45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already Own

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already Own
Anything Had Home Can Become a Hack!

Hacks are what we call innovative and nifty uses of objects people dont usually consider that help make life easier or more efficient. We like hacks because we like living easier, of course. But the best hacks of all are the ones that you can do really easily because all that is required is things you already have. This article will cover a special assortment of home hacks that can be done with things almost everyone already has in their home, making them easy, cheap, and maybe even fun.

Broom Moulding Cleaner

The moulding is to the ceiling what your baseboards are to the floor. They are usually so high up that cleaning them would require a ladder and more work than you care to do. But if you just take a broom and tie a rag around it, then you have the ability to clean those high spaces without all that.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already Own
Broom Moulding Cleaner

Your mileage may vary depending on the sturdiness of your broom and the type of cleaning agent you use on your rag, but ultimately, this is a good way to give the moulding a quick clean when you dont want to climb up there for the really intensive stuff.

Organizing the Refrigerator

A disorganized refrigerator is a pain for anyone. When were hungry, we dont want to spend time rifling through the fridge to find things. But if you have some plastic drawers at home, then those can save the day. Just insert them right into your fridge.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already Own
Organizing the Refrigerator

By doing something so simple, you can make it much easier to store a pretty large variety of snacks and treats. At any rate, itll save you a lot of space, even if the addition of a big box of drawers doesnt make it seem as such right away.

Create Your Own Sprinkle Jars

Baking soda, glitter, sugar, salt, you name it: all can benefit from a jar that lets you sprinkle them in moderation. Making your own such jar isnt all that difficult, either. All you need is a canning jar and one of those lids from a parmesan container.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnCreate Your Own Sprinkle Jars

Granted, you could also just reuse your parmesan containers after you wash them out well enough that they dont smell like cheese anymore. Either way, its a great choice if you want the ability to sprinkle things in moderation, whatever those things may be.

Baby Health

If you keep a pacifier for your baby in the same bag as the diapers (dirty or otherwise) you may feel a little uncomfortable with the thought of cleanliness, or lack thereof. In order to remedy this, the best thing to do is simply have a small plastic container to put the pacifier in.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnBaby Health

Needless to say, most everyone has a small plastic container in their house somewhere, so this is one of those hacks that is very easy to achieve if you just check your kitchen storage. And really, thats a small price to pay for child safety, right?

Candle Lit Dinner

Do you have a number of candles with wicks too low to easily reach with a match or a lighter? Theres another way to go to town. All you need is some dry spaghetti, straight out of the box. It actually burns quite easily, which makes it useful as a really long match.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnCandle Lit Dinner

You can use this to reach those wicks that are far down at the bottom of the candle jar if need be. And unless you really dont like pasta, then you probably have spaghetti around in your house. If not, youll probably get some at some point anyway.

Create Your Own Armband

Need an armband? Have a sock with holes in it? Cut the toes off of that bad boy and suddenly you have a useful armband ready to go. You can use it to hold a phone, or just to wear as a fashion statement, or whatever else you might need something like that for.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnCreate Your Own Armband

One way or another, its a much better thing to do than simply throw away such a sock, since doing that wouldnt benefit you at all. Might as well use hacks like this one to make the most of your possessions, right? We certainly think so.

Creating Counter Space

If you need more counter space, the best thing to do is get stuff off of your counter. But if theres nowhere else to put them, what do you do? The best thing you can do is create space in the air. To do this, you would attach hooks to the bottom of your cabinets.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnCreating Counter Space

By doing this, you can hang a number of things from the cabinets above the countertops, which makes for a lot more available room on those countertops. Easy hacks like these are one of the best ways to clean up your kitchen and make more room.

Low Cost Privacy

If you wish to obstruct someone looking into your window but not sacrifice any light to do that, consider this hack. With just a handful of common ingredients that you probably have lying around your home, you can create a semi-transparent covering for your windows.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnLow Cost Privacy

All it takes is a cornstarch and water mixture, which you apply over either white paper or even lace. Once it dries, youll have a semi-transparent covering that lets light in, even though you cant see through it. Just hang it over your windows.

Hiding a Flush Mount

If you dont like flush mounted ceiling lights, theres actually a pretty easy way to take care of the problem that relies on little more than a lampshade. You probably have one of those around your house, though you may have to strip a lamp to get one.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnHiding a Flush Mount

The idea is to let light through while hiding the ugly fixture. A lampshade is something you could use, but you could also use cloth or lace, plastic baskets, a sheer umbrella or many other items. Experiment with things you have around the house!

Fixing a Loose Battery Coil

Have you ever had a remote with a loose or messed up battery coil? Trying to power the thing becomes a serious hassle when the battery itself wont fit properly. Thankfully, theres a way to fix this without using anything outside of your home.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnFixing a Loose Battery Coil

All you need is aluminum foil. Aluminum is a conductor of electricity, and a tiny piece of it between the battery and the loose coil will solve the problem. You could technically do this to use small batteries not intended for use with a product, but we dont recommend that.

Broom Scrubbing

Do you wish there were more hacks out there that tackle the issue of scrubbing a bathtub? Believe it or not, a broom is good enough for the job. If you have a clean one, you can pour some water and dish soap in your bathtub and just start scrubbing away.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnBroom Scrubbing

Its not only very effective, but it also ensures that you dont have to bend over all that much to get the cleaning done, so its better for your body as well. This hack will make the whole experience less grueling and frustrating.

Make It Rain

While its nice to keep ones lawn nice and green, but buying sprinklers and other such garden tools can be pretty expensive. Rather than investing in something like that, you can make your own sprinkler with something as simple as a plastic bottle.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnMake it Rain

Punch some holes in a bottle with whatever you feel like and in any pattern you want. Then you just have to tightly tape the bottle to the neck of your water hose (preferably with the waterproof variety!). As long as you secure it properly, youll have your own running sprinkler whenever you turn the water on.

Make Your Own Drawer Dividers

Most everyone orders packages these days, and those packages come in cardboard boxes. That cardboard can be used for many hacks people often dont consider. For instance, you could cut up the cardboard and use the pieces to make your own dividers.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnMake Your Own Drawer Dividers

You could use these in drawers to help organize your clothes, accessories, or just about anything else. There are lots of things you can do with cardboard that people just ignore or simply dont think about. Try to get creative with it!

Lemon Juice Rust Removal

If your knives are getting a bit rusty, all you really need to get rid of it is some soaking in some lemon juice, which is a pretty common household product. Just let them sit in the liquid overnight and youll find that the rust wipes right off the following day.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnLemon Juice Rust Removal

Of course, you can do this with just about any silverware while youre at it. No need to settle for just your knives. Lemon juice is a pretty powerful cleaning agent if you know how to use it or what to use it with. Keep that in mind!

Utensil Security

Have you suffered from a ladle or spatula falling into a pot when you really didnt want it to? Sure, most of us have. But with a simple hack that merely uses a clothespin, you can stop that from happening. Just tack it on to your utensil and let it rest against the pot.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnUtensil Security

This will efficiently and quite easily keep the utensil from falling into the pot, which saves you a lot of trouble at very little expense. Needless to say, hacks that dont require a lot of time or effort are some of our favorite ones.

Ultimate Guac Bowl

So you want to serve some chips at a gathering, and that means you need dip. But whats the best way to provide that dip? If its on the plate itself, youre wasting space that could be used for more chips. This is where the martini glass comes in.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnUltimate Guac Bowl

By using a martini glass, you can still present a respectable amount of dip, but at the same time, it doesnt take up as much space on the plate, which means theres more room for chips. This is one of those hacks that helps you get the best of both worlds.

Quick and Easy

Cleaning the blinds for your windows can be a drag, but there are hacks available to make this task less of a pain. All you need is a sock. Wear it like a sock puppet and you can easily dust both the top and the bottom of the blinds with ease.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnQuick and Easy

Sure, this means youll get a sock dusty, but thats nothing a quick wash cant fix. That being said, this falls into the category of hacks that are quick, easy, and pretty efficient. Naturally, that makes it one of our favorite hacks out there.

Label Your Switches

If you have more switches in your rooms than you can keep track of, you probably find yourself fumbling for which one does what every single time you use them. Hacks for this kind of problem are actually pretty simple: just label the darn things!

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnLabel Your Switches

Whether thats with marker, color coding, or something else entirely, you may as well label your switches if there are enough of them to confuse you. Everyone has something they could use to achieve this, so its a great hack in our book.

Instant Blending Clean

If you need to clean a blender, theres always the unpleasant notion of putting your fingers down near the blades. However, you could just use the blender to clean itself. Put hot water and soap in the blender and just let it rip. Unless youve got really stubborn gunk, itll do the job.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnInstant Blending Clean

At the least, itll make it much easier to clean the blender after the spin cycle is done. Whatever you have left to get rid of will come off much more easily at the very least. And of course, you dont need to get anything you dont already have to do this.

Filling a Vase

Filling a vase with something or one reason or another? Well, by basic laws of physics, if theres less space to fill, then you wont need as much filler. To make that happen, simply put a solid object inside the vase first. A wine bottle is a pretty common and ideal choice.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnFilling a Vase

Doesnt really matter what you want to fill the vase with, and it also doesnt make much of a difference what object you want to put in the vase. That makes these kinds of hacks even better, because they are extremely versatile.

Efficient Toothbrush Storage

Looking for somewhere to put your toothbrushes where they cant be seen by anyone? Well, it may require a bit of modification to your cabinets, but it is perfectly possible to do this: you can cut little notches into your cabinets to hold your toothbrushes out of sight.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnEfficient Toothbrush Storage

This is quick and easy to do it you have the right tools at home, and the right tools are pretty varied. You could use power tools, hand tools, just about anything to achieve this, and chances are, you have some of those tools available to you in your home.

Better Than Nothing

Remember when we mentioned the potential value of clips? You can use it for more than just keeping your utensils out of pots. You can also use them to stop yourself from whacking your thumb when hammering in nails, perhaps for those pictures we mentioned earlier.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnBetter Than Nothing

On the other hand, you could use something a little sturdier, such as pliers. Either object will work reasonably well as far as keeping you safe from a painful whack to the thumb is concerned. And at any rate, its a whole lot better than nothing.

Tape Jar Opening

Everyone has duct tape in their house: or at least, they most certainly should. Assuming you do, you can actually use that duct tape to open stuck jars and the like. All it requires is a little bit of knowledge on how to do the technique, which well share.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnTape Jar Opening

Wrap the duct tape around the lid and fold it so it is stuck to the side and the top of the lid. Then pull at a 90 degree angle or so. We wont proclaim that this works on literally any lid, but for some of the tough ones you just cant get open, its worth a try.

Ceiling Fan Cleaning

When you dust a ceiling fan, most of that dust just falls right back into the air, which doesnt do a whole lot of good for anyone. In order to solve this problems, you can use a pillow case. With this pillow case, you can dust the ceiling fans, and the dust will fall into it instead of into the air.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnCeiling Fan Cleaning

Of course, youll have a dirty pillow case that needs washing, but you can throw that in the washing machine and call it a day. Its a much better alternative to getting a bunch of dust in the air, which negates the point of dusting in the first place.

Use Blow Dryers for Crayons on Walls

We all know that Crayons on walls are really hard to clean. Parents of young children, especially. Cleaning them may be a pain, but theres many hacks out there that can save the day. This one only requires a blow dryer, though theres not much to actually talk about.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnUse Blow Dryers for Crayons on Walls

Using a blow dryer to heat up the wax on the wall will make it much easier to wipe it off. In fact, all you would need to do at that point is wipe the warm crayon wax away with a wet and soapy washcloth. The only downside is that it might get a little warm.

Smooth in the Shower

Shower curtain hooks can often catch on shower curtain rods. Its not a huge deal, but it is pretty annoying nevertheless. That said, theres a pretty easy solution: just rub down that rod with some wax paper, which is something you probably have at home.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnSmooth in the Shower

This will make the curtain hooks slide much more easily on the curtain rod, which will solve the problem quite readily for you. Its quick and easy to do, and can be taken care of with just one sheet. Thats why its one of our favorite hacks.

Rejuvenate Sponges

When a sponge gets crusty and tough, you may be inclined to throw it out. We dont blame you, since a sponge in such a shape does seem like something that wouldnt be ideal for cleaning. But you dont have to just throw them away when a sponge gets like this.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnRejuvenate Sponges

Just throw them in the dishwasher for a cycle. This will breathe some new life into your sponge and mostly reverse that crusty and stale state of being, making them perfectly viable for use for an extended amount of time. Sponges arent expensive, but why waste money at all?

Old Faithful

This hack is one most everyone is aware of: they say if your phone gets wet, you should bury it in a bag of rice overnight. Thing is, this hack is worth mentioning because, as silly as it sounds, it does actually work sometimes. Thats not to say that it is guaranteed to, but there are many examples of rice successfully saving water-soaked phones.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnOld Faithful

So if your phone suffers from such a fate, you should at least give it a try before throwing it away or taking it to a repair shop. After all, phones and phone repairs are extremely expensive!

Hanging Fridge Space

Creating space in your refrigerator isnt particularly easy. However, with some easy hacks, you can change that. If you have wire shelves in your refrigerator or freezer, you can use those little clips most people have to hang product from those shelves and create more space overall.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnHanging Fridge Space

As you can see in this picture, its very easy to achieve if you just have some of those clips, which are common and easy to get. This can also help keep some food items fresh, though the main benefit at hand is most certainly the extra space.

Pest Elimination

Do you have a lint roller? If not, its pretty cheap, and theres something you could use it for other than lint. You can actually use it to dispose of bugs and nasty critters like scorpions. Think about it: you can squish the pest without touching them, the sticky part picks them up.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnPest Elimination

Then you can just tear that part off and get rid of it however you want to. Its a pretty solid way to get rid of things you would really rather not get that close to. And we imagine that a whole lot of people fall into that category.

Keep Makeup Brush Shape

If you have makeup brushes, chances are you have elastic hair ties. And if you do have elastic hair ties, you can make use of this hack. Loop your elastic hair ties around a towel bar, and you can secure your wet makeup brushes to it for air drying.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnKeep Makeup Brush Shape

By air drying, you avoid using a cloth, and more importantly, avoid deforming the shape of your favorite brushes. And if you dont have any hair ties for some reason, they are super cheap to get, so this is still one of those great nifty hacks.

Grocery Bag Storage

People tend to come home with a large number of plastic bags when they go grocery shopping. However, you dont actually need to throw them away or just stuff them in a corner somewhere. There are other alternatives: namely, you could store them all in a tissue box!

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnGrocery Bag Storage

This way, you can keep the bags for future use, but you also manage to keep all of them in a confined space so they dont take up much room. Its a great way to reuse something that you may otherwise have thrown away, and that always a nice thing for hacks to facilitate.

Cutting the Cheese

Aesthetically speaking, its very hard to cut cheese and cake perfectly every single time. This isnt a huge deal if youre just going to eat it, but if you are going to be serving other people well, then you may want to do it right every single time.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnCutting the Cheese

In that case, just use floss. Wrap a string of it around the food item in question, lining it up where you want to cut, then just pull both ends away from one another. The floss will slice through the food as it constricts, giving you a very clean cut.

Zip Tie Storage

If you have lots of brooms and mops and they are constantly falling all over the place, some hooks and some zip ties will save the day. Just put the zip ties around the hole in the handle, and youll be able to hang these tools from just about anywhere.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnZip Tie Storage

Now, some people may not have zip ties lying around at any moment, but its pretty easy to stock up on them as needed, and once thats done, you can easily make use of this hack and many other hacks that are like it. Experiment with zip ties, theyre useful!

Storing the Nails

If you are a workshop type of person with lots of screws, bolts, or whatever else, it can be tough keeping all of those little bits and pieces organized. But if you are also someone who chews a lot of gum, you may have an easy solution available.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnStoring the Nails

Those large gum containers youve seen at stores are actually pretty nifty for storage of small items. So instead of throwing them away, consider using them to address organization issues with small objects and items around your house.

Use TP Rolls for Cords

The hassle of cords getting twisted up is something were all familiar with. But there are some hacks you can make use of using items you have readily available at your house: in this case, toilet paper rolls. You can use them to store cord bundles rather easily.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnUse TP Rolls For Cords

Remember, things that look like trash dont actually have to be trash, if you just know what to do with them. Creativity is what makes hacks out of ordinary objects and tools that were meant for something else entirely. Consider that.

Make Your Own Cleaning Rags

If you have old T-shirts you dont wear anymore, you could throw them away, but you could also just cut them up and make nifty cleaning rags that are washable and reusable. They could even be cool aesthetically depending on the type of shirts you cut up.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnMake Your Own Cleaning Rags

Hacks like these are really simple, but can actually be fun and useful when you do them. After all, the simplest hacks are the best, because anybody can give them a try to see if they think its worth doing. Its a fun project, at the very least.

Keeping Tabs

Have you ever had trouble finding the lip of your tape on the roll? You turn it over a dozen times, trying to find the spot to peel the tape? Well, just use a paperclip and you wont have to worry about that any longer. The next time you are done with your tape, put a paperclip on the end.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnKeeping Tabs

This way, the tape wont be flush to the roll when you use it again, and youll easily be able to find the lip of the tape when youre ready to use it again. Its a small thing, but it goes a long way in keeping down frustration when using the tape.

Color Coded Keys

If you have a lot of keys, then you probably know the hassle that is going through all of them in hopes of finding the one you were looking for, whether thats at your car or your mailbox. But it doesnt have to be such a hassle! Using paint, nail polish, or even just colored tape, consider color coding your keys.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnColor Coded Keys

Keeping track of a color code is much easier than keeping track of individual keys that all look the same with the exception of some individual markings or numbers. And the best part is, there are multiple ways to color code your keys.

Use Coffee Grounds for Clogs

If you have a clogged drain, be it the bathtub or the kitchen sink, there are many hacks out there that can help. This one uses coffee grounds. Simply mix some coffee grounds with dish soap and pour it down the drain. After that, pour some boiling water down the drain, and this will get rid of most clogs.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnUse Coffee Grounds for Clogs

Of course, this does mean you would be sacrificing some coffee grounds for the sake of cleaning, but coffee grounds arent particularly expensive, so is it really a big deal? Its certainly much better than keeping a clogged drain.

Use Mouthwash for Cleaning Toilets

Dont waste your time and money buying a toilet bowl cleaner if you dont need one. And trust us, you dont need one. You can use mouthwash to do the job. Pour some mouthwash in the toilet bowl, let it sit for about thirty minutes and then start scrubbing.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnA woman cleans a bathroom toilet with a scrub brush.

Nearly any grime within the toilet bowl will come off very easily after this treatment. And as you know, mouthwash is a lot cheaper than dedicated toilet cleaning agents, so you save a bunch of money with hacks like these, and those are the best kind.

Keep the Brush Clean

You dont want to put your toothbrush directly on your counter, because thats not entirely sanitary. But there are some easy hacks to solve it. Using a clothespin, you can elevate the actual brush part of the toothbrush from the counter, even if you have nowhere else to place it.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnKeep the Brush Clean

Clothespins actually have a great number of uses in everyday life separate from their actual design purpose. Its all about finding creative ways to use them. Of course, the internet goes a long way in helping on that front.

Tight Fitted Sheets

If your fitted sheets are constantly coming off of your mattress, the solution may be available within your closet. If you have a pair of elastic suspenders in there, you can use them to attach the separate sides of the fitted sheet under your bed.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnTight Fitted Sheets

By doing this, you ensure that the fitted sheet will actually stay fitted, unless something happened to the suspenders themselves. Either way, this is a cheaper way to do this than investing in those official elastic connectors you could get specifically for this purpose.

Preventing Trash Leaking

No one likes to have some sort of liquid from the trash dripping on them on trash day. There is a way to avoid this though, and it just requires some paper. Paper towels, newspapers, anything will do fine. Place that paper at the bottom of a new bag before you fill it with anything else.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnPreventing Trash Leaking

When you do this, any liquid that goes into the trash bag will be caught by the absorbent layer you created, and you wont have anything nasty dripping on you when you take the trash out at some undisclosed point in the future. Its worth some paper to make that happen.

Protect Your Walls

Do you live with someone who just cant open doors like a normal person? Does the doorknob constantly hit your wall? A tennis ball can be a solution, as all you have to do is cut a slit into the ball and fit it over the problematic knob, creating a cushion.

45+ Life-Changing Home Hacks Using Things You Probably Already OwnProtect Your Walls

Now, this wont work with certain doorknob shapes, unless you want to get really crafty with a knife. However, this is still a valuable hack to keep in mind as you go about your life. After all, avoiding big holes in your wall is always a good thing.

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