Coolest Lifehacks For Your Home

May 03, 2021Roshanak

Have you noticed little annoying problems around your house lately? Like how water splashes all over the counter when you clean the dishes? That’s because everyone is now at home all the time. Luckily, there are straightforward solutions to most issues. Also, some great ideas like using a plastic bottle to help get your herb garden going. Let’s find out more!

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ALWAYS HAVE EXTRA TRASH BAGS

Redditor moww posted this image and wrote, “Store extra trash bags at the bottom of the trash bin for easy replacement.” Honestly, everything that makes all those tiny little tasks around your home easier, it’s a great idea. This way, you can throw out the old and stretch one from the bottom.

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THE BEST WAY TO DE-CORE AN APPLE

Redditor ydobemos posted this hack online and wrote, “Most efficient way to core an apple (if you have an ice cream scoop).” This way, you’re not wasting as much fruit as normal de-core tools normally do. If you don’t have a Parisienne scoop (also known as melon scooper) at home, you can use an ice cream scoop.

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A NEW PITCHER FOR THE WATER FILTER

Redditor papaporridge posted this image and explained, “Had a water filter and no pitcher to use it with, so I modified a takeout soup container, added some rubber bands for security, and voila!” Sometimes, you have to work with everything you have at home, especially because you really need to avoid running out to the market all the time.

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USE A TRAVEL PILLOW WITH HEADPHONES

Redditor KevlarYarmulke posted this picture and said, “Travel pillow helps you lay down with headphones.” This works for all types of headphones. We spent most of our time on the computer these days, and sometimes, you want to lie down. Just make sure that your camera is off if you’re doing this in a meeting.

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ALWAYS BUY IN BULK

Instagramer infamou5cass posted this image of her bulk buying and wrote, “So I did a Sam’s run and stocked our deep freeze, and also stocked up on cleaning and hygiene supplies for *hopefully* the year. This should cut down our grocery spending by at LEAST 50%.” Honestly, it’s a perfect idea, and later on, you can learn how to make your own condiment bottles if you choose to buy those in bulk too!

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MAKE ONE HUGE BATCH OF TOMATO SAUCE

Instagramer healthylifestyle_by_ada posted this image and explained, “Tomato sauce preservation completed. Phew! They will last 12 months without refrigeration. This is a cool way to recycle your glass jars, save money, and reduce waste. To sterilize the glass jars, they need to be boiled for not less than 10 minutes along with the lids.” You can check out the recipe here.

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HANG CLOTHES WITH BREAD BAG TAGS

Redditor Esatle posted this image and wrote, “OUT OF PEGS? Use bread bag tags.” This is a great idea, but it’s preferable to use it for smaller cloth items such as underwear, rags, etc. You have to improvise when you don’t have something already at home.

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ORGANIZE YOUR NAPKINS

Redditor soydiosa posted this picture and added, “Keep extra napkins organized and usable.” If you don’t have a regular napkin holder, you can take your empty Kleenex box and reuse it. This also works great if you have saved all kinds of different napkins from food deliveries.

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ORGANIZE YOUR BATHROOM DRAWER WITH JARS

Instagramer thelivable posted this idea and commented, “Before & After of a bathroom drawer. How would you find anything before? More jars to come!” Keep in mind that you don’t have to run out and buy jars for this purpose. You can use empty jars in your kitchen.

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USE A HAMMOCK FOR YOUR KITCHEN

Instagramer haleysellsaustin posted this idea and explained that her friend makes macramé hammocks, and she had to share how she is using the one she got. Doesn’t it give her kitchen a pretty homey feel? She’s using it for bread, but you can keep other kitchen things. It could even work as a toilet paper holder in the bathroom.

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MARK THE LENGTH OF YOUR HAND STITCHES

Redditor Havoc_37 posted this idea and wrote, “Amazingly Simple Hack of Hand Stitches.” People are finding all kinds of hobbies these days as well as learning to mend their own clothes. But you don’t need expensive tools for any job. This hack is perfect to main proper length while you’re stitching.

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USE A PET BRUSH ON YOUR SHEEPSKIN

Redditor Bambuslover222 posted this image and explained, “A tired old sheepskin can be brought back to life in minutes with a pet brush.” Old rugs need some maintenance too, and this idea is perfect. You probably already have a pet brush lying around. Just ensure that there are no residual dog hairs on it before using it.

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ADD STRINGS TO YOUR CHEST SPRING

Redditor onlyuseful posted this idea and explained, “Added wrist straps to my chest spring for extra comfort without the need for gloves.” This is perfect for people that have turned their homes into make-shift gyms as regular ones are closed. They also explained more about this tool: “It's a chest spring you bend it, and the tension works your chest and arm muscles.”

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ADD BUTTONS TO YOUR BEANIE FOR YOUR FACE MASK

Redditor EebamXela posted this picture and wrote, “Sew buttons on your beanie, so you don't have to mess with your hat to take your mask on and off. Works like a charm.” You might need to go outside, and the strings on face masks can be really annoying, especially if you have to arrange your hat too.

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USE SHAKER BOTTLE FOR MACS

Redditor terabri posted this image and wrote, “Use shaker bottle for snacks and keep your hands clean. Works well for nuts and snack mix that are small enough to come out of the spout.” Some of the comments asked if he was eating mac and cheese. However, the user explained that it an Indian snack and really crunchy like tiny Cheetos.

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ANOTHER USE FOR BREAD BAG TAGS

Redditor dillardt posted this image and wrote, “Little thing you can do with bread bag clips.” You might have noticed that your wires get all crazy and tangled now that you’re always working from home. Luckily, you can use bread bag tags to prevent any disasters.

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TRICK FOR QUICK SELF-SCANNING

Redditor bhopt12 posted this image and explained, “Self-checkout hack: Make sure all barcodes are faced up and use the gun to scan it all. I’m in and out in under 2 minutes at self-checkout. Bagging is saved for end and takes no time at all too.” This is a great idea, especially when you want to limit interaction with other people and need to get home quickly.

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WASH YOUR BLENDER QUICKLY

Redditor iPoop_iRead posted this idea and wrote, “Dirty blender? Fill it with soap and water. Run until clean.” This has become one of the most ultimate hacks on the internet, as most people had no idea that you could clean your blender like that. Have you ever worried about cutting yourself with the blade while brushing it clean? Well, this is the solution!

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TIE YOUR KEYS TO YOUR WAISTBAND STRING

Redditor Barreraj94 posted this image and explained, “Tying your keys into the waistband string in basketball shorts or athletic wear so they won’t fall out. They also don’t bounce around as much.” This is the perfect way to ensure that you need lose your keys while exercising on your own.

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USE KNIFE HOLDER ON TOOLS

Redditor teewyesoen posted this picture and wrote, “Use a magnetic knife holder for tools.” Toolboxes are great, but it’s annoying to rummage around for the tool you really need.  This idea works perfectly for the stuff you use regularly, and you can keep the rest in the toolbox.

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USE A PLASTIC BOTTLE GARDENING

Instagramer polytunnelnewbies posted this hack and explained, “Grab a plastic bottle, cut about a third off the top, and put it over your little seedlings to help them grow! Not the biggest hack/idea, but a simple one, and one which sometimes gets forgotten about.”

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MAKE YOUR OWN TINY HOME OFFICE

Instagramer newflatproject posted this idea and wrote, “Being a new build flat, every inch of space already has its purpose accounted for, so to find somewhere to put my ‘office’ required a bit of creativity! Inspired by @mad_about_the_house I turned to my hallway cupboard. I’ve had a few confused questions on video calls from people wondering why I’m sitting in a cupboard (and a few Harry Potter references), but overall, it’s been brilliant for something so simple to achieve…”

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ADD ANYTHING TO REGULAR STORE-BOUGHT COOKIE DOUGH

Redditor nofomo2 posted this picture and explained, “Turns out to make way better cookies than the recipe on the chocolate chip package, you need to add whatever you want and increase the cooking time a little. So I added cranberries, oatmeal, and crushed walnuts and boom, gourmet.”

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USE STRAWS FOR BABY FOOD

Redditor fluffmcstuffins posted this image and wrote, “Baby stopped liking a spoon, but recently learned to use a straw. Cut a reusable straw in half, and he loved it!” This is a perfect idea for anyone dealing with babies while also having to work from home. Anything that keeps your toddler happy is great!

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USE A TIE FOR YOUR GUITAR STAND

Redditor Toolman00001 posted this idea and explained, “Use an old tie to prevent your guitar from falling off the stand!” Of course, this is only for guitar users. But a tie is delicate enough not to hurt your guitar strings, and it looks pretty funny too.

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CUT THE LOTION PUMP TO GET MORE PRODUCT

Redditor discojohndeaky posted this picture and explained, “My lotion pump stopped working for some reason (probably because the pump doesn’t reach the bottom), so I cut the bottle up, stacked the top on the new bottom, and now dig my fingers in to get a controlled amount of leftover lotion!”

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USE SHOWER GUARDS ON YOUR KITCHEN SINK

Redditor Oregongrown96 posted this idea and explained, “For only 5 bucks and a trip to home depot to buy shower guards, I’ll never have to worry about splashing water behind my coffee bags/microwave.” This way, you ensure that nothing next to you gets wet and won’t have to dry too much after finishing.

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MAKE RACKS FROM GARDEN CHAIRS

Redditor lifehacktips posted this image and wrote, “Chair as Rack Hack.” These chairs are cheaper than most shelves out there, and they offer more options for storing things. It’ll be perfect for smaller apartments. And you will be able to hang them easily.

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GET ALL THE SAUCE FROM THE BOTTLE

Redditor silver_dollarz posted this image and wrote, “Emptying the bottle.” It’s awful to be wasteful in times like these. So, you can turn your bottle upside down and get all the condiment out. This hack might be a little silly, but at least it’ll keep you from getting bored at home.

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ALWAYS KEEP A BLAZER NEARBY

Instagramer saenguin posted this idea and wrote, “Tales of the obligatory zoom call blazer: 'I always have a blazer on my chair, so I can just quickly throw it on before an important meeting. It saves me so much time, and I always feel put together instantly.' Do you have a go-to zoom call item next to you?”

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GREAT WAY TO COLLECT AND USE RAINWATER

Redditor HisokaLaMagician posted this idea and added, “Smart way to collect water.” Now that everyone is interested in gardening, this might be a cool project for your house. However, some users pointed out that it would be detrimental to your plants if you live in a stormy area.

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ORGANIZING YOUR CLEANING PRODUCTS

Instagramer lovelylemonco posted this idea and wrote, “Saturdays are for cleaning in our house! Here are a few of my helpful organizing tips to knock out your cleaning! Tip 01: Create easy-to-grab-and-go cleaning bins and store them around your house. I keep one under the sink in the kitchen (downstairs) and one in the main bathroom (upstairs). Saves me trips up and down the stairs on cleaning days.” All chores are easy with just a little organization.

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MAKE DIY CONDIMENT BOTTLES

Instagramer deefeiao posted this image and wrote, “DIY condiment bottles! Empty glass bottles (juice drinks) + label & metallic markers.” This is a great idea if you love buying stuff in bulk. You can pour a little bit into these DIY smaller containers for easy use, but you’ll still be saving a ton of money, as mentioned earlier.

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ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN CUPBOARD

Instagramer tory_kerslake_properties posted this picture and explained, “I'm slowly working my way through the disorganized parts of our home, and organizing them. The pantry cupboard is now done!! It's super geeky, but I get such satisfaction from using my label maker!!”

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SOAK YOUR VEGGIES TO MAKE THEM LAST LONGER

Instagramer balancing.katy posted this idea, “Soak your veggies. Just do it. These radishes have been in our fridge for at least three weeks. A bath in water and apple cider vinegar goes a long way. I store them in a cloth napkin, inside of a #stasherbag, and they keep for weeks. I chopped the ends off and roasted them up. They are still delicious and beautiful.” You have to keep produce fresh to avoid going out so much!

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MAKE YOUR OWN SCOURING PASTE

Instagramer helen.inwonderland posted this image and explained, “Before and after Homemade environmentally friendly scouring paste. Ingredients: soda, water, grated lemon peel .... and voila !!” Try it out to see if it works better than any store-bought kind.

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PEELING GINGER

Instagramer essentialhostess posted this hack and wrote, “Tuesday tip for you... on peeling ginger.” There are several ways to peel ginger, such as using a regular knife or soaking it in water until the skin comes off. However, it’s best to peel it with a spoon.

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ORGANIZED PANS

Instagramer ourbellwaybyron2020 posted these images and wrote, “So at the weekend I organized my pan cupboards. No more nervous breakdown cupboards for me with this little hack.” It’s just as simple as installing a small rob with some hooks.

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CLEAN YOUR KEYBOARD WITH A POST-IT NOTE

Instagramer samsillcorp posted this image and wrote, “Office Hack: use an old Post-it to clean between your keyboard.” It might seem simple enough, but you have probably noticed how dirty your keyboard got this past year after staying in all day long. Remember to use the sticky side so that the dirt comes out!

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KEEP KID’S SCHOOL SUPPLIES IN A BASKET

Instagramer daniellenorstedt posted this image and wrote, “Keep all the supplies handy, portable and organized in a basket that can be moved to wherever you’re going to be doing school work. I found some unused buckets and a basket in my office and repurposed them.”

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USE A METAL PAN AS A WHITEBOARD

Instagramer thehomeschoolprep posted this picture and explained, “Another day, another superhero costume! I don’t ever want to forget these days. Homeschool Hack: metal auto-drip pans make great magnetic boards! You can also use them to write on with dry-erase markers. Check out my stories to see how we used this board to make “it” family words today with my Kindergarten Flash!”

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It’s been such a strange year while getting used to this new dynamic, but it’s hard to imagine going back to the office every day. Let us know which of these hacks was the most useful. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that really need some of these solutions. See you next time!

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