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40+ Helpful Home Hacks To Make Household Chores Easier

Owning or renting a home may come with its own set of problems but it doesn't always need to be so difficult. There are plenty of quick and easy fixes that offer a new approach to tidying up and maintaining your home.

Did you know essential oils can give your bathroom 24-hour freshness? Or that a certain household tool is perfect for picking up pet hair? Keep clicking through for home hacks that will make your life so much easier!

Use Tongs To Clean The Blinds

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Your window shades and blinds can be some of the dustiest places in your home. Cleaning them can be tedious, but it doesn't need to be. You can clean the dust off your blinds easily with some kitchen tongs.

Simply fasten some microfiber cloths of an old t-shirt to the ends of the tongs with rubber bands. That way, you'll have an easy too that'll catch dust off both sides of the blinds in no time!

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Use Pool Noodles As Bumpers In Your Garage

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Not all garages are created equally and some people unfortunately have to fit their cars into such narrow spaces. For those who have a small garage, try slicing a pool noodle in half and attaching the pieces to either side of the garage walls.

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Next time you get out of your car, the doors will nudge softly against the noodles instead of hitting the wall. No more scuff marks on the wall and no more dings on your car door!

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Old Desk Organizers Can Serve Other Parts Of Your Home

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Pantries are often the first spaces in our homes that start getting disorganized. Before you know it, you'll have spices hidden between boxes and bags of food that'll just overwhelm you.

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If you have some extra desk organizers lying around your house, you can actually use those to organize the smaller items in your pantry. If you can, try pinning them onto the wall so that you have more shelf space for bulkier items!

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Shoe Organizers Aren't Limited To Footwear

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We've all seen those shoe organizers that hang on the back of closet doors and have a pocket for every pair of flat shoes that you own. But did you ever think of storing anything else in these bad boys?

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Shoe organizers can work well in your pantry to store smaller items and make them easier to see at once. They also work great for organizing all the stray cords and power outlets lying around your house!

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Check To See If Your Ceiling Fan Has This

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If you know anything about science, then you know that hot air rises because it is less dense than cool air. This isn't exactly helpful during those chilly winter months, but there is likely a switch on your ceiling fan that will help that!

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Most ceiling fans are equipped with a small switch that changes the direction of the fan blades. In the winter, use this switch to get the blades moving in a clockwise direction so that the warm air will be pushed from the ceiling to the floor.

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Put Salt Down The Drain To Unclog The Sink Overnight

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Salt can be used as an anti-clogging agent for your kitchen sink. In order to help it work its magic, mix 1/2 a cup of salt with a cup of baking soda. You'll want to give it 4-6 hours to sit, so it's easier if you pour the mixture down the sink before you go to bed.

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Once it's had time to sit in the sink for a few hours, or overnight, run hot water down the sink to flush it out. Repeat as needed.

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Put This In Your Toilet To Conserve Water

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Conserving water is one of the top concerns for eco-friendly households. In addition to taking shorter showers, you could also reduce the amount of water you flush every time you hit the toilet.

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One way to do this (without having to not flush at all, which is gross) is to put a brick or a jar full of water in the back of your toilet. After a flush, less water will go back into the tank due to the volume the brick takes up.

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Command Hooks Can Be Used To Hang A Wreath

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If you're reading this article, then you're likely a home-hack enthusiast who is well aware of the wondrous capabilities of Command hooks. These little guys can hang up almost anything and come off of your wall without leaving a trace!

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One innovative use for these hooks is to hang wreaths or other decorations on your front door. Just place the hook upside down on the inside of the door and using a string, your decor can hang on from the other side.

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Freeze Liquid Dish Soap For A Tiny And Mighty Cleaning Tool

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People have been taking to Tik Tok to share their home cleaning hacks and this is one of the most popular hacks making the rounds. Tanyahomeinspo shared that she fills an ice tray with liquid dish soap to create a tiny and mighty cleaning tool!

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One the soap freezes, she puts on gloves and uses the cube to scrub away the grime on her oven rack. "It just slides off" she shares. Try the hack on your oven rack and other dirty surfaces in your kitchen.

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A Better Way To Utilize Ceiling Outlets

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While it's always nice to have more outlets around a room, the electric outlets located on the ceiling aren't the easiest to access. You'll often see a ceiling outlet in a garage or in a space that used to have a ceiling lamp or fan.

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Even if you're not installing a lamp or ceiling fan, you can use that plug with this wire basket hack! Install four small hooks to the ceiling, measured to the spacing of the wire basket. Plug in a power bar, set it in the basket, then use an extension cord from there.

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Kills Pesky Weeds Naturally

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Apple cider vinegar is often used in organic gardens as a natural weed killer. The acetic acid is strong enough to kill weeds on contact, making them wither up within a matter of days.

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However, some horticulturists say that this isn't as effective as pulling out the weeds by hand early on. They argue that while ACV kills weeds on contact, it doesn’t necessarily kill the roots.

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Keep Your Shower Floor, And Your Feet, Clean

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Dish soap is meant for cleaning tough stains and food from your dishes, but it's also great as an all-purpose cleaner for tiles. You definitely don’t do it as often as you should, but if you’re looking to clean your shower floor grab a bottle of dish soap.

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Spray a layer of soap over the floor of your shower or your tub, leave it overnight, then scrub away all the grime that built up overnight. It will be satisfying when you see how much grime comes off.

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Leaving A Lemon Next To Your Bed Can Help You Sleep

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Try this hack if you have trouble breathing while you're sleeping, or have trouble falling asleep because of your nose being clogged. Make cuts in a lemon and place it on your nightstand next to your bed.

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Lemons help remove toxins from the air and can help improve your breathing. The lovely citrus smell can help you fall asleep faster and breathe easier.

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Label Your Cords Before Plugging In

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If you use a power strip or an extension cord for multiple items in your home, it can get a bit confusing as all those cords get tangled up together. When you need to unplug something, you'll spend too much time making sure it goes to the device you're trying to unplug.

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One way to avoid this mess is to label the cords that are plugged in using bread bag tags or washi tape and notating which device it leads to.

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Use A Dishwasher Tablet To Clean The Shower

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A cleaning hack initially recommended by an Australian mom went viral on Facebook after those who tried it couldn't believe how well it works. Dishwasher tablets are abrasive and packed with cleaning power, making them a great tool to clean more than your dishes.

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After putting gloves on, dip a dishwasher tablet in cold water, then scrub it on the shower door, or any soap or grime-stained area. Or if you want your shower sparkling clean, scrub it all! The tablet will begin to disintegrate (again, make sure you're wearing gloves). Then, rinse the area clean and wipe it down.

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There Is A Lid Lock On The Back Of French's Mustard

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Going to put mustard on a sandwich, or even in a bowl for dipping can be frustrating. The lid pops off easily enough, but when it is turned upside down it tends to fall back into place.

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The thing is, French's Mustard actually has a lock located on the back of the lid! Just push the lid far back enough to hear a "click." The lid will then stay in place!

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Banana Peels Make Great Compost

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Banana peels add calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphates, potassium, and sodium to the soil when it is mixed with compost, which can help your plants flourish.

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Because banana peels break down quickly, compost absorbs these nutrients faster than other materials. Cutting up the peels into small pieces will accelerate this process even more. Just be sure to add the peels to a compost pile since burying them directly in the soil can actually slow down the break-down process.

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Try This Space-Saving Hanger Hack

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Another problem we often run into when it comes to getting new clothes is running out of space in the closet. When you don't want to purge whatever clothes you don't need anymore, you can try saving space by doubling up on hangers!

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Take a tab from a soda can and place the neck of one hanger through one of the holes. Then, simply hang another hanger from the bottom hole and voila, two articles of clothing for the space of one!

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Use A Rubber Band For Stripped Screws

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Hardware chores are a breeze until you come across that one stripped screw that makes it impossible to finish your task. Screwdrivers are barely helpful in these cases, yet some people still try to use them for a few minutes before finding another solution.

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Next time you're in this predicament, try placing a rubber band between the screw head and the screwdriver! The grip from the rubber should help the screw ease out. Then you can say you at least loosened it.

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Use Binder Clips In Your Freezer

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People who make smoothies at home regularly know that it's all too easy for your frozen fruits to take up space in the freezer. One way to not only keep them fresh, but also keep them out of the way is to use binder clips.

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Simply clip the folded open end of your frozen fruits or veggies to the middle rack of your freezer. They will hang out of the way and open up more freezer space.

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Hide The Eyesore That Is Your Router

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WiFi has become an everyday necessity in our homes but sometimes the router doesn't always add to the motif of whatever room it's installed in. If your router is looking particularly unsightly in your home, try hiding it with some innovative decorations!

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Store the router in a decorative box with a hole cut out for the cords. Or you can make a case of fake books to store it standing up!

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Turn Your Beverage Dispenser Into A Detergent Dispenser

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Do you have a beverage dispenser in your home? If so, we're willing to bet that it's just adding to the clutter somewhere in your house. Unless you're an avid party host, your beverage dispenser probably gets used once a year, if at all.

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If this is the case, you can get your money's worth out of it by re-purposing it into a laundry soap dispenser. Fill it up with liquid detergent and you can pour the perfect amount every time!

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Keep Your Door Knobs Paint-Free

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When painting anything, one of the main goals is to not get paint on anything except for what you intend to finish. If you don't want to go through the process of taking a doorknob off when painting a door, not getting paint on it can be tricky.

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Yet, using aluminum foil, you can wrap the knob tightly, running a utility knife around the base of the knob so you can paint as close as possible. You can also do this to any knobs that you may end up touching with paint on your hands.

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Shower Curtain Hooks Can Hang Clothes Too

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We've all had those moments where we come home from the mall some new items to add to our wardrobe, only to realize we don't have enough hangers! This can be annoying, especially since at that point you'd be too tired to go back out and buy some.

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One easy fix for this would be to use shower curtain hooks! They take up less space and are especially ideal for hanging clothes with a loop, like jeans or jackets.

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Putting Aspirin In The Laundry Helps Remove Stains

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People have found that Aspirin helps remove clothing stains and can help brighten the appearance of clothes, bringing them back to their former glory. So if you have clothing that has seen brighter days, lighten them up using this trick!

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Put the laundry in the washing machine and throw in around five tablets of Aspirin along with it. Fill with hot water and set it to soak for 1-2 hours. Make sure all of the Aspirin tablets dissolve. Then, drain and run the laundry through a wash cycle as you normally would.

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DIY A Non-Slip Hanger With Hot Glue

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Maybe your closet issue lies not in the availability of space or hangers, but rather in the fact that all your nice blouses keep slipping off their hangers! Turns out there's an easy fix for this that doesn't require buying special hangers.

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Instead, if you have a hot glue gun, try squeezing out a thin layer on the shoulders of the hanger. When it dries, it should prove the perfect grip for your cute tanks and silk blouses.

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Use A Magnet To Keep Your Hammer And Nails Together

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Many of us don't use a hammer and nails too often. You likely have both in your house, but when you finally need to use them, you can't find one or the other. This is not only annoying but it is also dangerous to have unused nails lying around.

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To avoid this mess and keep everything in one place, you can attach a small magnet to the bottom of your hammer. This will keep your nails attached to it when you need it most!

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A Tension Rod Can Add More To Your Storage Space

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We often store our household cleaning supplies safely under the kitchen or bathroom sink. But all those bulky boxes and oddly-shaped spray bottles can cause us to run out of space and clutter up the cabinet.

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In order to avoid this, try a tension rod! They're inexpensive and can be found at any hardware store. This way, you can hang the spray bottles form the rod and open up more space underneath!

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Clean Your Vents In The Dishwasher

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You may think that you have a spotless home but one item that's often forgotten are your air-conditioning vents. These little guys don't always get the TLC treatment and end up collecting tons of dust that gets recirculated into your home.

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For a quick, efficient clean-up, put your vents in the dishwasher and be sure to close the vents for a thorough clean. Blow dry the excess water off on the cool setting before reinstalling them.

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Store Water Bottles In Magazine Holders

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If you have an endless supply of water bottles in your home, you're not alone. Somehow you've collected so many water bottles over the years, but even though you don't use all of them, you're not to keen on getting rid of them.

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If they're taking up too much space in your kitchen, try storing them on their sides using magazine holders. This will save space and keep everything organized.

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Make A Plastic Bag Tissue Box

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Most of us have a cabinet in our kitchen stuffed with old plastic bags we never seem to run out of. These make excellent waste bin liners, but look like a mess themselves when they're not in use.

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Up-cycle an empty tissue box by putting your plastic bags inside. Stuff the bags into the box with the loops sticking up. Fold the end of each new bag into the loops, so that every time you grab a bag, a new one will be ready for you!

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Did You Know A Squeegee Could Do This?

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One of the biggest drawbacks of having a cat or a dog is the amount of fur that can accumulate on your floors, especially if you have carpet throughout your home. Regular vacuuming usually does the trick but sometimes vacuums aren't strong enough to pick up everything!

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Next time, try using a squeegee to loosen all the hair off of the carpet. The hardest clumps will come out before you run over your carpet with the vacuum again.

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Attach A Car Freshener To A Fan

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One way to get your home smelling fresh when you're pinched for time is to attach a car air freshener to a house fan. Find the kind that clip onto a vent and attach it to your fan, making sure that it won't interfere with the blades.

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Once you get that fan going, your home will be fresh in no time! You won't even have to clean anything or risk spraying aerosols into the air.

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Use Command Hooks To Keep Liners In Place

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If you do reuse plastic bags as waste bin liners, you might be annoyed if every time you throw something away, the bag goes in with it. One way to keep the bag in place is to you Command hooks.

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Stick the hooks on either side of the trash can and place the loops of the bag around them. This will keep your liner in place without you having to touch a bag full of trash.

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Use Old Tubes For Your Cables

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If you have a drawer full of unused cables and cords that you don't like to think about, there's an easy way to clean up that tangled mess. The key is to store your cords so that they are organized and easily accessible, but how do you keep track of what the cords are used for?

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Wrap up the cords neatly and insert them into a toilet paper tube or a paper towel tube cut to size. Just label the tube so you know which cord is which.

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Use An Egg Carton To Store Near-Empty Condiments

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Nothing is more annoying than trying to get those last few tablespoons of mustard or ketchup at the bottom of the bottle. You just know there's a significant amount left and would hate to waste your money by tossing the bottle.

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You could try storing your condiments lid-side down to get every last drop. Use an empty egg carton to hold the condiments in place without them falling over.

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Pringles Cans Can Store Noodles Too

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Spaghetti noodles often come in bags that aren't easy to seal back up after you start using them. This not only allows the dry noodles to lose their freshness but it can also get messy once the noodles start falling out.

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If you happen to have an empty Pringles can lying around, clean it out and use it store your unused noodles! These cans are the perfect size, so you don't have to go buy a special container.

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Use Ceramic To Sharpen Your Knives

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Dull knives can cause more problems than necessary in your kitchen. Not only do they make it harder to chop up your food, but handling a dull knife is also a safety hazard. If you don't have a knife sharpener on hand, you can probably sharpen your knives with something you already have in you cupboard.

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Use the bottom end of a ceramic bowl or mug to sharpen the blade of your knives. Do so with caution!

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Use Ice Cubes For Carpet Dents

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When moving furniture around, you're often left with some unsightly dents in your carpet that don't really seem to go away with time. To make them disappear within the day, place some ice cubes over them.

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When the ice cubes are melted, the dent will be gone but just be sure to wipe up the excess water and fluff the carpet out. This hack can take up to 12 hours to work successfully.

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Remove Permanent Marker Using Toothpaste

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Toothpaste is not only great for keeping your teeth nice and bright white. The product is also great for cleaning surfaces that have been hit with a permanent marker.

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The process is simple. Apply a little bit of toothpaste to a cloth or even a toothbrush head. Rub the toothpaste in a circular motion, applying a little bit of pressure and plenty of friction. As the toothpaste disappears, so too should the permanent marker stain. If the process doesn't work the first time through, apply a dab of wet water and then repeat the process with more toothpaste.

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Smelly Vacuum? This Solution Will Solve The Problem

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If you've owned your vacuum for a while there's a really good chance it's starting to smell, especially when you first turn the vacuum on and start cleaning up dirt from around your house.

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Want to solve the stinky vacuum issue? Try sucking up some ground cinnamon. The fine particles work their way into the hose and canister, clearing them out and leaving behind a better smell. If that doesn't work, you can also vacuum up some baking soda.

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Pouring Vinegar On A Slice Of Bread And Leaving It In The Garage

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This neat hack will help get rid of any lingering odors in the room you place it in. Vinegar is also a natural cleaning agent so you might actually fare better cleaning what you're trying to deodorize.

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I hope you like the smell of vinegar though.

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Use Wax Paper To Make Your Shower Curtain Slide Easier

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Think wax paper is only good for baking cookies and covering food in the refrigerator? Think again! It turns out this incredibly useful paper can help make your shower curtain glide more easily when it has been getting stuck on the shower rod.

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Simply take a piece of wax paper from the box and rub the paper across your shower curtain. Any buildup on the curtain rod will be removed and your shower curtain will start gliding like the day you bought the shower curtain rod.

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Use Coffee Grounds To Unclog A Sink

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Coffee grounds can be used to unclog a sink, both with new grounds or the ones you just used to make your morning cup of joe. This is a very simple trick that doesn't require a lot of work.

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Start by adding some dish soap to your coffee grounds and then pouring the mixture into the drain. Following this step, pour a bunch of boiling water down the drain. You'll need to use a large pot, and maybe several large pots of boiling water. The clog should break up pretty quickly using only those three ingredients.

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This Cutting Board Cleaning Hack Is Simple And Effective

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A really good cutting board makes food preparation a breeze and it can last a lifetime if proper care is taken during the cleaning process. Making your cutting board look like it's close to new is actually pretty simple. Start by covering the cutting board in salt and then cut a lemon in half. Rub the salt into the board with the lemon. The combination of abrasive salt and cleaning lemon will make the cutting board shine like new.

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Just keep in mind that when cutting raw meat on your cutting board, proper disinfectants should be used to avoid contamination issues.

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Clean Your Toilet Bowl With Kool-Aid

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Cleaning your toilet bowl with Kool-Aid? Sure, it may sound like a really strange choice but it's actually really effective for getting rid of mineral deposits that are often hard to scrub away.

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The process for cleaning your toilet bowl is actually simple, just pour a packet into the toilet bowl and scrub it around a little bit with a toilet bowl brush. Let the Kool-Aid sit in the bowl overnight and then flush the bowl the next day. The citric acid in the Kool-Aid packet will break down mineral deposits and remove unwanted bacteria

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Use Milk To Quickly Clean Up Red Wine Stains

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Spilled wine on your floor might seem like the end of a great rug or carpet but there's a very simple hack that can save the day — milk.

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The next time you spill a glass of wine simply head to the refrigerator and grab a glass of milk. Dab up as much of the red wine as possible and then pour the milk directly onto the stain. Let the milk sit for about an hour and then dab up the mess. The milk tricks the wine into absorbing into the dairy product instead of soaking into the carpet or rug.

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