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We live in a mechanical world and work around a hectic schedule, so we are all in for shortcuts. Any little tip or trick that makes our lives easier comes off as a major advantage at times. Life hacks also provide an alternative to time-consuming activities and get the work done in a productive and efficient way. 

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Listed below are 10 incredible life hacks that make life so much easier. 

1. Vinegar as a cleaning agent

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Rubbing those stains and dirt off kitchen countertops and steel appliances can be a bit taxing. Your regular cleaning agent may not do the needful, and that’s when vinegar comes to the rescue. Mixing vinegar with water in a ratio of 1:2 will help you keep your kitchen spick and span. 

2. Make lemons last longer

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If the lemons you’ve stored in your refrigerator dry off quickly, transfer them to a jar of water and set them aside. It will remain as fresh as a daisy until the next use. But make sure you change the water every week. 

3. Eliminate bad odour from shoes 

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If your shoe smells to high heaven, simply toss a tea bag inside your shoe to get rid of the bad odour. It acts as a natural deodorizer and lifts the odour in a snap.

4. Ward off ants with cinnamon 

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If ants wander all over your kitchen and you do not like the idea of using insecticide chalk around food items, make use of cinnamon powder to barricade the area. It is an effective repellent as the essence of cinnamon suffocates the ants.

5. Rooting rose cuttings

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If your rose cuttings are taking a lifetime to grow roots, insert the bottom ends into a potato. The moisture content and other nutrients in the potato will stimulate the root cells and enable them to develop healthy roots. 

6. Cleaning wood with olive oil

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If your wooden furniture needs a glow-up, do not spend a fortune on wood cleaners. Make use of olive oil; rubbing a few drops will do the trick. 

7. No more rusty razor blades

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If the metal on your razor blade has rusted and become dull, it is because of the oxidation of water. Therefore, store your razor in a bottle of olive oil to prevent your blades from rusting. 

8. Remove water rings with mayonnaise 

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If your OCD self cannot stand the sight of watermark rings on your wooden table, make use of mayonnaise to get rid of the marks. Put some mayo on the mark and let it rest for about half an hour.  Wipe it off with a soft cloth and there you have it!

9. Make herbs last longer


Storing fresh herbs in the refrigerator, as such, will only dry them out in no time. Leave the bottom of the stem in a glass of water and cover the rest with a loose plastic bag so that it stays afresh. 

10. Get rid of carpet stains with salt 

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Every time you spill something on your carpet or tablecloth, do not panic and blame your butterfingers. Quickly get some salt and put it on the stain so that it absorbs the liquid at once. 

All these tips and tricks can be done with just regular household items. Make use of these DIY hacks to save time, money, and toil. Let us know which one worked the best for you in the comment section. 

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