Everyday life is filled with frustrations.
You can’t peel an egg without ripping it apart. Your closet is disorganized and you can’t find any of your scarves. Your daughter comes home and she’s scuffed up the toe of her brand new cloth shoes.
What are you going to do? You can’t just shine them like you would with leather shoes. Well, we’ve got life hacks that will fix all those quandaries and more! Check out this list of 15 life hacks that will make you wonder why you never thought of them before.
Get the most out of your shampoo.
If you wake up and realize you’re out of shampoo and don’t have time to go to the store before you need to shower, fill your empty shampoo bottle half way up with warm water and shake it to get all the shampoo off the inside of the bottle. It will be enough to wash your hair with. You can usually get two more washes out of it, which will give you time to get to the store.
Perfectly peel a boiled egg.
Instead of waiting until eggs cool to peel them, peel them under cold running water. Retrieve the egg using a spoon. Once the water is running on it, you’ll be able to hold it. Use the spoon to crack the shell (still under the running water) and the shell will slide right off!
Use citrus juice to keep guacamole fresh.
To keep guacamole from turning brown in the fridge, squeeze a lemon or lime over the top of it before you put it away. The same trick works with apple slices as well.
Put makeup samples in an old concealer tube.
When you get makeup samples, they tend to come in tiny envelopes that get makeup all over your counter top. Avoid the mess by squeezing them into an old concealer tube!
Cleanly remove old packaging labels using a hair dryer.
If you want to reuse a shipping box, but don’t want to spend an hour painstakingly peeling the label off, heat it up with a hair dryer. The heat will loosen the adhesive and allow you to just peel the label right off!
Don't buy pre-cut shorts.
At the beginning of summer you can get jeans on sale, whereas shorts will be more expensive. Why spend double for pre-cut shorts that are full of holes when you can cut your own from sale jeans?
Also, by cutting your own, you can choose the inseam length that’s best for you. Measure the inseam from the same point on each leg, then use a ruler and chalk or washable marker to draw a straight line across each leg. The hem will fray in the wash!
Use toilet bowl cleaner to clean tile grout.
The fine tip of a toilet bowl cleaner bottle is perfect for targeted grout cleaning. Just make sure to buy a new bottle instead of using the same one you use to clean your toilet bowl, or you’ll risk transferring bacteria from the toilet to your tile.
Fix scuffed girl's shoes with glitter.
Kids are really hard on their shoes and nothing is more frustrating than seeing a nice pair of shoes destroyed. However, if they’re cloth shoes, you can cover the scuffs with glitter. Here’s how: Mark off the area to be covered with painter’s tape, then paint Mod Podge over the entire toe of the shoe. Pour fine glitter over the Mod Podge. Wait until it dries and then apply a second coat. After the second coat dries, apply a final layer of Mod Podge and let dry.
Use the dot system to organize kids clothes.
Laundry can get pretty confusing when you have two or more kids of the same gender who are close in age. Keep their clothes straight by using the dot system. The oldest child (of that gender) gets one dot on the tag inside his or her clothes, the second child gets two and so on. As clothes are handed down, simply add another dot!
Don't buy new foam soaps, refill your old bottles
The magic of foam soap isn’t in the soap itself, it’s in the soap dispenser nozzle. Buy a large bottle of liquid soap and mix 1/3 soap to 2/3 water and shake up the bottle to refill your foam soap.
Avoid the dreaded boot crease by hanging your boots.
Use pinch hangers to hang your boots up. It will keep them from flopping over and developing creases, and takes up less room in your closet than a bunch of boot boxes.
Use binder clips to hang scarves.
Binder clips are probably the cheapest way to organize your scarves and you’ll easily be able to see each one.
Freeze a candle holder to easily remove the wax.
Freeze the candle holder overnight and the wax will easily come right off the glass with a simple nudge.
Remove static from a clingy garment by rubbing a dryer sheet on it.
Learn to fold a fitted sheet (Step 1).
Lay the sheet out on a table.
Flip one hem inside out.
Fold the sheet in half, tucking the inside-out hem inside the other hem (see next picture for clarification).
Flip the sheet over so the fitted part is on top.
Fold the sheet into thirds, folding the top third down on top of the middle third, and folding the bottom third up on top of that.
Fold the whole shebang in half.
Fold the half into thirds in the same manner as before, folding the first third into the middle and then folding the last third on top of that.