Welcome back to Haley’s Beauty Room! We all have that Pinterest addiction, don’t lie. I think I spend more time building my fictional house on Pinterest than I do changing things at my actual house. Pinterest is great for giving you ideas on basically every topic you can imagine. One of those in particular are life hacks.
If you don’t know what a life hack is, Wikipedia pretty much defines it as any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in all walks of life. Sounds pretty good, right? My favorite life hacks involve saving money and achieving the same outcome that I would otherwise. Gotta have that extra coin for all the makeup in my collection (wink wink).
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Anyway, I see all of these life hacks, but I’ve only actually tried a few. This past weekend I made it a mission to put three Pinterest life hacks to the test! These three hacks have to do with cleaning and household items, but if you guys like this type of post, I am definitely willing to test a bunch of hacks in all categories!
Hack #1: 3 Ingredient Glass Stovetop Cleaner
Claims: To make your glass stovetop look like new again.
Source: Of Life + Lisa
If you have a glass stovetop, you understand how easy it is for those things to get dirty. You’re boiling something, it goes over, next thing you know you’ve got grime cooked onto the glass. So annoying.
To give you some background on my appliance, I actually rent a condo, so I don’t own any of these appliances, but I do take care of them. Many previous tenants kind of just let things pile up or they didn’t know how to clean. Either way, my glass stovetop had some interesting spots on it, so I really wanted to test this hack.
For this hack you need these three ingredients: dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. It’s also recommended to use a scrubbing brush, like the one you use for dishes. Create a quick little mixture of these ingredients (specific amounts weren’t listed, so I used about 3 tbsp of Dawn dish soap, ½ cup baking soda, and 3 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide). Once you have that created, use your scrubber to apply the products and really use some elbow grease to scrub in the product and get of that grime.
After that, let sit for three minutes and then wipe away to a sparkly clean stovetop.
Did it work? Yes, it worked pretty well. Some older spots were removed and it actually left a nice shiny finish on my stovetop. I love that I had all ingredients already in my house and didn’t have to spend money on special cleaners.
Hack #2: Homemade Oven Cleaner
Claims: Get a sparkling clean, like new stove.
Source: Amanda Macdonald
In addition to my dirty stovetop that I mentioned above, the inside of the oven was even worse. Grease spots built up everywhere and just a giant mess. Things are caked on thick, so I really needed a high power cleaner to get this thing supposedly looking like new again.
For this hack you need the following ingredients::
- 1/4 cup dish soap
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 1/4 cup water
- Spray bottle
Combine all of the ingredients in the spray bottle and gently shake to combine. You then are supposed spray all over your oven, let sit, and then wipe away.
Did it work? Nope! I sprayed this very liberally all over my oven, let sit for just over an hour, and when I wiped away it hardly removed anything. I think what it did clean was just surface items and nothing deeper than that. Not to mention, this was also a pain to clean up and my kitchen smelled like vinegar for the next few days.
Hack #3: DIY Laundry Scent Booster
Claims: Replace costly scent boosters and freshen clothes.
Source: Buckle Blog
I am hardcore obsessed with the Downy Scent Boosters. They smell sooo good and really do freshen my clothes. They are especially amazing for sheets and towels. Anyway, I love using these products, but they are so darn expensive. Plus, I tend to go through them fast because I really want to notice the scent.
This hack was my personal favorite to try because it was the quickest and I had everything on hand. For this you need:
- 1 1/2 cups epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 20-30 essential oils (scent of your choice)
- Airtight container
Mix al of the ingredients together, store in an airtight container, and use a few tablespoons with your laundry and the same time that you would for regular scent boosters.
Did it work? Yes! This hack is awesome! My clothes smell just as fresh and maybe I’m going crazy, but it seems like my clothes are bit cleaner as well. I love that I can create any scent that I want just by using essential oils and that there are no harsh chemicals involved. I highly recommend creating a lavender mixture specifically for your bed sheets!
Have you tried any Pinterest life hacks? What did you like? Any that you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!
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