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“Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” – Part Fourteen

Why Didn't I Think Of That? 14

Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make your life a little bit easier. But sometimes, the tips that I want to share aren’t something I can write a whole blog post about! And since I simply cannot waste a good idea, I tuck them away to use at a later date. Today I’ll be sharing some of those tips and tricks with you in the fourteenth edition of my ongoing series “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”

Missed the last installment, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips? You’ll find links to every post in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series at the bottom of this post!

Be sure to scroll down to see some of these brilliant hacks in action on video!

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1. Tape Your Dustpan

Use a piece of painters tape to eliminate that frustrating line of dirt that is often left behind after sweeping. Tape the front edge of your dustpan to the floor using a piece of painters tape. The tape will bridge the gap between the dustpan and the floor, making it much easier to sweep up every last bit of dust.

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2. Improve Your Trash Can

You can use your power drill to make it easier to put a new trash bag in your trash can. Just drill a couple of holes into your trash can, about half way up from the floor. When you put a new trash bag into the can, these air holes will allow air to escape to prevent bubbling.

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3. Dust With A Paint Roller

Using a paint roller can make it easier to dust hard-to-reach places. Just wrap a microfiber cloth around the roller and secure it in place with some rubber bands. Then you’ll be ready to dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, door frames, and more!

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4. Clean Car Crevices

Some double-sided tape and a ruler can help you clean out the deep crevices in your car. Just wrap a length of double-sided tape around the ruler, then stick the ruler into your car’s hard-to-clean nooks and crannies. The dust, crumbs, and debris will stick to the tape, and your car will be much cleaner for it!

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5. Find Bits Of Glass

When you’re cleaning up broken glass, you can use a flashlight to make sure you’ve gotten every last bit of it. Just turn off the lights in the room and shine the flashlight around the area where the glass broke. Any bits of glass you may have missed will reflect the light and be much easier to spot!

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6. Toilet Paper Air Freshener

Use essential oils to turn your roll of toilet paper into a bathroom air freshener! Just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the inside of the toilet paper roll. Every time the roll spins around your toilet paper holder, it will reactivate the scent of the oil and freshen the air.

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7. Tape Edge Trick

Sick of losing the edge of your tape? Just fold the edge of the tape under itself! This little tab will make it much easier to find the edge of the tape when you need it, and can be a real time saver!

Here is a slightly different take on the same dilemma:

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Tape is hard!
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8. Longer Lasting Lipstick

Want your lip color to last longer? Grab some translucent setting powder and a tissue. Hold the tissue to your lips, then apply the setting powder to your lips over the tissue. This will help set your lipstick without making your lips look powdery or dry.

Related: 9 Brilliant Hacks That Solve The Most Annoying Beauty Problems

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9. Simplify Sliced Onions

Thinly sliced onions are great on burgers, salads, and sandwiches, but they can take a long time to cut by hand. Instead of using a knife, you can do it much faster with a potato peeler! The slices come out extra-thin, and it requires much less time and effort.

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10. Mason Jar Dish Scrubber

Turn a small mason jar into a soap-dispensing dish scrubber! You’ll need a small jar, a mason jar lid that already has a hole in it (like this one), a sponge, and a hot glue gun.

Cut a sponge so that it’s the same size and shape as your jar lid, then use hot glue to glue the edges of the sponge to the top of the lid. Fill your jar with dish soap, put the finished sponge lid on top, and it’s ready to use!

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11. Filter Grip Tab

Depending on the layout of your HVAC system, it can be tricky to grab onto the old filter to remove it. So before you slide a new filter in, use some painters tape to put a simple “grip tab” on one corner of the filter. When you go to remove the filter down the road, the tape tab will make it much easier to grab!

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • Re: tip 5 Another way to spot small bits of debris in a floor, particularly if you have area rugs (in our case, colorful orientals and other design carpets) that can hide and comouflage said debris is to take a small led flashlight (like the little ones Harbor Freight gives away) and lay it on the floor horizontally and move tghe beam back and forth slowly. Reflective bits, like glass and metal, will show up better, and non reflective bits will be more visible as they will usually cast a small shadow on the side away from the light that makes it easier spot them. Also, as led light is usually much more white than any incandescent light, the color of whatever you’re looking for will be easier to pick out from the carpet background. This also works extremely well on smooth flooring.

  • Just like vacuuming hardwoods without overhead lights on and using only the onboard light shows dirt quicker, so does pointing a flashlight straight up onto the ceiling while the lights are out. Be ready to scream when you see the cobwebs you missed!

  • Instead of drilling holes in your trash can: Keep one corner of the bag in your hand while fitting the can. Then, with the corner still not fitted, press a thin layer of newsprint or other paper flat inside the bottom of the bag (we use the ads that are delivered to our mailbox). Now fit the last corner. You have an open bag AND an aborbent inner liner. No more drippy bags!

    • I use a similar idea for the cat box. I use a litter box liner to keep litter from sticking to the cat pan. I put a puppy training pad (absorbent side up) between the liner and the pan. That way, claw punctures in the liner are absorbed in the pad. Liquid waste (control odors) is contained, which keeps the litter box dry.

  • For the end of the tape I use a paper clip near then end so you don’t waste it . You can also put the paper clip below where you are going to cut your tape and you won’t have to fight to find the edge.

  • If you’ve got a plastic garbage bag that you just can’t get to open up, put a small piece of tape on each side of the bag (leaving one end of the tape free) and pull. Once the bag is open you can just smooth down the tape.

  • Here’s a little challenge for you, unless you’ve already thought of it. Is there a way to make something similar to the mason jar dish scrubber but for someone with arthritis in their hands? Something easier & more comfortable to hold onto? I’d love to get some ideas for that! Thanks in advance for anyone who might have an idea! Happy Mothers Day!

    • Hi, Sharon. I’ve put rubber bands and/or textured tape on the outside of the small glass jar so I could hold on to it better. I have arthritis in my hands too & some days everything see,s to simply fall out of my hands…

  • Great ideas! Can someone please explain what the top side of the filter looks like (mine goes in horizontally)? Everything I’ve found online talks about the top side going in based on airflow, but second question, how can I tell which direction the air flows through the furnace? Came up with the onion slicing idea a while back when I wanted some onion flavor quickly and didn’t want to get knife and board out. Just did a few quick, short scrapes into the pan and had what I needed in seconds. So it doesn’t have to be large “pieces,” even. Going to get a paint roller, from a freecycler or buy one. Love that idea! I have a mason jar with a hole in the lid for a screwed-in wooden snowman on top and the jar had Christmasy stuff inside. No longer wanted the decor but kept the lid (and, of course, jar) hoping I could work around it. I can, but now I have an actual use for it!

  • Folding over the tape every time I use it would be so wasteful. A better way is to save the plastic bread closure or paper clips and attach to the end of the tape. Then I can still use all of the tape.

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