Instead, grab an uncooked spaghetti noodle, light one end and reach down to the wick to light your candle. Cool, right? You can also light fireworks this way since more fireworks stands are starting to charge for the punt sticks.
Put lemons in your wash – Need to do a load of whites but don’t want to use bleach to whiten them? Add ½ cup lemon juice to your wash cycle. It will help whiten and freshen them without the added chemicals! It will smell great as well!
Skip expensive eye makeup removers – Eye makeup removers can be expensive and never seem to last long. Instead, head to the kitchen and dab olive oil onto a cotton ball. Use it under your eyes for liner and on your lids for shadow and mascara. Just be sure that you don’t get any in your eye. That will burn.
Vinegar for weeds – Instead of buying expensive and harsh commercial weed killers, once a week spray pure white vinegar on them. The vinegar will kill the weeds and help you to keep your garden looking amazing. Just be sure that you don’t hit the grass beside the weeds. It will also kill that if you do.
Clean your drains with salt – Sink drains can get yucky over time but a quick solution of ½ cup salt to 1 qt. of hot water can help. Simply mix the salt and water the pour slowly down your drain. They’ll be clean and deodorized in no time!