Cardia is a videographer from Barbados with a passion for travel, craft, writing and helping others.
Around the House
- Use a bobby pin to help slide the toothpaste inside the tube towards the opening.
- Have an annoying trail of ants invading your kitchen, but don’t want to use harmful pesticides? Use a spray cleaner such as Windex!
- Toothpaste can be used to clear up hazy headlights on a car.
- Use a hair dryer to blow warm air gently on the back of the photo album page to help unstick a photograph.
- To get out of the house on time in the morning, make a playlist exactly as long as you have to get ready in the morning. You can use the song currently playing to track your progress.
- Use a clothespin to hold a nail in place while you use a hammer to avoid hitting your fingers.
- Put your cell phone in a drinking glass to amplify the sound so you can’t help but hear the alarm in the morning.
- A magnet strip installed in the bathroom wall can be used to keep bobby pins so you never lose them again!
- A piece of ice can be used to remove gum from clothing or shoes—the cold hardens the gum, making it easier to scrape off.
- Old toilet paper rolls can be recycled and used to store rolls of wrapping paper.
Food and Drink
- Use unscented dental floss to cut or slice soft solids such as cakes or cheeses perfectly every time.
- An easy way to avoid mess when making pancakes is to pour the mix into an old (and thoroughly cleaned!) ketchup squeeze bottle.
- Having trouble returning the cork into the wine or champagne bottle? Once the cork is out of the bottle, the bottom half often expands due to the pressure. Use a knife and cut down the size of the lower part.
- The downside of any night out drinking is the painful hangover the next day. To avoid this headache (pun intended!), match every alcoholic beverage with a glass of water.
- We all dread cutting onions. However, great news: The eye irritation can be prevented by putting the onion in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes before chopping.
- It’s always hard getting that last scraping out of the Nutella jar. A delicious idea is to fill the jar with ice cream.
- A condiment bottle can be used to drizzle chocolate or icing when making sweet treats.
- A plastic drinking straw can be used to remove the stems from strawberries.
- Have canned drinks that you want cold in a hurry? Wrap them in wet paper towels, then put them in the freezer for about 15 to 25 minutes. They’ll be ice cold!
- Ate something unbearably spicy? Eat a piece of bread or drink milk.
Health and Beauty
- Have a stuffy nose? Eat something spicy! Your nose will be clear in minutes.
- Drinking energy drinks such as Gatorade can relieve headache pains almost immediately.
- Nails stained by dark polishes? Make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and apply for ten minutes, then gently scrub with a nail brush.
- Accidentally smudged your almost dry nail polish? Lick the smudge back into place with your tongue. Works like a charm!
- Strong odors such as onion or garlic can stick to your hands something fierce. Wash your hands with a blob of toothpaste and water to get rid of the smell.
- Ran out of clarifying shampoo? Mix one part apple cider vinegar with four parts water, then use this mixture to rinse your hair to get rid of product buildup and excess oiliness.
- A few drops of olive oil can add a healthy shine to your hair—and it’s good for your tresses, too!
- Blackheads on your nose or chin? No fear! They can be removed by putting a thin coat of non-toxic white school glue over the problem area, letting it dry (takes about five to ten minutes), then peeling it off.
- Want your perfume or cologne to stay longer? Daub a little petroleum jelly on the area of skin before spraying.
- Here’s a homemade heat pack that is great for aches and pains: Fill an old sock with some uncooked rice and put it in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.
Fashion and Clothes
- Have a pair of leather shoes that are a bit too small? Put on three pairs of thick socks, then the shoes, and blow dry for ten to fifteen minutes. They should fit more comfortably.
- Wrap rubber bands around the ends of hangers to stop wide-necked shirts or dresses from slipping off.
- Use a little petroleum jelly to return shine to your patent leather shoes or bag.
- Use a dryer sheet to get rid of shoe odor—simply put a sheet in each shoe and leave it overnight.
- Have a scratch on the handle of your glasses or shades? Get a nail polish that is in a similar shade and apply on the area.
- Ever found those annoying little rolls or ‘pills’ that clothes develop after a while? They can be removed by GENTLY running a razor over them. However, be careful as doing this excessively can result in holes.
- Soda bottles can be put inside your tall boots to keep them upright in your wardrobe and stop them from flopping over.
- Baby wipes can be used to remove deodorant stains from your clothes.
- Put a coat of clear nail polish on the underside of any costume jewelry rings to avoid green stains on your fingers.
- Cutlery trays can be used to organize pieces of jewelry.
On the Go/Travel
- If you’re going to the beach or pool, put your phone in a zipped sandwich bag so that you can still use the touch screen with wet hands safely.
- Caught somewhere on a rainy day without an umbrella? A supermarket plastic bag tucked around your head will add some waterproof protection.
- To keep your necklace from tangling while travelling, put it through a straw. This will save you the headache of detangling it later!
- When packing, wrap tape around the necks of bottles and liquids to prevent spillage.
- Forgot to pack your lint roller? Scotch or duct tape are just as excellent for removing hairs and lint from clothes.
- Forgot your cell phone wall charger? Most televisions in hotel rooms often have a USB port on the side or back panel. Or you can ask at reception for a spare charger—they often have for every type of phone.
- Have something important that you absolutely CAN’T forget to take with you when you leave the house in the morning? Put it by the pair of shoes that you are going to use. Another way to do this is to put it by your house or car keys.
- When packing, rolling your clothes is much more space effective than folding.
- Pack your shoes in a shower cap to prevent the bottoms from touching your clothes and other items in your suitcase.
- An old sunglasses case is a great way to store your cables while travelling.
Dasia from North Carolina on April 17, 2017:
Informative and captivating. Always a pleasure learning new hacks.
Pennington on May 21, 2015:
What an awesome list of helpful tips in every area of life. These are a joy to read. Thanks for sharing these an amazing tips with us. Voted up!!!