Everyday Homemaking Tips

June 14, 2011
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I had such a great response to my homemaking tips last week – Helpful Tips for Everyday Success and Household Tips for Organizing and Living – that I decide to put together another collection of everyday homemaking tips for busy moms and homemakers. (Also be sure to check out my January 2013 post for the New Year – Frugal Tips for Saving Money!)

12 Everyday Homemaking Tips for Busy Moms and Homemakers! #tips #lifetips #lifehack #lifehacks #diy #diytips #lifestyle #homemaking

Everyday Homemaking Tips

1.) Use Coffee Filters for More Than Just Coffee. Coffee filters are multi-purpose. Grab them when in need of a substitute for something you don’t have. They’re great for cleaning glass and computer monitors. Detox your stinky shoes by filling a filter with baking soda, tying off with a rubber band and placing in your sneakers. Or you can even use it as a dryer sheet by placing a few drops of fabric softener on the filter, rubbing together, than folding in half.

2.) Sheet Storage. Store your sheet sets together in a pillow case. Not only does this keep the entire set together, but it makes for neater and more compact storage.

3.) DIY Watering Can. Take an old laundry detergent container and drill holes in the lid for an instant watering can that not only allows you to recycle a disposable container, but is sturdy enough to hold up to continued use. Plus there are no worries about water sloshing out!

4.) Keep Brown Sugar Soft. Use a marshmallow in your brown sugar to keep it soft.

5.) Ketchup Bottle as Pancake Batter Dispenser. Repurpose an empty ketchup bottle into a pancake batter dispenser and pour the right amount every time! It’s also less messy and it makes it easier for making smiley face pancakes for the kids!

6.) Organize Upright. Create more room for your flatware by storing it upright rather than laying it down. I am constantly running out of room for my knives, forks and spoons and they often spill over into the next one’s cubby. This solves that problem and allows you add more silverware to your collection for those holiday get togethers.

Create a DIY Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

7.) Create a Kitchen Command Center. Keep all of your scheduling and menu planning in one place with a well organized kitchen command center. Your command center should feature a menu planning board, dry erase note board, magnet boards, and chore charts.

8.) Doggy Drawer. The dog doesn’t live in the garage, so why store his food there? Instead use a deep drawer for keeping your pup’s kibble along with a handy scoop for when it’s time to dish out dinner.

Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse.

9.) Nix Stains with Pantry Staples. Treat a variety of common clothing stains with products you have in your pantry. Egg yolk and luke warm water will remove a coffee stain. Just allow to set for a minute or two, then rinse. Get rid of blood stains, but immersing the fabric in very cold water, then sprinkling heavily with salt. Scrub with soap and rinse. Plus more!

10.) Lemon as Cutting Board Cleaner. Use a fresh cut lemon to clean your wood and plastic cutting boards. Squeeze the lemon juice on your board and allow to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Voila!

11.) Use Baking Soda for Everything. Baking soda is the perfect household staple as it’s great for everything from cleaning to deodorizing to hygiene. Use it in the fridge to keep odors away, as a mouthwash rinse, to clean grills, and even as part of your laundry routine.

12.) Revive Old Paint Brushes. You can revive old paint brushes by soaking them in hot vinegar then washing with regular old soap and water. This removes old paint and softens the bristles.

I hope you enjoyed my collection of everyday homemaking tips. If you’re also looking for unique ways to organize your office, then be sure to also check out my post, Home Office Organizing Tips and DIY Projects.

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60 Comments

  • Love In Everything

    June 15, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Fantastic! Thank you so much for such great and useful ideas. I will definitely be transforming my laundry detergent bottle and using the ketchup bottle idea for pancakes. Superb:)

  • Alexis

    June 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Oh my goodness, the ketchup bottle idea is fantastic! Finally, I won’t be pouring batter all over my counters. Thank you so much for sharing all these great tips–you have such imagination!

  • Kristina~Kreations With a "K"

    June 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I love pretty much all these ideas! The sheets in the pillow is one of those “I cant believe I never thought of that” moments. And I love the detergent and ketchup bottle ideas!
    Thanks so much 🙂

  • Kristina~Kreations With a "K"

    June 15, 2011 at 12:33 am

    oh and the marshmellow in the brown sugar. I need to try that! That always drives me nuts.

  • ElfRenee

    June 15, 2011 at 3:55 am

    These are awesome!!! Thank you so much!

  • TheRustyThimble

    June 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    wonderful tips I am a new follower sent over by homemakeronadime, off to read more of your blog.
    Brenda

  • Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

    June 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Great tips! I wish I had a tall drawer for your cutlery idea and I’m going to try the vinegar-paintbrush tip right now. Thanks!

  • Handy Man, Crafty Woman

    June 19, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Marshmallow, I never knew that! Thanks for linking this to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

  • Charlotte

    July 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    These are some really helpful tips.

    I featured you in my bi-monthly “stuff I like” post.

    http://charlottelaughs.blogspot.com/2011/07/another-round-up-july-edition.html

    Thanks!

  • Terez Baskin

    October 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    The Baking Soda and coffee filter idea ROCKs my Shoes! Literally. Thanks.

  • cbr rose

    November 18, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I have been using the pillowcase sheet holder for some time. I love the pancake idea! lots of good ideas from everyone. thanks for pinterest!

  • Anonymous

    December 6, 2011 at 12:19 am

    These are wonderful! Thank you! I have already seen some of the Ideas on Pinterest by their Authors but thanks for reposting!

  • Anonymous

    December 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Great ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am sitting here trying to think of an idea to share, but my mind is blank, or maybe it’s frozen?
    But I am bookmarking this page for sure,and I will get back to you.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Happy New Year to ALL

  • Anonymous

    January 3, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    The best way to get blood out of fabric is hydrogen peroxide. Soak, scrub, rinse with cool water. Repeat until clean.

    1. Anonymous

      February 1, 2012 at 3:11 am

      Hydrogen peroxide does work well, however, if left on the fabric too long, it will deteriorate the fabric. Be sure to rinse well then launder right away.

    2. Anonymous

      August 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      It it’s a small amount of blood and you don’t mind a lil spit, your spit will make it magically disappear! 🙂

  • abr76

    January 9, 2012 at 5:03 am

    If you are in the middle of painting a room and you want to take a break and resume another day wrap your roller in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer, then when you are ready to paint again just thaw out your roller and your ready to go.

    1. Anonymous

      July 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      The fridge works better no waiting to thaw

  • Demaroge

    January 26, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I just saw a “pancake maker” at wally world for over $5!….empty ketchup bottle anyone?!?

  • Anonymous

    January 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    BEST overall cleaner in a spray bottle, mix half rubbing alcohol{any scent}half water and a drop of dish detergent. Kills germs and safe to use. A doctor’s office secret!

  • KaronSluder

    January 28, 2012 at 2:07 am

    Keep a small spray bottle of lemon juice in your fridge. If your little ones only eat half an apple, spray the other half with lemon juice and wrap in plastic or baggie for tomorrow. Cut a banana in half, spray the end with lemon juice and fit into a small plastic lid. I save juice lids of various sizes just for things like this. The best size for my bananas, SunnyD lids from individual juice bottles. It will fit snugly and keep out little flying critters and keep the end fresh. You can leave it out on a counter.

  • Anonymous

    February 2, 2012 at 12:28 am

    If you use a Pyrex dish to bake a chicken, pot roast, scalloped potatoes. etc., fill the dish with water, drop a dryer sheet in the dish, and rinse it out in the morning. I have found it actually works!

  • Anonymous

    February 4, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Use a saltine cracker in your sugar jar to prevent clumps. You can also keep a piece of bread in your homemade cookies to keep them soft.

  • Anonymous

    February 9, 2012 at 2:36 am

    My daughter-in-law told me to use Murphy’s oil soap on blood stains and rub it in and it truly disappears like magic. Love the ketchup idea!

  • Anonymous

    February 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks to my mother… I have found useing the cheap peroxide from the medicene kit works great for removing blood or other body fluids from clothes and carpet…

  • Cheryl

    February 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I just buy plastic bins to store my forks, spoons & knives & sit them on my lower cabinet shelf, since I don’t have a tall drawer. Voila! 🙂

  • Cheryl

    February 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Here’s another: to pop melted candles out of votives, stick ’em in the freezer first. Once they’re cold, the wax will snap right out, clean as a whistle! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    February 24, 2012 at 4:40 am

    These are all such great ideas!!!

    Here’s another one for coffee filters: grab a couple & fill with popcorn for a quick & disposable snack bowl.

  • Betty Miller

    March 4, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    We use coffee filters at work or home to fill with individual portions of popcorm = no dirty bowls!!

  • Anonymous

    March 24, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I love the ketchup bottle idea so I tweaked it a little for my own use. Clean a large salad dressing bottle(squeezable), remove paper, let dry completely. Put the dry ingredients of your pancake recipe in the bottle and close tightly. With a sharpie write “Pancake Mix” then below that write “Add:2 eggs, 1 cup milk, (etc)”. Shake or use the handle of a long wooden spoon to stir then use like the ketchup bottle. Wash, rinse, repeat:-) And if you have any leftover pancakes…place in zip top bag, stick in freezer. Then pop a couple in the toaster when you need a quick snack (great with PB&J!)

  • Anonymous

    April 19, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Burn something in a pot or skillet? Cover with wate, sprinkle baking soda in water, bring to a boil, let cool, pour water out, take a paper towel and wipe pot clean!! REALLY WORKS!

  • Paula Whorlow

    May 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I haven’t noticed this one posted yet, but it is a great way to get the “onion smell” off your fingers/hands when you’ve chopped onions. Take a stainless steel knife and run the flat side across your fingers/hand while running both under cold water. You won’t smell the onion on your skin!

    1. Anonymous

      August 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

      You can do the same with a spoon. It’s safer since you don’t run the risk of cutting yourself.

    2. Anonymous

      September 3, 2012 at 2:14 am

      You can do the same thing after peeling and chopping garlic

    3. Anonymous

      November 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

      My daddy always used salt and dish washing liquid to wash his hands after cutting onions. Always seemed to work 🙂

  • Anonymous

    July 17, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    her is a some we do in denmark:-) and sorry for my spelling:-)
    peel onions under running water to not cry.
    rub your hands on some thing steel, maybe the sink, when don peeling onions or garlik.
    rins windows in sprinkler flued for the car, and do et with a newspapir.
    I wash all my londery with viniger insted of fabriksoftner, it is bether for the inveroment, ther is no perfume, and it is cheep.
    and always cut open khethup botels becous there is always 20%left:-)

  • Anonymous

    July 18, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Out of brown sugar? I alway seem to be. So just mix molasses with regular sugar. If you want light brown sugar add a little, dark brown sugar and more. You get the point

  • Unknown

    July 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I am headed to my linen closet right now to put my sheets in pillowcases! Another of my favorite tips is to to help with baked on food on your casserole dishes: When soaking them, throw in a dryer sheet–when you come back an hour later, all the crusty mess will just fall of the dish!

  • Anonymous

    July 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    after opening a loaf of bread and you do not have a tie or just to keep bread fresh,twist the bag and pull it back over the bread.Keeps fresher.

  • Anonymous

    July 18, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    WANTING TO KEEP FRESH SPICES LIKE PARSLEY OR ETC.,PUT LITTLE SPRIGS IN ICE CUBE TRAYS,FILL WITH WATER,AND FREEZE.YOU CAN DUMP ICE CUBES IN PLASTIC BAG,OR KEEP IN ICE CUBE TRAY. THEY COME IN HANDY IN SOUPS,STEWS,SAUCES OR ANYTHING YOU USE CERTAIN SPICES WITH.

  • Anonymous

    July 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    When you are cleaning fresh corn, cut off about 1/2 inch from end (the end that was connected to plant) put in the microwave- 4 min for each ear of corn. Grab corn from silk end and shake, the corn will drop out with no silk on it, and no cleaning up all that mess! Try it,it works!!!

  • Anonymous

    July 23, 2012 at 2:27 am

    When potting plants put a coffee filter in bottom of pot to prevent soil from falling out plus drains well

  • Anonymous

    August 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    A piece of bread in brown sugar works too. Ever get gum stuck on clothing, hair, or furniture? Hot distilled vinagar, has to be hot to work, pour it on the gum, use a toothbrush in a circular motion on the gum and just like magic, all the gum will stick in the toothbrush. In under 30 seconds!

  • Anonymous

    August 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Ever spill candle wax on carpet?? Get a paper towel and a iron get the iron hot and place the paper towel over the dried wax and rub over it lightly with the iron wax sticks to the paper towel!! also to get gum out of your clothes or hair.. Take an ice cube and rub it on the gum it freezes the gum and it comes right off 🙂

  • Anonymous

    August 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Don’t leave the iron on the carpet too long or it will melt it! (learned this the hard way)

  • TeresaK

    August 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Love this. .

  • Ruth McHugh

    August 16, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Vinegar has so many uses . Put it in your washing machines rinse water . It softens the water. And takes out the soap

  • danaw90

    August 20, 2012 at 2:58 am

    This is AMAZING! Such great ideas. Thank you for posting this!

  • Brandon Shelton

    August 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    SOUNDS CRAZY BUT IT WORKS!!
    I HAVE NOT USED SHAMPOO FOR OVER A YEAR YETBI HAVE BEAUTIFUL THICK-CURLY-HEALTHY CLEAN HAIR{THAT ALWAYS SMELLS AMAZING}
    *I USE APPLE CIDER VINIGER MIXED WITH WATER TO WASH MY HAIR & BODY….IF UR HAIR IS OILY ADD 1/4 CUP OF BAKING SODA TO IT …..I USUALLY MAKE IT IN A SPRAY BOTTLE (1 CUP APPLE CIDER VINIGER + 1/2 CUP WATER + 2TBSP OF BAKING SODA)

    ***WARNING*** IF U ADD BAKING SODA TO VINIGER IT WILL FIZZ UP….SO MIX IN LARGE PITCHER 1ST
    ALSO** BAKING SODA CAN DRY OUT HAIR

    SPRAY ON WET HAIR, WORK IT IN LIKE SHAMPOO (SATURATE COMPLETELY)LET IT SOAK ON HAIR FOR 5MIN OR LONGER THEN RINSE WITH WATER….APPLY UR FAVORITE CONDITIONER…..YOU WILL FEEL RESULTS WITH SILKY HAIR….I ONLY ADD BAKING SODA 1 TIME A WEEK….BUT, I USE VINIGER DAILY!!….I WILL NEVER BUY SHAMPOO AGAIN

  • Brandon Shelton

    August 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    i own a cleaning business….STOP SPENDING MONEY ON HARMFUL SUPPLIES….MAKE UR OWN!!!

    16oz. spray bottle-add 1cup white viniger + 1cup water + few drops of blue ultra concentrated dawn dishsoap -shake-
    *cleans tubs, showers, sinks, floors, kitchens, stain remover, toilet cleaner,streak free windows, much more…..

  • Brandon Shelton

    August 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

    all u will ever need to clean anything, do laundry, remove stains, wash body + hair, sanatize and anything else i may of forgot

    vinigar (white + apple cider)………$2 or less
    baking soda………………………$1 or less
    peroxide……………………….. $1 or less
    alcohol (rubbing)…………………$1 or less
    blue dawn dishsoap (ultraxconcentrated)…$1
    lemon juice………………………$1 or less
    and water as a mixer to all

    you can clean & deoderize anything with these ingredients

  • Anonymous

    August 24, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Gum stuck in hair? Get an ice cube and place on gum and let it harden, it will come out pretty easy

  • Anonymous

    September 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    peroxide also gets blood stains out of clothing just pour onto stain and wash with your other laundry. works like a charm…

  • Anonymous

    September 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Seems that you would make a bigger mess trying to get your ingredients for pancakes in the small ketchup bottle opening. Use a small scoop to keep the mess down instead and have nice round pancakes

  • Anonymous

    September 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Agree with Anon that the ketchup bottle for pancake mix seems to create more mess than would be worthwhile. Cleaning it out of the bottle would be even more work and waste a lot of water.

  • Anonymous

    October 13, 2012 at 2:39 am

    After baking cookies and allowing them to cool place a slice of bread in the baggie with them to keep them soft

  • Tina

    November 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the tips…they’re great! Here’s one of my favs…
    Using a pizza cutter to cut waffles, pancakes, and sandwiches (or just about anything else) is a quick and easy way to cut a lot, very quickly! It really comes in handy especially when you have lots of little mouths to feed.

  • Cleaner Jobs

    November 27, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Those are really adorable tips….everyday could be easy by applying those homemaking tips!

  • Ken Holmes

    December 26, 2012 at 2:31 am

    I have done #5…works like a charm!

  • Ms.B

    January 13, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Headed to the linen closet now to put all the sheets inside the pillow case. What a great idea.

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