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24 Survival Tips For Living Alone

Living solo can make a few nagging home and kitchen issues even more frustrating than when you have someone around to help. Here's how to make some of that stuff easier (though overall these are small prices to pay for never having to wear pants around the house).

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1. Open a stubborn jar using rubber bands.

Place one rubber band around the lid, and another around the jar. With one hand, grip the jar where the rubber band encircles it; use the other hand to twist off the lid. The rubber bands provide friction, so your hands won't slip off the jar or lid.

3. Use a mason jar to store leftover wine.

Make sure the wine overflows so the jar is completely filled and no air gets into the wine. It'll store in the fridge for a week. (No judgements if you're the type who can down an entire bottle of wine by yourself.)


Once you've found the perfect place to hang your picture, press the picture against the wall so the toothpaste leaves a mark. Hammer a nail on the toothpaste spot. This is a great technique for hanging pictures in a straight row, or as a collage.

10. Use peppermint oil to deter mice.

Rodents are allergic to peppermint. Dab on cotton balls and place in area of infestation. Or, mix with water and pour into a spray bottle; spritz rodent-infested areas with the mixture.


12. Use a safety pin and a string to zip up the back of a dress.

1) Tie one end of a ribbon/string through the circular end of the safety pin, tying a knot to secure it in place.

2) Hook the safety pin through the hole in your zipper.

3) Use the string to pull the zipper up.

In the photo: there's a product that does this, but you could easily make your own.

14. Use baking soda and vinegar to unclog a drain.

1) Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain.

2) Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain with a plate.

3) Wait 30 minutes, then uncover and run hot water for 2-3 mins.

4) Repeat for really tough clogs.


16. Put a duvet cover on in 24 seconds.

1) Fold the duvet cover into quarters so one long opening is facing you.

2) Fold the duvet into quarters.

3) Slide the duvet, long crease first, into the opening of the duvet cover.

4) With your fingers, hold the two open corners of the duvet cover, along with the duvet corners. Shake it out.


23. Save time by using your dishwasher to wash things other than dishes.

Examples of things you can clean in your dishwasher: plastic hairbrushes and combs, rain boots, flip flops, baseball caps, broom heads, dustpans, potatoes, garden tools, pet toys, ceiling fan faceplates, mop heads, license plates, sink sponges, computer keyboards, makeup brushes, light fixtures, and hubcaps.

Things you shouldn't put in there: wooden cutting boards and utensils, cast-iron pots and pans, your cat.