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Home Hacks I Bet You Already Have

So, you’re going to see the actual list below, but I decided to look up some home hacks using things you more than likely already have around your home, and I was shocked!

Things like aluminum foil, tennis balls, and even old stockings/tights that you have in your drawer can all be used in different ways around your home.

During these times, it’s seemed like it’s more important than ever to not only save money, but to reuse and recycle items as much as we can. Doing so of course helps our environment.

So, check out my list of different things you can use around your home. I’m really hoping that it helps you with the next small or even big project that you might have coming up!

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And Since I Know You Can’t Wait For Those Home Hacks…

Tennis balls on a racket

Description automatically generated with low confidenceIf you’re anything like me, you’re already really wondering what I have up my sleeve on this. Well, I’m not the type of gal that will keep you waiting, so here you go!

Check around your home first for the following items:

Tennis ball

Aluminum foil

Nail polish

Metal spoons

Olive oil

Old tights/pantyhose (you will want new ones for some things)


Petroleum jelly (you know, Vaseline)

Baking soda

Now, if you have any or all of these items, check out the stuff you can do with them!

Tennis Balls

  • Floor protectors: Cut into the tennis balls and then put them at the bottom of chair legs. This will protect your floors from scratches and scrapes. Match with the décor by spray painting them before they are attached.
  • Parking aids: A simple method for knowing when to brake when driving into your garage is by tying an old tennis ball to the roof of your garage. This will help you figure out the spot you need to brake and park instead of bumping the back wall.

Aluminum Foil

  • Scrubber: To make this handy tool, scrunch up some used foil and use it to clean tough stains off pots and pans.
  • Scarecrow: Birds are not big fans of foil, so it makes the perfect bird repellant. Cut some pieces of foil and hang them in fruit trees to protect the produce. If you feel a little guilty about scaring off the winged creatures, just put a feeder in the garden for them. That way, everyone’s happy.
  • Speed up ironing: Place a layer of foil under your ironing board cover. This makes ironing faster and more efficient.

Nail polish

  • Seal envelopes: You can seal or reseal an envelope by painting clear nail varnish along the top and pressing down.
  • Thread needles: Dip the end of a piece of thread in nail varnish and leave to dry for a minute. This makes threading the needle so much easier.
  • Color code keys: Use different colored nail varnish to color code the tops of your keys.

Metal spoons

  • Reduces eye puffiness: If you wake up in the morning with puffy eyes this is a great solution. Just put a metal spoon in the fridge overnight and when you wake up use it to reduce puffiness around tired eyes.

Olive oil

  • Skin softener: Apply a small amount of olive oil to your face and body and see fast moisturising results.
  • Furniture polish: Use a small amount on a duster to get wooden furniture gleaming.


  • Dusters: Tights make great dusters because of their soft fibres.
  • Food strainers: If you have spare or new unused tights you can use it as a food strainer.
  • Soap tidy: To stop soap sliding around, store them in a pair of tights. Cut the feet off your tights, pop bars of soap inside and tie up.


  • Cleans tricky areas: To get to all those hard-to-reach areas, an old toothbrush is perfect. Remove grout grime and clean the soles of your shoes with this DIY cleaner.
  • Groom brows: Instead of investing in a brow-grooming tool, a cheap toothbrush will get brows neat and tidy.

Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)

  • Loosens up drawers and hinges: Stop squeaking doors and drawers by rubbing petroleum jelly on the outside corners of drawers and hinges.

Baking soda

  • Boosts laundry power: Adding half a cup of baking soda to your laundry powder will make clothes cleaner and the detergent last longer.
  • DIY air freshener: Make your own natural air freshener by placing baking soda in a jar and mixing with essential oils. Place some cloth over the top and secure with an elastic band.

About Victoria

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