Household Hints and Tips

Bring order to your household with handy hints and timely tips to do everything faster and better.

Whether you need to clean house, cut clutter or get organized, these daily tips will help clean up life on the home front.

Shampoo Solution: Rubber Band

Sleepy in the shower, it's easy to mistake the shampoo for the conditioner, and vice versa. Tired of squinting at the bottles in the steam? Wrap a rubber band around the shampoo bottle to find it by feel, every time.

Bring Dishwashers Back To Full Power

Dishwasher not doing the job these days? Detergent tablets may be to blame! Shreds of tablet packaging can find their way into dishwasher sprayers and block tiny holes that spray the dishes. Remove sprayer arms and clear any blockages to restore the dishwasher's cleaning power.

Make Ice With Recycled Milk Cartons

Need ice for summer events? Turn to the humble milk carton! As you empty them, drain, rinse and refill square milk cartons with clean water. Leave an inch in the top for expansion, then tuck into the freezer. Use frozen cartons whole to cool ice chests. For crushed ice, turn the cartons sideways and smack smartly against a concrete floor on all sides, then tear open the top and pour. Energy saving bonus: keeping freezers full cuts energy use.

Clean BBQ Grills Fast and Cheap

Before picnic season enters full swing, it's time to clean the barbecue grill. To do so, line a plastic garbage bag with paper towels, and insert grills. Spray grills with a mixture of 2 parts ammonia and 1 part water. Close bag and allow to stand overnight; open carefully, then wash grease-free grills with hot water and detergent before use.