Excellent Lifehacks For Every Housewife

Dec 16, 2020Roshanak

People are always looking for ways to make life easier. Now, that almost everyone spends more time at home, these lifehacks will certainly come in handy. Whether you’re a housewife or not, you probably want to know how to avoid wasting herbs, how to store pans so they won’t get scratched, and even how to organize a closet better. Let’s discover more!

NO MORE TOMATO STAINS

Redditor FordLightning uploaded this hack and picture with the caption: “Put plastic wrap over your tomato dishes before putting the plastic lids on to avoid stains!” Keeping your Tupperware clean can be tricky because food can be there a long time, and this is pretty useful.

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SUPER GLUE LEGO COLLECTIONS

Redditor tibbymat posted this image and wrote, “Tired of your kids breaking their Lego collections? Use super glue or CA glue while assembling and it will remain intact forever.” While regular pieces can be made into lots of things, Lego does have collections. It’s just better to keep this way after your kids have built them.

START BUYING IN BULK

Redditor martinparets uploaded this hack and explained, “Buy cleaning solutions in bulk and get a set of industrial spray bottles - you’ll have a better experience for less money.” Buying in bulk is always smart, particularly when it comes to products that don’t go bad. Think about this one!

USE A POOL NOODLE FOR THE SOFA

Redditor Succulentmama posted this lifehack online and wrote, “I feel like a tired genius. Place a pool noodle under the couch so things can't roll under and out of reach.” Clearly, this is a parent that spent way too much time looking for toys under the couch, but this is genius. You can even buy a similarly-colored pool noodle to match the sofa.

USE PAINTERS TAPE TO HANG FRAMES

Redditor SgtSavage1106 uploaded this picture and wrote, “When hanging something with two hooks, use painter's tape to get exact markings, and a level on the wall. Hammer in your nails, and peel away the tape!” Hanging portraits can be difficult, especially if you don’t want to ruin the plaster. This is a great idea!

NO MORE ROLLING SODAS IN THE CART

Redditor sam_smajlik posted this lifehack and explained, “When you are shopping and bottles are rolling around your shopping cart then just stick the cap of the bottles between the bars on the shopping cart.” Aside from being annoying, shaken soda bottles can explode when you open them. That removes all the carbonation. So, this will also prevent that from happening.

SEAL BAGS TO AVOID STALENESS

Redditor Princesskassiex posted these images and wrote, “A great hack to stop your crisps/chips and other savory snacks from going stale or bad.” Any parent knows that their kids might not eat the whole bag at once. There are several ways to closing your opened bags, but this one is a great option too.

STOP BUYING EXPENSIVE PET BEDS

Redditor rocketyacht posted this image and wrote, “Successfully made my own dog beds! After losing 3 store-bought ones to the naughty girl on the right. Single kids sleeping bags filled with a bunch of pillows, all from the op shop. $10 each and washable!” Prices may vary, but it’s pretty genius!

NATURAL AIR FRESHENER

Instagramer aban.eco posted this picture and wrote, “All we had to do to get rid of poop smell was to light a match then blow it out. This needs to come back in fashion because aerosol sprays are bad, mmmkay?  #sulfurdioxide #housewifehacks.” This is also great for people that are trying to be more eco-friendly.

USE A SALAD SPINNER FOR DELICATES

Instagramer asimplygoodlife posted this hack and explained, “Well I made it 48 years without knowing about this little housewifey trick...you can use your salad spinner to spin small delicate items! […] It would be ideal for stockings or other delicate undergarments.” But it’s best to one specifically for washing laundry and one for the kitchen. Don’t mix them up!

NEVER LOSE A BOBBY PIN AGAIN

Redditor AlQaholism posted this hack and wrote, “Haven’t seen a stray bobby pin yet. My wife’s clever.” Bobby pins are something that all women have lost in their lives. They somehow disappear after you open their package. But using a Tic Tac box to store them is pretty clever.

SAVE FITTED SHEETS

Redditor StnMtn_ posted this idea and explained, “Restoring fitted stretched bedsheets. Sewing triangle cloth on two corners and elastic on two corners.” Having to buy new sets may not be possible for people on a budget, and it’s horrible when their original elastic goes bad. So, this is a lifesaver.

NEVER DROP A TOWEL AGAIN

Redditor exyphrius posted this hack and wrote, “Use a clip to prevent your hand towels from slipping off and falling on the floor.” Any parent will understand the importance of this hack because kids are often dropping towels, but adults do it too. It’s just hard to keep them steady on the rack, and this will help.

SOFT BROWN SUGAR

Redditor Alex_877 posted this cooking hack and explained, “A good way to soften brown sugar is to leave it open in the fridge overnight. It will absorb some of the moisture in the fridge and come out a lot softer if you leave it for a day.” Brown sugar is great for cookies, but it can get so clumpy. Time to try this hack!

USE A RUBBER BAND ON HANGERS

Redditor luckydice1224 posted this picture and wrote, “Add rubber bands on the ends of hangers to prevent clothes from slipping off.” Of course, this is fantastic especially for dresses with spaghetti strings. But it will work efficiently for most of your clothes. Let us know how it worked!

STOP WASTING INGREDIENTS

Instagramer thehousewifelet posted this idea and wrote, “One of the areas of our household that I wanted to improve this year was food wastage. So to do this, I’ve upped my freezer game! […] Herbs - wasted so many packs of fresh herbs where I’ve only needed a handful for a recipe (and I’ve tried and failed to keep the plants alive) they just need chopping and adding to water in ice cube trays to freeze.” Go to her account and see what she did with the rest.

KEEP SANDWICH BAGS ORGANIZED

Instagramer therealhousewifeofburntwood posted this hack and wrote, “Sandwich bag hack! Stick a self-adhesive hook onto the inside of a cupboard door in your kitchen, simple and easy.” It can work for all kinds of things in your cupboard too like aprons and other bags.

SAVE SMALL ITEMS IN A JAR

Instagramer mrsnelliebee posted this image and explained, “Keeping our home tidy and organized makes me feel so good and I get more efficient as well. The latest tidy hack I learned is to store small kitchen items in jars to keep them handy and avoid clutter in the drawers.”

DIY CLEANER

Instagramer pinkandsugarysweet posted this idea and explained, “Want a SUPER CHEAP & Easy way to Clean Your Home?! I mix 3 Parts Water, 1 Part White Vinegar & 5 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil in a @target Dollar Spot Spray Bottle. It’s CHEAP, it’s EASY and it CLEANS LIKE A DREAM! Yes, it’s chemical-free and kids can use it!”

ORGANIZE YOUR SMALL CLOSET

Instagramer unfrazzleme posted this hack and wrote, “This is how I fit 2 closets worth of clothes & accessories into one. Thank you, Jesus! Storage bins were on sale at Wal-Mart for 3-ish dollars.” Sometimes, you have to make the best out of a small area, and this is a genius idea. You even label the bins if you want.

INDIVIDUAL LAUNDRY BAGS

Instagramer the_s_word_nz posted this image and wrote, “For anyone who is like me and procrastinates putting washing away once it's dry.. I've just done this and I honestly feel like I've just cheated my way through one of my most dreaded chores... I have folded the washing and put it straight into a bag (one per person) then I can take it straight to the drawers to put it away...”

PLACE BEDSHEET SETS IN ITS PILLOWCASE

Instagramer downrightraw posted this picture and explained, “Stumbled across a life hack today. Putting the sheets from the same set in the pillowcase! How did I not know this trick?!? Does anyone else do this?” This is absolutely ingenious! Let us know if you will try it.

MAKE A BIG ZIPLOC BAG

Redditor onlyforporn14 uploaded this picture and wrote, “You can put two Ziploc bags together to make a really big one, by simply turning one inside out.” This will work great when you need to store something larger in the closet. It won’t resist a bunch of movement but prevents damage.

TRIM THE DAMAGED BRISTLES OFF THE BROOM

Redditor 04chri2t0ph3r posted this frugal hack and explained, “For any of y'all that was never broke before 2020, you can trim the nappy bristles off the end of your broom to make it more effective before you replace it.” These days, everyone is trying to save some money.

USE PICTURES FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION

Redditor aprilalison posted this picture and wrote, “I put pictures atop my medications so I can identify them at a glance. Going clockwise - Top left: energy meds. Top right: back pain meds. Bottom right: headache meds. Bottom left: Anxiety meds.”

USE WAX PAPER FOR PRIVACY

Redditor atXNola uploaded this hack and explained, “Taping wax paper to your windows is an easy, cheap, and quick way to keep your privacy without compromising natural light.” It’s a perfect solution, although you’ll have to replace the paper often.

BRUSH SHERPA BLANKETS

Redditor Artsy_Trashbin uploaded this image and wrote, “Brush out your Sherpa blankets so it’s fluffy again! I know so many people who throw out perfectly good blankets just because they’re matted... people all you gotta do is brush them out!” Sherpa blankets are the best!

USE MASON JARS AS DRINKING GLASSES

Redditor Bi0_B1lly posted this hack and wrote, “Wash out old sauce jars for some cheap and rustic looking drinking glasses that are far less likely to break than those cheaply made ones they sell in store!” It works great in households where people are always breaking regular drinking glasses.

GET RID OF DIAPER SMELL

Instagramer simpleonpurpose.ca shared this hack and said, “Motivated this morning to de-diaperify my son's room. Thanks for the idea @thepapermama so easy: baking soda & essential oil (lavender) in a jar with cheesecloth. The fact I had all these things on hand really makes me feel like I've got my ish together.”

MORE LEAVES TO A BAG

Redditor four2theizz0 posted this image and added, “When raking leaves, you can use the pack of bags to push all the leaves down evenly into the bag.” This way, you’ll save on bags because there’s more room for more leaves. Keep this hack in mind for next year!

USE WATER TO STICK WAX PAPER TO PANS

Redditor austinbower1 posted this picture and explained, “If you need it to stick, add water. When wrapping pans with aluminum, parchment paper or wax paper add a couple of drops of water to keep it flat.” You have probably been adding some butter, but it’s a waste when you just use water.

USE UPSIDE DOWN LIDS TO STORE POTS

Redditor MyTruth48 posted this image and wrote, “Stack and store non-stick pots and pans with lids upside down to reduce scratching the interiors.” While most housewives tend to place the lids in a separate area, this is a great idea for special pots and pans.

REUSE COFFEE CONTAINERS FOR PET FOOD

Redditor williamd83 posted this image and explained, “Reuse coffee containers for dog food.” You’d have to be a habitual coffee drinker to have these containers at home, but other bulk food cases will work as well. The idea is to have them in a dry, secure area with a lid to prevent bugs from getting inside.

KEEP SOME LOOSE TOWELS JUST IN CASE

Redditor ocean-of-emptiness added this picture and wrote, “Fold a couple of sheets of paper towel into the hole for those times you get stuck with extra messy hands.” If you have touched it with wet hands, you know that it can damage the roll. This is a great idea if you don’t have a rag nearby.

CUT MUSHROOMS EASILY

Redditor Achaeminus posted this hack and explained, “I discovered that apple cutters also help to chop mushrooms easily.” You can also chop other things with the apple cutters such as onions, tomatoes, and more. You don’t need to buy specific cutters for each ingredient.

PLACE ICE CREAM IN A ZIPLOC BAG BEFORE FREEZING

Redditor Kondri1213 added this hack and explained, “Put ice cream on Ziploc bag or grocery bag to avoid a freezer burn and also makes the ice cream easier to scoop. (My pastry chef told me this).” This is amazing because ice cream tends to be so hard that regular spoons are often bent while scooping.

USE SQUIRT BOTTLE TO SAVE DISH SOAP

Redditor Mimbro7884 uploaded this idea and explained, “Use a cheap $1 squirt bottle to cleanly and easily dispense soap when washing dishes. Saves soap and you don’t have to fumble around with big bottles of dish soap.” Any hack that can make a product last longer is amazing!

USE METAL RACK TO KEEP TUPPERWARE IN PLACE

Redditor thecatunderthebed posted this hack and wrote, “I use an upside-down metal dish rack to keep my Tupperware from flipping upside down in the dishwasher.” Sometimes water will make your Tupperware go wonky inside the dishwashing machine, and that means they won’t dry properly.

HOW TO GET KIDS TO EAT THE FIRST PIECE OF BREAD LOAF

Redditor nday79 posted this hack and explained, “My kids were always complaining about getting the heel of a bread loaf, so I started flipping it over and putting the end side down so they wouldn’t know.” Getting anyone to eat that piece is tough. It will even work on your spouse!

USE GARBAGE BAGS TO MOVE CLOTHES

Redditor unlimitedmtndew posted this picture and wrote, “Use garbage bags to easily pack your hung clothing before moving.” It’s a lifesaving hack because you don’t have to place them in a box (where they might get ruined), and once you’re in the house, they are ready for the closet.

USE DRY-ERASE MARKER ON YOUR FREEZER

Redditor Invisibeth uploaded this idea and explained, “We wanted to quit wasting food, then we realized we could use a dry erase marker on the top of our freezer. Now we always know what is in there.” This is great to avoid buying things that you won’t need. You can also know what to make for dinner. Just make sure your freezer has a smooth surface for dry erase markers.

MOVE YOUR SHOPPING BAGS IN ONE TRIP

Redditor WearADamnMask posted this hack and explained, “A large carabiner with a sponge grip makes carrying groceries a more pleasant experience for your fingers.” It’s perfect for anyone that lives in an apartment and hates making two trips. It might also encourage you to walk to the supermarket and not take your car because you can carry more now.

USE POOL NOODLES TO AVOID BUMPS AND SCRATCHES

Redditor roswellc uploaded this idea and wrote, “If you have a kid with a walker, use pool noodles as bumpers to save your walls and ankles.” Any parent knows that walls tend to get bumps, and kids can also suffer from crashing into things. This is the perfect solution.

CREATE MORE STORAGE SPACE

Redditor Farfollow posted this idea and explained, “Small bathroom w/limited shelving? $5 at the 99cents store buys you two shower curtain rods that create more room for your needs. Great to use in the laundry room too!” This is fantastic! We’re running to the store now!

Some of these tips are lifesavers, while others are just plain clever. Let us know which one worked better for you. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that need to organize their lives. See you next time!

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