10 Home Hacks You Wish You’d Known

Home hacks are tips that help us do things more easily in our homes and lives. When someone devises an efficient way to do or clean something, these things often get shared as “home hacks”.

Remove Any Carpet Stain:

A container of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish washing liquid

Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup water to a small spray bottle. Then pour in 1/2 teaspoon dawn dish detergent.

Close bottle and shake before each use. Spray over the stained area of the carpet and allow to sit for about 2-5 minutes.

Polish Copper With Ketchup:

In home hacks you wish you'd known, polish copper with salt

If your copper looks tarnished, squirt ketchup on a cloth rag. Rub the mixture on the copper until it is completely covered.

Then rinse with warm water and dry normally.

Best Way To Get Egg Shells Off Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Hard boiled eggs and how to get the shell off more easily

If you add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to your pan of water when boiling eggs, the shells should slide right off the eggs when done.

Ice Cream Trick:

In home hacks you wish you'd known, put ice cream in ziplock bag before putting it in freezer to make it softer

If you store your ice cream in a ziplock freezer bag, it will be softer when you get ready to scoop it out.

Clean Clogged Toilet Without A Plunger:

This idea does not work for a toilet that is overflowing.

  • Step 1. Squirt a good amount of dish soap or shampoo into the toilet.
  • Step 2. Add a gallon of very hot (but never boiling) water into the toilet bowl
  • Step 3. Wait a few minutes. The water should break up the toilet paper and the soap should help it go down the pipe. You may need to repeat steps 1 and 2.

Cleaning Bathroom Tile:

Clorox container sitting on tile floors

Clean the grout in your tile floors with bathroom cleaner. Just fill the grout lines with the cleaner and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout, then let it sit some more. Use a mop with water to clean the floor.

Smooth To Apply Nail Polish:

Put your nail polish in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before you apply it. It will then go on smoother.

Never Buy Paint For Kids/Grandkids Again:

In home hacks you wish you'd known, fill empty ketchup bottles with paint, water, and food coloring.

To Make Paint:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Food coloring

Baking Soda Instead Of Bleach:

Pour a cup of baking soda in the washing machine and your clothes will come out brighter and cleaner.

Clean Toilet With Piece Of Magic Eraser:

Toilet bowl with Magic Eraser

Snip off a piece of a Magic Eraser and drop it in the toilet. Letting it sit overnight would be best.

I hope you can use some of these home hacks to make your life easier.


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  1. For burnt on food and grease I fill the pot or pan with hot water a squirt of Dawn and 1 dryer sheet. Let sit for about 20 minutes and the yucky stuff comes right off

  2. Thank you for these wonderful hacks. It sure would of made my life a little easier if I knew these when I was younger. Thank you again.

  3. I’ve been using pumice stone to scrub off the “ring” stains in the toilet, ugh. While it works well for difficult stains, I’ll try your magic eraser trick. I hope it works.

  4. Interesting. I’m going to try these! I use ketchup (I buy a cheapo brand for this) to remove food burned on pans. The acid loosens the burned bits. Sometimes it has to sit for a couple of days, but it beats scrubbing. Happily I don’t burn food often.
    Also, to remove calluses on feet, soak your feet in warm water with a good dose of vinegar. Again, the acid does the trick, this time softening the dead skin, which is then easy to pumice off.

  5. Hi Brenda! Do I live under a rock? I don’t think I’ve heard any of these accept maybe the nail polish one. Love the recipe for paint (I’m an art docent at the boys’ school), we need the clogged toilet one (no comment) and does baking soda really do the job of bleach? Hope to give these a try soon. Thank you! ~julie

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