Crafts & DIY
10 Incredible Home Hacks That Put Martha Stewart To Shame
These are so easy (and affordable!)
Ashley Brewer
04.05.18

Whether you rent or own your home, there are always repairs and improvements to be made – it seems like a never-ending battle. Hiring someone to come fix them or buying tools and materials can be expensive, but these home hacks are an easy (and affordable!) fix.

Here are 10 clever home hacks that will make your life so much easier.

You’ll be a natural Martha Stewart in no time.

1. Use ice cubes to remove dents in carpet

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If you move a piece of furniture after it’s been sitting for a long time, they can leave annoying dents in the carpet that seem to stay forever. No need to get on your hands and need to ‘re-fluff’ the carpet, just place a couple ice cubes on the dented carpet, let them melt, then give the area a quick vacuum. It’s like magic!

2. Use Dawn dish soap to shine stainless steel

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Stainless steel appliances are a modern and beautiful way to spruce up your kitchen, but over time, they can become covered in fingerprints and grease. Make them shine like new by using a little bit of Dawn soap on a damp sponge and giving them a wipe. Rinse the excess with a wet paper towel and your stainless is stainless again!

3. Move heavy appliances with the help of glass cleaner

According to Apartment Therapy, “if you have a hard floor, spray a little bit right in front of the feet and start to push the heavy, cumbersome appliance. With the help of the window cleaner, it will slide with ease.”

4. Stop squeaky doors with dish soap

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Do you have an annoying squeaky door or cupboard in the house, but you don’t have any WD-40? No worries! Just reach for your standard dish soap instead. Place a couple of drops on the squeaky hinges, rub it in, open and shut the door a few times to work it in, and the squeak will be gone.

5. Place a soft, fuzzy sock over your Swiffer

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Swiffer duster sweepers are awesome! They’re so great at picking up dust without hardly any effort, but the problem is – the refills are so expensive. Save your money and use an old fuzzy sock instead. Microfiber socks work the best and they can be washed, dried, and reused!

6. Keep your glass shower doors crystal clear

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Once you’ve got your glass shower doors nice and shiny clean, let’s keep them that way! Apply a coat of Rain-X to your shower doors and it will help prevent any mineral build-up or soap scum. You won’t have to clean those babies for weeks!

7. Freshen the air in your home while vacuuming

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Kill two birds with one stone by giving your home a fresh and clean scent while vacuuming your floors. Just add about a dozen laundry scent beads to your vacuum bag or canister and the lovely scent will disperse as you vacuum. The beads should last for weeks!

8. Label power cords with bread tags

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If you have a lot of power cords plugged into one power strip, keeping track of which one’s which can be a pain. Instead of tracing the cord back to where it’s coming from, just use bread tags to label them. Use a Sharpie to write which electronic belongs to which cord. So simple!

9. Remove labels and stickers with OxiClean

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Stickers and labels can be a real pain to peel off, and we all know that they never peel off without leaving an annoying sticky residue. A super easy fix is to soak the items with adhesive in a sink with a scoop of OxiClean and warm water. The labels will soak right off.

10. Place newspaper at the bottom of your trash bin to absorb juices from food

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To prevent a yucky, leaky trash bag when you’re taking out the garbage, place a bit of newspaper at the bottom of the bin to absorb any food juices that might leak down. No more leaky garbage bags!

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By Ashley Brewer
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Ashley Brewer is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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