None of this will be as cool as the stuff Garden Marvel has been posting, but I thought we could start a master list of household hacks that you have tried - just post them in the comments, and I’ll add them up here. Please don’t include anything you haven’t tried, because the internet is a big place and full of lies.

Check out the comments for pictures - Kinja doesn’t like pictures in bulleted lists and really messes up the formatting.

Food Preparation

  • DO To remove remnants of scales on a fish (the fishmongers are great but they always leave some behind), run a quarter over the body. -teapot
  • DO and a DON’T If you’re growing your own food at home, be sure and get your hose from the camping section (and prepare to pay a bit more). The cheap, soft, pliable ones in the garden section come from China and all contain lead. Which is how they are cheap and pliable. The hoses from the camping section are lead-free, as they expect people to drink from them. - Garden Marvel
  • DO save energy and effort by cooking your pasta in its own steam. Bring the water to a boil, submerge pasta, season, and then put the lid on and turn the stove off. It’s done in half the time. -Edie Beale’s Costume
  • DON’T hull strawberries with a straw. It’s a big waste of time. Just use a knife like a normal person. -Edie Beale’s Costume

Cleaning the Kitchen and Bath

  • DO Baby oil is the best cleaner for stainless steel appliances. -ziggybloodlust
  • DO Vinegar and ice cubes will help keep your garbage disposer clean and smelling nice! -LaChategris
  • DO I’ve been dumping a lot of baking soda and lemon juice down my drains recently. If you have a slow-moving drain (but NOT blocked up, not enough fire power for that I think). I’ve been doing equal parts baking soda and lemon juice (or white vinegar), and let that sit for, like, 30 minutes (because I usually forget about it). And then I dump a small sauce pan of not-boiling, but hot from the stove, water down the drain. THEN I run the hot water for a few minutes. For the next day’s shower I’m not standing ankle deep in soap scum and leg hair trimmings! It’s great! -imakeokaybeans
  • DO and a DON’T This product container is relatively new and Really Works Well...the container not-so-much the product. Once the container is empty, I remove the outer (plastic) wrapper and then twist-off and remove the foaming handle/nozzle. I rinse the insides well with cool waters and then refill the container with a forty-sixty percent solution of store-brand (3% hydrogen peroxide) and tap water. Now carefully replace the foaming handle/nozzle, aligning the pick-up tube with the hole in the container and you have a spray-foaming bottle that utilizes all of the contents for everyday kitchen and bathroom cleaning. -antitqt
  • DO clean the stovetop with a rag soaked in hot water. Soak the rag in the hottest water you can stand, ring it out a little bit, and place it over the crusted up food. Wait until the rag is cold. Wipe up the food easily. -Sabriel
  • DO Make paste of baking soda and water. Coat toaster oven/microwave. Let sit for dunno 20 or so minutes. Wipe. Best degrimer ever. -story645
  • DO and a DON’T use hot vinegar and water to clean aluminum. Cream of tartar is a good scrub for stubborn spots. Avoid all alkali cleaners on aluminum. (No baking soda, lye or oven cleaner on aluminum.) -Ellen
  • DO use oven cleaner to strip failed seasoning off cast iron and stainless steel. Use the yellow cap heavy duty stuff, spray well and put it in a black plastic bag in the sun for a day or two to several weeks. -Ellen
  • DO For REALLY bad burn on gunk on iron and steel take a heavy duty plastic barrel and fill with enough water to cover your pans and grates. Slowly stir in 100% lye drain cleaner. One container will make up a good sized storage tote six inches deep in water. Drop your hopelessly cruddy cast iron pots, steel stove grates, barbecue grills and enameled pans in to soak. Pull wearing rubber gloves and scrub and rinse with cool water, then vinegar. This will remove decades of grease build up and soften any rust so it can be sanded away. -Ellen
  • DO microwave a bowl full of water with some dish soap and vinegar for a minute or two. Let it sit in there for a few minutes, then open the microwave, remove the bowl, and easily wipe off all the cooked-on gunk! (Shamelessly learned/stolen from Unfuck Your Habitat - also, do read that blog because they know pretty much everything about cleaning and tidying!) -karmadrenalynn
  • DO Used dryer sheets will get soap scum off your sink and tub. You may need to dampen the used dryer sheet a bit, but the crud comes off with a quick wipe rather than scrubbing forever with a brush or sponge. -Googly Eyed Plush Toy
  • DO Use baking soda paste to get coffee/tea stains off of your favorite mugs. Someone at my grocer gave me the idea. -Moon


Cleaning Your Clothes

  • DO and a DON’T I have tried Howard Products, Feed-N-Wax on furniture, but did not like the results; however, I now use this on my tennis shoes (sneakers) as a way to keep them nice and bright and to (seriously) ward-off the (rain) waters. I dab a small amount onto the shoes and then rub-in with a soft cloth. Works well - and I like it! -antitqt
  • DO Use tennis balls in the dryer to keep your sheets from balling up and not drying. -FoilyDoily
  • DO use old fashioned aerosol hair spray to get ink marks out of washable clothing. -Ellen
  • DO hand wash wool and cashmere sweaters in your favorite shampoo and conditioner. -Ellen
  • DO use aluminum foil in your dryer if you run out of dryer sheets. It eliminates static for pennies on the dollar. -Edie Beale’s Costume


Cleaning Everything Else

  • DO Use a Q-tip soaked in vinegar to clean up leaked, dried battery acid. -teapot
  • DON’T mix bleach and ammonia. -Snacktastic
  • DO Aerosol hairspray will get a pen mark off of the wall (thanks, Internet!) -ziggybloodlust
  • DO Straight hydrogen peroxide works for getting blood out of carpet or fabric. Spray or pour it on, then rinse. If you’re using it on carpet, apply it then use a wet/dry vac. -TheAmiableSlut



  • DO Use toilet paper rolls to stack bangles vertically and save space. -teapot
  • DO/DON’T Store nail polish in the fridge to make it last longer. -teapot|MCMonkeyBean (we’re split on this one, just like the rest of the internet)
  • DO Try the Kon Mari method. If you’ve read about it and are intrigued but skeptical, do buy her book and read the whole thing. The entire method can seem a little daunting but I am here to say we’ve been at it for weeks now and show no signs of wavering. Particularly useful parts of Konmari for me (other than purging all your shit which I recommend): 1) the folding method is revolutionary; 2) using boxes to organize items within closets and drawers is a game changer. My spices are no longer a mess. My junk closet isn’t junk anymore. I have so much more space that I always had but was filled with nonsense. - TyrannosaurusBataar


Home Repair

  • DO Hinge loose because the hole it’s supposed to be drilled into is stripped out? Stick as many wood toothpicks as needed into and re-screw your screw. No need to even cut them short. Just put them in and then snap them off by hand. See also this. -Garden Marvel


Personal Care

  • DO Via a massage therapist, use a tennis ball to roll out cramps in your calves. -teapot
  • DO I like using foaming hand cleanser. The product germ-X foaming (alcohol free) hand sanitizer is okay, but it’s way too harsh for my gentle dannies (hands); however, the container is excellent at producing foaming cleanser. When the container is empty, I refill it with a fifty-fifty solution of White Rain KIDS 3 in 1 (tear-free) (watermelon wave) shampoo-conditioner-body wash and tap water. This mixture provides a super-rich and very-nice batch of foaming hand cleanser that has a nice odor and dries quickly without addtional water or even a towel. This works really well, is inexpensive, and most pleasant to use. I like it - I really do! -antitqt