Remove shower head. Place it in white vinegar for 15 minutes and brush off the gunk with an old toothbrush. Avoid tangling up your earphones with a simple use of the wooden clothing pegs as a genius DIY pin/holder. Combine water, rubbing alcohol and vinegar to make homemade glass cleaner wipes. Have kids? Use toothpaste to remove marker stains from wood. Quick DIY drawer cabinets using shoe boxes. Customise the size required by cutting the boxes in half by length or width, as needed for your space, then tuck into a drawer. Keep it tidy! Use velcro on the wall to stick your TV and AC remote. Smelly fridge? Use baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the insides. Hang a file box off adhesive hooks in bathroom to hold hair dryers and straighteners Crumpled paper can be used to quick dry your shoes. Install a simple magnetic strip in your medicine cabinet and hang tweezers, nail clippers and scissors from it. Tie rubber bands to each end of a hanger to prevent clothes from falling off. Use paper clamps on the edge of the table and put wires through them to keep them organised. When freezing ground beef, flatten it out in a Ziploc bag for faster thawing. Divide your drawers by filling it with smaller boxes to allow for maximum organization and easy navigation everyday. Spruce up the room by adding car fresheners to your air conditioner. To remove grease stains, Sprinkle cornmeal or talcum powder on the spot until absorbed. Brush off with a dry cloth. Light up the end of a piece of uncooked spaghetti to light wicks of candles that got burned too deeply in the jar. Use salt and lemon (no, this is not about Tequila) to clean your chopping board without any chemicals. Who says a bedside table has to be a table? Use a stepladder to hold the essentials such as a lamp, a smartphone, water. Cutting your sponges in half not only saves you money but also allows you to give those small corners a thorough cleaning. String a clothesline across your child's room to clothespin up her favourite artwork. Grind some uncooked white rice in your coffee grinder to make if smell free. Put a clock in each bathroom so there are no excuses for being late! Organise your freezer storage with binder clips. Use a piece of paper to access Pringles easily. When you're done, you can use the container to store spaghetti. Maximise your closet storage with shower curtains clips. Fold your shirts in half and store them vertically for more room. Get rid of odious disposal odours: Feed ice cubes made of vinegar down your disposal. Flip the switch to grind the cubes, then flush with cold water. If you have remnants of your casserole stuck to your baking dish, wad a clean piece of foil and crush it into a ball, then use it with few drops of dishwashing liquid to scrub glass cookware clean. Clean a ceiling fan without the dusty mess. Slide an old pillowcase over the blade, then slowly draw the fabric back. All the dust and dirt will stay in the pillowcase instead of flying everywhere. Use a Dryer Sheet to Get Rid of Soap Residue. Sprinkle it with a few drops of water, then use it to wipe away built-up soap residue on your shower doors. Pick up pet furs from sofas easily by running a damp rubber glove over the surface. Any hair will cling to the glove, not the upholstery. Mix 1/2 cup olive oil & 1/4 cup lemon juice to remove tough water stains on your furniture. Just drank a cuppa tea? Don't throw the tea bag away! Leave it out to dry and put it in dark corners of rooms and cabinets to get rid of mouldy/musky odours like potpourri. Pour some essential oil into the insides of your toilet roll, and it will keep your bathroom smelling nice. Scrunch some aluminium foil into a ball, dip into a little bit of water, and scrub off rust on metal legs/bars. tips for keeping wood furniture looking good: Put felt under bowls and figurines on wood furniture to prevent them from scratching the wood. Use q tips to deep clean the keyboard of your computer or laptop. Don't know where to store those onions and potatoes? Take a new pair of pantyhose and place the onions into the feet. Tie a knot in the pantyhose above each whole onion. Repeat this process until both legs are full. Hang the pantyhose in a cool, dry, and dark place. Recycle wet wipe containers to store plastic grocery bags. Clean your grater by grating raw chunks of potato. Place an open box of baking soda to prevent your bedsheets and linen from smelling musty. Rub walnut (without shells) to mask the damage on your wooden furniture. Keep your porcelain clean and shiny by rubbing vodka on it. Clean your sponge/cloth with a mix of baking soda and water. Place it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Remove surface stickiness on antique furniture by using dilute white vinegar to clean it. To avoid scattering the dust into the air, dampen the cloth slightly to remove dust from furniture. In a living room setting, face chairs and sofa toward each other to encourage conversation. Peel a potato without a peeler by boiling it and then place it in a bucket of ice. The skin will separate itself from the potato and you can pick it right off. Place rugs underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed, couch or chairs to create a cohesive look. Here's an easy way to spoon out excess fat from stocks, stews and sauces: skim a few ice cubes along the surface of the liquid. Natural lighting in your room widens the look and feel of your space and instantly lifts the vibe of your home. Furniture with striped patterns help elongate your space and make the room appear like it goes on forever. In a small bedroom, use fewer furniture pieces of a slightly larger scale to maximise floor space. Use Kosher salt and lemons to clean your chopping board without leaving any chemicals. Use one teaspoon of liquid soap, a few drops of antibacterial oils, and baking soda mixed with water to create a paste to clean the tub with. Clean up your makeup brushes with baby shampoo and hang them to dry to avoid mould. You can easily clean your iron by running it hot (no steam) over a piece of paper or foil covered with salt. To prevent black jeans from fading to grey, add a couple of cups of brewed coffee or tea to your washing machine’s rinse cycle. Hang sheets with the crease exactly in the middle and they will be easier to fold evenly when you bring them in off the line. Spray your clothes with a solution of lavender oil and water before putting them on and the crinkles will disappear. Recycle old door knobs and use them to hang clothes and towels in your bathrooms for a rustic look Hinged paintings are a great way to hide unsightly wall switches and thermostats Place a stocking over the head of your vacuum cleaner to find missing ear studs or other small items Place a pretty scrap of fabric or wallpaper in a picture frame for an instantly beautiful dry-erase memo board! Fill small jars with tacks, nails, buttons, or other easy-to-lose supplies, then attach the lid of each jar to the underside of a shelf. Voilà! Instant storage without wasting a precious inch of shelf space. Secure a tension rod in the cabinet underneath your bathroom or kitchen sink, then hook on your most frequently used sprays and scrubbers for instant access. Ice cube trays are a quick and simple solution for organising your jewellery! Hang soda tabs on hangers, so you can stack hangers and take up less space in your closet. Before you throw away a post-it, run it between the keys on your keyboard to collect crumbs + dust. If your dorm smells bad, tape a dryer sheet over the AC unit and turn it on. Put old newspaper at the bottom of your bin to absorb food juice. Keep your house cool by filling a mixing bowl with ice (or something equally cold, like an ice pack) and positioning it at an angle in front of a large fan Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy in the heat they emit, so tossing them to the curb will make a small difference in cooling your home while lowering your electric bill. You should iron clothes when they're slightly damp as the moisture helps release wrinkles from even the peskiest pieces. You dishwasher can wash way more than dishes - use it for toys, hairbrushes, and light fixture glass globes, to name a few. In order to bring faded colours back to life, add ¼ to ½ cups of lemon juice to your laundry detergent. Use rice to clean out stubborn stains in vases and bottles. Simply pour in some rice and add warm water and soap, then shake. Use rubber gloves to remove pet hair from furniture – simply stroke the surface with a damp glove, and it will attract all the hair. Rub on some shoe polish to improve the look of old furniture. Use coffee filters to wipe computer monitor and TV screen. Lemon juice can remove stains from wooden and plastic cutting boards. Simply squeeze out some lemon juice on top of the dirty surface and leave on for 20 minutes. To remove stickers from mirrors, apply some mayo, then use a flexible spatula to get the sticker off Place rugs underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed, couch or chairs to create a more cohesive look. Placing a couch a few inches away from the wall to create a little breathing room and make a small space seem larger Place lighting strategically to light the entire room, making sure that every corner gets equal attention, in order to create a balanced look. Choosing taller lamps help to emphasise or create a sense of a high ceiling. As a rule of thumb, the higher the curtains, the better! Go for larger coffee tables as large coffee table help to expand and connect a room. Design experts agree that coffee tables should generally be placed anywhere from 12 to 24 inches away from your couch. Dressers should not be stand-alone pieces; try putting another piece of furniture next to it to achieve balance. To add visual interest to any space, incorporate a variety of furniture with different heights, depths, and widths. Large rooms can seem alienating. Cut a too-large room down to size. Treat it as though it were several small spaces by creating more than one intimate seating and activity area. Keep about one metre of walking space around the room for a comfortable living space Pull your sofa (or other seating) out at least 12” from the wall to make the space seem more inviting and cozy Find the focal point in the room—a fireplace, for instance, or a window with a beautiful view—then place your furniture around it to draw the eye in that direction. Mirrors reflect light and help to make a small space feel considerably larger. Symmetrical arrangements work best for formal rooms. Asymmetrical arrangements make a room feel more casual. Vary the size of furniture pieces throughout the room in order to create visual interest. Dividing your room walls horizontally and painting them in different colours is a great way to add a splash of colour to otherwise dull walls. If black over the entire wall seems like too much, consider grounding a living room with some black on the bottom half of a room. About every two weeks, you should flip your upholstery cushions. This will ensure that they wear evenly and will help to maintain their shape. Screw a magazine holder onto the back of a cabinet door to store the hair dryer. Bring wrinkled clothes in while you have a hot shower. Dryer sheets can easily clean soap scums from glass shower doors. Roll your towels instead of folding them to save space. Fill small jars with tacks, nails, buttons, or other easy-to-lose supplies, then attach the lid of each jar to the underside of a shelf. Use bread tags to label your wires and cables. Suspended tables can create an illusion of space. Vacuuming walls every few weeks will help keep dust from accumulating; dust can make white walls look dingy. Keep a labeled container of wall paint easily accessible. Pour a tiny bit into a plastic cup and touch up discoloured spots with a small brush. Launder white sheets in hot water with your regular detergent. Add bleach as needed to keep them looking fresh.
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