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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.
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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.

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Buy two big bottles of dish soap and you'll be set for the whole year. From Ask Anna and Simple Details.

2. Drill holes in your trash can or plastic trash can liner to prevent the dreaded and annoying garbage-bag-vacuum-effect.

Pure genius. Pretty Handy Girl shows exactly where the holes should go.
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Pure genius. Pretty Handy Girl shows exactly where the holes should go.

3. Open stuck jars with a short length of duct tape.

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You have to lay the tape in a specific way — this Instructable has the details.

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

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Put some Windex on it — seriously! Read more on What's Up, Fagans?.

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

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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.

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For a while, anyway. Which is better than nothing! From Creekline House.

8. Pick up (and squish!) gross bugs with a sticky lint roller.

Next time I spot a bug in my apartment... it's doomed! From r/LifeProTips.
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Next time I spot a bug in my apartment... it's doomed! From r/LifeProTips.

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

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.
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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.

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.
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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.

11. Refrigerate your paintbrushes in a plastic bag when you're waiting between coats.

The paint won't dry, and you won't have to wash 'em. From Ugly Duckling House.
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The paint won't dry, and you won't have to wash 'em. From Ugly Duckling House.

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.

14. Hook your headphones on a banana hanger so they don't keep falling off your desk.

From Head-Fi.

15. Use an extra large plastic bin for instant plastic container access, and slip in a shoebox divider to keep all the lids in check.

If I could reorganize the Tupperware cabinet of my childhood, this is what I'd do. From Everyday Organizing.
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If I could reorganize the Tupperware cabinet of my childhood, this is what I'd do. From Everyday Organizing.

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.
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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.

17. Fold a tiny piece of aluminum foil to complete the connection between a battery and a loose spring.

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

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Or a broom dedicated to only cleaning your tub and shower. From One Good Thing By Jillee.

19. Wrap pipe cleaners around any plastic hanger to make it a no-slip hanger.

Childhood craft supplies with a practical purpose. Who knew? From In My Own Style.
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Childhood craft supplies with a practical purpose. Who knew? From In My Own Style.

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

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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.

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