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10 Helpful Tips Every Household Should Have

Updated on November 7, 2013

Raising a family can be expensive. I'm always trying to find new ways to save a little money here and there or whenever I can. Who knew that simple household items could help you stretch that extra dollar.

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1. Baby Wipes and Stains

Baby wipes are great for everything! Wiping up sticky messes; cleaning your child's face; cleaning YOUR face. But did you know that baby wipes work wonders on stains? Try it the next time you get a little oil on your pants or blood on shirt. You'll be surprised at what happens.

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2. Save the Wine

I'm guilty. I've been known to throw out my leftover wine. But here's a way you can save yourself money and wine. Freeze it! Wine is not only great for drinking, but it's also great for cooking. Pour your leftover wine into an ice cube tray and freeze it to use for future meals such as sauces or casserole dishes.

3. Mini Marshmallow Stoppers

Everyone enjoys a good ice cream cone, but doesn't it bug you when your ice cream starts to drip out of the bottom of your cone? Here's a helpful to way to prevent that--stuff a mini marshmallow at the bottom on your ice cream cone to prevent the drips. Not only does it stop a messy outcome, but it gives you a tasty treat once you finish your ice cream.

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Overnight Unclogging Tip:

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic Bag
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Rubber Band

What to Do:

  1. Mix 1/3 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar in a plastic bag (make sure it's big enough to fit on your shower head). The mix will start to bubble.
  2. Place the plastic bag over the shower making sure that it's completely submerged in the solution
  3. Use the rubber band to securely fasten the bag on the shower head
  4. Let sit overnight
  5. Remove the bag and rinse with water.

4. Unclogging the Shower Head

Don't spend money on those expensive cleaners. If you've got a clogged shower head, try this little remedy. Boil about a quart of water mixed with 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and place your clogged shower head in the mix. Let boil for about 15 minutes. Eureka! Unclogged shower head!

5. Lemons Eliminate Odors

Not only are lemons great for jazzing up any beverage, but did you know that lemons can act as odor eliminators? When cooking, simply rub fresh lemon on your hands to remove any odors such as onion scent. I'd rather smell like a lemon than an onion.

If you've got an unpleasant smell coming from your food disposal system, throw some leftover lemon peels (or any other citrus fruit) to be grinded in the mix. I guarantee it will start smelling better within seconds.

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6. Fresh Eggs?

Who knew that you could test the freshness of eggs before cracking them open. If an egg looks sketchy, place it in a bowl of cold water. If the egg floats, chances are, it's no good.

7. Removing Gum with Eggs

Sometimes, we get gum in icky places and it can be a pain to get out. Eggs to the rescue! Use egg whites to remove gum from your clothes. Dip a toothbrush in some egg whites and scrub it into the gum on your clothes. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then throw it in the wash.

8. Potato buds, be gone!

Though it looks neat and alien, buds are a pesky thing to remove when peeling potatoes. How do you keep them fresh? Throw an apple in the bunch! Apples produce ethylene gas which typically cause other fruits and veggies to ripen much quicker; however, science shows that low amounts of this gas actually has a different reaction with potatoes, delaying the budding process.

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9. Rubber Gloves and Jars

Sometimes I have issues opening jars. If my strapping, strong hubby is around, I usually get him to do it. But in the instance that he isn't able to rescue me from my lack of strength, I use rubber gloves. The rubbery grip eliminates the "slippery" factor and makes it easy to open jars.

10. Bye-Bye Bugs, Using Cinnamon

We don't know how they do it, but somehow, ants find a way into your home. It's annoying and can be costly if they find where you store your food. Do you have any ground cinnamon lying around? Create a cinnamon barrier by sprinkling it where the ants are entering. The spiciness of the cinnamon is too hot for the ants cross and therefore, will keep them from entering your home. Pepper spices can be used as well.

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