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Clean Your Iron With Toothpaste

If you’re using tap water in your iron, eventually you’ll end up facing the dreaded mineral build up on the soleplate. Luckily, all it takes is a little bit of toothpaste to make it look brand spanking new again. Simply rub a small amount of toothpaste (the white stuff, not the gel) on to the soleplate of a cool, unplugged […]

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A New Use for Your Waffle Iron

No need to turn on the stove to whip up a grilled cheese sandwich. Instead, pull out your waffle iron. Simply butter two slices of bread (or spray the waffle iron with cooking spray), then layer in the bread, cheese, any other additions you want, and top with the other slice of bread. Close the iron, and cook for 2 […]

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A New Use for Coffee

Staining a piece of wood furniture, or unfinished wood cabinets doesn’t require you to break out the toxic chemicals. Instead, you can use your favorite morning beverage, supposing of course that you want your cabinets to be a rich dark brown. Here are the easy instructions via Charles & Hudson: 1. Steep coffee grounds in hot water in a french […]

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How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan

We love this trick for dusting off the blades of a grimy ceiling fan without getting a face full of dust. Simply slide each blade, one at a time, into a pillowcase and wipe off the blade with the inside of the pillowcase. All the dust, dirt, and debris will stay inside. Then simply shake out the case outside and […]

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Organize Bobby Pins with a Paper Clip Holder

Corral all your loose bobby pins in the one place in the bathroom by stashing them in an unused paper clip dispenser. They fit perfectly inside, and just like paper clips, they easily stick to the magnetic ring keeping them at the ready when you need them, but preventing them from falling out if there’s a spill. What’s your best […]

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Use a Lemon to Clean Stained Food Containers

Next time you’re faced with a Tupperware stained by tomato sauce or gazpacho, reach for a lemon to remove the stain. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side over the stains on the plastic. Make sure that some of the juice is squeezed on to the stained plastic as well. Then allow to dry in the […]

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Use a Tension Rod to Organize Cleaning Supplies

We knew tension rods came in handy when organizing the lids to all your pots and pans, but they can also help out by organizing your cleaning supplies. Take a look at how Jen from A Thousand Words used a tension rod to save space under her sink: What are your best space-saving organizing tips? [via Apartment Therapy; photo by Jen […]

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A New Use for a Milk Carton

Next time you’re sending something fragile through the mail (or if you find yourself planning a move), save your empty milk cartons to use as packing material. Wrap the fragile item (say ornaments or vintage jewelry) in a layer of bubble wrap and nestle it into the milk carton. The sturdy sides will keep it from being squashed inside the […]

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Use Croquet Wickets as Hose Guides in Your Garden

After being coiled up all winter, stretching a rubber hose across your lawn might take a Herculean effort. And once you do manage to get it unwound, and aimed at the flower beds, you’ll need a way to keep it there. Instead of buying a set (or four) of hose guides, dig around in the back of your garage for […]

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A New Use for Binder Clips

Using bread clips to keep your cords labeled was a hit last week, and this week we have another great way to repurpose an everyday item in your home office.

 

This time it’s binder clips, and the use is pretty self-explanatory. Take a look:

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