Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks VIII

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


1.   Store your cupcake liners in mason jars


 2. Soak your knives in lemon juice {for a few minutes} then scrub with a sponge to remove rust.


3. Clean ceiling fan blades with old pillow cases {the dust stays inside the case}.

 4. Fluff your pillows {and kill germs} by placing them in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls. 



5. Glue a rock to the top of a prescription bottle and bury the bottle to hide a spare key.


6. Keep a dish scrubber in the shower filled with a mixture of half vinegar, and half Dawn dish soap. Use it to wipe down the shower while you are in there to keep it clean.


7. Kill fire ant mounds by pouring 2 cups of CLUB SODA directly in the center of the mound. The carbon dioxide in the water is heavier than air and displaces oxygen which suffocates the queen and the other ants. The whole colony will be dead within about two days. Each mound must be treated individually and a one liter bottle of club soda will kill 2 to 3 mounds. 


8. Use an upside down command hook to hang a wreath on a cabinet door.


9. Remove hard water stains by wrapping vinegar soaked paper towels around faucet for an hour. Remove and gently scrub. 



10. Clean and shine stainless steel by mixing 1 Tbsp Cream of Tarter with a few drops of water. Rub the milk-like solution onto the appliance. Scrub with a sponge and wipe clean with a damp paper towel.

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

Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks VI

Handy Homemaker Tips & Tricks VII



  1. Christina
    October 26, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    Thank goodness for the pillowcase/ceiling fan trick! I needed that!

  2. Romance In A Glance
    October 26, 2012 / 6:26 pm

    Wow this is so interesting!!! Love the cupcake jars! All of it is stuff I would have never thought of and could definitely use! 🙂

  3. Rachel Silski
    October 26, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    Gonna try the shower one!

  4. Kristen
    October 26, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    Going to try the vinegar. Thanks so much!

  5. Leigh Powell Hines
    October 26, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    These are some great tips. Really good.

  6. Lexilooo
    October 26, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    I love the idea of cupcake liners in mason jars…I think I will do that tonight!

  7. A Simple Southern Life
    October 27, 2012 / 1:24 am

    You always have the best tips!! I need to start filing them away somewhere!

  8. Jennifer Schult
    October 27, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    BAH! I love this! And your website!!! Thank you for the tips!!! I'm going to try the lemon juice with the knifes RIGHT NOW!!! 🙂

  9. Mrs. W
    October 28, 2012 / 3:36 pm

    Love the ant killer idea!

  10. Tricia
    October 28, 2012 / 8:23 pm

    These are great! I've done #8, but can't wait to try #6…my shower has been the biggest pain to me. Seriously, why do I not think of these myself? 🙂 Thanks again!

  11. Elaine
    October 29, 2012 / 3:31 am

    Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. Sarah
    October 29, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    LOVE the cupcake wrappers in mason jars. I have a ton of both.

  13. Megan@TwoDelighted
    October 29, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    I'm telling you what. You are so helpful. Every time you do one of these, I am all "Yes…yes…yes" to each tip.

  14. Lindsey @ be pretty
    October 30, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    Look at all those tips… I was just looking at our pendant fixtures and the amount of dust and I'm scared to clean them b/c dust will be everywhere…. but thanks to the pillowcase trick they'll be nice and new! Love the mason jar for the cupcake tins! 🙂

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