Cutting down on time, cost and effort around the home is essential to your sanity, we know. We compiled a list of our favorite house hacks found on Pinterest. When it comes to DIY cleaners, organization hacks, tips to managing food waste and more… we got you! Let us know what some of YOUR favorite ways to stay tidy are in the comments… enjoy!
1. Install an Extra Shower Rod
What?! We were skeptical at first too – but these pictures we found on Pinterest will make you a believer! From hanging towels, to bath toys, toiletries, cleaning supplies and loofas, this extra rod will save space and keep your essentials within reach.
2. Magnetic Strips
From bobby pins, to spice jars, toy cars, knives and drill bits, a strategically placed magnetic strip around the house will help you keep your organization game on point. It’s cheap, easy and looks pretty neat – check out these inspo photos we found on Pinterest! What other uses for magnetic strips can you think of?
3. Repurpose & Reuse Containers
One of our favorite finds – this hack will appease our readers looking for ways to go green and recycle where possible. Everything from old coffee tins, to used plastic Easter eggs, baby food jars and more can be transformed into a variety of new and improved multi-purpose containers. You can plant herbs, store a totally different food, save old paint, and organize nuts & bolts – the possibilities are endless! Photos found on Pinterest, where else!
We all know Pinterest is the place to be if you’re into DIY, and recipes for homemade cleaners are a plenty. This simple guide was our absolute favorite – it perfectly describes the different combinations of solutions you can make with things you may already have lying around your house! These are exceptionally effective while being much safer than most chemical cleaners to use around your family and pets. Win, win, win!
How to Avoid Food Waste
Throwing out food feels wasteful – and preventing spoiled milk, overripe bananas and expired meat is easy! We scoured Pinterest for the internet’s best tips and tricks on how you can use every bit of food in your fridge and pantry before it goes bad, and this was our favorite…
Make a Broth with Scraps
Making veggie or meat broth is exceptionally easy! Broth adds flavor and nutrients to every dish from rice to marinades to sauces.
For a veggie broth, simply simmer the skins, ends, and remains of any vegetable you have on hand in water for up to 4 hours! You can even put them in your crock pot on high all day. This is a fantastic way to get the most out of veggies you have no use for, that are overripe, or that may be close to expiration. The best veggies for broth are: carrots, celery, onions, garlic, peppers and tomatoes.
For a meat broth, simply follow the same instructions for veggie broth, while using the bones and scraps of any meat you have. Bones add tremendous depth of flavor while providing supplemental protein and gelatin. Added tip: roast the bones before you simmer them to improve the flavor.
Add salt, pepper and herbs for a full bodied, flavorful and nutrient dense broth you can use immediately or freeze. Broth can be frozen in your ice cube trays, popped out and stored in the freezer for months.
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