25 Natural Household Tips to Make Life Easy
Hold on to your hat, my friends! You're about to find natural solutions for those pesky problems in your home. From preventing moldy bread to patching holes in the wall, these handy tips will delight and surprise you.
Best of all, you'll save time and money and be amazed at how easy these 25 natural household solutions are. So, if you're ready, let's begin.
No More Moldy Bread
1. To keep your bread from molding, place a clean dry paper towel under the bread in its original bag when storing it.
Solutions for Frustrating House and Car Problems
These mind-blowing tips are some of my personal favorites. I think you'll find them helpful too:
2. Got holes in your white walls? Simply dab a small amount of white, non-gel toothpaste into the hole and you'll never notice it again.
3. Protect your walls from cracks. My daddy taught me this one. Before you drive a nail into the wall, place a piece of tape over the spot and you'll avoid cracking the wall.
4. Use peppermint for those pesky pests. I've been using this tip for several years and it's a keeper. Simply plant mint in the ground close to your home (it grows rapidly and everywhere). Mice, moles, rats, gophers, and squirrels are just some of the annoying critters that will stay away.
5. What do you do for a weird smell in your car? This is one of my favorite tips. Just take a sheet of fabric softener and place a couple under the seats and in the trunk.
6. Mosquitoes driving you nuts? Fabric softener sheets work wonders. To keep mosquitoes at bay, stick a sheet of Bounce fabric softener in your pocket, sleeve, or shoe and they will leave you alone.
7. Here's how to ice-proof your windshield. Mix one part water to three parts white vinegar and spray on the windshield generously. It will keep your windshield ice-free.
Goodbye to Rough Lips
8. You can get rid of dead skin on your lips with this all-natural exfoliating rub made from ingredients in your own kitchen:
- Mix a drop of sesame or olive oil with brown sugar.
- Rub the delicious mixture gently over the lips to remove flaky skin.
- Finish by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to the lips.
Got Stains? Surprising Tips to Remove Annoying Stains
Use what you have right in your kitchen to remove stains.
9. To remove gum, take a piece of ice and rub on the gum until it hardens. Gently remove the gum with a dull knife and launder.
10. To remove ketchup or tomato stains, remove the excess with a dull knife, then dab with a damp, warm sponge. Apply a little bit of shaving cream to the stain and let it dry. Then wash as usual.
11. Too much mustard? Check the fabric to make sure it's colorfast, then apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the stain and let it set for a few minutes. Wash immediately.
12. What to do if you stain clothing from cooking oil (any kind): Wash in regular shampoo. (Avoid built-in conditioner.)
13. For old or unknown stains, run down to the closest health food store (or go online) and pick up vegetable glycerin. Apply some to the stain, let it set for about an hour, and then launder.
14. For removing rust stains, wet the spot with lemon juice, then sprinkle with salt. Allow to stand in direct sunlight for 30 to 45 minutes. Wash the garment and the stain is gone.
15. How to remove the dreaded wine stains: There are several ways to remove wine stains. This is one I really like. First, blot (don't rub) the stain with a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide. If that doesn't lift the stain, then apply a paste made from water and cream of tartar and let it sit for a while before washing.
A Few Handy Tips to Make Life Easier
16. Fix a stuck zipper by rubbing lip gloss directly on the zipper. Or if you have a lead pencil handy, just rub the zipper with the lead from the pencil. You can also use a bar of soap to keep a zipper sliding nicely. Rub the end of the bar lightly across the zipper.
17. To help a zipper stay closed, grab a can of hairspray, zip up the zipper and spray lightly with the hairspray.
18. Oh, those terrible black scuff marks! Good news. They will be gone in no time by using lemon juice or rubbing alcohol on them.
19. To keep towels looking like new, just add a cup of salt to the washing machine when they're new. The salt will set the colors so the towels won't fade as quickly.
Weird Tips That Work Well
20. I can still picture my mother peeling onions with a piece of bread in her mouth, right between her teeth. She claimed it would prevent crying while the onion was being peeled. Try it. It really works.
21. I'm a candle lover. For any type of candle, if you place it in the freezer for three hours before burning it, it will last much longer.
22. Speaking of freezing, get this. If you freeze your pantyhose before wearing them, chances are they won't run. The cold strengthens the fibers. Do this with a new pair.
23. Welcome to the two-minute face lift. To make a simple, yet effective face mask, you only need two ingredients from your kitchen.
- Grab an egg and using just the yolk and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, whip up using a wire whisk.
- Apply directly to the face. After rubbing it in, leave on for two minutes.
- Rinse gently with cool water. You'll feel a tightening that will leave your skin feeling refreshed and glowing.
24. I hate it when my plastic containers are left with that ugly stain caused from tomato-based sauces. To prevent this, spray the inside of the container with non-stick cooking spray before storing sauce.
25. Save on dishwashing liquid. Buy the cheapest brand, then add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water while you wash. Those dishes will shine. I also do this with my dishwasher.
Bonus Tip: Instead of struggling with a knife, hammer, screwdriver, or blow torch to open those dreaded plastic container wraps that encase everything from toys to makeup, use a can opener to release the contents.
Using Environmentally Friendly, Natural Products
When I was a young homemaker, I would have given anything to have a notebook full of tips on hand to help me with cleaning and household problems, especially if they were natural solutions. In fact, when you use natural products for cleaning and other problems, you are doing your part to help keep our planet clean.
For instance, you can use distilled white vinegar to:
- Remove mildew
- Cut grease
- Remove wax build-up
- Remove certain stains
- Remove mineral deposits from shower heads
- Clean and polish chrome
- Remove stickers from glass, plastic, or wood
- Whiten grout (just use an old toothbrush)
- Remove rust from tools and other items (let item set for 30 minutes)
Will You Be Using Natural Cleaning Solutions Now?
Parents can use these tips as a teachable moment for their children. (Be sure any chemicals you use are safe.) Letting kids help teaches them about responsibility. It can be fun too. Kids can use a tip or two for "share time" in school, demonstrating a quick tip.
What are some of your favorite tips? Feel free to share them in the comment section below. Thanks!
Housework is something you do that nobody notices until you don't do it. ~Author Unknown
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