Everyday Item Tricks

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Everyday Item Tricks

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Check out 10 amazingly creative tricks with these everyday items. The best part about these tricks is that they are inexpensive and you probably have them in your home. Please share your experience with us if you try any of the hacks below. Enjoy!

Trick 1: Dental floss not just for teeth

dental-floss

Use dental floss to slice any soft cheeses, layer cakes, or homemade roll, cookie dough or other pastries! Make sure the dental floss is unwaxed and unflavoured unless you want your edible smell like dental floss! All you do is hold the floss tightly between two fingers and press down with a little pressure. The floss will slice through most soft cake or pastry.

Trick 2: Toothpaste as cleaning agent

toothpaste-and-brushI am curious if this actually works. I only know two things I can use with toothpaste for–cleaning my teeth and polishing sliver wares! I tried polishing silver with toothpaste a couple of times and it works wonder. Today, I found out that toothpaste can be an effective agent for cleaning dirty shoes.

Use an old toothbrush to apply toothpaste to the dirty spots on your shoes. Once you have worked the toothpaste into the fabric of the shoes leave it for about 10 minutes. Use a damp towel to wipe the toothpaste off your shoes.

Trick 3: Salt and lemon to remove stains

chopping-boardI always thought a plastic or glass cutting board is better then a wooden one. I thought that plastic is more sanitary because it isn’t porous like wood, therefore, bacteria can’t get trapped in plastic the way it can in wood. Today I found out that a plastic cutting board retains bacteria in the places a knife scarred the surface. It doesn’t matter how much you scrub, wash or put it through the dishwasher, plastic holds onto bacteria and allows it to multiply. Wood on the other hand is a far more sanitary than plastic. Bacteria dies in or on a scarred hard wood surface.  It kills bacteria naturally.

This is how you clean your wooden cutting board. Scrub it with salt and lemon to remove gross food stains. That’s it! Try it and let me know if it works for you.

Trick 4: Ground coffee as deodorizer

portafilter-coffeeThe smell of coffee will do wonders to freshen or at least cover up any unwanted odours in your fridge. You can use either freshly or used ground coffee. Used coffee grounds can be used much like baking soda since the grounds absorb unwanted stench.

Leave a full bowl of ground coffee in the back of your fridge overnight. The grounds will absorb and eliminate all sorts of stench in your fridge.

Trick 5: Mayonnaise or cooking oil as removal agent

cooking-oilMayonnaise not just for sandwiches or cooking oil for frying! With the mixture of lemon juice, eggs, vinegar, and spices, mayonnaise can solve some of life’s weirdest problems. For example, removing sticker residue or buffing scratches out of wooded floors. You only need a small amount of mayonnaise or cooking oil. Rub mayonnaise or cooking oil on sticker to remove it from any surface. After rubbing a small amount, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. The sticker should come right off!

If you run out of conditioner, use mayonnaise instead. Yes, I am not joking. Try full-fat, organic, or homemade mayonnaise to deep condition hair. Dampen your hair with warm water and rub in mayo covering your head. Use a plastic cap or wrap for up to one hour. The vegetable oil in the mayonnaise will give hair moisture and shine. After an hour, wash it out with shampoo and rinse.

Trick 6: A slice of bread as mop

slice-breadEver wonder how you can pick up those tiny pieces of broken glass and worried someone might step on them if you missed any of the fragments? I do.

I have found this trick very helpful. I rather miss my last piece of toast if I need to use it for this purpose. A slice of bread can mop up broken shards of glass where sweeping may not catch them all. Apply peanut butter on another piece of bread and put it on the glassy piece of bread to keep the glass particles from falling out. Then put it in a plastic bag to catch any stragglers that do slip away. Bin it straight away so no one mistook it for a peanut butter sandwich!

Trick 7: Half an onion for the whole job

half-onionsI love onions. I love them even more when I read what else I can do with them.

Cut an onion in half and use it to clean your grill. Stab the half onion with a grill spear. Just make sure the grill is hot, or the cleaning won’t work. The hot grill combined with the onion juices will loosen and lift off grime. Wipe grill with wet kitchen towel as you work along. Use with caution and be sure you don’t make direct contact with the grill!  BBQ fingers may not be the best dish for dinner.

Trick 8: Apple cider vinegar irresistible for flies.

fruit-flyEvery summer I seem to be fighting a loosing battle with fruit flies. No matter how hard I try they seem to always find their way to me!

Try this trick if you are facing the same situation. Pour a little apple cider vinegar into a glass, or just remove the cap from a bottle.  Cover the opening in plastic wrap or cling film and secure with a rubber band. Poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. Fruit flies can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside.

Trick 9: Shaving cream not just for shaving.

Shaving-foamDo you know you can use shaving cream to de-fog bathroom mirrors and car windows? Apply shaving cream to the entire glass surface. Wipe the glass with a dry paper towel until it’s clear.

Try removing stains on the carpet by spraying the area with shaving cream, wipe it with a damp sponge, and leave it to dry. In the morning, vacuum up the dry mess and your carpet will look good as new! You can try cleaning the surface of stainless steel appliances and faucets by coating them with shaving cream and wiping the area dry.

Trick 10: Coca-cola. Drink it or wash with it.

coca-colaI never look at coca-cola the same ever since I found out it can be used as toilet cleaner. Coca-cola is an effective way to remove stains and grime from the toilet bowl. You will need about 20 ounces and leave it to set for an hour.

Today, I found another use for it. You can clean burned pans with Coca-Cola! All you have to do is let the cola sit overnight and clean like normal! If you need your pan on the day try adding Coca-Cola to the greasy pan and let it sit on a burner over low heat for about 30 minutes. Wash afterwards with dish soap and warm water.

If you try any of the tricks above, please post your thoughts and experience to us and, share with the rest of us! I will be posting more tricks. So, come back again and check us out! Thank you for reading!


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