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8 Cheap Household Items That’ll Make Your Life Easier

Household chores – you can put them off, but you can’t escape them. If you’re like most people, you squeeze them in at the end of the workday, on the weekend, or at night before you slip on your comfy pants to binge-watch a favorite show. But it always seems like chores take up way too much of your limited free time. Here are a few simple life hacks that utilize cheap household items, which can make domestic drudgery less demanding…

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Broken Glass? Grab Some Bread

If you drop a glass or bottle and it shatters on the floor, reach for the nearest loaf of bread. Dampen a bread slice with a drop of water, and then press the bread on the floor where the remaining glass fragments are. You’ll spare yourself cut fingers as the glass fragments embed in the bread, and lift up easily.

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Presto – Clean Microwave. Just Use A Lemon

Squeeze the juice from a lemon into half a cup of water in a bowl, and add in the remaining lemon. Place the mixture in the microwave for about three minutes, and then let it sit for five minutes before removing the bowl. Use a cleaning cloth or paper towel to wipe down the inside of the microwave.

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Clean Tub Scum Organically – And Marvel At The Fruit Of Your Labors

Wet your bathtub thoroughly, then cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle the halves with a generous amount of salt, and use each grapefruit half as a scouring tool. The combination of citrus fruit and salt removes soap stains, and another tub buildup, without the use of harsh chemicals.

Your Nose Knows: No More Unwanted Cooking Smells

Some cooking odors linger long after you’ve finished creating your culinary masterpiece, and even cracking a window doesn’t seem to help. Try simmering a pot of half water, and half vinegar on the stove, or boil a pot of water containing orange and lemon peels to freshen up that kitchen quickly.

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Shave Some Time Off Cleaning A Foggy Mirror

To get rid of smudges and streaks on a mirror, apply traditional shaving cream to the mirror, then wipe with a cleaning cloth or paper towel. Clearly a bonus: this trick will keep the mirror from fogging up during a shower for a few weeks after the initial shaving cream application.

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Stains Don’t Have To Blemish Your Free Time

A little white vinegar can make removing stains quick and easy. Use vinegar to remove hard water stains from drinking glasses; dissolve the built-up residue in coffee carafes, faucets, and shower heads; and wipe away dust on window blinds.

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Ironing Is No Longer A Wrinkle In Time

Place a couple of pieces of clothing in your dryer, and then add two or three ice cubes. Run the dryer on the hottest setting for about 10 minutes. The melting ice releases steam, which will get the wrinkles out of the clothing. No iron or handheld steamer is required.

Cut Down On Blender Cleaning Time

Forget disassembling your blender (and possibly cutting yourself when trying to clean the sharp blades). Just fill your blender halfway with hot water, add some dish soap, secure the lid, and turn the blender on. The combination of hot water and dish soap will easily remove any stubborn residue that’s clogging the blades.