Meg’s Master Class: These Life Hacks Are Guaranteed to Make Your Life SO MUCH Easier
I am all about saving time and money, so if there's something I can do to net me a few extra minutes of sleep or a few more bucks in my checking account--you'd better believe I'm gonna do it. I'm sharing the love today--here are my favorite life hacks with y'all! If you've got a go-to lifehack, share it with me! Post it in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter!
Let's do this, y'all.
Household Tips and Tricks
- Need to scrub a surface clean? Mix blue Dawn dishwashing soap with baking soda until you have a loose paste. Apply it to the surface you want to clean--the baking soda will help to scrub away stains as the Dawn helps break down any grease or grime. For especially tough messes, apply the paste and scrub for a few minutes and then use a spray bottle to spritz vinegar to the paste. The fizzy chemical reaction works wonders--it's how I clean my oven!
- Swiffer pads aren't just for the floor! I use regular Swiffer pads to dust furniture, clean picture frames, or dust the ceiling fan.
- Have company coming over and want to freshen up the house? Place a few orange peels and cinnamon sticks in some water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. I've also tried this with vanilla--I pour vanilla extract into a oven-safe dish and place it in my oven (which I've set to warm).
- Cutting onions or garlic and afraid your hands will stink? I rub lemon juice on my hands to help remove the scent-- and if I don't have any lemons, I'll rub my hands on a stainless steel ladle. I don't know exactly how steel works, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper than spending your money on a steel "bar of soap."
- Seeing pilling on your sheets or fave sweater? Use an eyebrow razor to shave them off!
- I know you haaaate it when your kids get sick. It's important to make sure your kiddos take their prescribed antibiotics or other meds on a regular schedule. I keep a permanent marker next to the bottle; I make a small grid on the bottle and check off each dose. For as-needed meds like Tylenol, I write down the time I gave my daughter her med.
- For infants, try this trick: cut a hole in the end of a pacifier just big enough for a medicine dropper to pass through. Give your baby the "paci" when you need to give him medicine.
- Baby wipes aren't just for baby bums! I use wipes to clean dirty mouths or hands... and they also come in handy for spot-cleaning around the house. I've quick-cleaned many a spill on the floor with baby wipes. They're true MVPs.
- Spill-proof any cup by placing Press-N-Seal wrap over the top. Poke a straw through, and you're good to go!
- If your kids are slacking on their chores, try changing the wireless password... and not giving it to them until the chores are done!
- Save those baby food containers! They can be reused in so many ways. I've used them to bring dressing for my lunch salad... pack travel-size amounts of shampoo or face wash for family road trips... and when my daughter was still a baby, I'd use one to store an extra pacifier in my purse. You can use these bad boys for anything!
Beauty and Wellness
When my favorite mascara is almost out, I have found a way to make it last a bit longer. I add in a little bit of moisturizing eye drops and give the tube a shake--and then I get about two more weeks of use!
- Working to wing out your eyeliner? Use a spoon as a guide, or place a bit of tape on the corner of your eye. When you remove it, you'll have a perfect line!
- Make your eyeshadow pop by applying a white base first. I use a jumbo eye pencil from NYX and pat the color over my lids. The result is shadows that stay longer and look brighter.
- Speaking of bright eyes, try tightlining the bottom of your eyes with white or flesh-toned liner. Your eyes will look bigger and you'll appear much more awake--and look a little younger, too!
- Rough skin? Mix a little epsom salt in with your shower gel to exfoliate in the shower.
- Give your hair a cheap and effective deep conditioning. Slather some coconut or olive oil on your strands. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to an hour before washing it out.
- Get more for your money. If it comes in a tube, I cut it open to scrape out every last bit... primer, face wash, you name it!