8 Kitchen & Bathroom Hacks that will upgrade your life!

Clean your Cast Iron

Clean cast-iron without causing rust — Scrubbing cast-iron with soapy water is a no-no (it’ll strip away the seasoning on the pan built up from all those dishes). Instead, clean cast iron with a salt scrub to remove stuck-on bits of food.

De-crust a Microwave

Soak a sponge in water, pop it in the microwave, and let it cruise around the turntable for a minute. This double-whammy hack loosens all that gross caked on stuff inside the microwave (making it easier to wipe away later) plus it helps disinfect the sponge too!

Gather Loose Lids

Utilize thrifty organizers to make over the chaotic space where you stash food-storage containers. A wall file mounted to a cabinet door is an easy solution for separating plastic lids from bases.

Combat Cross Contamination

Have two cutting boards—one for raw meat, one for everything else. It will help separate uncooked meat juices from raw fruit and veggies, keeping you and your family safe from cross contamination. If you’re extra ambitious, purchase two different colored boards so there’s no confusion.

De-fog your Mirror in Seconds

When you shower, your mirror often fogs over even if you have a fan running. This makes the mirror pretty useless when you’re getting ready, but you can de-fog it in seconds with a blow dryer. All you do is point the blow dryer at the mirror and watch as the fog disappears.

Fixing a Slow Drain

Before trying those harsh chemicals try pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar down the drain. Cover the drain with a cloth or stopper for 5 mins then flush with a gallon of boiling water.

How to Fix a Running Toilet

First, try jiggling the handle. If that doesn’t stop the toilet from running, open the tank lid and have a peek inside. Check out the flapper and flush valve, and clean or replace as necessary. If you continue to have a problem, drop a bit of food coloring into the tank. If you see the color seeping into the bowl, you may have a leak that requires further investigation.

Install a Picture Ledge Above your Sink

A slender picture ledge from IKEA can hold more than framed photos. Add one right between your bathroom mirror and sink, and rest your favorite perfume or cologne, hand soap and lotion, scented candle, and hair products on top.

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