Maintaining your home takes up a significant portion of your time and hard-earned cash. Americans spend a little over 14 hours a week n household chores. On top of that, we shell out an average of $5,000 annually on home maintenance services. Getting your house in order doesn’t always have to cost you huge amounts of cash or time. Here are some DIY home hacks that will save you precious minutes, money, and your sanity.
September Home Hack
Running the sticky part of a Post It Note along your keyboard will help remove bits of food, pieces of grime, etc.
August Home Hack
Wilting flowers are a sight for sore eyes. However, you don’t have to throw out your zinnias just because they’re starting to look droopy Rather, you can place plastic straws around the flowers’ stems so that they stay upright and can still get their necessary nutrients from the water.
July Home Hack
Keep your laptop and cell phone’s power plugs from falling off the back of your desk using a simple binder clip, no modification required. Just release the wire clamp, run the plug through, and clip onto the back of the desk.
June Home Hack
On particularly hot nights, it can be difficult to get comfortable in bed. One easy way to cool off is to simply spritz your pillowcase with a tiny bit of water and freeze it for 20 minutes before putting it on your pillow. This will cool you down just long enough for you to drift off.
May Home Hack
Long Reach Shears
Slip PVC pipes over the handles of your pruning shears and tape them in place to extend your reach and clip high branches without a ladder.
April Home Hack
HOW TO REMOVE RUST
Knowing how to clean rust from metal surfaces will help you lengthen the life of your tools, kitchen knives, and outdoor furniture, and keep them looking their best.
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners around. It will attack rust. To remove rust from small items like knives and hand tools, soak them in a bowl of vinegar overnight. Remove the item and scrub with a metal brush or steel wool. Rinse with clean water and dry with a towel. For items too large to soak, soak a rag in vinegar and wrap around the rusted area. Let sit overnight and scrub. This is a slower method for how to clean rust, but it works.
March Home Hack
FIX A HOLE IN A SCREEN WITH CLEAR POLISH
A hole in your screen door or window renders the entire thing practically useless. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution for those small tears: clear nail polish. If you have a minor hole in your screen but don’t want to replace the whole thing, simply add a swipe of clear nail polish where there’s a nick and it’ll be as good as new in minutes.
February Home Hack
COOKING OIL REMOVES LABELS
Anyone who’s ever peeled a label off of a jar knows how frustrating it can be when the spot remains as sticky as honey. Thankfully, cooking oil makes it easy as pie to get rid of that residue. Using a cotton pad and some cooking oil, rub the sticky area and let it sit for a few minutes. Once the oil has sunk in, it’ll wipe away easily.
January Home Hack
TOOTHPASTE TO REMOVE SCRATCHES
If you have a small scratch in the finish of your furniture, try using some toothpaste to get those marks out. Using a pea-sized amount of non-gel paste, rub the scratch in a circular motion until it buffs out, and then clean the remainder with a damp towel.