Simple household hacks while under ECQ

March 30, 2020
The rough bottom of a ceramic mug can be a portable sharpener of dull scissors, knife or blade.

ARE you getting bored or having “cabin fever” while under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), well, it’s time to inspect all the corners of your home you’ve never visited during the past months. Do the laundry or fix any broken items. Read on to discover new hacks that would simplify your life.

* Remove highlighter stains. Simple eraser won’t fade the highlighter marks on a book.  Lemon juice fades highlighter enough to make it virtually undetectable.

Cut a lemon in half and get some juice on a cotton swab. Run the swab over the highlighted text and watch the color fade.

Lemon juice from a container also seems to do the trick. Though not quite as well on the pieces we tested, and the older the mark, the more stubborn it is to remove.

* Make your bathroom mirror fog-free. Prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up after a hot shower with car wax. Apply a small amount of car wax to the mirror, let it dry, then buff with a soft, dry cloth

* Wrinkle-free laundry wash. Ditch the time-consuming iron or handheld steamer to get wrinkles out of a shirt or slacks. Throw a few ice cubes or a wet washcloth in the dryer with your wrinkled clothes.

As the ice melts and the water turns to steam, it will remove the wrinkles. This trick isn’t as effective with heavier clothing but is a miracle for lighter fabrics. The best part is that you don’t have to set the dryer for longer than 10 minutes for it to work.

* Double your resealable bags. Heat up an old butter knife with a lighter and slice the bag in half. The hot knife cauterizes the edges of the two new bags. The cauterized edges are as strong as the factory sealed edges.

* Ceramic mug as sharpening stone. Your old coffee mug can be your new sharpening stone. The bottom of most ceramic coffee mugs have a flat, unglazed ring that is the perfect surface for giving that dull knife or blade a quick sharpening.

If you find yourself in need of sharpening a utility knife, pocket blade or scissors and don’t have access to a sharpening stone, you can simply flip over a ceramic coffee mug and use the outer edge of the bottom, the non-glazed part, as an emergency sharpening stone.

Just run the blade across the bottom of the mug at a 45-degree angle, working from the one end of the blade to the tip.

* Make portable air freshener. Instead of using a humidifier, you can make mason jars DIY air fresheners.  In an empty mason jar, pour an ample amount of baking soda into it.

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the mason jar.  Before covering the jar, bore small holes into the cover.  There you will have a portable air freshener to place in any space that needs to smell much better.

Other method is with the use of rubbing alcohol. If you have excess rubbing alcohol. In a spray bottle add 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.  Shake well and spray as needed to give your house hat lovely sweet smell.

Or you can make air freshener from fabric softener. We all know that fabric softener gives overwhelming scent on your laundry.  It also can be used as an air freshener to make your home smell wonderful. 

Here’s how: In a plastic spray bottle, pour 1/2 cup fabric softener, 1 tablespoon baking soda and fill with warm water. Make sure the water is warm enough before putting in the baking soda because baking soda will easily get clumped up and won’t dissolve in cold water. You now have your softener freshener to give your house that lovely sweet smell.