Living solo can make a few nagging home and kitchen issues even more frustrating than when you have someone around to help. Here’s how to make some of that stuff easier (though overall these are small prices to pay for never having to wear pants around the house).
1. Open a stubborn jar using rubber bands.
Place one rubber band around the lid, and another around the jar. With one hand, grip the jar where the rubber band encircles it; use the other hand to twist off the lid. The rubber bands provide friction, so your hands won’t slip off the jar or lid.
3. Use a mason jar to store leftover wine.
Make sure the wine overflows so the jar is completely filled and no air gets into the wine. It’ll store in the fridge for a week. (No judgements if you’re the type who can down an entire bottle of wine by yourself.)
4. Keep a bottle of soda from going flat.
Once you’re done with your soda for the day, shake it up before putting it back in the fridge. It’ll stay fizzy for weeks.
5. Use Windex to move a heavy appliance.
Spray Windex around and in front of the feet of the appliance you’re trying to move. It will slide much more easily.
6. Pre-make pancake batter and store it in a ketchup bottle.
The pancake batter will stay good for a few days in the fridge.
7. Use toothpaste to perfectly hang a picture.
Add a dab of toothpaste to the back of the picture where the nail will go.
Once you’ve found the perfect place to hang your picture, press the picture against the wall so the toothpaste leaves a mark. Hammer a nail on the toothpaste spot. This is a great technique for hanging pictures in a straight row, or as a collage.
8. Get Ethylene Gas Guardian pods to make your produce last longer.
Just put them in your crisper. They’re known to double the life of your fruit and vegetables.
9. Use peppermint oil to deter mice.
Rodents are allergic to peppermint. Dab on cotton balls and place in area of infestation. Or, mix with water and pour into a spray bottle; spritz rodent-infested areas with the mixture.
10. Use a safety pin and a string to zip up the back of a dress.
1) Tie one end of a ribbon/string through the circular end of the safety pin, tying a knot to secure it in place.
2) Hook the safety pin through the hole in your zipper.
3) Use the string to pull the zipper up.
In the photo: there’s a product that does this, but you could easily make your own.
11. Use scotch tape to put on a bracelet.
It’ll keep one end in place while you hook the clasp.
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