Home Hacks that Will Upgrade Your Life and Save You Thousands

Julia Clum - January 12, 2023
Save Money in Summer with a DIY Air Conditioner

DIY Your Air Conditioner

Humidity and high temperatures are torture in the summer, not to mention the AC bills. if you’re tired of paying outrageous AC bills, this is the hack for you. Grab a bucket, and fill it with cold or icy water. Set a round fan on top of the mouth of the bucket, small enough so it balances but big enough so it won’t fall in. The cold air will be blown by the fan, cooling you and your house. With a little bit of time and creativity, you can have free AC.

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Don’t Throw Away Soap Scraps

Don’t throw away those final shards of soap! Collect them and make a new bar. Break the scraps into quarter-sized pieces. Put the soap into a pot with water. Turn your stove up to medium-high heat. Don’t let it boil over, but let the mixture simmer for a few minutes. The soap and water will begin to bond together. Stir often. Drain the water from the soap, mush it into small jars or bowls, and now you have a new soap bar! It’s recommended to grease the containers before adding the soap for easier removal.

Soda Can Wi-Fi : 5 Steps (with Pictures) - Instructables

Increase Wi-Fi Speed with a Soda Can

Soda cans are good for more than holding a delicious beverage. You’ve probably heard that tinfoil can improve Wi-Fi, but so can soda cans. Clean a can, and pull off the tab. Carefully cut off the bottom of the can. Go very slowly for this part; it’s easy to cut yourself. The base for your Wi-Fi booster will be the top of the can. Cut a horizontal cut similar to the one at the bottom, but leave enough metal to keep everything in one piece. Cut the side of the can so you can unroll the cylinder. Attach it to your router, and you’re all done!

Install a Rain Barrel for Free Water

Collect Rain Water

Water bills can add up, so don’t use your hose to water your garden. Use the free water in the sky! The easiest way is to just leave out some buckets when it rains. You can also utilize your gutter system with a rain barrel. There’s no reason to spend your hard-earned money on water when Mother Nature is giving it to you for free. Even just setting a few cups outside your window for your indoor plants saves money.

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Trim Your Shower Curtain

Shower curtains will always gain mildew at some point. You may try your best to wash the curtain, but eventually, the mold will take over. Eventually, replacing it becomes easier than cleaning it. However, if you keep a sharp eye out for early mildew signs, you can greatly extend your curtain’s longevity. If you notice the beginnings of mildew at the bottom of the curtain, trim the bottom edge off. The grime can’t inch its way up when you trim.


Install a Ceiling Fan

Before you crank up the AC, have you tried turning on the fan? If you don’t have ceiling fans, consider installing one. Ceiling fans are a much cheaper alternative than fussing with AC. They keep rooms surprisingly cool. If you have a fire going on in the winter, turning on a ceiling fan keeps the heat from rising, which in turn makes you much warmer. Furthermore, if you get a fan that runs clockwise, it can go even further in keeping the house warm.


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Use Spray-On Fabric Protector

If you have kids or pets, you know just how easy it is to scratch, damage, or stain furniture. You can’t stop every spill and stain, but you can prevent the damage from being permanent. Purchasing a spray-on fabric protector can save money on future repairs. They provide a barrier onto the fabric that causes spills and liquids to roll off instead of absorbing. Since these protectors are dry clear and odorless, no one will even know it’s there. Your furniture will last longer and look better.


Mythbusters: Ants and cinnamon | Ehrlich Pest Control Blog

Stop Ant Invasions with Cinnamon

Despite never being invited in, bugs love to sneak into your house. If you’ve noticed a recent infestation of ants, you can stop them in their tracks with cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon wherever you notice them. Ants can’t stand the strong smell and will avoid the area. Cinnamon can also work as a natural pesticide. A dash in a plant pot or garden will deter aphids and other common pests. Your house and garden will remain pest-free.