Here at OGT we are big fans of the “hack!” You know….those clever solutions to tricky problems! It’s just so satisfying to come up with a quick fix for something that previously had you scratching your head. Don’t you think? :-)
Sometimes we come across hacks that we love but can’t necessarily justify doing a whole blog post about. So today the girls and I are presenting you with a whole slew of hacks we’ve been saving up for one great big “hackapalooza!” We hope you like them as much as we do! :-)
Use a staple remover make it easier to add new keys to a key ring. (Oh the fingernails I’ve ruined before learning this one!)
Poke holes in the foil seals of oil, salad dressing, syrup bottles etc. with a fork to control the flow of the liquid. The shirt you’re wearing will thank you for this one!
When you make hard-boil eggs, put a few drops of balsamic vinegar in the water to slightly tint the shells. That way you can tell the difference between hard-boiled and raw eggs in the carton.
Use a piece of raw spaghetti as a substitute when you’re running low on matches. It’s the perfect tool for those hard-to-light candles.
Save the water you use to boil vegetables, pasta, eggs etc. and use it to water plants. Let it cool a little first so you don’t boil your roots!
Soak your popcorn kernels in water for a few minutes before popping. The water helps them pop faster and you end up with fewer unpopped kernels! A money saver!
Put a marshmallow in the bottom of ice cream cones before filling them. The marshmallow stops ice cream from dripping out the bottom of the cone – and you get an extra little frozen treat at the bottom. :-) I just love frozen treats!
Use newspaper instead of paper towels to wipe windows, mirrors etc. Newspaper doesn’t leave lint on the glass and results in less streaks. For years I refused to believe this one, but then I tried it. Don’t be a skeptic like me! It works!
Use a fork to keep taco shells steady while filling them up. (I’d like to shake the hand of the person who thought this one up!)
When toasting bread for sandwiches, put two slices of bread in one toaster slot. That way the bread gets toasty on the outside but stays soft on the inside. Great for BLT’s!
To quickly cool a drink, wrap a wet paper towel around it and put it in the freezer for a few minutes.
Close up the holes on the bottom of bath toys with a little bit of hot glue to keep them from getting moldy. The squeak is overrated. ;-)
Use a can opener to cut open plastic packaging. A real sanity saver!!!
When microwaving pizza, put a small glass of water in the microwave to keep the crust from getting chewy.
When you get to the bottom of a box of cereal, pour the remaining cereal in a colander to get rid of cereal dust.
Cut the top off a plastic water bottle and use it to close bags of chocolate chips, marshmallows etc. Much more effective at keeping things fresh than my usual clothespin method.
Use a paper clip to help put on a bracelet when you don’t have anyone to help you! So smart!
When cooking with honey, coat measuring cups and spoons with a few drops oil to help the honey slide out more easily.
To keep your bathroom smelling great, put a few drops of essential oil on the inside of your toilet paper roll. Each time the roll spins, it sends out a little wave of freshness.
Use a paper clip to mark the end of a roll of tape. Trust me, you’ll be so glad you did the next time you go to use the tape!
Store over baked cookies in an airtight container for a day to soften them up.
Spray the ends of thread with a bit of hairspray for easier threading.
Put a stocking over the end of a vacuum attachment when you’ve dropped small items on the floor.
Put a marshmallow in your brown sugar container to keep it soft. (Works even better than a slice of bread!)
Use a potato peeler to thinly slice onions.
Fill your water bottle 1/2 full and then freeze on its’ side. In the morning fill it the rest of the way. Instant ice cold water!