The Urban Dictionary defines lifehack as “a tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or more efficient.” What group of people don’t deserve a great list of lifehacks more than us moms? No one, that’s who. So I have been collecting tips, hints, and tricks for myself for a while now because, of course, I want to do whatever I can to make my life just a little bit easier. Who doesn’t? And now I will pass them along to you, my fellow mamas. Some of these are going to make you say to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” and others will just plain blow your mind. You.Are.Welcome.
*To prevent and help remove sweat stains, spray the underarms of your shirts with lemon juice before washing them.
*When cleaning your windows with Windex, use a newspapers instead of paper towels to avoid leaving streaks.
*To remove carpet stains, try spraying Windex on it, and then iron an old towel over it. This will get the stain out of your carpet.
*If you’re like me, you probably don’t realize a recipe calls for softened butter until you’ve already begun gathering ingredients. To soften the butter quickly, all you need to do is slice the butter up into small tabs, lay them out on a plate, and by the time you’ve gathered the rest of your ingredients the butter will be nice and soft.
*Save butter wrappers and use them to grease cake pans.
*You can heal paper cuts and immediately stop the pain with chap stick.
*Put a dry towel in the dryer with the wet clothes. It will make your clothes dry faster.
*Keep your homemade cookies soft by placing a piece of bread in the container with them.
*Chew gum while chopping onions. Your eyes won’t water!
*Deodorant marks on your black shirt will come off with a used dryer sheet.
*Rub your faucet with wax paper to prevent water marks.
*When hanging a picture, put toothpaste on the frame where the nails need to be, press it against the wall and voila! Put the nails there.
*Wrap your produce (celery, lettuce, broccoli) in aluminum foil when you put them in the fridge to keep them fresh for a longer period of time.
*Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat until it’s warm. This keeps the crust crispy, unlike when you microwave it.
*Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.
*Pin a small safety-pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with pants that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of your pants and just like that – no more static cling.
*If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. It will easily unseal.
Do you feel smarter already? Hopefully you try some of these out. Being supermom is a tough job but maybe, just maybe, these lifehacks will make it just a little bit easier!