Monday September 17, 2018
If you’re like us, you take pride in your home and want it to look its best all the time, not just when company is coming for a visit. But maintaining your home can be a tiresome project that takes a lot of energy, especially after you’ve put in eight-plus hours at work and ferried the kids around to school and activities.
Home hacks are essential because they can make some of the more mundane tasks of home maintenance a little easier and up the creativity quotient when it comes to the appearance of your home.
Here are some of our favorite home hacks:
Cleaning Copper Pots — Copper pots and pans look amazing, especially when you hang them on display in your kitchen. But over time, copper can begin to look dull and dingy. The best way to fix this is right in your own refrigerator. Take a clean cloth and pour a good size dose of ketchup onto it. Then, sprinkle salt on top of the ketchup. The mixture of the two items can then be rubbed directly onto the copper items and will begin to clean them for you. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off and dry.
Cover Up the Thermostat — If you have ever wanted to cover up a thermostat that stands out from the rest of your décor, this genius hack will help you do just that. Take a photo or piece of wall art and attach hinges to the frame. Then hang the picture on the wall directly over the thermostat. The hinges on the side will allow you to swing the picture away from the wall (like they always did in old cartoons to cover wall safes) though you can still access the thermostat.
Get Your Shoes Extra White — If you’ve got kids, then you probably have a hard time keeping their tennis shoes clean. And who has the money to keep buying new shoes? Instead, clean the dirt off of the shoes with water and then use a toothbrush to apply a mixture of one part baking soda and one and a half parts laundry detergent. When you let them sit, rinse them again in the washer and leave them out to dry for a sparkling pair of sneakers.
Save on Counter Space — This is a great hack if you have your kitchen sink against a wall and either already has a cabinet above it or can install one easily. Remove the cabinet shelves and replace them with wire frame drying racks. Then, when you wash the dishes, you can stack them neatly on the racks and they will drip-dry with the sink below them to catch the water.
Taking care of your home doesn’t have to be rocket science. With these basic home hacks, you can save yourself time, money, and hassle.