Having a clean, tidy home is something we all strive for. Not only is it nice to observe but being able to live in a clutter-free environment can also have a positive impact on our happiness and productivity.
In this blog post on cheap DIY home organization hacks, we’ll be sharing four simple household hacks that can be used to transform your home into an organized, tidy space that you can be proud of. All four of these home hacks are easy to put together and require just a few items that you’ll be able to find around your home.
In addition to this, they’re all completely natural and don’t require the use of chemicals or other harmful ingredients that are often found in over-the-counter household products. Read on to create a clean and tidy home that you will be proud of.
Home Hack 1 – Create a Safe and Efficient Plastic Bottle Housefly Trap
Houseflies are a common household pest. They can carry hundreds of disease-causing microorganisms which can cause cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, and much more. This poses a real threat to our family, especially to our children. Houseflies feed on liquid or semi-liquid items and foods that are touched by saliva. They are commonly active during the daytime and are said to rest during nighttime. Domestic waste often attracts houseflies and they often multiply rapidly in domestic waste.
While you can use chemicals to protect your home from houseflies, this is not advisable because these chemicals can be harmful to your family members, particularly your children. In this tutorial, we will be showing you a safe and efficient way of eliminating houseflies. This is a family-friendly solution that is simple, inexpensive, and efficient.
To start, gather all the materials needed for this efficient housefly trap:
- a big empty 2L PET bottle
- a cup of raw brown sugar
- a cup of white vinegar
- a cup of distilled water
- a roll of duct tape
- a pair of scissors
- a cutter
Step 1: Clean the PET bottle under a tap of running water. This will clean the insides and remove traces of unwanted liquid from it.
Step 2: Remove the label of the PET bottle using a cutter.
Step 3: Cut around the upper third of the PET bottle.
Step 4: Remove the bottle cap of the PET bottle.
Step 5: Flip the upper third of the PET bottle upside down, then insert it into the remaining two-thirds of the PET bottle.
Step 6: Slowly push the upper part down into the lower part of the bottle. This will create a snug fit between the two parts.
Step 7: Create several vertical cuts on the inner part where the mouth of the bottle is located. This will allow the upper third of the bottle to tightly fit into the lower part of the bottle.
Step 8: Tightly wrap duct tape around the edges on top of the PET bottle. Make sure that the duct tape has some excess on the topmost part of it.
Step 9: Create vertical cuts on the excess tape on top.
Step 10: Tape the excess pieces of tape that you’ve just cut onto the insides of the housefly bottle trap one by one.
Step 11: Pour the raw brown sugar through the upside-down mouth part of the housefly bottle trap.
Step 12: Pour a cup of white vinegar through the upside-down mouth part of the housefly bottle trap.
Step 13: Pour a glass of distilled water through the upside-down mouth part of the housefly bottle trap.
Step 14: Shake the fly trap bottle to homogenize the mixture inside.
Step 15: Now the housefly bottle trap is finished and ready to use. You can now place it anywhere in your house.
This housefly trap is very efficient and safe to use. It can be placed in the garden, the kitchen, or even in the living room if you have houseflies that lurk around. This is safe for homes that have kids since you’ll have used organic materials that would not cause any harm at all to humans. Once you have a considerable amount of houseflies inside, dispose of your existing housefly trap and create a new one.
Home Hack 2 – Effectively Remove Bottle or Jar Labels
Mother Earth acquires huge amounts of waste every day, from all parts of the globe. A lot of non-government organizations are raising awareness to us in order to control the growing problem of global warming. Global warming is the increase in the presence of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere that can lead to an increase in sea temperature. This increase in temperature is bad for the planet because it contributes to the melting of the polar ice caps. One of the best ways to combat global warming is to recycle where possible to reduce the amount of household waste that you produce.
Most people eat three to four times a day and a lot of the food they consume comes in bottles and jars. These bottles and jars can be recycled and used as containers for your home organization plans. You just need to clean them and remove the labels.
These labels are quite tough to remove unless you have the right formula. This tutorial will teach you how to prepare a formula that makes labels very easy to remove and leaves you with a fresh, clean bottle or jar. So, if you are into cheap DIY home organization hacks and are looking for good containers to use, follow the instructions below.
To start, gather all the materials needed for this home hack tutorial:
- a bottle or jar with a label
- a deep bowl of any kind
- 2 to 3 cups of warm water (this depends on how deep your bowl is)
- a box of pure baking soda
- a popsicle stick or any other mixing device
- a clean towel
Step 1: Pour the warm water into the deep bowl.
Step 2: Pour 3 to 5 teaspoonfuls of pure baking soda into the deep bowl. You can also make some approximations here. Just make sure that the mixture is somewhat concentrated.
Step 3: Homogenize the mixture thoroughly using the popsicle stick or mixing device.
Step 4: Place your jar or bottle with the label in the warm water mixture.
Step 5: Add some more warm water to the deep bowl to submerge the bottle or jar. You can fill the deep bowl until the water reaches the upper marker. The deeper your bottle or jar is submerged the faster the label removal process will be.
Step 6: Rotate the bottle or jar from time to time. This will allow you to remove the bottle or jar label evenly.
Step 7: Submerge the bottle or the jar in the warm water mixture for about 2 to 3 hours, making sure you continue to rotate it.
Step 8: Carefully peel off the label of the jar or the bottle. This will be a lot easier now since the bond of the paste which attaches the label to the bottle or jar will now be broken.
Step 9: Continue submerging the jar or the bottle if you have stubborn parts.
Step 10: Once the label is fully removed, remove the jar or the bottle from the mixture and wash it with running tap water. This will clean both the insides and the external wall of the bottle or jar.
Step 11: Wipe dry the bottle or the jar using a clean towel.
Step 12: Fill the clean bottle or jar with the items that you intend to store.
Step 13: Close the cap of the bottle or jar tightly. You now have a clean bottle or jar that is perfect for your home organization’s needs.
You don’t need to spend any money buying organizational jars or bottles in the market because all you need is several empty bottles or jars. Once you have these bottles or jars, clean them using the method above to make them presentable enough aesthetically. You can also put some tags on the cap to avoid confusion, especially if you are planning to use these bottles or jars to store kitchen powders like cornstarch, flour, or sugar which all look the same when seen from afar.
Home Hack 3 – Effectively Remove Yellowish Marks from Your Mug
Are you tired of seeing those yellow or brown stains in your favorite mug? As much as you want to stop drinking coffee, you just can’t help it! So why bother? These stubborn stains can be removed in less than an hour!
Coffee and tea produce a substance that reacts with the material of the mug and, in turn, becomes a big yellow or brown stain. Brown stains are the stubborn or old ones while the yellow stains are the new ones. This process that we are teaching you will remove the yellow stains easily, but can also be used for brown stubborn stains. For brown and stubborn stains, we recommend using the following process and leaving it overnight for maximum results.
This process is totally safe and is tough on stains. This is also a budget way of fixing minimal problems like these in the kitchen. So if you are ready to clean those stains and bring back the glorious look of your mug, then let us begin!
Prepare all the materials needed for this home hack tutorial:
- a mug with yellowish marks on its mouth
- a glass of water
- a box of pure baking soda
- a clean towel
Step 1: Put a drop or two of water on the area of concern in the mug.
Step 2: Get a pinch of pure baking soda and apply it to the wet surface of the area of concern. Add more baking soda when needed. Scrub the wet area thoroughly using your bare hands. Do this for at least 5 minutes. The length of time would depend on the severity of the stain on your mug.
Step 3: Add another drop of water to the stained part of the mug and repeat the same process. Be generous in applying the baking soda and make sure to put some force on it when scrubbing to make it more effective.
Step 4: Do not forget to do the same thing on the inner walls of the concerned area. You must fully remove the stain inside and outside of the mug for best results.
Step 5: Wash the mug thoroughly under running tap water and make sure that the baking soda residues are fully removed.
Step 6: Wipe dry the mug and you are now good to go!
Now you don’t need to throw away your yellow-stained mugs because you can now fix this problem of yours in minutes. This home hack will save you the time, effort, and budget of getting a new set of mugs again for your coffee or tea time. The chances of obtaining yellow stains will depend on how often you drink coffee or tea using this mug. So just sit back, relax, and have some fun using your revived mug!
If you’d rather use a commercial product instead of a DIY method, Champion Supplies offers the biodegradable and phosphate-free Ultra-Concentrated Degreaser, which can get rid of even the toughest mug stains imaginable.
Home Hack 4 – Make an Eco-Friendly Vitamins Organizer
A vitamin is an organic compound that contains vital nutrients that a person or any organism requires in small amounts. Some of the most commonly used vitamins are vitamin C or ascorbic acid which may protect against diseases such as the common cold and the flu, and the B vitamins which may support a healthy metabolism. Vitamins are commonly sold in pharmacies and some markets. They are available over the counter because they are considered to be a supplement and not an antibiotic.
As we get older, we may need more vitamins to keep us going. Though age is just a number, getting old means our system may be slowing down in the production of the required chemicals in our body. In order to maintain the level of chemicals we need in our bodies, we may need to take these vitamins. There is a saying that “prevention is better than cure” and this is especially true when it comes to vitamins. They could protect against future health problems before they occur.
However, if you’re taking multiple vitamins, it can be difficult to keep track of everything you need for the day. A vitamins organizer is a perfect solution to this and allows you to keep track of all your vitamins in a storage container that’s mobile and easy to access. That’s what we’ll be showing you how to make in this tutorial.
To begin, gather all the materials needed for this home hack tutorial:
- a clean, empty milk carton
- a roll of aluminum foil
- several pieces of newspaper
- a red acrylic paint
- a paintbrush
- an inch in width floral ribbon
- a hot glue gun
- a cutter
Step 1: Remove one big side of the milk carton using a sharp cutter.
Step 2: Wipe the insides of the milk carton to assure that it is totally clean. You may use a piece of tissue for this part.
Step 3: Roll a piece of newspaper spreadsheet lengthwise.
Step 4: Tightly twine each of the rolled pieces of newspaper.
Step 5: Create 5 to 6 pieces of the twine newspaper. The numbers will depend on the size of your milk carton.
Step 6: Wrap the twine newspaper around the shortest side of the milk carton. Generously apply hot glue every 2 inches to hold the twine to the walls permanently.
Step 7: Continue wrapping the walls of the milk carton until you completely cover it with twine newspapers.
Step 8: The box should look like this when properly done.
Step 9: Paint the twine newspaper layers with the red acrylic paint.
Step 10: You can do a second coating if you like and let the paint dry for an hour or two before proceeding to the next step.
Step 11: Create a bow from the floral ribbon.
Step 12: Use the scissors to make a diagonal cut at the ends of the bow.
Step 13: Hot glue the floral bow at the middle of the box’s longest side.
Step 14: Now you’re done. You can now place your vitamins and other supplements on the eco-friendly organizer box.
This organizer makes taking your supplements and vitamins a lot easier because instead of having them scattered around the home, they’re all stored in an easy-to-remember, accessible container. Not only will this home hack save you lots of time and effort but you also won’t miss out on any vitamins or supplements.
We hope you have enjoyed these cheap DIY home organization hacks!
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