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    Updated on Jan 31, 2020. Posted on Jul 23, 2018

    22 Quick Home Hacks That Will Actually Solve A Lot Of Your Problems

    How to keep your house in order without actually working that hard.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the home hacks they've actually tried and swear by. Here are some of the best ones:

    1. Bend your toilet paper roll into an oval shape so your kid doesn't pull out the whole thing in one go.

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    The oval shape keeps the roll from spinning out of control!

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    2. Rub sticker residue off your new purchases with some hand sanitizer and paper towel.

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    That annoying goop left behind from price tag stickers will just wipe away.

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    3. Rub a drop of vanilla extract on lightbulbs to make your whole house smell delicious.

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    The heat from the bulbs warms up the vanilla!

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    Just be sure that the bulbs are off and cool when you apply the extract.

    4. Color code your kids' stuff so they don't mix up their towels, toothbrushes, or cups.

    5. Hang a shoe organizer from your utility closet door to keep all of your cleaning supplies within arm's reach.

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    It's so much easier to find everything I'm looking for when it isn't all shoved in a dark, tiny shelf.

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    6. Soak cotton balls in peppermint oil and stick them in the nooks and crannies of your home to keep mice, ants, and spiders at bay.

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    They hate peppermint!

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    7. Store your spinach with a square of paper towel to absorb excess moisture — the greens will last a whole lot longer.

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    8. Rub toothpaste on tarnished silver to make it shine again.

    9. Steam clothing in the dryer with a few ice cubes to de-wrinkle them without having to actually iron.

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    The steam from the ice melting will take the wrinkles right out. I haven't set up an ironing board in over a year!

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    10. Inventory everything in your fridge and freezer so you know what you need to buy when you go to the store.

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    I write on the lid of the freezer with a dry erase marker to keep track of everything that's inside it. When something is taken out, it gets erased.

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    11. Trick yourself into actually doing the chores and tasks you usually put off with the one-minute rule.

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    It's amazing how much you can get done with this rule!

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    12. Cut through soap scum in the bathroom with a dryer sheet.

    13. Mix water, aloe vera, and witch hazel to make an affordable DIY makeup setting spray.

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    14. Hang bras from hooks on the inside of your closet door so you aren't just stuffing them into a drawer.

    15. Sprinkle used coffee grounds on soil, instead of throwing it in the trash, to fertilize your plants and attract worms.

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    Don’t underestimate the power of used coffee grounds!

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    16. File makeup palettes in a mail sorter.

    17. Throw your shower curtain liner in the wash with a load of whites if it starts to get mildew.

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    It will come out spotless!

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    18. Spray pet hair with water and pull it off carpet and car upholstery with a squeegee.

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    The rubber pulls and clumps it into a ball that I can just pick up and throw in the trash.

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    19. Stick used candles in the back of your drawers or linen closet to keep them smelling nice and fresh.

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    20. Keep craft supplies in a shower caddy so they stay organized whether they're stored or in use.

    21. Hang your cleaning tools from hooks so they aren't constantly falling out of your cupboard.

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    If the handle holes have awkward shapes thread zip ties through so they can hang neatly from the hooks.

    22. And keep food scraps in the freezer so you can compost without stinking up your entire house.

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    I stopped composting because in the summer it would immediately go bad and make my whole apartment smell horrible I realized that I could just stick the compost in my freezer! I got disposable bags specifically for compost, and bring them out to the compost bins when they're full. You won't need to take out the garbage as often, and you'll being doing your little part for the environment!

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