We don’t know about you but 24 hours seem so short to fit everything in one day. That’s why we came up with some handy life hacks to make things easier and hopefully quicker for your day-to-day to-dos.
From tips that apply to household-related matters to beauty tricks that will save you time and money, these hacks should help you get the most out of your 24 hours each day and live a better, healthier life.
20. Lighten your foundation with moisturizer
For those who wear makeup, finding the right foundation shade can be a challenge. Just in case the foundation you bought is a bit too dark, a little moisturizer should help lighten it. Of course, be careful and don’t put a lot in one go because the more you put, the lighter the color will become.
Avoid awkward situations by swatching foundations, concealers and other cosmetic products to see which shade works for you!
19. Save Money On Starbucks Lattes
Maybe you’re one of those people that needs an iced latte from Starbucks to get you going in the morning. That’s understandable, but the cost can add up quickly.
If you want to save a couple of bucks, avoid ordering those iced lattes. Instead, try a double shot of espresso with ice and add your own milk and sugar to turn it into your staple drink. Now, that’s a big brain move!
18. Use Non-Gel White Toothpaste To Clean Dirty Sneakers
In case you didn’t know, toothpaste can do a lot of things besides getting your pearly whites looking clean and smelling fresh. Got dirty shoes? Squeeze some onto an old toothbrush and scrub the dark spots on your white soles.
Always make sure to use white, non-gel toothpaste on white soles or sneakers. Using colored toothpaste may have a discoloring effect.
17. Score better car deals at the end of the month
Buying a new vehicle is a big decision and waiting for the end of the month (even year, if possible) may help you score a better bargain. The reason behind this is at the end of a month or year, salespeople are rushing to meet their quotas and will be more likely to strike a deal.
See? Sometimes, not striking while the iron is hot pays off!
16. Use Shaving Cream To Heal A Sunburn
Let’s face it, there will come a time when you have too much fun under the sun without your trusty aloe Vera in your purse. Don’t panic! Shaving cream is just as effective.
Shaving creams have menthol that can give you a cooling effect, as well as moisturizing properties that can help with sunburns. Use a bit of caution though, as leaving it on your skin for a long time may cause irritation. This hack is only applicable to minor sunburns.
15. Make Siri Pronounce Names Correctly
As much as we want, Siri does not know it all. As a matter of fact, Siri cannot pronounce most names. Instead of getting annoyed and foregoing the AI, teach her how to say it properly by saying, “Siri, learn to say my name.” If she mispronounces it, you can follow up with, “Siri, that’s not how you pronounce…” This will save you from waiting on your Siri commands.
14. Make your dishwasher clean more than just plates
Getting a dishwasher can be an extra cost, especially if you think that it only washes plates and glasses. But, it can do way more than that. For example, running a rinse cycle for your vegetables is more efficient and effective than washing them by hand. You can also throw in some toys and kitchen sponges to sanitize them if you’r behind on your other chores!
13. Keep Your Garden Plants Watered
A fancy drip irrigation system isn’t needed if the only thing you’ll be using it on is your garden. Use a clean soda bottle to save money and recycle!
Just puncture the bottle with small holes and put in your garden. That should allow the water to seep out slowly and water your plans as much as necessary.
12. Clean Your Microwave Without Scrubbing
Scrubbing a microwave from the inside out is quite the task. Make your life easier by pouring equal parts water and vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl and then microwave it for 7 minutes or so to loosen any debris.
11. Zip up and protect your other clothes
Before throwing in your slacks or any item with a zipper into the washer, make sure you zip them up first. This is to protect other pieces of clothing from getting snagged or torn, which can save you money down the road when you’re not having to purchase new clothing.
10. Fall asleep faster
To ensure a good night’s sleep, experts advise to lower the temperature in your home to 60-67 degrees. This can help regulate your body’s temperature and prepare it for rest. You might want to put socks on if that’s too cold for you.
However, if you’re not comfortable sleeping with your socks on, leave them on while you’re getting comfortable and remove them after you’ve warmed up.
9. Unclog the drain with common household items
Before you call the plumber to unclog your drain, put the phone down and prepare some boiling water, baking soda, and white vinegar.
To unclog the drain without leaving any residue, pour boiling water down the drain, then pour half a cup of baking soda, and finish it off with half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes and your drain should be unclogged!
8. Make your trash can smell better with bread and vinegar
Tired of taking out the trash over and over again, before the bag fills up? Regardless of how often you take out the trash, chances are your bins will start to smell after awhile. An easy fix for that is to pour vinegar over a slice of bread, drop it to the bottom of the bin and let it sit overnight. You’ll notice the difference the next morning!
7. Take the grease out of your dishes with teabags
If you have a sink filled with greasy dishes and dont want to waste water by keeping it running, fill the sink with hot water and add about a dozen of used teabags before scrubbing. The astringent properties of tannins found in tea can help cut grease, plus you won’t be running water.
6. Use a fitted sheet as a beach blanket
It’s the worst when sand gets all over your beach towels and you’re left with a beach-day mess. Prevent this by using a fitted sheet as a beach blanket!
Just pull the fitted part up and secure it with coolers or other items with a bit of weight to stop sand from entering your personal space.
5. Peel your boiled egg by shaking it
Did you know that the most efficient way to peel an egg is to shake it? It’s true! Put a hard-boiled egg inside a glass jar with just an inch of water and start shaking. Your hard-boiled egg will be ready to peel in no time.
4. Repair small car dents with hot water
Got a dent in your car? Before going to a car shop, fix that fender-bender situation by pouring hot water on it. Afterwards, use a plunger to pull the dent out. Not only can this hack save you from the trouble of taking your car into a repair shop, but it can also save you money.
3. Keep your dog calm through every thunderstorm
For pet parents, it’s a common thing to have a dog get anxious during thunderstorms. Help calm your dog by lightly rubbing them with a dryer sheet. Dogs can feel the static electricity in the air so doing this should help them relax.
2. Light candles without burning a finger
Spaghetti isn’t just for your belly, it can also be used in lighting candles. An uncooked strand of spaghetti is just a long matchstick!
This way, you don’t have to worry about burning your fingers anymore. It also works if you have quite a number of candles to light all at once.
1. Cool down your car quickly
When things get hot, don’t blast the AC just yet! Cool you car off in a jiffy by rolling the windows down and repeatedly opening and closing the passenger door several times. This can save you from using up your fuel to cool down your car.