Life is hectic and fast-paced. Our day-to-day lives are filled with responsibilities to take care of, and we all want ways to make chores simpler, easier to manage, and we want approaches to chores that will actually save us time and effort on a daily basis.
Otherwise known as the “Life-Hack.”
A life-hack is defined as, “any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in all walks of life.”
Protect America previously created an informative and interactive game and guide to share various house hacks. Our game allows users to explore various hacks around the home that often aren’t considered.
But what other hacks are available to homeowners? Let’s take a look at a few.
Keeping Up with the Kitchen
Kitchens are where many of us spend most of our time. Whether we’re searching for snacks, eating, cooking, or cleaning the messes we created, the kitchen poses one of the largest areas to implement hacks. To name a few:
- For the coffee drinkers of the world, if you run out of coffee filters but you just have to have your fix, you can substitute a paper towel for the filter. Everything will work the same.
- Coffee can also be made by boiling water. Simply use the same amount of coffee and water that you would use in the coffee maker and place them in a pot. After about four or five minutes, the coffee should be removed from the heat and the grounds should settle to the bottom of the pot. You can now ladle the coffee at the top of the pot and pour it into cups.
- You can remove the packaging from items that take up space in cupboards. This includes: medications, baking soda, sugar, jello, and others. Store these in zip lock bags or containers to save on space and limit clutter.
- Save leftovers from rice, pizza toppings, and others. Instead of throwing them in the trash, use them to create other meals like casseroles and fritters.
- Wine and cocktails can be chilled without being diluted by placing frozen grapes in glasses. This hack can be taken even further by freezing wine into ice cubes, and using those cubes to chill the drink.
Cleaning Made Easy
The home is full of hack-able items. Especially when it comes to everyday cleaning. If you have young children, you know how many unanticipated messes can accumulate throughout the day. These hacks will help you combat some of the messes in the home:
- Hydrogen peroxide removes blood stains from fabrics. Placing a stained object in direct sunlight will also help take the stain away. Blue Dawn is a great tool to take away stains on carpets.
- If you’ll be vacuuming the home, you can place a lavender essential cotton ball—or other scents—in vacuums and these scents will make the entire house smell good.
- When bathroom towels get sticky, it can seem like there isn’t a way to solve the problem. Towels can be washed with hot water and a cup of vinegar, followed by another washing with hot water and a ½ cup of baking soda to remove any stench.
- Lining a toaster tray with tinfoil before cooking anything can save you from messes or having to repeatedly clean trays after every use.
- To clean a blender, fill it with warm water and drop some soap in there. Turn it on, let it go for a few seconds, and voila! Once you rinse the blender, it’s squeaky clean and you avoided scrubbing.
The Hacks Never End
This short list of hacks only explored the kitchen and cleaning, but hacks are available for all aspects of life. Whether you’re looking at how to hack air travel, clutter in bedrooms, life with dogs, and just about anything you can think of.
There’s a number of online communities that will fill you in on useful hacks, and frequently update you with hacks to use. A great place to begin looking is Reddit’s community of life hacks. Other quick Google and YouTube searches will reveal a number of useful home information.
Remember that Protect America customers always move for free, so moving hacks will come in handy, as will cleaning hacks to prep the house for a move. But regardless of who you are and your needs, there will surely be an life-hack on the internet specifically suited for you.