Here on my blog, I strive to share simple, everyday tips and tricks that can help make 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, in the seventh edition of my ongoing series I like to call “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?”
Note: Many of the tips I share on the blog come straight from your comments. If you have a great idea you’d like to share, leave it in the comments, and your idea could be featured in the next “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” post!
Look for videos throughout this post to see some of these brilliant hacks in action!
Toilet Brush Drip-Dry
If you put your wet toilet brush back right after using it, it probably isn’t getting the chance to dry properly. A wet toilet brush can breed mildew, bacteria, and all sorts of yucky stuff, so it’s important to let the brush dry out of bit before placing it back in the holder!
A reader of mine with 20 years of experience cleaning bathrooms once shared a brilliant tip for drying your toilet brush. She said that after she scrubs the toilet, she props the brush between the toilet and the toilet seat to let it dry. The brush gets plenty of air circulation, and any water drips just drop right into the toilet bowl. So smart! You can find more brilliant bathroom cleaning tips at the link below.
Large or thick cuts of meat can be tricky to sear or grill properly, especially if you’re trying to cook them on all sides. The flat sides are easy, but what about the sides with less surface area?
There’s an easy solution – just grab a pair of locking tongs! Clamp the tongs onto the meat near the edge you want to cook, then lock them in place. Put the meat down on your cooking surface, and the tongs will help keep the meat stable while it cooks.
If you’ve ever felt like you could use an extra pair of hands when you’re putting tacos together, this tip for you. You can use an inverted muffin pan when assembling tacos to help keep things in place!
Nail Polish Spill Saver
I always thought that nail polish spills were a kiss of death for whatever was spilled on. But I recently learned that sugar can save the day in the event of spilled polish! If applied to a nail polish spill quickly enough, the sugar and nail polish will clump together, making it easy to sweep or wipe away. So next time you paint your fingernails or toenails, consider keeping a dish of sugar somewhere close by! :-)
It can be tricky at best to get a bandaid to conform to the shape of your finger. Instead of dealing with an awkward fit, just grab a pair of scissors! Making a few small cuts along the edges of the adhesive part of the bandaid. When you apply it, those cuts will make it much easier to get the right fit on your finger!
Bobby Pin Keeper
I don’t even have to ask if anyone else finds it impossible to keep track of bobby pins, because it’s a UNIVERSAL problem! (Okay, maybe people with short hair don’t have bobby pin problems, but the rest of us sure do.) But I recently came across a simple idea for keeping track of your bobby pins!
Place a piece of magnetic tape inside one of your bathroom drawers, then stick your bobby pins to it. Your bobby pins will always be stay right where you left them!
You don’t need a special tool to pit cherries if you have a small kitchen funnel! Just turn your funnel upside-down, then press the cherry against the narrow opening to pop the pit out. Easy!
No Fork, No Problem
So you’ve just gone through a drive-thru for lunch when it hits you – they didn’t give you a fork! If you have a straw, you’re in luck. Just bend the straw in half and use it like a pair of chopsticks!
Bread & Butter (& Corn)
Corn on the cob is one of summer’s simplest pleasures, but buttering it is always a tricky affair! You can make it easy by enlisting the help of a piece of bread.
Generously butter the piece of bread, then wrap it around your piece of corn. Give it a few twists to spread the butter onto the corn, and you’re done! Then you can either pass the bread on for someone else to use, or you can enjoy it as a side to your meal. For more corn on the cob tips and tricks, check out the link below!
Going on a vacation? Fill a water bottle and push it into the ground near your plant, upside-down. The water the will keep the plant moist for days!
The “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Series
- For even more simple tips and tricks that will make your life easier, check out the other installments in this series, including ones you may have missed!
- Explore the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series archive.