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 tenth 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 and emails. 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!
Making and decorating a cake on the same day can take hours! You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by making the actual cake up to a week beforehand and freezing it. Take it out of the freezer in the morning on the day of your party to let it thaw, then frost as usual. Your thawed cake will be super moist and taste great!
Peel Eggs In A Flash
Hate the finicky task of peeling hard-boiled eggs? Here’s a trick that makes it quick and easy! Just place your hard-boiled egg in a glass jar and give it a good shake. The shell will fall away in no time!
Freshen Up Your Fridge
You can use used teabags to help get rid of bad odors in your fridge. After brewing a cup of tea, press out any remaining liquid from the teabag and set it out to dry. Place the dry teabag in a small dish in your fridge. The porous tea leaves will absorb any lingering smells in your fridge and leave things much fresher!
Fix For Smelly Hands
Smelly foods like onions, garlic, and fish can linger on your hands even after washing them repeatedly. To get rid of the smell for good, rub them on something made of stainless steel. The steel will bind with the smelly sulphur molecules, transferring them away from your hands and fingers.
Shake Out Unpopped Popcorn
Here’s a simple way to separate those unpopped popcorn kernels from your bag of microwave popcorn. When your popcorn is done popping, take the bag out of the microwave and open it up just a little bit. (A little bit meaning not enough to let out any of the popcorn.) Then tip the bag upside-down and give it a good shake, and the unpopped kernels will fall right out! This also helps get rid of some of the loose hulls, which keeps them out of your teeth. ;-)
Certain snacks are sure to make a mess of your fingers, like Doritos, Cheetos, cheddar popcorn, etc. But there’s a simple way to enjoy your snack without getting your fingers messy. Just use a pair of chopsticks! It may seem silly, but it totally works!
Scrub Vases With Eggshells
Vases, bottles, and other containers with small openings can seem impossible to clean, but there’s an easy way! Crush up a couple of clean eggshells and put them in the container with a bit of water. Then place your hand over the opening and give it a good shake for a minute or so. The eggshells will help scrape away any gunk stuck to the inside of the container!
Spaghetti Spoon Secret
That hole in the center of your spaghetti spoon can be used for more than just straining your pasta! You can also use it to measure out spaghetti before you cook it. The amount of spaghetti noodles that can fit through the center hole is generally one serving’s worth.
Sheet Storage Hack
When storing extra sets of sheets and pillowcases, store them together! Just fold up the sheets and one of the pillowcases, and slide them into the remaining pillowcase. That way, all the bedding stays together in one tidy package, making it quick and easy to grab fresh bedding when you’re ready to remake your bed.
The “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” Series
If you’ve missed any of the previous posts in this series, or want to revisit some of your old favorite tips, you’ve come to the right place! Just click the button below to view the full archive of past posts in the “Why Didn’t I Think Of That?” series.