10 Home Hacks That’ll Make Your Guests Want to Come for Another Visit
You can tell a house’s age by its roof, and how good a homemaker is by the cleanliness of their house. Your guests see a lot more than you do, and it might be difficult to spot what exactly needs to be fixed or cleaned. Luckily, there are some shortcuts we can take that will save you time and nerves.
Bright Side has found 10 hacks you might want to try when the time comes.
1. Catch insects with a lint roller.
No need to pick them up with your bare hands or try to trap them somehow. Use a lint roller to remove little critters. Not only is this faster and less gross, it also helps you avoid squashing them on surfaces.
2. Place mirrors outside to make your room brighter.
If natural light never enters your room, you can solve the problem by placing a mirror outside. Make sure the sunlight reflection shines right into your window.
3. Choose the proper lightning.
If your room is dark, it’s better not to use harsh overhead lights. It automatically makes your room look even darker and less comfortable to be in. Instead, feel free to install soft perimeter lights. Multiple sources of light-colored lightning around the room create a cozy atmosphere.
4. Prevent white sheets from turning yellow.
Good old lemons will make your white sheets shine again. They serve as natural bleaching agents and can be found anywhere. Pour the juice of 1 lemon into a washing machine together with a detergent and wash like usual.
5. Make your floors sparkle.
For this, you’ll need 2 buckets. Add 1/4 cup of laundry detergent to the first bucket full of hot water. The second one with clean water will be used for rinsing. Mop the floors like usual, but make sure to clean the detergent properly afterward. The grease and grime will be gone in seconds.
6. Keep towels fresh and fluffy.
Use vinegar and baking soda to give a second life to your towels. All you need to do is use vinegar instead of a detergent, wash the towels on a hot cycle, and once the rinse cycle starts, add 1/2 cup of baking soda. The waxy residue will be removed, in addition to the stale smell.
7. Remove pet hair and odors from your carpet.
The struggle of pet hair is known to all owners who have fluffy 4-legged friends. Luckily, there are a number of ways to get rid of pet hair. You can use duct tape, and it never fails.
Alternatively, you can use the prickly side of velcro or use a squeegee mop. And when it comes to odors, a regular mouthwash diluted with water will do the trick.
8. Remove ink stains.
Hydrogen peroxide is cheap and effective when it comes to removing ink stains. Mix it with cold water and use it to rub a stained area with a towel. For busy people out there, just apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the stain, leave it for at least 30 minutes, and later brush off the ink with a damp toothbrush or a towel.
9. Keep flowers fresh longer.
The secret lies in the stems. Trim them at a 45-degree angle before placing them in water. This way, more surface area will be exposed, and the flowers will absorb more water. Besides, it’s also important to trim leaves below the waterline to prevent rotting.
10. Remove food smells from fabric.
This hack is nice because you basically don’t have to do anything. Take a zip lock bag, put the smelly clothes in it, and leave it in the freezer overnight. You can also use a steamer and kill all the odor-causing bacteria. If you don’t have one, you can hang the smelly fabric in the bathroom while you’re taking a hot shower.
Which hacks will you try? What other tips do you know?