Moms and homemakers could really use some good home hacks to make life easier and things run more smoothly. I’ve gathered some wonderful ideas around the web of things you could do around the house and outdoors that may be helpful to you or a friend.
List of 37+ Home Hacks
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Kitchen, Garden and Outdoor Home Hacks
Here are some great home hacks specifically for the kitchen, garden and your outdoor space. Some popular ideas include removing labels from plastic containers, making the best weed killer, and fun and cheap backyard ideas for kids.
How To Make a Fly Repellent For Your Patio Tables
The Wiki How websites shares a fantastic yet simple tutorial for how to make a fly repellent for your patio tables or any outdoor tables. It can get quite annoying eating and drinking outdoors and being surrounded by flies and other insects.
This is a non-toxic way to keep flies and other insects away using a natural recipe of various essential oils such as lavender oil and lemongrass oil, along with a few more essential oils. You can get these essential oils here.
To see the tutorial on how to make a fly repellent for your outdoor space, click the link here…Natural Fly Repellent Tutorial
How To Make The Best Weed Killer
Note: The Powell Brower website used to share this recipe on their blog but it was removed some time ago so I posted it here for your reference.
This weed killer recipe is practically all natural with just the Dawn soap as the added ingredient that is not a natural product. Just be careful because this recipe will also kill grass so only use it on weeds where needed to make this best weed killer recipe.
Combine 1 gallon of white vinegar with 1 cup of salt and 1 tbsp of Dawn dish soap into an empty spray bottle. Shake bottle after closing and use as needed.
Special Instructions: Regular distilled white vinegar with 5% acidity is very inexpensive and works well. However, if you use vinegar with higher acidity even up to 20%, it is going to work faster. You will still get the same results with either vinegar.
If you have a very large area of weeds to spray, it may be easier to use a big spray bottle like this one to make the job easier.
Do you want to see proof that this home hack method works? Watch the video below where you will see our homemade best weed killer recipe being used and tested after one week.
How To Make a Butterfly Feeder To Attract Butterflies
Wouldn’t it be nice to have butterflies consistently come visit your yard? The Ehow website shares how to make a butterfly feeder to attract butterflies where you want to see them. If you have rotten fruit, they love it!
To see the full post on how to make a butterfly feeder to attract butterflies, see here…Butterfly Feeder To Attract Butterflies
Five Steps To Feeding Hummingbirds In Your Hand
Oh how lovely it would be to see and feel hummingbirds up close and personal. Abigail Alfano figured out how to do it and shares five steps to feeding hummingbirds in your hand at the Birds and Blooms website.You may even discover your own tips and tricks if you’re trying to do this.
See the following link to find out all the 5 steps to feeding hummingbirds in your hand so you can do it too…Five Steps To Feeding Hummingbirds In Your Hands
How To Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet
What a great idea from the Tipnut blog. Build yourself a potato box and you could have lots of potatoes (like 100 lbs.) grown in your own backyard without taking up much space! Make sure you read the tips on how to do this successfully before you try it. There is a step by step diagram to walk you through the process to make it easy to follow.
To see this potato box tutorial, go to the link…Grow 100 lbs. of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet
How to Grow Onions Vertically on the Windowsill
Want to know how you can have fresh onion every time you want to use it, without buying it and without having a garden? Auntie Dogma’s Garden Spot has shared a really easy way to grow your onions vertically, on your windowsill! Not only does it look great in you, it will also give you fresh onion when you need it. To see how Auntie Dogma makes her windowsill garden, check out the link…Growing Onions Vertically On The Windowsill
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66 Things You Can Grow At Home In Containers
If you don’t have a garden or live in an apartment, growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs at home in containers is an excellent idea. Surprisingly, there are many things that you can actually grow indoors (or outdoors in containers), avoiding pesticides, and saving yourself time and money from grocery shopping:) It can also be purely satisfying just to grow your own stuff.
From the Dr Akilah blog, you can see the tips and the list of 66 things you can grow by clicking the link…66 Things You Can Grow At Home In Containers
How To Grow Sweet Potatoes
The Home Joys blog shares how to grow sweet potatoes. This method involves starting the process indoors and then transferring the roots to be planted in your garden.
It may be a little late to start the potato growth in May but if you like this idea, keep this for future reference! Click the link to see the process of how to grow sweet potatoes…How To Grow Sweet Potatoes
How to Peel a Whole Head of Garlic in Seconds
Peeling the skin off a garlic bulb can be a painstaking task, especially if you have to use a lot of them. The Creek Line House, seeing a video from Martha Stewart, learned how to peel garlic in just seconds, and quite neatly too. All you need is a pair of similar-sized bowls. Even kids can do this!
To find out how to save time peeling garlic, go to the link for the instructions…Peeling a whole head of garlic in just seconds
32 Cheap and Easy Backyard Ideas – Borderline Genius
The Buzz Feed website shares 32 cheap and easy backyard ideas that are borderline genius. Many of these ideas could be really fun for kids. I loved the outdoor waterbed and splash bed in particular.
To see all 32 inexpensive and easy backyard ideas, go to..32 Cheap and Easy Backyard Ideas
27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games You Will Want To Play All Summer Long
If you have outdoor parties it is always a fun idea to organize a few games no matter the age of your guests.
You may already have some ideas for games, but the buzzfeed blog has a great list of 27 fun games to play outdoors. See all the ideas and take your pick. Head on over to the link to view all the 27 game ideas with links to each one for details…27 Insanely Fun Outdoor Games
Tips for Feeding a Family of 6 For Less Than $400 A Month
How much do you spend on food for your family? While the costs vary depending on which country you’re living in, the food expenses can be cut drastically if you’re motivated to save money.
The blogger behind Womanhood with Purpose, for example, lives in the USA and has a family of six. Monthly, she spends less than $400 on food and diaper expenses. How does she do it? One tip is that she makes everything from scratch. She says it is more economical to buy ingredients than to buy finished products. She gives five other tips on how to cut your food costs. To read the blogger’s tips on frugal eating, check out the link…Feeding a Family of 6 For Less Than $400 a Month
11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Fruits and Vegetables
If you like to freeze fruits and vegetables to save money and increase the life of your produce, there are some great things that are good to know before you do this. Over at the Design Mom website, find out about 11 secrets to properly freezing fruits and vegetables.
See the post about all these 11 tips…11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Fruits & Vegetables
How to Make a Cupcake Wedding Dress Cake
If you want a unique cake for a wedding or a bridal shower, nothing’s better than making a cupcake wedding dress cake. It sounds complicated, but basically, it’s just a cake made of cupcake that looks like a wedding dress.
Renee GTV has released a video tutorial on youtube for making this unique cake. It is so gorgeous it will be a certified hit with the guests. It’s really easy to do too!
If you want to make this unique and very pretty cupcake dress, watch the video tutorial here…
How to Make a Cute Baby Owl Cake
Cakes don’t have to be a boring shape all the time. Everyone expects a circular cake, or even a rectangular one. If you’re going to a kid’s party or a baby shower, consider making this really cute owl cake made by My Inner Need to Create. It looks really good, and the blogger swears it’s easy to do too.
If you want to try your hand at making this cute owl cake, visit the link for the details...Owl Cake for a Baby shower
How To Remove Print From Plastic Containers
Repurposing plastic food containers for other storage needs is a great idea especially when you can remove the print on the containers.
It is quite easy to do. You will need pure acetone (found near nail polish section of most stores) and a rag. You simply soak a rag in acetone, cover container with it and let it be for about 5 minutes. Then wipe off!
You may have to repeat this if it doesn’t come off that easily since some brands of containers are easier than others.
How To Remove Labels and Glue Residue From Jars
You may have stumbled across a few different ways to remove labels from jars. However, the Creek Line House blog shares an easy no sweat way to remove labels and glue residue from jars.
The tutorial is very easy to follow and it is so great to have this chemical-free method. To view the tutorial on removing labels and glue residue from your jars, visit the link…How To Remove Labels & Glue Residue From Jars
25+ Clever Gardening Tips and Tricks You’ll Want to Know
If you love gardening, or even if you just like puttering around outdoors occasionally, you simply must know these gardening ideas shared by Tipnut. According to the post, for example, you can use a disposable diaper to line the bottom of your pots to help retain soil moisture. Talk about helpful–these tips and suggestions can mean the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy garden!
Read the tips in the link below if you want to get ideas for your garden…25+ Clever Ideas Gardeners Won’t Want To Miss
What Not to Plant Together – Gardening Tips
If you love gardening, you must know that there are just some plants which don’t work well together. Moms Need to Know has shared what plants shouldn’t be planted side-by-side. Either they attract pests that destroy other plants in the area, or inhibit the growth of others.
Want to know which plants don’t play nice with each other? Go to the link for the list…Companion Planting | What NOT To Plant Together
House Plant Hacks
Whether you want to keep mosquitos or toxins away from your home, these house plant posts will help you choose your plants wisely. If you’re looking for some plants that are easy to maintain, in this house plant hacks section, you can learn about that too.
A List of Mosquito Repelling Plants
We have a quick list for you of 16 plants that are known to repel mosquitoes. This list can give you some ideas of possible plants to have in your own garden,yard, or patio so you can enjoy the outdoors without having to concern yourself with mosquitoes.
The list of mosquito repelling plants is as follows: Citronella, Lemon Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Castor, Rosemary, Lemongrass,Cedar, Peppermint, Clove, Geranium, Verbena, Pennyroyal,Lavender, Basil, Thyme,Garlic.
The catnip plant is not on the original list but I thought it was worthy of mention as it is also a popular plant that mosquitoes don’t like to hang around.
Top 10 Plants For Removing Home Toxins
Indoor pollutants contribute to ‘sick building syndrome’, which causes symptoms ranging from allergies, headaches and fatigue through to nervous-system disorders, cancer and death.
According to NASA scientists, indoor plants are effective in absorbing certain potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air in our home and office place.
The Earth Easy blog gives us the details on the 10 plants best known to fight against air pollution. It may be a good idea to have some of these in your home. Want to see which plants made the top list? Click the link here…Top 10 Plants For Removing Home Toxins
8 Low-Maintenance House Plants
If you like houseplants but can’t keep them alive for long, take a look at this post from Homemade by Jaci. The blogger behind the site shared eight houseplants that are easy to keep alive, like Aloe and Peace Lily. They aren’t only low maintenance, they also look quite nice.
If you want to plant something that’s not hard to maintain, click the link for the plants suggested for you…8 House Plants That Are Easy To Keep Alive
More Home Hacks
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26 Tips and Tricks To Simplify Your Life
We all have learned some neat ideas from time to time and thought…why didn’t I think of that? Well, Amy from the New Nostalgia blog shares 26 tips and tricks to simplify your life. I love the idea of using a soda can tab as a picture hanger…genius! Finding ways to live practical and simplify life is really welcoming:)
To see all the 26 tips and tricks that you can use in your daily life to simplify, see the link…26 Tips & Tricks To Simplify Your Life
31 Home Decor Hacks from The Dollar Store
There are a lot of good deals you can find at dollar stores, things you can convert into really amazing home decors for less. Buzzfeed has shared 31 such items that you can put to good use in your home. It includes making an outdoor garland from pool noodles, organizing crayons using popsicle trays, and making over your bathroom for less than $5, among many others.
Check out the whole post from Buzzfeed at the link if you want to get some tips on what to buy at dollar stores…31 Cheap And Brilliant Dollar Store Hacks
Easy Way To Get Rid of Ants Overnight
Most people have experienced the sight of lurking ants crowding around an area of the home at some point in time. Well, instead of reaching for a toxic product to kill ants, you can do it naturally and it works. The Yale Safe website shares an easy way to get rid of ants overnight.
See link to read about a safe, natural method to get rid of ants…Get Rid Of Ants Overnight
How To Naturally Keep Spiders Away
From time to time, we have all seen spiders wanting to make their home in our home. Maybe you don’t mind. But if you do, there are things you can do to keep spiders away without resorting to using any harmful sprays and chemicals.
Tiffany at the Nature Mom’s blog shares some helpful tips to keep the little critters away. Click the link to see some natural ideas you can use in your home too…Natural Ways to Get Rid of Spiders
11 Tips To Make Your Bedroom More Romantic
You know that the bedroom is supposed to be a place to relax. The How Does She website shares 11 tips to make your bedroom more romantic. If you’ve made the bedroom a place to work instead, finding it difficult to relax, you may need the helpful tips to transform your bedroom into a romantic haven.
Click the link below to see the 11 tips that you could incorporate to make your bedroom more romantic…11 Tips To Make Your Bedroom More Romantic
How To Fold A Napkin Into A Bunny
What a sweet idea perfect for an Easter lunch or dinner. This is a great way to make the Easter occasion stand out. You can add any extra embellishments if you’d like, but I think it looks great on it’s own, especially as white or pink napkins.
19 Clever Ways to Make Your Tiny Place Look Bigger
Having a small space is common nowadays. Property, after all, is at a premium. However, you can do something to make your tiny place seem bigger. Buzzfeed has suggested 19 ways that you can maximize what you have. This includes using light colors to paint the walls and floor, hanging shelves near the ceiling, and using stripes to elongate space.
Take a look at the post link for the suggested tips on making your place look bigger…19 Foolproof Ways To Make A Small Space Feel So Much Bigger
30 Life-Changing Things That Are Worth Every Penny
Some luxuries are really worth having if you can afford them as they can make a difference to your quality of life. I don’t agree on all 30 ideas and you can decide for yourself which ones are worth the investment.
See all 30 life-changing things that are presented by the Buzz Feed blog as worthy of your money…30 Life-Changing Things That Are Worth Every Penny
How to Save Money in Building Your Dream Home
A lot of people dream of building their own dream home, and why not? It’s great to live in a house that you can fully call your own. However, it can also be very expensive to build your house from scratch.
An article from the Good Financial Cents site can help. They shared 23 tried-and-tested tips on saving money while building your dream home, from hiring the right builder and buying wholesale, to doing some of the dirty work yourself. To see how you can save money when you’re building your home, check out the link…23 Ways to Save Money Building Your Dream Home
Related: 17+ Ways To Save Money Every Month
27 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know
So many things are expected of girls that it can be hard sometimes. You are expected to look beautiful anytime, any day, a feat that’s considered impossible unless you’re super rich.
Buzzfeed has shared 27 DIY beauty home hacks that cost almost nothing at all and ensure you look your best in the shortest time possible. The tips include why using Elmer’s Glue when painting your nails can be a good idea, and how to apply your lipstick the right way to get that cupid’s bow lips. To read all 27 DIY tips for making yourself more beautiful, click the link…27 DIY Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know
27 Things Every Girl Should Know About
Hacks make it easy for us sometimes, reducing a lot of stress.
Buzzfeed, for example, has shared these life hacks for girls, and some are really useful. With this post, you will learn how to prevent your rings from leaving green stains on your fingers, what to do if you spill red wine on your clothes, or how you can avoid having smelly shoes. For the full list of things every girl should know, go to the link…27 Life Hacks Every Girl Should Know About
How to Help Kids Avoid Misbehaviors
Nowadays, it’s too easy for kids to stray. They get involved with friends who are bad influence and end up addicted to drugs, alcohol, and other kinds of misbehaviors. Live Like You Are Rich has a researched-based post on how to help kids avoid this path. The blogger has shared some very practical and actionable suggestions.
For tips on how to help your kids avoid opportunities for misbehaving, click the link…Doing This One Simple Thing Will Help Your Children Avoid Misbehaviors
34 Small Things You Can Easily Do To Improve Your Home
You don’t have to buy expensive stuff to make your home look better. Even small things can greatly improve it as long as you know how to do it.
Buzzfeed has a list of 34 small things you can easily do to make your home look better, from strategically placing different-sized plants all over your house and frosting a see-through door by yourself, to buying cheap tables and staining or painting them to your specifications. Visit the link if you want ideas on how to make your home look much better…34 Small Things You Can Do To Make Your Home Look So Much Better
50+ Sensory Play Activities For Babies
Babies love and need to explore their surroundings where they can use most of their senses.
These sensory activities from the Growing a Jeweled Rose blog is a great compilation of ideas that children can try with close adult supervision. See the link for the 50+ sensory play activities (with links to each idea for details)…50+ Sensory Play Activities For Babies
Take the 52-Week Savings Challenge
Saving can be a big challenge for some people, especially for those with a big family. Life As You Live It has made it a bit more doable; instead of setting aside a huge amount of money in one go, do it in increments.
The 52-Week Money Savings Challenge is doable as it is effective. You don’t have to wait until January to start! If you want to know how to do the challenge yourself and save thousands of dollars, go to the link for the instructions…52 WEEK MONEY SAVINGS CHALLENGE
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20 Better Living Home Hacks For Moms
It’s great to know that there are tips and tricks that could make life easier (especially for moms).
The Kids Activities Blog has put together a list of handy home hacks that you may want to put to good use for you and your family. See the link for the 20 home hacks for moms…20 Better Living Home Hacks For Moms
20 Ways To Use Rubbing Alcohol That Will Save You Money
You can use rubbing alcohol for a number of uses that will save you money in the long run since you don’t have to buy separate products when you have rubbing alcohol that can replace the use of many other items. See link for 20 common uses from couponcloset.net…20 Ways To Use Rubbing Alcohol
How To Make Reusable Swifter Duster Covers
If you love using the Swifter Duster but don’t like the expense of the replacement dusters, making reusable ones may be a good thing. The Simply Designing blog shares how to make reusable swifter duster covers so that you can save yourself some money from having to buy the replacement dusters.
See the link for the tutorial on how to make these reusable duster covers at home…How To Make Reusable Swifter Duster Covers
How To Make Your Own Microwaveable Heating Bags
Heat packs and hot water bottles are great when we have some muscle pains. If you don’t want to buy them ready-made, you can also make one yourself. Tipnut has shared another great tutorial on how to make your own microwaveable heat packs which can also serve as a cooling pack if needed. You can use them not only on muscle pains, but for headaches as well.
To learn how to make these microwaveable packs, check out the tutorial…How To Make A Microwave Heating Bag