Life hacks to save you time and money

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Reusing and repurposing things can not only save you time but money, too. From keeping your earbuds untangled to making your own carpet deodorizer, here are some of my favorite life hacks -- tricks to make your life simpler.

Keeping earbuds untangled

I hate when I go to use my earbuds and they are all tangled up. By using a binder clip, you keep those earbuds tangle-free. Just wind up your earbuds and place binder clip around the circle and, voila! No tangled buds. If you want to get fancy, you can even hang them up using a thumbtack and the binder clip end to hang them.

Make your bananas last longer

Save money by making your bananas last longer with this simple trick. When you get home from the store simply wrap the stems of your bananas with either plastic wrap or tape. By making those stems not exposed, it will take slow down the ripening process.

Homemade dishwasher soap

I do not like spending money on household cleaners. I personally think it is a waste of money. You can make your own cleaners for a lot less than you would spend to buy the commercial stuff. Plus, when you make your own cleaning products, you using natural ingredients like baking soda, lemons and vinegar -- things that do not contain any dangerous chemicals.

Here is a tested recipe I found for making dishwasher soap. The cost is 2 cents per load

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 5 packets unsweetened lemonade

Mix it all together in a tight container for storage. When ready, use 1 teaspoon per load. If your dishes are really dirty use 2 teaspoons.

Homemade carpet cleaner

Have your carpets smelling fresh without having to spend a lot of money and or use any harsh chemicals.

Take an old container that will allow you sprinkle your freshener when needed. Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda, 20 drops of tea tree oil and 20 drops of lavender essential oil in the shaker. Shake it all up. Let it sit for 24 hours.

When you are ready to vacuum shake the freshener on your carpet, let it sit for 10 minutes and then vacuum away.

I think you will be very impressed with how clean and fresh your house smells. It's s simple, frugal solution to help you save money. Carpet freshener from the store will cost you about $1.75; the homemade recipe will cost you 50 cents for a batch. 

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