Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks VI

Here are 10 more easy {and budget friendly} tips and tricks for all you homemakers out there! 

1. Homemade Nontoxic Tub Scrub: Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several
drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus,
rosemary, or peppermint) to one cup of baking soda. Add just enough water to
form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.


2. Add a small piece of plastic wrap under your lids to keep them from leaking while traveling

3. How to freeze your herbs {Click Here}

4. Recipe holder while cooking. Keeps your recipe stain-free and you won’t lose it!

5. Use spaghetti noodles to light multiple candles, or wicks in hard to reach places.

6. Use ice cubes to remove dents from carpet

7. Make perfect grilled cheese sandwiches with a pair of baking sheets {instructions here}

8. Erase hard water stains with a lemon 

9. Homemade Cooking Spray: 1 part olive oil + 4-5 parts water, in a misting spray bottle

10. Homemade Lavender Spray: 2 cups distilled water + 1 oz (2 tbs) vodka or rubbing alcohol + 1/2 teaspoon lavender oil {full recipe here}

Previous tips & tricks posts:
Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks 
Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks II
Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks III

Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks IV

Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks V 



  1. the girl in the red shoes
    April 26, 2012 / 12:49 pm

    LOVE these tips! I'll have to bookmark this post!

  2. Valerie Griffin
    April 26, 2012 / 1:04 pm

    great tips!

  3. The Pink Growl
    April 26, 2012 / 1:22 pm

    Such great ideas! I have cleaning the tub on my list to do this weekend so I will try the tub scrub and lemon trick!

  4. P!nky
    April 26, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    SUCH great tips! I hate throwing out fresh herbs but NEVER use them all with my recipes! very handy!xoxo

  5. Mel (Northern Lights)
    April 26, 2012 / 2:07 pm

    Plastic wrap on bottles – genious! And the hanger for the recipes…who knew!

  6. megan
    April 26, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Always love when you do these posts! 🙂

  7. Amy {Fresh and Fancy}
    April 26, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Love these! I love finding new ways to make life easier – great post!

  8. Pink Lace and Cupcakes
    April 26, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    I love these tips!! I'm always looking for a way to get the dent out of a carpet- genius:)

    • Anonymous
      September 15, 2012 / 9:37 pm

      This is actually not a particularly good method as it might damage your glue on the carpet – much more effective is ironing over a moist rag – it steams up your carpets and doesn't leave standing water. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2012 / 7:11 am

      I do the wet washclothe.works better

  9. Alexa
    April 26, 2012 / 4:58 pm

    Oh hello perfect grilled cheese sandwiches. What a handy trick!

  10. Lauren
    April 26, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Love these tips! I could use almost all of them! Thanks! Laurenhttp://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

  11. Miss V
    April 26, 2012 / 6:20 pm

    LOVE this so much that I featured it with a link on my blog today! Hope that's ok! Keep coming with the tips I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!!! xoxox

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    April 27, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Love the hanger trick! So crafty.

  14. Becky
    April 28, 2012 / 3:42 pm

    I always love handy home tips… these are great!

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    April 29, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    I love these!!! So great. I was wondering if you wanted to guest post for me te week of May 22-24. Its the week of our first anniversary but I will be out of town taking my 5th graders on their end of the year trip to DC. I wanted to get different Newlywed bloggers to share their stories while I was gone! let me know

  16. Natasha
    June 3, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    Great ideas and tips, but you might want to take another gander at #2… put plastic wrap under you LIPS?!? LOL… the image totally made me laugh!

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    July 21, 2012 / 10:11 pm

    Help!!! My son had an accident (pee'd) in our bed and now it smells like urine to me. How do we clean it? We used detergent/water and a scrub brush :(Thanks much!

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    July 22, 2012 / 5:55 am

    steam clean your mattress

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    August 6, 2012 / 9:00 pm

    Great stuff!

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