With so many household products around your house, there’s bound to be some way to use them that they’re not meant for.
From soothing your drawers’ mechanism to wiping down plants to putting on your duvet cover, check out these genius hacks that’ll make your household chores so much easier.
Stretch the rubber band around the rim of the lid to provide some extra non-slip grip, then twist the lid right off.
NEXT: Clean surfaces with orange peel →
Make your own orange cleaner. Place orange peels in a sealable container and cover with vinegar. After a day, the orange oil will permeate the vinegar. Strain and use in a spray bottle, avoiding wood and delicate surfaces.
NEXT: Remove cup stains with sugar →
To remove stains from china teacups, wet the cup first, then sprinkle sugar on it. Give the china a gentle rub, then rinse.
NEXT: Save silica gel satchets →
You know those little satchets you get in vitamin bottles or shoe boxes? Store them with your camera gear – it’s especially useful in our humid climate as they prevent mould and humidity from destroying your things.
NEXT: Use soap to smoothen a drawer’s mechanism →
To stop drawers from sticking, rub a bar of soap or a candle across the runners to make them glide easily.
NEXT: Remove dust from lamp shades with a lint roller →
Dust your fabric lamp shades with a sticky lint roller to remove dust and dirt.
NEXT: Wipe down indoor plants with coconut oil →
If you’re growing indoor plants, use coconut oil to shine their leaves. Dab a small blob of coconut oil on a small cloth and wipe gently over the leaves.
NEXT: Clean candleholders with coconut oil →
Love your candles but not the molten mess? You can easily remove melted wax from a candleholder with the help of coconut oil. Before inserting a candle into your holder, coat the base of the holder with coconut oil. Any dripped wax will then be easy to wipe off.
NEXT: Open a sealed envelope easily →
If you seal an envelope then realize you forgot to put something in, pop the envelope in the freezer for a couple of hours and it will easily open.
NEXT: The easy way to put on the duvet cover →
When you remove a duvet cover to wash it, leave it inside out. When it’s ready to go back on, put your hands into the top corners inside the cover, then firmly grip the top two corners of the duvet, pull your hands back out, holding the duvet, and the cover will turn the right way round with the duvet inside. Give it a good shake, and it’s on!
NEXT: Line the bottom of the bin with newspaper →
When you clear the rubbish bin at home, place old newspapers at the bottom of the new bag to absorb food juices.
NEXT: Use baking paper to prevent chopping board stains →
Cover your chopping board with a sheet of baking paper when cutting beetroot and other colourful items to stop them from staining the wood.
NEXT: Smooth out caulk with an ice cube →
The caulk won’t stick to it and will melt perfectly into the shape of your joint.
NEXT: Store Christmas decorations and festive lights in egg cartons →
Empty egg cartons are perfect holders for storing your smaller decorative ornaments like baubles. Don’t forget to label each carton so you know what’s what.
NEXT: Spray outdoor plants with caffeine to keep pests away →
To stop those pesky caterpillars from eating all your potted plants, put diluted granulated coffee in spray bottles and spray all the leaves regularly.
NEXT: Open stubborn jar lids with a thick rubber band →
By Atika Lim, Singapore Women’s Weekly, June 2016
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