Archive for the ‘Household Tips’ Category

1. Volumizing Sea Spray

On those all-too-frequent days I can’t get to the beach, I use this hair spray for lots of lift and a breezy scent. You could pay as much as $26 per bottle, but these replacement options will keep you volumized for mere pennies per ounce.

The main components of a great texturizer are salt for volume, a softener to counteract the salt’s drying effect and something to make it smell great!

Combine a cup of hot water with a tablespoon or so of coarse salt — sea salt or Epsom salts work great. The more salt, the beachier the look. Add in aloe, some conditioner you already have or maybe some of the water-based gel in your cabinet to add softness and hold.

After it cools, add a few (optional!) drops of essential oil and pour into your spray bottle. Bend over your sink and spray liberally on damp or dry hair at the roots. Shake, scrunch, flip and otherwise adore your instant big, sexy, beach-day look! 

Off-the-shelf cost: $14.99 for 6 ounces.

DIY cost: $1 per bottle at most, and your first batch of ingredients will last forever.

2. Dry Shampoo

When your day is too full of responsibilities

excitement for a full shampoo and conditioning, you reach for dry shampoo for a grease-free look that won’t strip your hair’s natural oils — but there’s no need to strip your wallet, either.

Dry shampoo dispenses greasiness with an oil-absorbing powder that disappears in your hair. Depending on your hair color and what’s on your shelves, you can try cornstarch, fine arrowroot flour, baby powder or even unsweetened cocoa powder (my personal fave, though I’m a pretty dark brunette and a total chocoholic). Apply to your roots and comb through until the product disappears.

Not into smelling like chocolate cake or a baby’s bottom? I like to comb in a drop or two of that essential oil I use in my sea salt spray for scrumptious-smelling hair. 

Off-the-shelf cost: $23 for 3.5 ounces of a fancy kind, or $6.99 for 3.4 ounces of a drugstore brand.

DIY cost: You probably already have these items in your pantry. Otherwise, maybe a couple of bucks at your grocery store’s bulk bin.

3. Exfoliating Salt or Sugar Scrub for Hands and Body

This product is pretty much just sugar or salt, oil and something that smells good. Go ahead and raid your pantry and grab that essential oil.

Plus, you can choose between a micro-exfoliating granulated sugar scrub or a macro-exfoliating coarse sea salt scrub, experiment with white or brown sugars, coconut or olive or almond oil… the possibilities are endless. 

Off-the-shelf cost: $16.50 for 8 ounces at Bath and Body Works, but I’ve seen these bad boys go for $40 for 8.2 ounces from premium dealers. No way!

DIY cost: About $3 per batch, depending on the type of oil you choosenull

4. Body or Face Lotion

You can make a fabulous body lotion by simply adding a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to the coconut oil you’re already using.

Or, experiment with shea butter-based lotions and try other nourishing oils, like avocado or jojoba. Depending on how much you trust your face, you could try a gentle mixture — I’m pretty oily, though, so I’d proceed with caution!

Off-the-shelf cost: Amazon lists a 12-ounce Aveeno lotion for $5.93, which is pretty standard for drugstore body lotion. Facial skincare products are hugely variable and can be quite expensive, like $32.76 for 2 ounces.

DIY cost: About $3 to $5 per batch

5. Facial Toner

Check out the ingredient list on that refreshing spritz you use before your moisturizer or in the middle of the day — it’s pretty much a bottle of watery perfume!

By experimenting with tea, rose water or witch hazel, you slash costs and get to figure out what works best for your skin on the cheap. If you’re starting to amass those essential oils I keep mentioning from all this DIY, check out some of these skin-type-specific recipes

I like using a cotton pad to apply my toner, but you could grab another spray bottle if you enjoy the spritz effect.

Off-the-shelf cost: $45 for 8.4 ounces is not unheard of, though you can find drugstore options for less than $8 for around the same size.

DIY cost: Depends on your ingredients, but could cost pennies or up to $4 per

6. Face Masks

Whether your skin is dry, oily or a combination — and even if you’re dealing with acne well after high school — you can try tons of at-home treatments. Raid your kitchen for apple cider vinegar, honey and egg whites. How about avocado and cocoa powder

The good news is, not only do you already have these ingredients on your grocery list, but you can try a variety of treatments without breaking the bank. My oily summer skin loves apple cider vinegar, but milk and honey feels decadent before bed!

Off-the-shelf cost: A 1-ounce charcoal mask from Sephora costs $13.00, but who knows which one’s right for you?

DIY cost: From pennies to $5 per mask, depending on the ingredients you choose

Although a few of these recipes require some initial investments like essential oils, glass containers, spray bottles or shea butter, you’ll be left with ingredients to keep making personalized beauty products for a year or longer — and with extra cash in your pocket.

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While planning your day of indulgence, don’t forget to design your own relaxation grotto. Give your bathroom a deep clean and then:

  1. Splurge on a soft, thick towel.
  2. Pick up some pretty containers from the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
  3. Treat yourself to a fluffy bathrobe to wear while relaxing.
  4. Get some inexpensive candles to create ambience during bath time — or make your own.
  5. Set a plant or vase of flowers in the bathroom, because greenery makes everything better.
  6. Cover your bathroom window with frosted contact paper to diffuse bright sunlight that might harsh your mellow.
  7. Put a few sprigs of eucalyptus on the corner of the bathtub to create a clean, refreshing scent when you run the hot water.
  8. Buy a bathtub overflow drain cover so you can fill the tub extra deep and soak all the way up to your chin.
  9. Queue up this chill Spotify playlist.
  10. Use the cucumber you bought for your eyes to make some cucumber and lemon-infused water to sip as you spa

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Here are some of our favorite ways to pamper ourselves at home.

1. Everything you’ve heard about coconut oil is true. Skip the expensive body lotion and the deep conditioner and use this low-cost alternative instead.

Cost: jar of coconut oil costs about $7 and will last for months.

2. Apply an avocado or egg mask to your hair at the beginning of your spa routine, then wrap your head in a warm towel. Let it work its magic for at least 20 minutes.

Cost: One egg will set you back 10 cents, and an avocado is between $1 and $1.50.

3. Korean sheet masks, cotton-based sheets that address various skin care issues, make your skin look amazing, but they can be awfully pricy. I picked up a handful at my local dollar store for a buck each and discovered they work just as well as the expensive brands. If you buy in bulk, you can save even more.

Cost: Sheet masks can be found online or in dollar stores for as little as $1.

4. Speaking of masks, if you use Lush cosmetics or know someone who does, hang onto those little black pots and bottles the products come in. You’ll score a free face mask when you turn in five clean empties. That’s a savings of at least $9.95!

Cost: The cost of the five products.

5. Clear up blemishes and reduce fine lines with a container of plain yogurt! Whether you use it alone or jazz it up with extras like a dash of honey or oatmeal, your pores will thank you.

Cost: A small container of plain yogurt can cost anywhere from 60 cents to $1.

6. After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five-minute face massage. It’s surprisingly relaxing.

Cost: Totally free!

7. Give yourself a lip scrub to slough off dead skin. Your lips will feel pillowy soft and refreshed.

Cost: The basic ingredients — olive oil and sugar — are probably in your kitchen. So are the add-ons you can use to spice it up, like cinnamon, brown sugar and coffee.

8. This homemade sugar scrub is both luxurious and exfoliating. Add your favorite essential oil, such as eucalyptus, to slough off dry, dead skin, leaving behind a tingly clean that smells luxurious.

Cost: Less than $1 worth of sugar, coconut oil and salt, plus around $10 for eucalyptus essential oil.

9. For a change of pace, I like to mix things up and exfoliate my skin with this three-ingredient coffee body scrub that you can make with the used coffee grounds left over from your morning brew. It reportedly also reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Cost: Free, if you’re a coffee drinker.

10. Sometimes my skin just isn’t up for a harsh scrub down. That’s when I turn to a recipe like this one from WholeElise on YouTube. Rather than abrasive salt or sugar, this scrub uses oats, water and glycerine (or honey).

Cost: About $3.50 for the oats  (free if you already have them in your pantry and $5.50 for the glycerine.

11. If you plan to shave during your spa time, try dry brushing first to prevent ingrown hairs and razor-burn bumps. It’s also great for keeping your skin smooth in the harsh winter months.

Cost: A good dry brush costs around $7.50

12. Give your hands some love. This lemon-sugar scrub is easy to make, smells amazing and is perfect for making your hands silky soft. After you rinse it off, slather on some hand lotion and take a minute to admire your, er, handiwork.

Cost: A lemon is about 50 cents, and you probably already have sugar and oil in your pantry

13. Do you know why every movie spa scene depicts someone with cucumber slices on their eyes? Because they work! You can use the leftovers for cucumber-infused water to really amp up that luxe “I’m in a spa” feeling.

Cost: About $1 for a cucumber.

14. Treat your feet to a nice soak with whatever gentle bath wash you have on hand. Follow it up with a homemade foot scrub. Simply stir one part coconut oil into two parts sugar and scent with a few drops of essential oil. A dash of lemon juice adds extra oomph. To kick (ha!) things up a notch, slather on some lotion and cover your tootsies with thick socks while the moisturizer works its magic.

Cost: Peppermint essential oil costs about $8, or you can use eucalyptus oil if you have it on hand. The rest of the ingredients are likely in your pantry.

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1. Never buy diapers and baby wipes without a coupon.

2. Turn an empty baby wipes holder into a travel diaper-changing station.

Attach a small baby wipes package to the top of the holder with rubber bands, and store extra diapers with a change of clothes in the bottom.

3. Use a makeup brush to “paint” diaper cream on your baby instead of getting it on your hands.

Diaper cream does its job and stays put, which means it’s tough to get off of your hands. Just make sure you’re washing the brush regularly!

4. Roll their onesie over their arms while changing a diaper.

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5. Check if a diaper is wet or dirty (without opening the diaper) by the diaper’s color line.

This baby hack may not be new to some of you, but it was for me! Most diapers are made with a yellow line in the front that turns blue when your baby is wet.

6. Stop a baby from peeing on you by wiping a baby wipe across their belly before diaper changes.

This will likely inspire your baby to pee in the diaper before you open it.

7. Use a basket to make diaper supplies portable.

You probably have so much baby stuff! Snag a basket similar to this from Dollar Tree, and stock the basket with baby wipes, a few diapers, and a change of clothes — just in case of a blowout. It’ll be organized and handy.

8. Make a rice glove to “trick” your baby into thinking they’re sleeping next to you.

Heat up the rice glove in the microwave and lay it next to your baby at bedtime. They will think they are lying right up next to you.

9. Add a double layer of bedding in your baby crib for middle-of-the-night blowouts.

Make for an easy baby crib cleanup by layering a mattress pad with a sheet, another mattress pad and a sheet — in case an accident happens in the middle of the night.

10. Keep baby socks together in the laundry with a mesh bag.

Losing all that cute baby stuff is the worst. Keep those tiny socks together with this easy baby hack.

11. Store outgrown baby clothes in diaper boxes.

Not ready to get rid of all your baby clothes? Choose a box that coordinates with the size of clothes you’re storing, and there’ll be no need to label the boxes!

12. When traveling with baby, prevent stains in the car with a fitted sheet.

Only use a thin sheet or material to prevent stains under car seats, and keep in mind that car seats are typically not tested with any fabrics underneath them.

13. Keep baby pacifiers clean when traveling by storing them in small Tupperware containers.

Keep one in every room of the house and in your car.

14. Pack an extra shirt for yourself in the diaper bag.

All parents know to pack extra clothes for the baby. But few think about an extra change of clothes for themselves in case your baby spits up on you…or worse. Think of it as a bag for baby stuff and mom stuff.

15. When traveling with baby, cover outlets with painters tape or Band-Aids.

Going on vacation or staying with family over the weekend? Use painters tape or Band-Aids to cover outlets. Of course, electrical tape works too!

16. Keep your baby things within reach while traveling by hanging a bag with a carabiner clip from your headrest.

Their things will be within your reach, AND there will be extra space on the floor.

17. Deodorize baby bottles with toothpaste.

Get rid of that stale-milk smell from baby bottles. Squirt some toothpaste in the bottle, add warm water, shake, and rinse out.

18. Skip baby puffs and buy Cheerios (with coupons) instead.

19. Put a command hook on the back of a baby high chair to avoid searching for a bib.

You probably didn’t think of Command Hooks when you thought of all the baby stuff you need, but this is one of the best baby hacks.

20. Make yogurt fun to eat by freezing it in dots.

Yogurt is such an easy baby food! Fill a pastry bag or Ziploc bag (snip a corner off) with yogurt, and pipe yogurt onto wax paper and freeze.

Add natural food coloring for more fun!

21. Cut a small piece off the nipple of a pacifier every time your baby uses it to wean them off.

By doing this, your baby won’t like the texture as you cut pieces off, and they will eventually not want it anymore.

22. Write a chart on the side of the medicine bottle to keep track.

Mom brain. It’s a real thing.

Use this little baby hack and you’ll never forget when you last gave your baby medicine by making a chart and taping it on the side of the bottle.

23. Invest in a Kinsa Smart Thermometer.

This thermometer requires no batteries, keeps kids entertained with a game, and connects directly to your smartphone for results in seconds.

You can buy one from Amazon for $25.

24. Spread applesauce on a piece of cloth, roll it up, and freeze to soothe teething pains.

Then, hand the cloth to your baby and let them suck on the frozen applesauce when their gums hurt. You could use baby food in a pinch, but the sweetness of applesauce is perfect.

25. Prevent bath toys from getting moldy by plugging the hole with hot glue.

Bath toys never fully dry on the inside, so they’re a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. This little mom hack will keep your kiddos’ toys squeaky clean during bath time.

26. Cover your baby’s window with aluminum foil for a cheap blackout effect.

For the times when you need a dark room and don’t have blackout shades…here you go.

27. Catch crumbs under a high chair with an old shower curtain.

If it gets covered in baby food, you can just toss it in the washing machine.

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1. Cut the bottoms of shoe organizer pockets to hold wrapping paper.

Via Buzzfeed

2. Keep toys in a pop-up hamper.

Via Parents

3. Store cords in eyeglass holders.

Via Pinterest

4. Keep power strips in order and out of the way.

Via Martha Stewart

5. Use plastic baskets in drawers.

Via The Summery Umbrellanull

6. Use S hooks to hang baskets in a closet.

Via DIY Energy

7. Stow clothes in comforter bags.

Via Attempting Aloha

8. Hang jewelry on expandable hooks.

Via Adorable Antics

9. Glue glasses to candle holders to make apothecary jars.

Via The Budget Decorator

Use E-6000 glue to attach the glassware.

10. Or, glue plates to candle holders for a tiered organizer.

Via Liz Marie Blog

11. Keep your pantry in shape with plastic bins.

Via Pinterest

12. Make movie-night snack trays with a shower caddy.

Via One Crazy Househttps://da20dd67cf67da533e5b306f39af0f05.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

13. Use stacking bins under the sink.

Via The Orderly Home

14. Keep game pieces and cards together.

Via All for the Love of Teaching

15. Display small toys in ice cube trays.

Via Instagram

16. Or, use ice cube trays for small office and craft supplies.

17. Use a travel cup as a yarn holder.

Via Pinterest

18. Create a ribbon dispenser.

Via DIY n Crafts

19. Tidy up bath toys in a mesh bag.

Via Jethttps://da20dd67cf67da533e5b306f39af0f05.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

20. Keep crayons together in a soap container.

Via Shady Tree Diary

21. Make a portable spice rack with a medicine case.

Via Do It Yourself TV

This is perfect for camping and BBQs!

22. Keep coupons, bills, and paper together with clothespins.

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1. Use a kitchen magnet strip to organize tools.

Via One Good Thing

Hand tools, drill bits, metal rulers — anything metal (and not too heavy) can hang from these handy kitchen magnet strips.

Get the full tutorial.

2. Stack your recycling bins on the wall.

Via 2nd Rodeo

Keep them off the floor and you’re more likely to stick with recycling.

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3. Hang folding chairs in your garage or on the side of your house.

Via Organize Your Joy

Level up on this idea by installing your chair hangers somewhere near the location you tend to use the chairs most often — for example, the backyard.

4. Pour leftover paint into labeled mason jars.

Make this as simple or as crafty as you like, but you can always find mason jars on Amazon for a decent price.

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5. Use concrete forming tubes to store sports equipment and rakes.

Via Family Handyman

Don’t pay up to $50 for a dedicated bin or a holder for rakes and baseball bats!

Go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get concrete forming tubes for $7-$10 instead.

Get the full tutorial.

6. Drill a metal bucket into a wall to create a hose and sprinkler caddy.

Via Home Gardenn

All you need is a bucket, screws and a drill.

You could use a plastic bucket too if it was really heavy duty.

7. Attach a pool noodle to the wall to store fishing rods.

Via The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Screw a pool noodle to the garage wall and cut slits in it to hold the rods. Add a 2×4 plank to the floor if you want extra stability.

RELATED: 10 Ridiculously Amazing Ways to Repurpose a Pool Noodle

8. Mount flat-back buckets to your wall to store car-washing supplies.


Hang the bucket using a picture hanger so you can remove it from the wall when it’s time to wash your car.


9. Use free pallets to organize your lawn care tools.

Via Homedit

You can get pallets for free pretty easily (check Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, for starters). They’re easy to work with and make a great holder for rakes and shovels.

Get the full tutorial.

10. Hang your extension cords using a wall hook and chain.


Bye-bye cords tangled up on your garage floor.

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11. Put pallets to work as a bike rack.

Via Instructables

Pallets again!

Don’t buy a spendy bike rack — make this bike holder instead.

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12. Color code the breaker box.

via Holly Marie Sosa

Because when you need to deal with a breaker box, it’s best to not also be pulling your hair out.

This will save you time and frustration!

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13. Use bungee cords and wood slats to create ball storage.

Via Designed to Dwell

You only need a couple pieces of wood and a few bungee cords to organize all those soccer balls and basketballs rolling around your garage.

Get the full tutorial.

14. Repurpose a ladder to hold scrap wood.


Part of what keeps me from certain DIY projects is the thought of dealing with a ton of wood that I don’t have room for.

If you have a ladder, you can take care of it!

Get the full tutorial.

15. Store bins full of seasonal items like camping or winter gear on your garage ceiling.

via Pinterest

Since you only need certain items a few times a year, don’t let them take up valuable real estate in your garage.

Use the ceiling instead!

Get the full tutorial.

16. Store spray paint in a hanging shoe organizer.

Via Hi Sugar Plum

And please tell me you’re getting your shoe organizers at the dollar store, because you totally should.

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17. Put trash bags on a roll on the wall.

Via Handimania

You just need a couple of dowels and some curtain rod hooks to ditch the boxes full of trash bags on your shelves.

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18. Make a DIY tape dispenser and mount it to the wall.

via YouTube

Organize your duct tape, painter’s tape, masking tape and more.

Get the full tutorial.

19. Hang a mesh storage bin on your wall to store balls or shoes.

Via The Garage Project

Another attempt to get more clunky items off the ground.

Don’t pay for a spendy organization system — instead buy this mesh storage bin on Amazon for a fraction of the price.

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Whole Foods Cheese Recall

Why is there a cheese recall? Whole Foods Market identified a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous infectious organism, in Cahill Cheddar Cheese products.

What are the affected Cahill cheese products?

  • Cheddar with Porter (PLU 93579)
  • Whiskey Cheddar (PLU 54784 and 94884)

What to do if you have recalled Cahill Cheddar Cheese products: Bring a valid receipt into Whole Foods stores for a full refund. For more info, call 1-844-936-8255.

When was this recall announced? July 27, 2021

McCormick Seasonings Recall

Why is there a McCormick seasonings recall? During routine testing, FDA inspectors found a potential salmonella risk in three different McCormick products.

What are the affected McCormick products?

  • McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning
  • McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning
  • Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning

(Check for these UPC numbers: 052100049731, 052100038254, 52100325743, 066200021047)

What to do if you have recalled McCormick Seasonings: Call McCormick at 1-800-635-2867 to get a replacement or full refund. Don’t worry about returning the product; just throw it away.

When was this recall announced? July 26, 2021

Carrot Recall

Why is there a Grimmway Farms recall? During routine testing, Grimmway inspectors found a potential salmonella risk. There haven’t been any illnesses linked to this recall.

What are the affected carrot products?

  • Bunny Luv: Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, Organic Premium Petite Carrots
  • Cal-Organic: Organic Petite Carrots
  • Grimmway Farms: Shredded Carrots
  • O Organics: Organic Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots

(Check for these UPC numbers: 033383902050, 078783513017, 078783908103, 078783506101, 079893408507, 079893981628)

What to do if you have recalled Grimmway carrots: Return the product (with receipt) to the place you bought it; call Grimmway for more info at 1-800-301-3101.

When was this recall announced? July 22, 2021https://787d3560a7191f184d5d2c691b0dd497.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Prepackaged Muffins Recall

Why is there a Give and Go Muffins recall? During routine testing, FDA inspectors found a potential Listeria contamination risk (which causes serious illness). These muffins were distributed to major retailers like Walmart, Stop n Shop, 7-Eleven and more.

What are the affected muffin products?

There are 26 different retail UPC numbers included in this nationwide recall. The affected products include the following brands and product families:

  • Uncle Wally’s Twin Muffins
  • The Worthy Crumb Muffins
  • Stop n Shop Streusel & Muffins
  • 7-Eleven Selects Mini Muffins
  • Freshness Guaranteed Mini Muffins
  • Great Value Snack Muffins & Brownie Snack Cup
  • Marketside Strawberry & Creme Muffins

What to do if you have recalled Give and Go Muffins: Return the product (with receipt) to the place you bought it; call Give and Go for more info at 1-844-366-1171.

When was this recall announced? July 19, 2021

Tyson Chicken Recall

Why is there a Tyson chicken recall? The USDA announced the most serious level of recall — a Class 1 recall — after they determined that nearly 8.5 million pounds of Tyson chicken may be contaminated with listeria, which will make you seriously ill.

What are the affected Tyson products? Any product with the establishment/inspection number “P-7089” (which you can find on the outside of the product packaging) has been recalled. The USDA produced this list of Tyson products that were not safe to eat.

These were sold at Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, Casey’s General Store, Stewart’s Shops, H-E-B, Wegmans and others.

What to do if you have recalled Tyson chicken: Kroger, Stewart’s Shops, H-E-B and Wegmans all announced that refunds would be available to customers who returned recalled items. Just bring them back to the store.

When was this recall announced? July 3, 2021

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1. Organize kitchen cabinets with a pull-out spice rack.


Spicestor makes one that requires no tools to put together, and it comes in different sizes.

2. Turn magazine files into water bottle and canned food holders.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

3. Organize pot lids with Command hooks.

4. Use stackable, clear containers to store bulk foods.

Via the social homeFancy canisters for kitchen staples like flour and rice are attractive, but most of them aren’t stackable. Keep storage simple with plastic resealable containers.

5. Attach cork to the interior of cabinets for recipes.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Keep track of what you need to buy with to-do lists tacked to the cork boards as well.

6. Use chalkboard paint and hooks for measuring hints and utensils.

Via Tidbits from the Tremaynes

7. Use a lazy Susan to hold cooking essentials and Tupperware.

Via iheart organizing

8. Hang baskets on the inside door of a cabinet with adhesive hooks.

9. Or, mount a file holder to the inside of a kitchen cabinet door.

Via Apartment Therapy

10. Store baking sheets and cutting boards in metal file holders.

Via The Organized Wife

11. Turn tension rods into kitchen cabinet organizers.

Via Get Set Organize

12. Or, use a rack to organize lids.

Via Alejandra TVYou can find roll-out lid racks like these on Amazon for around $40.

13. Hang up bulky trash bag rolls.

Via Simply Organized

This not only frees up a lot of cabinet space, it makes it easier to grab a bag when you need one. All you need are some curtain rod racks and a couple of dowels. Follow these easy directions to get started.https://167c7bddb4cf437e3a8e130ce071fa67.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

14. Use stackable mesh shelves.

Via Cabinets Direct USA

Use shelves specifically made for kitchen cabinets or even stackable desk organizers.

15. Attach hooks in the cabinets nearest an entryway.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Keep cabinets organized, and stay on top of keys, umbrellas, bags, and anything else you need to get out the door.

16. Secure sink caddies to empty spaces inside a cabinet.

Via Amazing Interior Design

17. Hang oven mitts and hot pads with adhesive hooks.

18. Store items based on how often you use them.

Via julie banner

Determine what goes where in the organization order based on how often you use the kitchenware. Put everyday dishes within easy reach with special-occasion pieces up above.

19. Add a built-in dish-drying rack over the sink.

Via Wonderful Engineering

20. Hang KitchenAid accessories near other baking dishes.

Via The Shabby Creek Cottage

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1. Use a seam ripper to clean out your vacuum.

Slide the seam ripper over all of the strings, hair, and gunk wrapped around the brush of your vacuum. It will pick up so much more debris!

2. Clean your window tracks with baking soda and vinegar.

When’s the last time your window tracks were clean? Were they ever?

Sprinkle baking soda throughout, more heavily if you have a buildup of gunk. Spray vinegar over it, and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe with a damp cloth.

3. Use baby wipes to clean up carpet spills.

This only works with fresh stains, but it’s effective and easy! A baby wipe already has the perfect saturation of liquid, and it won’t come apart like a paper towel.

It works particularly well on pet stains!

4. Clean your baseboards without breaking your back.

Baseboards get overlooked, but they’re an easy way to make a huge impact. Now you can clean them without having to be on your hands and knees!

Attach a microfiber cloth to a broom with twine or a large rubber band. Dampen the cloth with warm soapy water, and drag it along your baseboards.

5. Use olive oil to clean your leather furniture.

Rub a rag with olive oil on it over any scratched-up spots on your leather furniture. Let sit for about an hour, then wipe down with a damp cloth. Your leather will be clean and shiny again.

6. Clean your remote controls once a week.

These often go overlooked in the cleaning schedule, but just think of how often they get touched!

Simply wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe once a week (or daily if you’ve been sick).

7. Clean your range hood filter twice a year.

Its entire job is to collect grease, so it’s no wonder it gets disgusting. Twice a year you should remove it and soak it in boiling, soapy water with baking soda. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, then scrub with a dish brush.

Rinse, let dry, then reattach.

8. Clean your stainless steel with cream of tartar.

Wet a sponge and add a small amount of cream of tartar before you wipe down your stainless steel. Rinse to reveal the shine.

9. Clean the underside of your furniture every six months.

No, not underneath your furniture (though you should be doing that, too) but the underside. Dust, mites, and spider eggs all collect in those cool, dark spaces.

Make sure to use the hose attachment of your vacuum to clean the bottoms of your furniture at least twice a year.

10. Clean any knobs and handles in your kitchen daily.

The handles and drawer pulls on your cabinets and the buttons on your microwave are the most touched spots in your kitchen. Use an antibacterial spray or wipe to keep the germs at bay at least once a day— especially during the dreaded cold and flu season.

11. Keep your kitchen sink smelling fresh.

Pour a cup of baking soda down your drain, then follow with two cups of vinegar. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, then rinse with boiling water.

Do this at least once a week to keep everything smelling fresh.

12. Use a soap-dispensing sponge to clean your bathtub.

Fill your sponge with dish soap, warm water, and baking soda. Make sure to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (peppermint is the best!).

Scour your wet bathtub and fill your bathroom with the scent of essential oils at the same time.

13. Don’t ruin your grout with bleach — use baking soda instead.

Make a paste with baking soda and warm water, and apply it to your grout. Soak a microfiber cloth in warm water and a few drops of mild soap then wipe off the baking soda mixture.

14. Clean in between the toilet seat and tank.

Put a disinfectant wipe on the tip of a flat-head screwdriver, then push it between the edge of the toilet seat and the base of your toilet tank.

You’ll get rid of so many germs and built-up grime.

15. Replace your contact lens case monthly.

The solution alone isn’t enough to clean out your case. Wipe it down daily before refilling it with solution, then replace once a month.

16. Clean the walls of your closet.

Sure, you wash your clothes, but what about your closet? Remove everything from your closet, wipe down the walls with a mixture of mild soap, water, and essential oil.

Make sure not to forget the clothes rod!

17. Deep clean your mattress then keep it fresh with baking soda.

Vacuum your mattress with a hose attachment to get rid of any loose debris. Then mix together 8 oz of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle (you’ll need to use this immediately!).

Spray your mattress completely, then simply let sit. Once it’s completely dry, vacuum using the hose again.

Periodically sprinkle with baking soda, then vacuum to keep your mattress smelling fresh.

18. Wash your pillows at least twice a year.

Don’t let dust mites in your pillow get the best of you. Wash two at a time with bleach, then dry them with a couple of tennis balls to keep them fluffy.

19. Make your towels more absorbent with vinegar and baking soda.

This will actually take two washes, but I promise it’s worth it.

Run your towels through one wash with 1 cup of vinegar and hot water. Then wash them AGAIN with 1/2 cup of baking soda and hot water.

They’ll be fluffy and fresh.

20. Clean your clothes washer once a month.

Rinse your washer with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water regularly. It will help get rid of that mildewy smell that can build up in there.

21. Clean all of your cleaning tools!

Wipe down your vacuum with warm soapy water, and rinse out any filters.

Soak your mop and broom heads in hot water and disinfectant, and make sure to soak your sponges, as well.

Ideally, this will be done after every use, but shoot for at least once a week to be realistic.

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