Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks VII

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

1. Make your house smell divine. Pour two cap fulls of vanilla extract in a
coffee cup. Place in oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within 20 minutes, aroma will fill your home.

2. A little heat makes old tape work like new: sometimes,
masking tape that’s been sitting on a shelf for years won’t pull off the roll
without tearing. Freshen it by microwaving it for 10 seconds. Heat softens the
adhesive for easy release 

 3. Add baking soda to the water when you hard
boil eggs
. It raises the pH of the water and makes them easier to peel by
reducing the albumen’s ability to stick to the shell. 

4. Strip towels of detergent buildup and make them smell brand new. Wash towels in hot water with one cup distilled white vinegar. Wash towels again in hot water with 1/2 cup baking soda. Run through dryer and towels smell better than ever!

5. How to clean your stainless steel kitchen sink {recipe here}


6. Use nail polish to prevent rust. Coat the bottom
of a shaving-cream can to fend off rust rings on the ledge of the tub.

 7. De-tarnish all your silver at once: Line
your sink with aluminum foil, add 1/2 cup table salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, fill
with hot water, then dump in all your silver! Let sit for about 30 min. The
tarnish all transfers to the foil!

8. Use tape to measure distance between the
two holes, then put the tape on the wall.

 9. How to get rid of yellow armpit stains {instructions here}

10.Use buttons to keep pairs of earrings together while traveling or storing

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

Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks VI



  1. Tamara @ T {times} Three
    June 14, 2012 / 1:14 pm

    These are all so helpful! I haven't seen most of these, I'll definitely be using them!

  2. Miss Lindsay
    June 14, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    The button for earrings is so clever!

  3. Jess
    June 14, 2012 / 1:40 pm

    The tape and the earrings tricks are AMAZING! I can't wait to try them out!

  4. Sarah O
    June 14, 2012 / 1:42 pm

    I love these posts. I'm going to try measuring the frame holes with tape next time I hang something.

  5. Julie
    June 14, 2012 / 1:58 pm

    I LOVE your tips! Seeing your post title on my reading list this morning made my day. Thanks for helping us all become better suzy homemakers 🙂

  6. Sara
    June 14, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    These are such awesome tips. I am so glad you included tip #2. I have two old rolls of tape that I am going to try this on.

  7. Kelly
    June 14, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    Love these tips! Thanks!

  8. Natasha
    June 14, 2012 / 2:26 pm

    you have THE BEST tips and tricks my dear…thanks for sharing friend 😉

  9. B
    June 14, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    The tape hole trick for hanging this is freaking rad!!

  10. tiff@thecoffeehouse
    June 14, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    genius, genius and genius! and now I say … "why didn't I think of that?!"

  11. Alexa
    June 14, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Oooh the baking soda tip to the eggs is a good one!

  12. Fashion Meets Food
    June 14, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    Great tips! These are all so helpful! xo

  13. Kim @ keller-creative
    June 14, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    These are awesome tips. I love the tape on the back of a picture idea!

  14. Nicole
    June 14, 2012 / 6:04 pm

    You are so talented!! I can't wait to try the egg trick, I have the most trouble peeling those suckers 😉

  15. Rachel
    June 14, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    These are some seriously helpful tips!Thanks so much!!:)

  16. Be Inspired
    June 14, 2012 / 6:48 pm

    What great tips and such a lovely BLOG!!! Following!!

  17. Colleen
    June 15, 2012 / 1:34 am

    Wow Christina these are fantastic!! Full disclosure – I really need the armpits trick. For some reason all my white shirts are ruined. Sorry, maybe TMI?? I will be using like all of these I think!

  18. Amy {Fresh and Fancy}
    June 15, 2012 / 1:51 am

    Great tips girl!!

  19. Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog)
    June 15, 2012 / 12:06 pm

    Wow, what great tips. You are like a modern day Martha Stewart. /Loved the pesto/feta dish by the way.

  20. Sheila@TheFailteHouse
    June 18, 2012 / 12:02 am

    Just found your blog – these are amazing tips! I truly wish I had the measuring tap idea three days ago when I was hanging pictures and putting 5 holes in each wall 😉

  21. Lauren
    June 19, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    These are great tips! I have to say, the last one is my favorite and will come in handy for sure! I always love reading this series. I learn something new every time! Ha! http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

  22. Cleaning Service
    January 9, 2013 / 7:45 am

    Those are really great tips…i just like them…love the idea of nail polish to prevent rust!

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