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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


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Cleaning Service

Wednesday 9th of January 2013

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


Tuesday 19th of June 2012

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!


Monday 18th of June 2012

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 ;)

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog)

Friday 15th of June 2012

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

Amy {Fresh and Fancy}

Friday 15th of June 2012

Great tips girl!!