These 6 Must-Try Life Hacks Will Save You Time and Money

A little creativity and some multipurpose products go a long way.

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Life hacks can save you some serious time and frustration in day-to-day tasks. They also can save you a decent amount of cash! Plus, all of these can be done using items you probably already have around the home, rather than having to make a last minute trip to the store. Here are a few we need to try this week:

Grease Stain Remover

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Grease stains are the worst because they can be so small, but incredibly noticeable. It seems like no amount of scrubbing can wipe your carpet clean! A quick hack is to use corn starch to soak up the grease. Sprinkle some on, then allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Vacuum up the leftover powder. It works like a charm.

DIY Dishwasher Tablets

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Dishwasher tablets are a convenient, mess-free way to do the dishes. Unfortunately, the specialty product can be a bit more expensive than regular soap. Make your own by using just a few ingredients you already have around the house! Here's what you need:

1 cup washer soda 1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup lemon juice Mix all ingredients thoroughly, then pack mixture into an ice cube tray. Leave it in the freezer to solidify, then remove tablets from tray and store in a jar until ready to use.

Cord Storage

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We all have that one drawer in our home overflowing with unlabeled cords. The tangled bunch gives us a headache just looking at it! Restore order to your electronics by upcycling some empty toilet paper rolls to tightly bind cords together. String the cords through the tubes, then write labels right on the cardboard.

Tissue Dispenser

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Tissue boxes can be bulky and unsightly in a room–especially during cold season. Keep your nose drip-free and your home decor in check by storing tissues in an adorable Mason jar. Bonus: You can spray paint the jar any color you want to match your interior scheme.

Vase Cleaner

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Deep or oddly shaped vases can be awkward to clean if you don't have the right tools. For a quick fix in a pinch, turn to your medicine cabinet for a DIY cleaner that will remove the dirt and grime in no time. Oddly enough, a tablet of Alka-Seltzer Plus will do the scrubbing for you! Follow the box instructions for the tablet, then rinse out the vase.

Egg Beater

Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

If you're making brunch for a crowd, this hack will not only speed things up for you, but it will make you look cool, too. Instead of using a fork to whisk away at a dozen eggs in a bowl, crack the yolks into a cocktail shaker. A few swift shakes will have your scrambled eggs ready in no time. Happy brunching!

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