Life hacks are essential to making your life much simpler. Something as easy as reusing containers you already have can save you valuable time and energy. Here are 10 life hacks you may not have thought of.
1. Empty sunscreen bottle
If you’re nervous about leaving your valuables on the beach while you’re taking a dip (cash, cards, and jewelry), wash out an empty sunscreen bottle and use it to store your stuff. It will be much more discreet and even if someone were to go looking in your bag, they won’t think to take the time to open your sunscreen bottle.
2. Beeswax as waterproofing
So many of my shoes have been ruined because I didn’t expect it to rain when I wore them out. You can use beeswax to waterproof them! You can buy beeswax at the store and all you have to do is cover your shoes in it and use a blow dryer to settle it into the shoe.
3. Tea bags for smelly shoes
I don’t know about you, but my shoes always end up smelling, so this is one of my favorite life hacks! Don’t waste your money buying shoe fresheners when you can purchase an entire box of tea for cheaper. Whenever you take off your shoes, just place a teabag into them and it will freshen them up.
4. Almonds for stomach aches
Instead of drowning yourself in Pepto Bismol, take a more natural route and eat some almonds instead. You can also use other natural ingredients such as cumin, mint, and ginger. Overall these foods are much better for you than days of Pepto will be.
5. Lemon juice removes armpit stains
We all have t-shirts and blouses that have pesky armpit stains that don’t see to come out regardless of how many time you wash them. Mix equal parts lemon juice, either concentrated or not, and water. All you have to do is rub the mixture onto the garment until the stain lifts.
6. Microwave lemons/limes
Citrus fruits are great for deodorizing rooms. Cut a lemon or lime in half and separate the skin from the fruit. Add some olive oil and let it sit for a bit. It can take a while to light since the stem is fairly short, but it should light and immediately begin releasing a citrusy scent.
7. Cleaning a blender
Why do we always try to clean blenders with a sponge? Instead, all water and dish soap to a rinsed out blender and start it. The swirling of the soap and water mixture is just as effective as a sponge and if there are pesky spots you can deal with them after.
8. Paper clips for tape rolls
Instead of always struggling to find the end of a tape roll, put some paper clips on the sticky side. It will keep the adhesive nature but will eliminate all of the time you spend spinning the roll in circles to find the end.
9. Stocking over a vacuum cleaner
We often lose things we don’t even realize and they definitely get sucked up by the vacuum. Instead of risking sucking up that earring, put a pair of old pantyhose over the spout and then vacuum. It will still suck up any dust and particles but earrings and bobby pins will stay on the outside.
10. Lotion in old contact cases
Every time I buy a new bottle on contact solution I get another contact case, which is great for keeping my contacts clean, but not so great for the pile collecting in my cabinet. If you don’t want to just toss these, which you shouldn’t, use them to pack small quantities of things such as lotion and foundation.
Which of these life hacks had you not thought of before? Leave a comment below!
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Just a 21-year-old girl with a world of opportunity in front of her. I am currently finishing up my degree in fashion merchandising at Kent State University's Fashion School. A sister of Chi Omega, a competitive dancer and lover of any and all spicy foods.