Adulting is hard, no matter how long you've been doing it. Maybe you're trying — and failing — to get a stain out of a piece of clothing or maybe you’re trying to figure out the best way to make DIY repairs that won’t cost you a fortune. Even if DIY isn't your thing, it doesn't have to be an intimidating concept.
In truth, there’s probably an easy way to do most things at home. You just have to know what it is. The answer to your problem could very well already be in your house, but you just don’t realize it. To get you started, here are 30 household hacks to help you rule DIY projects around your home.
Conquering the Hot and Cold BattlegroundThermoPro TP50 Digital Indoor Thermometer
The thermostat setting is a major point of contention in most homes. Everyone has different opinions on how to set it, so you can keep a close eye on your indoor climate with the ThermoPro Temperature and Humidity Monitor.
Donuts for (Almost) Every Meal
When reheating food in the microwave, it's not uncommon to find cold spots. For certain foods, that cold spot can be enough to completely ruin your appetite. Fortunately, there's an easy fix for this common conundrum: Make a donut.
Another great microwave hack involves frozen goods. Specifically, it involves ice cream — and a little bit of impatience. If you've got a hot date with some cold dessert, but you can't bear to wait for the ice cream to thaw enough to stick a spoon in it, just pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds. It will come out perfect for indulging.
Nail Saver1InTheOffice Claw Staple Remover
Most people have to deal with keyrings at some point, and it's never a pleasant experience. If you don't have long, strong fingernails, they're almost impossible to pry open, but a Claw Staple Remover can handle the problem with ease. The simple gadget may look like monster jaws, but it’s perfect for opening keyrings — and holding them open — while you slide your keys into place.
If you have small scrapes or dings in your wood furniture, try touching them up with a shelled walnut. Simply crack the shell, remove the nut, break it in half and rub the exposed interior against the areas you want to touch up. The oils from the nut help recondition the wood and restore it to its former glory.
Plastic packaging can be a real pain in multiple ways. It's a nightmare to open, it destroys scissors and it could leave you with a nasty cut if you're not careful. That hard plastic packaging that usually protects electronics or other valuable goods doesn't have to be your worst nightmare.
Lean, Green, Stain-Fighting Machine
Gardners, parents, athletes and outdoorsy folks all have to face those nasty green stains at some point. You could switch to wearing only green clothes, or you could just wash the stains out. Not as easy as it sounds, right? Washing machines can't always do the work for you, but getting out grass stains isn't actually difficult.
Preparing for the UnexpectedTide to Go Instant Stain Remover Liquid Pen
Food stains are gross, but they inevitably happen. If you're lucky, they happen at home where cleanup is relatively easy. If stains happen while you're out and about, things are tricky but not impossible with the help of Tide to Go Stain Remover Pens.
Hindsight Is 20/20
Everyone knows the old adage about hindsight, but did you know that foresight is 20/20/20? If you're someone whose job and maybe even leisure activities have you staring at a computer screen for long periods of time, you need to listen up. Headaches, eye strain and other screen-related pains can be a thing of the past.
Best Seats in the House
If you're among the crowds who still go to movie theaters, here are some pointers for you. Although many people insist front and center are the best seats in the house, that's about as far from the truth as you can get.
Spin, Spin, Spin!
This little trick is one that has been around for a while. It's no magical lifesaver, but it doesn't require any extra materials, so it's a handy little thing to know when you need it. Even if you don't like eggs, you could always use this tidbit as a fun party trick.
Turn Your World Upside Down
Dairy products are delicious, but they seem to consistently go bad quickly, especially yogurts and other creamy goods. Half the time, they don't even make it to their expiration dates before they start looking — and smelling — like science projects. It doesn't have to be that way, and the solution doesn't even involve buying anything else.
Free As the Wind
Nobody likes to pay for things they could otherwise get for free, right? In the online world, not paying for products could potentially get you into trouble, especially when it comes to software. Still, not wanting to pay hundreds of dollars for Adobe Suite is totally understandable, and there is a possible solution.
Rust is literally the worst. It makes items difficult to use and unpleasant to look at. Rusty tools flake everywhere when you touch them and generally make a mess while staining your hands. The good news is that it's easy to get rid of rust if you have a big enough container.
Dog on Duty
This life hack is less about making your life easier and more about potentially saving someone else's. Service dogs are working animals trained to do a specific set of tasks. They are not pets or emotional support animals, although both of those animals have important duties as well.
Bad at math? You’re not alone. Percentages can be especially confusing when you have to calculate them on the fly, so here's a quick tip that might help: X percent of Y is the same as Y percent of X. Don't know what 7% of 50 is? Try 50% of 7. They have the same answer.
Beat the BugsSylvania Efficient Soft White LED Light Bulbs 60W Equivalent
Sitting outside in the summer is usually pretty pleasant when the air isn’t filled with bugs. Attract fewer insects with Sylvania’s Warm White LED Bulbs. They give off less blue and UV light, which is what attracts insects.
Sports are a stinky business, and hockey is among the worst when it comes to pungence. (All that heavy equipment just begs you to sweat buckets.) When store-bought odor killers just won’t do the trick, it's time to turn to your kitchen for assistance. Two ingredients in a spray bottle make the best deodorizer you can find anywhere.
Naturally Relieve Your Migraine
Popping pills to combat headaches is never fun, especially if you're sensitive to medications or don't like swallowing tablets. In the ER, bad headaches and migraine attacks are treated with magnesium, so instead of taking an Excedrin, get your Popeye on.
A Real Pain in the Glass
A dropped glass inside the house is never fun, especially if it falls on a hard floor. Someone is bound to get a sliver of glass stuck in their foot if you don't meticulously pick up every little piece, and a vacuum simply can't be trusted. Make sure you get all the pieces by combining these two simple steps.
Cola Strikes Again!
It was already mentioned that cola cleans rust, but the popular drink has so many more uses than that. It can remove tarnish from brass or silver in the same way it removes remove rust. Just soak the pieces overnight and wash them in the morning.
DIY Bath Goodies
Want to take a relaxing spa-style bath without forking over a bunch of money for bath bombs? Take the skin-soothing soak you deserve by making bath mixes from stuff you may already have at home. The easiest "bomb" only requires five to 10 green tea bags. Toss them in your tub for a rejuvenating bath experience.
Keep It DownThe Ginger People Gin Gins Original Chewy Ginger Candy
A simple treatment for nausea before it gets to the point of puking is ginger. You can buy it fresh, in tea form or in Chewable Candy form. If you have chronic stomach problems or a sensitive tummy, ginger is one of the best ways to keep it calm and carry on.
Learning Is Easy
If you’re raising little ones who are learning to read, watching TV can be educational. Turn on subtitles while they're watching and let the program help them learn new words. They learn to follow along as the characters speak, and repeated words become more familiar in time.
Fill Those Shoes
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes that is just a tiny bit too small? What about some new kicks that you’re dreading wearing right away to break them in? Unlike breaking in baseball gloves by running over them with your car, breaking in new shoes is much easier (and doesn't use any gas).
You have undoubtedly shrunk something in the washer at least once, perhaps even recently. Plenty of guides tell you how to avoid shrinking clothing, but no one really talks about how to reverse it. That's right, it’s possible to undo the most dreaded laundry mistake.
Target Those Deals
Here's a shopping hack for the discount-savvy. If you like to frequent Target, pay close attention to their markdown tags. If the price ends in an eight, it's likely to be marked down again soon. If it ends in a four, that's the lowest the price is going to go.
No Time for a Cold
There are plenty of ways to catch an unpleasant bug that comes with a sore throat. Sore throat remedies vary from simple lemon and honey to concoctions involving vinegar and garlic. Just about all of them will do the trick as long as they include an acid and an antiseptic/anti-inflammatory.
Permanent markers are great until they end up being permanent somewhere you don't want. If marker gets on nonporous surfaces like whiteboards, jar lids or glass, you can remove it with nail polish remover. If it's being particularly stubborn, scribble over it with more permanent marker and then wipe it down with an acetone-soaked cloth.
This last one is perfect for the forgetful people who live in rainy areas like Portland or the Great Lakes region. If you get caught in the rain without an umbrella, swing into the nearest bar and grab a drink. Before you go, ask if they have any abandoned umbrellas.