household

Wash Your Towels Every 3-5 Uses For Best Results

Some of you may wait until your towels smell funky to wash them. As it turns out, it’s better to launder towels pretty frequently — ideally, after every 3-5 uses.


LittleBits' Smart Home Kit Makes Home Automation Easy

We’re fans of littleBits, the DIY kits that make electronics as easy to make as LEGOs. Now there’s also a new Smart Home Kit that extends that ease into home automation.


Go Ahead And Use Soap To Clean Your Cast Iron Pan

The image above from Serious Eats might be making more than a few of you shudder. Conventional wisdom (myth) says that you should never use soap to clean cast iron because it will damage the seasoning.


Build A Bathroom Cup Dispenser From A Tall Beer Can

Cheap cup dispensers don’t last long, and quality ones can get a little pricey. Make a wall mounted cup dispenser for free with a tall beer can.


Foods You Shouldn't Refreeze After Thawing

Freezing food is a great way to keep it fresh when you buy it in bulk, but refreezing is a completely different story. Here are a few foods that are just fine to freeze, but shouldn’t ever be refrozen after they have already been thawed one time.


Create A 'Lunchbox Zone' To Prevent Snack Thieves At Home

When you have kids in the house, you’ll often want to pack a treat or two with their lunch. Those sugary or salty snacks will tempt the kids, though, not to mention some adults. Creating a “lunchbox zone” in the pantry may help curb snacking.


Use A 'Donation Station' To Downsize Your Clutter

We all have stuff around the house that we’re not using, like clothes that no longer fit or a book you’ve finished reading. Create a “donation station” in your house, so even outgoing clutter has a place.


Clean Your Hardwood Floors And Hide Scratches With Black Tea

Black tea is a tasty, uplifting drink, but it also has other uses around the house. If you have hardwood flooring, you can put together a large batch of black tea to use for cleaning and disguising scratches.


Tackle Dirty Dishes In Small Sessions With The 'One Soapy Sponge' Rule

Your dishes are starting to pile up in your sink. Instead of putting off washing them because it seems like too much work, just clean as many as you can with one soapy sponge.


Ask LH: How Can I Deal With Flies, Moths And Other Bugs?

Hi Lifehacker, Bug season is coming again — yesterday I was invaded by two friendly massive flies. I’m living in a share house so my time out of the room is limited. How can I avoid/limit bugs coming into my room? It would be nice to be able to work without the bugs saying hi every four seconds in front of my face.