Every year people spend millions buying things like organizers and storage units. But is it really worth it? This article is intended to highlight how you can recycle and reuse household items to create storage spaces without having to spend any money. The DIY hacks are not only easy to do but will also give you the flexibility to explore your creativity. Here are some easy and creative storage and organizing hacks that you can do in your free time.
Stack Plastic and Zip Lock Bags on the Inner Side of the Cabinet Door
Shuffling around and looking for a plastic or zip lock bag when you are in a hurry can be frustrating.
One of the easiest and creative ways to tackle this situation would be to hang the cardboard boxes of old zip lock bags on the inner side of the cabinet or pantry door. You can fasten the boxes by using nails or tacks: what a perfect way to organize reusable and food storage bags.
Store Cutting Boards and More in Magazine Holders
One of the biggest challenges is storing things like cutting boards, foil or cling wrap boxes, and other such nitty-gritty things. A perfect way to enhance your storage space and keep your kitchen looking organized would be to use your old magazine racks.
You can easily store all your small everyday needs inside the rack and keep your workstation clean and organized. To make your storage space even more interesting, you can design the magazine racks in whatever way you want.
Hang Spray Bottles on Rods
Free up space under your kitchen and bathroom sink by hanging your spray bottles. For this DIY hack, you can use old shower curtain rods, steel/plastic/wooden handles of your old mop.
Cut according to the measurement need and fasten it correctly on the inner side by drilling holes into the inner sidewalls or the cabinet and you are all set. Not only will it keep the space organized, but it will become easy for you to spot the bottles you need.
Place Ice-Cream, Coffee, or Yogurt Cups in Old Egg Cartons
Whether it is the fridge or your coffee machines, K-cups tend to take up a lot of space. It becomes even more frustrating when you have to go through all the cups to find the flavor you are looking for.
To solve this problem, you can use old egg cartons as organizers for them. This is a simple and creative way to use old egg cartons. You can also place them inside your fridge to stock yogurt cups.
Use Clips or Clothespins for Snacks and Packets
Looking for ways to store your chips or family pack snack bags? Do you want to keep your open chips fresh so that you can eat later?
Here is a simple and easy solution for you. Instead of tying up your packets with elastic bands, you can use cloth drying pins or hangers with built-in pins. It will not only help to maintain the freshness of your snack, but it is also an eco-friendly option instead of throwing them away.
Store Raw Food Packets and Grains With Bottlenecks
If you have just opened a new packet of cereal or spaghetti and are searching for a way to store it, then this is a perfect hack for you. You can use the neck of the old water bottles to store and refill whenever you need.
Run the one end of the packet inside out and close it with the bottle cap. Whenever you need to use the packet, you need to unscrew the cap and pour the required quantity.
Use Shower Curtain Rings and Towel Bars to Organize Your Ties or Scarves
Shower curtain rings and towel bars come in handy in so many ways that you may think. You can use them to even store your bandannas/scarves, baby/face towels, and other such small items without having to fold them or hang them.
You can place the towel bar on the inner side of the cupboard door and hand your scarves, face towels, or baby bibs using the shower rings. One good thing about this hack is that you can even create a hanging ladder using hangers.
Make Your Own Socks, Belt, or Tie Holder With Coke Crates
Why not consider using the old coke crate lying in the garage to store your socks, belts, or ties instead. This will not only help you to save space but will also make your room clean and organized.
In fact, you can even use this idea to store your stockings, briefs, or other small pieces of cloth. What is even better is that you can easily place the crate on one side of your wardrobe.
Use Cardboard Rolls or PVC Pipes To Store Baby Clothes and More
PVC pipes or cardboard rolls come in handy in so many ways in various parts of the house. Well, why not consider using them inside your cupboard as well. If you want, you can even use them inside the nursery to store your baby’s clothes and bibs as well.
Placing them inside the draws of your cupboard gives you the flexibility to keep your t-shirts, inner wear, and even tank tops without having to turn the place upside down.
Use Letter Organizers as a Shoe Storage Solution
Ballet shoes, aqua slippers, ankle-length socks are just some of the many things you would find in a person’s shoe closet. Letter organizers are a perfect solution to store such items.
Not only will it look clean and organized, but it will also help you perk up the overall look and feel. You can even use this solution in the kid’s room to store baby booties, mittens, socks and more.
Store Flats Efficiently Inside a Cabinet
If you do not have a shoe rack, storing your shoes can be challenging. With this hack, you do not have to worry about that anymore. You can use different-sized plastic bottles or plastic cans to store your shoes inside a cupboard or shelf.
For flats and flip-flops, you can use the broader side plastic soda bottle. If you happen to have wide feet, you can choose to go with small plastic milk cartons. This hack will finally let you say goodbye to the messy and unorganized look.
Use a Cardboard Box to Organize Wires and Cable Cords
In today’s world, almost every person has different types of gadgets. All you need is a cardboard box, some wrapping or regular paper, glue, and scissors. Create evenly distributed dividers to make smaller compartments in the box and decorate them with paper.
This DIY hack will help you store your cables and charges neatly instead of letting them get tangled. If you have a bigger sized cardboard box, you can even place the spike guard inside the box.
Use Toilet Paper Tubes to Store Cords
It is natural to carry mobile chargers and data cords along whenever you step out of the house.
Whether you are planning a road trip, stepping out of the house to run some errands, or going to work, this DIY hack is easy and will help to keep your bag or purse organized. Roll the cords and use toilet paper tubes to store them. You can even label the tubes to make it easy for you.
Store All Devices Neatly Near the Bedside With a Letterbox Holder
Do you often find it challenging to keep your bedside table neat and clean? Are you looking for an effective way to store your mobile phones and other gadgets? This is the perfect DIY hack that you can consider.
Now you can transform your letterbox holder or desk organizer into a storage and charging station. You would need a drilling machine, 1 or 2 nails to hang on the wall for this hack. This hack is helpful, especially when you have multiple gadgets that are lying all over the place.
Save Space With This Storage Solution for Electronic Hair-Styling Products
For your hair care products, you can consider these DIY hacks. Instead of leaving your hair curlers, straightening irons, or hairdryer all over the place, consider hanging them on the inner side of the cabinet doors.
You can use sticky hooks or even large-sized nails to hang your supplies and save up space. This hack will be helpful if you run a saloon and do not have much space to store a lot of things.
Use Altoids Tins or Small Candy Tins to Organize Office Supplies
Why throw away the small candy tins when you can reuse them as storage options. You can use the containers to store various office supplies like your staple pins, buttons, pencil leads, and other things you need while working.
Do not forget to label the tins so that you know what is stored inside them. You can use these tins to save you small supplies like needles, beads, etc. With this hack, you can prevent yourself from getting hurt every time you look into the drawer for something.
Convert Empty Tin Cans Into a Unique Storage Solution
Why waste money on buying pen holders and desk organizers when you can make one yourself. In this hack, you can put those old food tin containers to good use and create your own masterpiece.
You would need some paint, decorative paper or cloth, industrial glue, and a creative mind for this hack. Arrange the tin cans vertically or horizontally and place all your small supplies like pens, scissors, pencils, and so on. To make it more beautiful, use fairy lights all around and convert them into a night lamp.
Recycle Toilet Paper Rolls and Shoeboxes
This is another easy and simple desk organizer and storage hack that you can consider for all your office and school supplies. Instead of throwing away toilet paper rolls and shoe/ small-sized cardboard boxes, you can convert them into beautiful-looking a storage space.
To make the box more attractive, you can design or decorate it however you want. If you wish, you can also give the toilet rolls a new look. This idea is perfect for people who need to carry a lot of supplies every day.
Turn a Craft Closet Into a Masterpiece
People who are into crafts will understand the importance of neatly organized craft closets. In this hack, you can transform the look of your craft cabinet by adding some extra wooden shelves, small wooden baskets, and even a pegboard.
You can even use the hack to enhance the look of your child’s study table or if you love painting and need to store different painting supplies. Go creative and come up with a unique design to enhance the look.
Use the Walls of a Room to Hang Stuffed Toys
Love stuffed toys and looking for a creative way to store them? This DIY hack will do the trick. Instead of making shelves on the wall, you could make a plush animal swing.
You can choose to go with different-sized hobby wood and small-sized wooden planks, clothesline, rope, and hooks for this hack. Another way to make your swing would be using cardboard, ribbons, or old bedsheets. Another variant to this option would be to use an old ladder and place it on the corner of the room.
Design a Wall Using Old Clipboards
Wondering what to do with the different clipboards you have that are taking up unnecessary space? Check out this creative and easy DIY hack. Create a focal wall using all the clipboards that you have.
You can use this to display your children’s artwork, make it into a memory lane by hanging photos, or even in the kitchen to hang your to-do list or to note down the groceries you would need when you run to the store next time.
Convert Small Cardboard Boxes Into an Earring Organizer
Many times, people tend to throw cardboard boxes away because they may seem useless. But you can actually use differently sized cardboard boxes for various purposes instead of spending money.
In this hack, you can reuse small to medium-sized cardboard boxes to store your earrings and other small pieces of jewelry. What is best about this idea is that you can use it as a packing hack when going on vacation.
Convert Unused Kitchen Space Into a Storage Zone
Do you have a small unused space in your kitchen? Why not convert it into a small storage space? You can make a decently sized sliding pantry to store all your bottles, oils, spices, and food cans instead of letting them use up space on the shelves.
You can use wooden planks and hobby wood, wheels, and a measuring tape to build your very own sliding pantry for this hack. This hack is a good idea, especially when you have extra wooden planks lying around the house.
Repurpose an Old Chair Into a Closet Space
This DIY will help you repurpose your old chair in a creative way. Those folding chairs can be reused as a make-believe shelf and closet. All you need to do is drill a hole at the head of the folding chair and put a screw in the wall, hang the chair from the screw, and there you have your closet space.
The sitting part of the chair can be used as a shelf to store boxes, and the rod below can be used to hang your clothes/ties, etc.
Save the Day With Muffin Trays
Whether it is your office draw, study table, or dresser, small things like paper clips, bobby pins, elastic bands, staple pin removers, and other such things are always all over the place. Instead of throwing your old or rusted muffin tray away, why not convert it into a storage container.
To give a new look, you can use some paints or cloth and glue, and decorate it the way you want. This is a great way to store small things without having to look for them.
Reuse Old Tennis Rackets as Mirrors
If you have old tennis or badminton rackets at home, then here’s a DIY for you that will help you recycle them into beautiful wall installations with a purpose. All you need to do is fit oval-shaped mirrors into the rackets and hang them on the wall.
This simple DIY doubles as a home decor item that adds character to your wall and helps you creatively reuse your old things.
Installing a Drawer Under the Bed to Store Additional Bedding Items
This DIY is a great way to store home items in easily accessible places but still keep it well hidden from site. Instead of throwing out that old piece of furniture from your home, how about repurposing it as under-the-bed bins?
You can use the drawer to store your blankets or items that are not used regularly. You can add wheels to the drawers, making it easier to access. These drawers look better than plastic boxes; additionally, you are using an old item instead of throwing it out.
Remodel the Oven Pan Into Kitchen Storage
It can get annoying to sort through multiple storage containers to find what you need, on the kitchen counter. This DIY helps you declutter your kitchen counter in a farm-fresh way. All you need is an old pan, wooden knobs, and E600 glue.
You can use the hammer to flatten out any dents in the pan, glue the wooden knobs under the pan and have your own farmhouse footed tray to store your kitchen containers. Isn’t this a smart way to have your everyday-use spices in one place?
Reuse Wooden Crates to Create Wall Storage
If you are living with a child, then you know just how much space their stuff takes up; if you don’t want to spend $$$ on buying more storage, then you can drill in your wooden boxes on the bedroom wall of your child to instantly create some storage space.
You can paint the boxes like shown in the picture to add the element of fun and use it to store your kid’s toys, clothes, etc.
Make a DIY Magazine/ Mail Sorter
Trying to find that single mail in the stack of your mail letters can get daunting; this simple DIY mail sorter can solve that issue for you. With the help of the pallet wood, you can fashion a storage box.
Make sure you add wood strips to create small pockets that can compartmentalize the entire box. You can now store different mails according to importance or keep a different section for a different family member.
Repurpose Old CD Cases as a Storage Item
If you have old CD cases stacked away in some corner of your home, then it’s time to bring them out and use them as a storage option. This has to be one of the easiest DIY that can declutter your home in a jiffy.
You can use this to store your bagels/ donuts or any round food or to organize your cable wires. If you are feeling creative, you can even paint the cd cases to give them a personalized touch.
Keep the Soda Boxes Next Time for This DIY Hack
Storing canned food individually in the fridge not only takes up lots of the storage space, but it also gets difficult to find the particular food you require from the multiple canned boxes.
This simple DIY can keep your cans tidy and topple-proof. Take the empty soda boxes and cover them with decorative paper for aesthetics, label the box for the cans that will be stored in. Ensure you make an opening in the back, so older cans rotate in the front. Store the cans sideways in the box and keep them organized.
Use a Shoe Organizer to Organize Everything at Home
Shoe organizers are a blessing in disguise. Their use is not limited to organizing shoes; use them to organize everything at your home. You can use them in the bathroom to organize your toiletries, in the kitchen to store your food cans and food packets, and in your craft room to keep your supplies neatly organize and within sight.
The pockets allow you to keep similar items in the same place. Go for a transparent organizer to make it easier for you to spot things.
Organize Garden Tools With the Help of Your Old Filing Cabinet
If the old filing cabinet is just rusting away, here’s a way you can organize it for your garden tools. All you need is a pegboard and PVC pipe.
For this DIY, cut the pegboard in the size of the bottom of the cabinet (which will then be the side of the storage box). Put the PVC pipes inside the box with the height as long as the width of the cabinet. PVC pipes make for a designated spot for larger tools, while the pegboards on the side offer storage for smaller tools and gloves.
Turn a Six Pack Into a Condiment Carrier
Upcycle your six-pack bottle carrier into a condiment caddy. All you need is some wrapping paper and an empty six-pack. Cover your six-pack with wrapping paper, or old magazine covers and newspapers to take the eco-friendly route.
It is a great way to organize your kitchen utensils and makes for a cute carrier to carry your seasonings while going on a picnic. You can also use this carrier to store your stationery items.
Charge Your Phone Without Worrying About Kids or Pets
When you have kids or pets in the house, you have to be very careful about electrical cords. This DIY hack is one of the best ways to charge your phone without worrying.
Take an old broad base shampoo/lotion or oil bottle and cut it as per the desired shape; make sure you make a small opening in the center so that you can put your wall charger. You can even use this hack in places where you do not have a stand or table.
Here’s a Creative Way to Hide Your Extra Key
Many people avoid keeping the spare key under the mat or at all because of the safety concerns that arise. But here’s a smart way to store an extra key.
All you need is an old pill bottle and a stone from your backyard. Put the extra key inside the bottle and glue a stone on the bottle cap. Now dig in the hole in the ground and bury the bottle deep enough that only the stone is visible on the surface.
Install a Rotating Food Trays in the Fridge
If you are tired of reaching at the back of your fridge to grab your bottles and knock things down in the process, then this storage hack is for you. You can easily buy a lazy Susan tray online or at a hardware store near you.
You can neatly store the bottles on the tray and just rotate the tray to grab the bottle of your choice. You can even choose to DIY the lazy Susan tray yourself. All you will need will be a thick turntable bearing, screws, and a wooden round tray.
Keep Makeup or Paint Brushes in Place With Coffee Beans
Looking for a way to store differently sized brushes, why not try this hack. Take any container, mug, cup, or vase and fill it with coffee beans. It will act as a home decor item and keep your makeup or paint brushes in place.
If you do not have coffee beans, you can even go with shredded paper and glue or even consider the washing sponge. To make this hack a top-notch higher, you can even consider using dry-colored sand or old beans from the bean bag.
Make a Charging Station With a Shoebox
Having wires running all over the place can look very untidy and unorganized. Well, why not make your charging station using a shoebox? All you would need to do is create small holes at the bottom of the box.
You can even use this DIY hack to organize your different power cords behind the TV, music system, PlayStation, or your office /computer desk. Get more creative by decorating the shoe box however you like.
Use Old Suitcase to Make a Cabinet
Do vintage suitcases take up space in your wardrobe? How about you turn them into a storage space. Start by adding wooden shelves in your bag (you can customize the size according to your need).
Make sure you screw through the back of the suitcase into the back of the shelves to hold the shelf and provide support for mounting. Provide a mounting surface and hang the bag on the wall, and you have your DIY cabinet ready. You can use it to store oil bottles, medicines, or anything that can fit inside.
Prevent Clothes From Slipping Off the Hanger
It is very frustrating when your clothes keep on falling off the hanger. What is even worse is when you have to keep slipping them back on. Whether it is the wired or plastic hangers, everyone seems to have that problem when clothes do not stay in place.
There is a simple solution for this; all you need are some ribbons or even plastic types. Wrap the edges of the hangers and enough to get an anti-slip grip.
Organize Jewelry With an Old Bulletin Board
Stacking up jewelry can be really daunting. Especially jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, anklets, basically anything that can intertwine with each other and takes forever to detangle.
However, your old bulletin board can come to your rescue. Just put in some thumbtacks on the board and use it as a hanger to hang your jewelry. This simple hack will not only keep your jewelry organized and easily accessible but will also protect it from breakage that can happen when they are tangled together.
Use Paper Towel Racks to Store Cookie Cutters and Molds
Cookie cutters or cake molds are the perfect options when you love to get creative with your food. These pieces are usually stored inside the drawer or in a box. Why not go for an easy way to keep these cutters without having to search all over the place.
You will need your old or extra paper towel racks and stack the cutters, one on top of the other for this idea. Decorating the racks with ribbons or other craft items will help convert them into decor items.
Keep Flavored Tea Bags in a Tin Box
Do you keep shuffling things around to search for a particular tea flavor? Well, here is an easy solution that will help you keep tea at an arm’s length. For this hack, you can use a tin box or a deep transparent food storage box.
Take some cardboard paper or even the hard plastic sheet and cut them into evenly sized dividers, put different flavors of teas in different compartments to keep it organized. It is a perfect way to store all your tea bags in one place.
Cleaning Dark Armpits
Have you ever had a problem with dark armpit stains? It happens sometimes, for a number of reasons. But believe it or not, you don’t have to rush right into the shower in order to solve the problem. You could actually use the inside of a potato to get rid of it.
Of course, it might feel a little weird to treat a slice of potato like deodorant, but if you weren’t going to use that potato for anything else, well why not, right? Just make sure no one catches you doing it in public.
Use Rubber Bands to Teach Proper Penmanship
Can’t quite master the proper pencil grip for superb penmanship? Grannies have a trick for that! Place a rubber band around your wrist, and attach a pen or pencil with the cap or eraser facing towards you. Once that’s done, turn the whole implement around 180 degrees, and hold the pencil like you’re supposed to.
By doing this, the writing implement is held firmly against your hand in the proper position without you having to really hold it there yourself, making clean penmanship much easier and much less tiring for any writer.
Cleaning a Dirty Blender Fast
Blenders can get pretty dirty depending on what you make in them, and cleaning them can be a pain. Unless you know this nifty trick, that is. Simply pour hot water and dish soap into the blender, close the lid, and let a rip. Doing this will either clean the mess entirely or at least make it much easier to wipe.
Just make sure you get rid of those blades before sticking your hand in there with a cloth or anything. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cleaning!
Remove or Weaken Stains with Salt
As you may know, salt does a pretty good job of absorbing things. This can include stains on your clothes. If you pour salt on the stains quickly enough after they happen, the salt can help absorb some of the stain and make it easier to get it out in the long run.
Depending on how quickly you act and how large or serious the stain is, this trick from the grannies may actually remove the stain altogether. That said, a thorough wash is still the best choice ultimately, especially if there’s no salt on hand.
Unclogging a Showerhead
Everyone’s showerhead gets clogged at some point. You can actually try to take care of it with vinegar, if you have it available. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it around the showerhead for about an hour. Take it off after that and your showerhead may be unclogged.
Don’t ask us about the science behind all of it: it’s just a trick from the grannies that we’ve been enlightened to. We haven’t had the chance to try it out yet, but we have no reason to believe that it wouldn’t work.
Getting the Most Out of Nail Polish
Ladies are well aware of the struggle of having dried nail polish in a container. It’s useless! Or is it? If you use nail polish remover, you can actually liquidize that dried nail polish and make it usable again, helping you get more bang for your buck.
That said, you have to be careful not to add too much nail polish remover. Do that, and you risk making the polish itself too watery to be used properly, which would obviously be pretty counterproductive to what you’re trying to achieve.
Use Lemon for Beet or Berry Stains
We all know how hard it can be to get rid of stains on your fingers caused by beets or berries. Oftentimes, traditional soap just makes the stain worse. Believe it or not, you can use lemon juice or a literal lemon to get rid of the stains much more easily.
Of course, if you are going to use a lemon in and of itself, you may want to consider if it’s worth potentially altering the flavor of that lemon if you wanted to use it for cooking or something later.
Cleaning Stained Pans with Salt
It’s not just clothing stains that salt is good for: it can take on tough pot stains as well. Forget about the special detergents that cost a ton, and just boil a couple of tablespoons of salt in the pot that needs cleaning for about twenty minutes.
Doing this will make it much easier to break down the stain and scrub it away, though this won’t be much help if the stains are on the outside of the pot for some reason. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen too often.
Cleaning a Greasy Stove Filter
A greasy stove filter can be a big problem. Cleaning one can be a serious issue as well. However, there is a way that you could make it easier. Pouring some baking soda into boiling water will give you a combination that can easily get rid of all that grease.
The only real limitation is having a container big enough to fit the stove filter into, but chances are you have a pot or pan that size around somewhere, even to serve such an unorthodox purpose.
Keeping Your Boiled Eggs in One Piece
When an egg cracks while you are trying to boil it, that can seriously affect the flavor and the overall eating experience. Well, if you boil the egg in salt water, you can stop that from happening! Well, the egg may still crack, but if it does, the egg white will stay with the whole.
This helps keep the flavor as you want it and provides you with one whole egg to enjoy instead of some sort of white mess that you may get when an egg cracks while you’re trying to boil it.
Making Clean Bread Cuts
Does your fresh bread crumble when you are trying to cut it? Well, if you heat up the knife you are cutting with first, you can minimize the chances of this happening, in a manner not all that dissimilar from butter. Grannies recommend boiling water to achieve this.
Dip the knife in the water long enough for it to heat up, wipe away the residual water on both sides, and start cutting. You’ll get much nicer cuts and a much lower chance of the bread crumbling when you do this.
Making a Pan Sheet
If you need to make a pan sheet for a pan that’s an unusual shape, naturally you can just cut a sheet to fit it. But if you need to make a square sheet into a circular shape, all you have to do is fold it in half, then fold it into a triangle and cut the tip off.
Once you unfold the sheet, you’ll have a nifty little circle that you can put down into the bottom of a circular pan. It’s just like the DIY “origami” you used to do back in school with some folds and some scissors. Nice and easy!
Making Special Pineapple Cherry Desserts
This treat is really easy to make. Take a muffin pan, and place pineapple rings at the bottom, and put preserved cherries on top. Cover this combination in muffin batter, and bake them like you would regular muffins. Once that’s over, just pop them out and flip them.
Now you have a delicious pineapple and cherry treat that you can easily add some extra decadence to if you want, or you can just eat them as you’ve made them. Either way, it’s a super easy treat to make with just a handful of ingredients.
Make Your Own Cleaning Spray
You can actually make your own mirror and glass cleaner if you want to. It’s time consuming, but pretty easy. Take some orange rinds, throw them in a jar, and fill that jar with vinegar. Seal it up for two weeks. After that, mix it up with water at a 2 to 1 ratio.
With a little bit of shaking, you can spray this mixture right onto windows and mirrors and just wipe it away much like Windex. On top of that, it will smell really good, which is of course quite important when it comes to cleaning.
Easy Eggs for Breakfast
Brush the bottom of a muffin pan with water, pour your egg yolks in there, put your salt and pepper in there, and bake them for fifteen minutes. Basically, you’ll have easy little egg slices that you can add to a breakfast sandwich or something.
It’s just another trick from the grannies to fill up your bellies in a relatively short period of time with relatively few resources. That’s the best of every available world, if you were to ask us for our opinion on the matter.
Cleaning a Microwave
Everybody knows how tough it can be to clean a microwave when it has a ton of stains and grit and who knows what else. You can actually make it easier with lemons. Put some lemon slices in a bowl of water, and microwave them for five minutes.
After doing that, it will be much easier to wipe down everything in the microwave. It makes the whole process much easier, which is great since this is a task that most people don’t like doing. That’s always a major boon, and all it takes is some lemons.
Sprucing Up Your Water on Demand
Want to flavor up your water with ease? Take lemon and lime slices, put them in a muffin tray, cover them in water and freeze them. Voila, you now have lemon and lime ice cubes that you can put into a pitcher of water whenever you feel like.
Honestly, there’s quite a few tricks that you can pull off in the kitchen via a muffin tray. You’ve seen many of them already, but there’s even more to come on this list. In fact, the very next one is muffin tray related as well!
Cleaning Silver Tarnish
Silver jewelry and whatnot can look really nice, but if they get tarnished, the aesthetic can be ruined. Thankfully, cleaning off that tarnish isn’t that difficult. Boil some water, put a wad of tinfoil in there, and mix in some baking soda.
Now you can put the tarnished silver in there, and give it a few minutes before pulling it out and checking it for cleanliness. Just put it in and out of the concoction until all of the tarnish is gone, and your silver is as god as new!
Making Banana Pancakes
If you want to make your own banana pancakes, it’s pretty easy. Just mash up some bananas in a bowl, add some eggs, and mix it. Then you can take that batter and cook it up in a pan just like you would a normal pancake. It’s pretty much a dedicated banana pancake.
Of course, for some people that may be just a bit too much banana, but this is an interesting thing you can try if you really love bananas and would like to incorporate them into breakfast in a new and most unprecedented manner.
Grabbing Broken Egg Shells
When you crack an egg into a bowl, there’s usually a pretty high chance that a piece of broken eggshell will get in there. It can be a hassle to try and get it out, and there’s many ways to go about it, including this trick from the grannies.
If you dip your finger in cold water, you’ll be able to push your finger right into the bowl of eggs and nab the broken eggshell with little to no resistance, making it much easier to clean out those unwanted shells. Quick and easy!
Shaving Chocolate for Ice Cream
Want some chocolate shavings for your ice cream? Easy enough: just take a chocolate bar and shave it with any appropriate utensil. You could use a tool like the one displayed in this example, but you could also just use something like a cheese grater if you really wanted to.
Once you have created your chocolate shavings from a candy bar of your choice, you can simply grab a handful and pour them over the ice cream that you want to eat. It’s an easy trick for making an already delectable treat even more delicious.
Making a Dough Bowl
You want to make a pastry bowl of sorts to put ice cream in? Easy enough. Roll it out, use a bowl to easily get the size you need, and use the reverse side of a muffin tray to form a little bowl out of it. Then you just bake it, and you have a nifty little edible bowl.
You can put ice cream in it, or anything else you would like inside of this bowl, and eat it along with the treat when you are finished with it, adding a bit of extra flavor and intrigue to dessert anytime you feel like it.
Getting Rid of Onion Hands
For our final trick, it’s all about using salt to get rid of the smell of onions if it is on your hands. Thankfully, all you need for this is salt. Just soak your hands in cold water and rub them with salt. Doing this for a few minutes will take care of the smell.
This was our final trick for this list, but be on the lookout for other amazing things you can do with salt, baking soda and other regular everyday items!
Getting Rid of Shoe Odor
If you have shoes with some seriously bad odor involved, filling a bag with two spoons of salt and leaving it in the shoe overnight will help get rid of that odor. That’s the helpfulness of the odor absorption that salt is capable of. It’s quite useful.
Just don’t try to use that salt for anything else after the fact. It would definitely need to be thrown away after this little trick, considering what it was used for.
Use Potatoes on Wounds and Bites
OK, so this may both sound and look weird, but it’s actually a lot more effective than one might think! Potatoes actually reduce inflammation and irritation, and they help moisturize the wound so that it heals faster than it would normally.
Of course, it’s up to you to finagle a way to keep the potato slice against your wound, but there are several ways to go about it if you don’t want to just hold it against the wound for a few hours. Just be ready for weird looks of confusion coming you way.
Baking Soda Pot Cleaning
This is the part of the list where we start talking about the many, many values of baking soda. It sure can pull many tricks! For one, it can be used to clean tough pot stains. Simply pour baking soda into the pot and pour vinegar on top of that.
As the reaction happens between the vinegar and the baking soda, the mess you need to clean off the pot will be greatly weakened, making the whole cleaning process much easier and much less of a hassle.
Cut Rolled Dough Easily
Do you need to cut some circles out of your rolled dough for the desserts you plan on making? You can also make use of some of your dishware in order to achieve that. A glass of any sort will get the job done, if you can find one that’s the right size for your needs.
Of course, you should also make sure you clean whatever glasses you plan on using, just like the previous trick with the glass for a rolling pin. You wouldn’t want to use a dirty glass for something you are going to be eating, right?
Cleaning a Dirty Sofa
Sofas with stains are something most homeowners don’t like. Thankfully, it’s not hard to solve the problem with things you have at home. Mix water, alcohol, cleaning vinegar, baking soda and fabric softener into a single concoction.
Spray it on the stains, brush it down after the fact to get the stains off, and wipe the residual moisture away with a dry cloth. This procedure will get rid of all manner of stains on your couch, making it a nifty trick from the world’s grannies.
Rolling Dough in a Pinch
Need to roll some dough, but don’t have a rolling pin to accomplish this? Well, there’s an easy alternative that most people have available to them in their kitchen: glass bottles! A wine bottle, an olive oil bottle, whatever it is you need: it’ll get the job done.
That said, you should probably make sure you clean the outside of whatever bottle you’re using before doing this, just for the sake of cleanliness. It’s only prudent to do that prior to using a glass bottle as a rolling pin for something you’re going to eat.
Smoothing Out Your Skin
If you have rough elbows or just rough skin in general, you may want to do something to take care of that. Thankfully, grannies have a trick or two, and it has to do with baking soda again. Mix it with some water and wipe your rough skin down, and it’ll make it a lot smoother.
Believe it or not, but the same simple combination can also be used to preserve the color of your hair. Once again, baking soda to the rescue, solving a huge number of problems that most people would never even expect.
Cleaning Stains From a Tablecloth
Spill some wine on a tablecloth? Dab it off with a paper towel first. Now, you’ll create a concoction that includes one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, two tablespoons of vinegar, and warm water. Dip a sponge in that mixture and wipe at the stains. Let it sit for ten minutes.
After that, dab the sponge in cold water and wipe at the area again. Once that’s over and done with, the table cloth will be practically good as new. It’s a relatively cheap and easy way to take care of stains on your fabrics.
Getting Rid of Fridge Odors
Do you have something in your fridge that is starting to smell, or already smells a lot? Baking soda has a trick for this as well. It can even absorb odors, so if you just take a bowl of baking soda and place it where the stinky food is, you can deal with the problem.
Of course, you better make sure to actually remove the smelly food, or you’ll never get rid of that smell. Even baking soda isn’t so miraculous as to take care of the problem if you don’t get rid of the source within your storage.
Extending Flower Life Via Aspirin
Flowers dying more quickly than you would like? Aspirin can actually help prevent water decay, something that seriously affects how long many flowers live. By adding Aspirin to the water, you can potentially double the life of roses, chrysanthemums, gladioli, and carnations.
It doesn’t work for everything though. Grannies recommend using a touch of vinegar for dahlias, and a pinch of salt for daffodils. Doing this will likewise extend their potential lifespan in a vase as just like Aspirin will for the aforementioned flowers.
Cleaning Mug Stains
Yet another trick that baking soda can pull off is the ability to clean stains from mugs. All you have to do is pour some baking soda on a sponge and start wiping. It’s super quick and easy. Even stubborn coffee stains will make a quick exit.
As always, baking soda can do almost anything when it comes to cleaning. Mugs, pots, carpets, even the air itself: baking soda really is a jack of all trades that needs to come back into favor with today’s society. Bring it back, people!
Saving and Reusing Sauce
Do you have some extra sauce left over after dinner, and you don’t want to throw it away? You can use a muffin tray to pour the extra sauce into it, and freeze them into little sauce disks. When you’re ready to use the sauce again, simply throw it into a hot pan.
It’ll melt down into the sauce it was before you froze it, and it can be used right away in a new dish. This way, you can avoid throwing away valuable sauce that you would rather use for more meals if you can help it. With this, you can help it.
Calculating Time Until Sundown
Need a traditional, analog way to determine how much time you have left before the sun goes down? This old trick will help you out. Hold your hand up so that the sun is directly above your top finger. Each finger of yours between the sun and the horizon is fifteen minutes until sundown.
Of course, this is hardly a precise method, so there would be some leeway when it comes to the exact time, especially since it has something to do with the size of your hands and fingers.
Cleaning the Iron
Need to clean the bottom of an iron? This trick from the grannies can help. It’s easy: set the temperature of the iron to maximum, then iron a newspaper that has had salt sprinkled onto it. This simple procedure will help clean burns and whatnot off the bottom of your iron.
It’s just one of the few things you can do with salt that will make cleaning a much less painful experience, something everybody wants to be their reality.
Counting the Months
OK, so this trick is one that many people do actually know about today. It’s all about counting your knuckles and the spaces between them to determine not only the order of the months, but also how many days are in each month. It’s a classic, really.
Of course, you probably don’t need this with today’s level of technology, but if you ever find yourself in a pinch of some sort, it could come in handy. You know, maybe.
Treating Your Nails
Speaking of lemons, they have some other uses as well. Putting a lemon slice or lemon juice in water (or both) is a way you can strengthen your nails. Simply put them in the mixture for a little bit and your keratin will come out of it a little better.
There’s actually quite a bit you can do with lemons, as you can see here. Moreover, many of these tips and tricks are exclusive knowledge to the grannies of the world. Well, at least they were until now, since we just shared it.
Measuring on the Fly
Like anything involving your hands, this method of measuring objects is a rough approximation, and not the most precise means of actually measuring things. But if you just need a rough idea, then a method like this could still prove quite useful to you.
Use the picture we’ve provided to know how much rough space exist between your fingers. By knowing that number, you can roughly judge the size of things without precise tools.
Cleaning Carpet Stains
Speaking of things that baking soda can do, you can use them to get serious liquid stains out of a carpet. Just pour the baking soda on the stain and let it rest for a little bit before you vacuum it all up. This quick and easy process will get rid of most stains since baking soda is absorbent.
This is really just even further proof that everyone should have some baking soda in their pantry somewhere, if only because it has such a huge variety of things that it can do that make your life a lot easier and more convenient.
Know Your Angles
This is another tip or trick that varies based on the size of one’s hand. But on average, this technique will give you an approximate way to judge angles just by using your hand. It’s not the absolute most accurate thing in the world, but it’s certainly an option.
Besides, how many people are carrying around a protractor and all of that when they are just out and about, anyway? That’s right, not a whole lot of people.
Putting Out Fires
Believe it or not, baking soda can do some other nifty things when it comes to pots and pans as well. If you have a sudden pan fire, baking soda is a great way to put that flame out quickly and effectively. Just pour it directly onto the source of the flames.
Honestly, most of these baking soda uses have been forgotten to time, which is why they are mostly known by grannies with a knowledge of tips and tricks from the past. And what a wealth of knowledge it is!
Get Your Bearings with a Wristwatch
Most of us can use GPS on our phones these days, but if you ever find yourself without that, this old trick from the grannies can help, provided you wear a wristwatch. Take your watch and adjust the hour hand so it faces the sun. Then, divide the angle between the hour hand and the number 1 in half.
The line that is separating the angle will point south. We understand that this is a bit confusing when communicated through text alone, so take a good look at the provided picture to see how this works!
Halving a Big Pastry
Do you have a significantly large pastry item that needs the top split from the bottom? Insert toothpicks at regular intervals around the side, then take a long string of floss and use those toothpicks as a frame of reference to line everything up.
Pull the floss from both ends, and when it tightens around the pastry, it will do the hard work of slicing the pastry in two despite your difficult angle of choice. After that, just remove the toothpicks and call it a day!