household

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.


Get Rid Of That 'Old Book Smell' With Cornflour

If you have some books that have been sitting around in the garage, they might pick up “old book smell”. Sprinkling some cornflour helps get rid of the smell without damaging the book.


Use A Drill And Auger Bit To Install Landscape Lighting Into Impacted Dirt

Many landscape lights come with an attached plastic spike so you can install them in the ground. But not all ground is soft enough to easily drive these spikes. Using an auger bit you can drill out a hole to hold your lights.


Train Your Kids To Follow Specific Protocols When Working From Home

Kids have a knack for demanding attention at the worst moments, especially for the parent who works from home. Practise specific work scenarios, like conference calls, so your children remember how to behave when they really happen.


Ten Simple Tips To Make Food Taste Better

Sometimes it’s the small touches that make the biggest difference when you’re in the kitchen. Here are some simple tips from America’s Test Kitchen for prepping, cooking and seasoning designed to boost flavour in everyday cooking.


Wash Chilli Oil Off Your Hands With Bicarb Soda

If you aren’t careful with hot peppers like jalapeños, you’ll get the burning oils on your hands. Ouch. Once on your hands, they will transfer anywhere. Double ouch. Clean up those hands with some bicarb soda.


Mark Your Screwdrivers For Easy Identification

In most tool bags, screwdrivers are stored tip down for easy access, but it can make identifying them a guessing game. Mark a “+” or “-” on a phillips or slotted screwdriver for easy identification.


Dust Right After Returning From Holiday For A Longer-Lasting Clean

Dusting is my least favourite household chore. Here’s a tip to get more bang for your dusting buck: If you’re away for any significant period, like a holiday, dust as soon as you get back. The air has settled, you’ll pick up more dust, and you’ll get a longer-lasting clean before you have to dust again.