7 Money-Saving DIY Hacks 7 Money-Saving DIY Hacks

There are thousands of so-called "hacks" in the world, but many you find will never be used and some are just plain silly. If you can look past the faulty ones, however, you'll find ones that can save you time and money. Here is our list of some handy hacks that are easy to do and will keep some dollars in your pocket.

1. Fix a Leaky Shower

If you have a leaking or dripping shower head, it may not be worth the expense of calling a plumber. All it may need is some plumbers tape. If you don't have the tape, you can make your own. Take a rubber glove and cut off the bottom of the glove. Wrap the latex around the shower head to keep the leak at a minimum—and it may even stop the leak completely.

2. DIY Dishwasher Pods

A small bowl of baking soda and a lemon slice.

Pods of detergent for the dishwasher have been a trend for a while now. While these little tablets save you time when it come to starting a load of dishes in your appliance, they can be quite costly. Here is a hack to make your own dishwasher pods that will clean your dishes and leave them smelling lemony fresh.

Supplies:

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Ice cube trays

Mix all the above ingredients together to create a paste. Pour the paste into an empty plastic ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. The pods will be ready to use once they're frozen.

3. Clean Stainless Steel

Stainless steel will rust over time and accumulate buildup from use. Just washing on a regular basis will not improve the state of stainless steel pots and pans. To freshen up your steel pots and pans, use vinegar. Pour white vinegar into the bottom of pots and pans and boil until the residue starts loosening off the steel. Allow the pan to cool down for a few minutes. Take baking soda and coat the bottom of the pan. Remove any leftover particles with a bristle brush and rinse.

4. Carpet Stain Removal

Melting blue popsicles on a carpet.

Carpet stains can be stubborn to remove and are a sore sight to look at. Calling a professional cleaner or renting the equipment can become expensive quickly. What is the alternative method? Cornstarch is the answer. Cornstarch is great at soaking up various stains, especially oils from fabric surfaces. Sprinkle the cornstarch onto the stain and let it soak in for 15-20 minutes. Vacuum up the remains and your carpet will be stain-free.

5. No More Refrigerator Odors

Bad odors arise in refrigerators from leftovers as well as rotten fruits and vegetables. Coffee will get rid of those stinky smells. Place used coffee grounds in an open container into the fridge and wait. It only takes a few minutes and any unpleasant odors will have been eliminated.

6. Organize Your Wire Drawer

A jumbled mess of wires.

We all have one of these drawers somewhere in the home. Various cords, wires, and phone chargers are tangled together in a never-ending mess. A simple way to organize your wire drawer is to use empty toilet paper rolls. Neatly bundle up each set of wires and place them inside the toilet paper rolls. Label each one on the cardboard with a permanent marker for easy access when needed.

7. Insect Extermination

Don't get bugged out by unwanted flies and other insects. You can exterminate pesky insects yourself by making your own bug strips to hang anywhere bugs are not wanted.

Supplies:

  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. syrup
  • Paper grocery bag
  • Paperclips

Mix the honey, sugar, and syrup together until you have a thick paste. Microwave the paste for 45 seconds or until it becomes a liquid. Stir the liquid for consistency. Cut the grocery bag into strips. Dip each strip in the mixture and coat thoroughly. Attach paper clips to the top of the strips and hang your bug strips where needed.

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