It’s hard to beat a good life hack. It makes life cheap and easy when you don’t have the time or patients to use the “right” product. Here’s a list of five good life hacks for you to use around your home. If you want some more awesome hacks, just Google “life hacks,” and you’ll get dozens of them.
1.Got a clogged toilet? Even though they work, plungers are a bit sketchy by themselves. They’re messy, and all it takes is one ill placed suction release and you’re wearing what you’ve just been trying to flush. But you can make them more effective.
Solution? Dish soap and water—easy as that. Pour about a half-cup of dish soap into the toilet bowl and let sit for about 10 minutes. Try to plunger one more time, gently. If that doesn’t work, add about a gallon of nearly boiling water. Your clog should simply slip away. Most of the time you don’t even need to use the plunger; the soap and water will work just fine.
2. It’s always a little weird spraying a ton of chemicals into your microwave to clean it, knowing you’ll soon be super-heating whatever is in there onto the food you plan to eat. So avoid the chemicals.
Put about a half-cup of white distilled vinegar and a half-cup of water in a microwave safe bowl. Put it in the microwave and let it a boil for a couple minutes. This will loosen whatever’s in there, then simply wipe it all away.
3. If you want to avoid looking like a sad version of someone in those “Strongest Man” competitions while you’re removing a full trash bag, simply drill a couple holes in the bottom of the trashcan. The holes will allow air in the bottom, releasing the suction that’s holding your bag behind.
4. Scrubbing Bubbles is great. It works well most the time, but if you’re tired of soap stains, and don’t want to dump more chemicals into the water system, try lemons.
Cut a lemon in half and run it around all your drains and faucets. The citric acid will remove almost all your water stains. Side note: some water stains just aren’t coming off—take a breath and walk away from those ones.
5. Last, but certainly not least, toothpaste for removing crayon from your walls. Every parent out there knows that a child’s artistic imagination can’t be contained to the page, and often their exuberance and imagination overflows onto furniture and walls.
Scrub a non-gel toothpaste (you need the abrasiveness) onto your child’s ill-conceived artwork, then wipe away with a warm wet washcloth. That should do the trick.
So there you go. If you find yourself in a pinch, give these a shot.