In the last few years, everybody’s become a hacker. While some of these “hacks” are detrimental to your home, we have to admit that some tricks actually work, making home maintenance a little simpler and a lot more fun. Read how we rate eight hacks.
1. Wrapping your showerhead in a vinegar-soaked cloth overnight removes limescale. Yes indeedy, this one does work. You will be pleasantly surprised at your newly clean and freer-flowing showerhead when you get up the next morning.
2. An empty toilet paper tube can be repurposed as a handy-dandy vacuum cleaner attachment. Want to clean out all those cracks and crannies your vacuum cleaner crevice tool is not quite flexible enough to reach? Hold an empty cardboard TP tube over the end of your vacuum cleaner nozzle, then squish it to fit small spaces such as the tracks of your sliding door.
3. A squeegee is a great tool for picking up pet hair from the carpet. The squeegee blade gathers dog and cat hair nice and easily. In fact, it works equally well getting shed fur off the sofa.
4. White vinegar is an excellent natural cleaner for your countertops. While white vinegar is indeed excellent at freshening, degreasing and other kitchen cleaning tasks, we have one strong caveat regarding its use. A mild form of acetic acid, vinegar is likely to damage stone counters. It tends to eat away at granite, marble, limestone, and the like, in a process known as “etching.”
5. Put a brick in your toilet tank to save water when you flush. Although this old hippie trick technically does reduce the amount of water used to flush the toilet, you’ll be running a major risk of scraping the heck out of the tank and its innards. And with mandatory low-flow in all new toilet installation, you also will face the risk of not leaving enough water to flush at all.
6. Canned air is great for getting dust and dirt out of your bathroom exhaust fan. Upon reading the instructions on the canister, I saw strong warnings never to “tilt, shake or turn the can upside down”—which, in order to spray a ceiling vent, I would have to do.
7. Sprinkling your home with peppermint essential oil will get rid of mice. This one just does not help at all. Blocking the mouse entry points is usually the best solution.
8. Simplify degreasing oven racks; just soak in hot water with a dryer sheet added. It turns out no matter how many times you repeat the soaking process, the racks always emerge from the water just as determinedly greasy and gunky as when they want in.
—Laura Firszt | More Content Now