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20 Unusual (But Legit) Home Hacks That'll Make You Say "Why Didn't I Know About These Sooner?"

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Here at BuzzFeed, we come across SO MANY home hacks and ideas every day.


Sometimes they're super smart, sometimes they're downright strange — and sometimes, they're ones we want to actually try ourselves.

So here are 20 hacks that I've actually tried (or want to try) because they're so freaking useful:

1. Run a long plastic tube from your kitchen's soap pump into an oversized bottle of dish soap, so you almost never have to refill it again.


4. Windex will magically wipe crayon marks off painted walls.

5. Rub wax paper on your shower curtain rod to make your curtain glide more smoothly.

This is a common thing in retail, too — rubbing the metal racks to help hangers slide easily — so it'd also probably work well in your closet, if you have a metal rod. From Apartment Therapy.


6. A mixture of vinegar + water + cheap AF ~vodka~ makes glass, mirrors, and faucets shine like new.

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Just mix 'em in equal parts. You can also use rubbing alcohol, if that's what you have around. I still make this every time I clean the bathroom, because it *works*!

7. And when your chrome faucets are clean, rub them with more wax paper to help prevent pesky water spots.

9. Drop a denture tablet in your toilet once a week, and you'll almost never have to actually clean it.

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You'll have to completely clean it before you can start this, of course because it mostly helps prevent the buildup of a scaly ring. From Apartment Therapy.


10. Loop a hair elastic around a towel rod so your clean makeup brushes can dry without losing their shape.

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I used to put off washing my brushes — then I got a cleaning mat for $10.99 and discovered this hack. Now I wash 'em once a month.

12. Stash round ornaments safely away in a repurposed Costco apple container.

13. When you fill a hurricane vase, put a can beneath the candle. The candle will sit perfectly level, and you'll use less filler overall.


16. Stash plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box instead of stuffing them into a different grocery bag.

Although TBH I usually have my reusable bags with me, I do keep a tissue box for the few plastic bags I get these days. From Easy Going Organizer.


18. Scrub out your bathtub or shower in no time using dish soap and a new broom.

20. Easily wipe cooked-on greasy grime out of your pans using a dryer sheet.

Well, according to this video, first you fill the pan with hot water, dish soap, and the dryer sheet — and let it soak for a bit. Then the grime will lift right off.