13 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Use Vaseline

Petroleum jelly, a.k.a. Vaseline, is primarily used for protecting skin in all sorts of ways. Super chapped lips from the winter weather? Shriveled, dried up elbows not looking so cute? Noticing that your baby has diaper rash? Maybe you have a nasty little cut you can’t get to heal?

That’s right — Vaseline is the solution for all of the above. Since it’s a triple-filtered substance that’s free from impurities, it’s ideal for any and all skin problems you’ve got.

But there are so many other creative ways you can use this bathroom staple beyond your skin care needs! Here are 13 brilliant ways you can use Vaseline that you never thought to try before:

1. Prep Your Fragrance

You love your signature scent, but you hate how it’s worn off before dinner’s even over. A quick way to keep your fragrance lingering for longer is first prepping your neck and your wrists with a little Vaseline. Spray on your perfume after this step and prepare to smell amazing all night.

2. Unstick a zipper

How annoying is it when you’re rushing out the door and you’re stopped by a stuck zipper? It’s basically the worst way to start your day. Well, by putting a dab of Vaseline on the zipper and tugging hard, you’ll find that it will again run smoothly and get you to work on time.

3. Hair treatment

If unruly eyebrows, out-of-control frizz, or even unsightly dead ends are getting you down, your hair just needs a little Vaseline treatment. Putting a little Vaseline on hair can tame your strands and applying it to your tips will help prevent future breakage.

4. Fix Shoe Scuffs

We hate it went you notice a nasty scuff on a nice, patent leather shoe. But don’t assume your shoes are done for; simply dip a cotton swap in Vaseline and rub the scuff to get them looking good as new.

5. Get a Cleaner Paint Job

Paint entire nightstand with chosen wood paint

When you’re painting the house yourself, one of your big concerns if probably accidentally painting things that AREN’T your walls, like your door hinges, keyholes, and other household hardware. All you have to do is follow the advice of Allison Griffith of Refunk My Junk, and simply cover them in Vaseline to keep the paint where it should be.

6. Get a Cleaner Manicure

Likewise, this technique works for a professional-looking manicure, too! Byrdie recommends applying a little Vaseline to the cuticles with a cotton swab to keep polish off your skin, leaving you with a fresh finished product.

7. Quiet Squeaky Hinges

Image of door hinge.

Rather than spend money on an expensive spray lubricant to quiet your squeakiest door, try using Vaseline for a cheap, less messy method. Vaseline works just as well because it gets deep into the hinge and adheres well.
With the door closed, remove the hinge pins. Then over them with a light coat of Vaseline and dab some in the top of the pin slot. Then simply put the pin back in place, wipe off any excess Vaseline and enjoy your silent doors.

8. Remove Makeup

Anyone who cares about their skin knows that it’s crucial to take off your makeup, like clockwork, every night. But if you’re out of makeup remover, don’t just hit the hay with a full face on! Use Vaseline as a DIY makeup remover in a pinch.

9. Insect Repellent

Image of mosquito on skin.

Flies, mosquitos, gnats and other small insects don’t stand a chance against the sticky depths of petroleum jelly. According to R. L. Eadens on the consumer knowledge website Knoji, Vaseline works wonders at preventing bug bites. Rub it on your arms and legs next time you go hiking or camping and you’ll head home bite-free.

10. Remove Watermarks

Does your friend repeatedly put his glass on your wood table after you’ve reminded him to use a coaster? No need to freak out, you can remove any watermarks on wood by applying a layer of Vaseline to the stain and waiting overnight. Wipe the Vaseline up the next morning and you’ll be pleased to see your table sans stain.

11. Customize Your Makeup

Image of makeup

Makeup addicts, you’ll love this hack. You can turn any of your favorite loose makeup into cream eye shadow or blush by mixing them with Vaseline. You can also make a tinted lip balm this way or a dewy highlighter this way.

12. Remove Makeup Stains

Have a stubborn makeup stain on the color of your favorite white shirt? Dab a bit of Vaseline on a damp washcloth and rub the stain. It will lift right off. The trick also works for pillows, blankets, and sheets.

13. Fix a scratched phone screen

The most epic hack of all. With a little Vaseline, there’s no need to spend lots of money repairing your scratched phone screen. All you have to do is fill the scratch with Vaseline and then wipe off the excess, but be careful not to press the Vaseline into the phone itself. This article on WikiHow explains this works because Vaseline has the same density as the LCD face of your phone.

Here Are 4 Genius Ways to Use Coffee Filters

When you see coffee filters in the grocery store, you automatically assume their purpose is to help make your morning pot of coffee. It seems like the obvious response, right? But even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you’ll want to pick up some filters after watching this video! Coffee filters can be used in some seriously clever ways around the house – none of which have anything to do with brewing a pot of java. Watch the video below to see what surprising things coffee filters can do for you – then run out and buy some, of course!

Who knew coffee filters were so versatile? We didn’t know that these unassuming little filters could do half of the helpful things they’re capable of.

Here’s a few ways you can use coffee filters around the house:

FRESHENING UP THE FRIDGE

People say to put a whole box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb the smells…but why waste a whole box when you can make your very own anti-smell pouches uses coffee filters?

Fill the filters with 2-3 tsp. of baking soda, then tie the filter together with a rubber band to form a pouch. Replace it whenever you start to smell nasty smells again.

MAKE YOUR OWN DRYER SHEETS

Don’t waste money on endless dryer sheets – make your own!

Soak your coffee filter in vinegar (vinegar has antibacterial cleaning properties like no other) and drop on some essential oils to give it a nicer smell. Wring the filter out so it’s not soaked, then toss it in your dryer for clean, lovely smelling clothes.

USE INSTEAD OF PAPER TOWEL

Surprisingly, coffee filters clean messes just as well as paper towels do – some might argue that they clean up messes even better!

Why? Well, for one thing, they’re smaller, so you’re not wasting quite as much paper towel as you would. Also, they don’t leave behind any lint! So you can use coffee filters to clean electronics screens and mirrors without leaving behind those white flecks we all hate.

BUTTER A SKILLET

Finally, coffee filters are the perfect thing to butter a skillet before cooking.

It’s crucial to get a pan greased up no matter what you’re making, so put some butter on a coffee filter and hold the other side. This will give you the best grip and the ability to cover the pan thoroughly in butter.

Make sure to check out One Good Thing by Jillee for other handy tips like this!

Do you use coffee filters in an unusual way? Share them in the comments section below.

Keep Wasps Away with a Brown Paper Bag

Nothing can ruin a cookout or picnic like a bunch of wasps crashing the party. But luckily, thanks to HouseholdHacker, we’ve got a simple solution for keeping wasps at bay. All it takes is a brown paper bag and some newspapers. Take a look:

This super-simple trick deters wasps because when wasps see other wasp nests, they stay away to avoid confrontation (we’re guessing this is true as we’ve never seen a wasp melee). And what’s great about this trick is that almost everyone reading this post has what it takes to mimic a wasp next somewhere in their own home.

Curious as to what wasp nests look like? Maybe not if you’re reading this post because you have a wasp problem and thus see their nest, but for those of you who want to see what they look like (or just like looking at wasp nests), you can view one here, here, and here.

Have you tried this trick? What do you think of it? Please let us know in the Comments below!

One Place You Should Never Put Your Feet in a Car

When you’re riding shotgun, it’s likely that you hop into the seat, kick off your shoes, and pop your feet up on the dashboard. Hey, that extra leg room is part of why people scramble to claim the front seat, right? But that habit of kicking up your heels and stretching out might be something to reconsider.

No one wants to get into a car accident, for many obvious reasons, but there is one position you ESPECIALLY don’t want to be caught in during impact: with your feet up on the dashboard.

Literally just thinking about that makes us queasy.

One terrible example of this situation is Audra Tatum, a woman who loved putting her feet up on the dash when your husband was driving. Her husband would tell her time and time again that she shouldn’t assume this position in the passenger’s seat, for her safety in case of an accident.

Tatum told CBS News that she would always respond to her husband’s concern with the assurance that she would have time to put her feet down if they ever got in a crash. Sadly, she had to learn the reality of this lesson the hard way.

Men's feet up on dashboard.

On August 2, 2015, Tatum’s theory would prove painfully wrong when the couple, who were traveling to Tatum’s parents’ home, were T-boned by another vehicle.

“The airbag went off, throwing my foot up and breaking my nose,” Tatum said. “I was looking at the bottom of my foot facing up at me. Basically my whole right side was broken, and it’s simply because of my ignorance. I’m not Superman. I couldn’t put my foot down in time.”

Besides her nose, Tatum also broke her ankle, femur, and arm in the crash. Unfortunately, she simply didn’t stand a chance trying to beat out the speed of your average airbag.

As the Chattanooga Fire Department explained in a Facebook post, airbags deploy at between 100 and 220 miles per hour and would likely “send your knees through your eye sockets.” Although this may not have been the case of Tatum, she still suffers from the injuries she incurred two years later.

She can no longer work in emergency medical services as she can no longer lift patients and cannot stand for more than four hours at a time.

“I keep telling everybody, you don’t want this life,” she said. “You don’t want the pain and agony every day.”

Passengers, be warned. The next time you call shotgun, be careful to keep your feet firmly on the ground, or else face potentially devasting consequences.

Leave a Glass of Water With Salt And Vinegar In Your Home And See The Changes In 24 Hours!

I really think that we can all agree on one thing – when everything isn’t working, home is usually the best place to be. Home is where we feel secure. But, did you know that if there is too much negative energy in our homes, it has a tangible effect on your emotions as well as health? Just take a look at the article below and find out more about this.

Can I ask you a simple question – do you often feel down when you are at home? Well, if your answer is YES, then you should definitely read the article below. Why – because in this article we’re going to show you how to cleanse your home from all negative energy and you’ll feel much better.

And remember – you cannot see energy with the naked eye, but you can certainly feel it as the energy of your home often reflects your own inner emotional state. It is time to banish those negative, sad and downright depressing vibes that can have a dramatic effect on your mood once and for all. Try this simple, but extremely effective homemade technique and drive all those negative energies away!

Note: this cleansing method is very simple and easy to make. You just have to follow the simple instructions.

You will need the following ingredients: 

  • 1 glass (it must be completely transparent)
  • White vinegar
  • Granulated salt
  • Water

Directions:

Here’s what you need to do – you just have to add a little salt, little vinegar and little water in the glass. Put the glass in some of the areas where you spend time the most and where other people visit you. And yes, you need to leave it there for 24 hours. After some time, check how the salt is acting, if the level only rose or the water overflew. Rinse the glass with plenty of water after 24 hours, and repeat the procedure whenever you think it’s necessary. Put it in all the areas of your home until the salt stops rising.

And, make sure you put the glass in an area where it could not be seen so that it manages to absorb the bad energies effectively! Use only a glass of water with grain salt and vinegar and get rid of all the negative energies surrounding you. And trust me – you’ll be amazed by the results. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good day.

Her Clever Tips Make It Easy to Clean Out Your Closet

One of the most important things to do during spring cleaning is clear out space in your closet. It’s also one of the most intimidating! Everybody’s had that moment where she’s stood in front of her closet, stared into the abyss of a mess, and decided, “Maybe tomorrow.”

No more! You’ve got space to reclaim, clothes to giveaway, and mystery items to throw out. All you need is some motivation and some guidance. Where else would we turn for both than cleaning expert Clean My Space? She’s showing us her closet cleaning routine, demonstrating the best way to tackle that nagging task. Watch and learn.

9 Ways to Use Tea Bags in Your Yard

Before you tip over your teapot and pour out the tea bags, consider this: they have more than one purpose. From beauty to cleaning to home health remedies, tea is a best-kept secret.

You may know about tea bag use as a remedy for eye afflictions, toothaches, or razor burn. But did you know that they’re good for greenery too? Wet, dry, open, or closed, tea bags make a great addition to all your plant-related endeavors.

Find out how to use one of the world’s most popular drinks in your garden. Check out this list of nine ways to give your tea some new life and make your plant game top notch.

  1. Compost

    compost pile

    Tea helps to speed up the decomposition process of organic matter. Paper or muslin tea bags can be added to the compost pile, provided you snatch the staples out first. For non-biodegradable tea bags, you can slit them open and use the moist tea leaves in your compost.

  2. Fertilizer

    Roses love it, and so do houseplants and garden plants like ferns; tea makes a nutrient rich fertilizer with its tannic acid and nitrogen-boosting properties. To use as a fertilizer, you can brew up some tea or mix damp black tea leaves into the soil or spread it around the base of the plant. Keep in mind that because of tea‘s acidity, it may not be beneficial for plants that require neutral or alkaline soil.

  3. Outdoor Remedies

    Step outside and you’re bound to run into some type of bodily hazard. Poison ivy, sunburn, or bug bites can all be treated with tea bags. For stings and bites, used a cooled tea bag as a compress to relieve itching, sting, and inflammation. With poison ivy or sunburn, you can either use the compress method, or make tea to add to lukewarm water in a bath. Soak up its healing properties.

  4. Garden Pests

    slug in garden

    Rodents don’t like the smell, nor do cats. Bugs and slugs can be kept at bay with some tea leaves sprinkled into the soil. Use dry tea leaves or a moist bag that’s been cut open. It is thought that the caffeine can keep pests from eating or urinating on your garden turf.

  5. Fungus Fighter

    Did you know tea has strong antifungal properties for plants? Water or spritz your outdoor and indoor plants with diluted brewed tea to prevent fungicide. In addition to black tea, chamomile holds a special place among gardeners for dispatching fungus from plants. Steep a few bags of chamomile tea for 16 to 24 hours before using as a spray or watering solution.

  6. Lawn Fixer

    Have a few empty patches on your lawn? Some folks soak grass seed in brewed tea before sprinkling in their yards. Others plant used tea bags into dirt with fresh grass seed. The moisture and nutrients from the bag help new grassy hairs to sprout.

  7. Sprout Seeds

    Speaking of sprouts, you can germinate seeds inside of teabags to get your plant party started! Dampen the bags just a bit, slice them open, and place one seed inside of each. Place them in sunlight and keep them moist until your seeds start to sprout.

  8. Water & Dirt Retainer

    tea bags

    Placed in the bottom of plant pots or containers, tea bags help to keep dirt in the pot and also to retain water. Planted in soil holes, the bags also help to keep roots moist upon planting seeds or transplants.

  9. Weed Killer

    Loose tea leaves or a bag of tea can be turned into a weed-killing concoction. Apply brewed black tea to weeds, or make a tea recipe of citrus (orange or grapefruit), tea, and water. Black tea steeped in a jar of vinegar with orange rind can also be used as a spray.

Enjoy your next cup of tea and save those bags for another purpose. Make your garden glorious with these tips and other DIY gardening remedies. Happy planting!

Have you ever used tea successfully to boost your green thumb? Which of these tricks would you try? Tell us in the comments!

The No-Sew Trick for Repairing Your Favorite T-Shirt

Did you know that you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite t-shirt just because you’ve worn a hole in it? That’s right—there is actually a way to repair the garment to a wearable condition all without touching that sewing machine. It’s the absolute easiest way to extend the life of those shirts because—get this—the process won’t take you more than 10 minutes!

Today’s helpful tip comes to us today from those needle and thread connoisseurs over at YouTube channel Professor Pincushion. Our host, Tova, will show us everything we need to know about successfully completing this idiot-proof no-sew patching technique.

But, before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s first gather together our materials:

  • Damaged shirt (hole should be in the shape of a pinhole, measuring to 5 millimeters or less)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Fusible bonding web
  • Cutaway stabilizer
  • Parchment paper
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Semi-iridescent pressed cloth
  1. Heat it up

    Turn your t-shirt inside out and place on the ironing board with the hole facing towards you. Iron the section of material on and around the hole until the area is completely wrinkle free. Once cool, use your finger to bring together the excess pieces of string around the hole so that it is completely covered.

  2. Prepare the repair

    t-shirt hole webbing

    Remove your t-shirt from the ironing board, then cover it with a piece of parchment paper—this will ensure that nothing sticks to the surface! Replace the tee, then take a 1-inch square of fusible bonding web and set it over the damaged area, followed by a slightly larger piece of cutaway stabilizer directly over it.

  3. Bandage up that hole

    Switch your iron to the wool setting—don’t worry about fabric damage, this method is safe for any cotton tee—then, gently place a white, semi-iridescent pressed cloth over the web and stabilizer, and dampen the area using a spray bottle.

    Once moistened, take your heated iron and place it directly on top of the damaged area. Our host tell us that there is no need to press or shift the cloth. Just place the iron on top for 10 seconds, then carefully remove so as not to disturb the webbing.

  4. Perform the finishing touches

    Remove the cloth and turn the tee inside out so that the ‘right’ side is facing you. Take a look at the hole; if you notice that not all loose threads have merged, repeat step one and gather the area together by using your fingers. Then, press the side with the iron once again.

    This process may take you a few tries, but once you get it, you will know—that unsightly hole will be completely gone!

We wish we had heard about this one a loooong time ago! To learn how to make a more permanent repair by using a simple needle and thread technique, be sure to click on Professor Pincushion’s video below!

What do you think of Professor Pincushion’s no-sew patching technique? Have you ever tried this particular method before? How do you mend your t-shirts? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!

What Those F1 – F12 Keys Actually Do

Look at your computer’s keyboard and you’ll notice the cluster of function keys labeled F1 to F12. You might press them to adjust the volume on your computer, or for playback features on video applications.

Maybe you’ve never used these keys because you were unsure what they were for, so it’s time to unravel the mystery. Those keys perform multiple actions when used within operating systems and browsers, so get ready for a crash course in the function keys.

Add on to your existing knowledge of Ctrl + Alt + Del and other mouse-free advanced tricks. With this list below, you’ll be endowed with a set of shortcuts and easy fixes once you get the hang of them.

F1

  • Activates the help menu immediately
  • On a Windows menu, when pressed with the Windows key it will bring up Microsoft’s help and support menu
  • Ctrl + F1 hides and displays ribbon menu in Microsoft Excel and Word

F2

  • Enables you to edit a selected folder or file name in Windows Explorer
  • In Microsoft Office, pressing Alt + Ctrl + F2 opens the Documents Library

F3

  • Allows you to search files in Window Explorer
  • Opens the Find feature in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
  • Shift + F3 is used to change case in MS Word, including all caps, lowercase, or uppercase

F4

  • Duplicates your action within a program like drawing a line
  • Alt + F4 closes active program windows quickly
  • In Windows Explorer, places the cursor in the address bar

F5

  • Refreshes internet browser pages or the screen in Windows
  • Opens “Find and Replace” in Microsoft Office
  • Starts PowerPoint slideshow

F6

  • Moves cursor to address bar in web browsers
  • For Microsoft Word, jumps to next pane in a split screen
  • Ctrl + F6 allows you to toggle between multiple Word documents

F7

  • Shift + F7 prompts the Thesaurus function to open in Microsoft Word
  • Alt + F7 checks spelling and grammar in MS Word documents

F8

  • Launches safe mode when Windows boots up
  • In MS Excel, enables Extend Mode for arrow keys

F9

  • Updates fields in Microsoft Word
  • Ctrl + F9 inserts empty fields in Word

F10

  • Opens the menu bar
  • Shift + F10 operates as a right click
  • Ctrl + F10 maximizes a window in MS Word

F11

  • Enters and exits full screen mode in web browsers
  • Shift + F11 adds a new spreadsheet in MS Excel

F12

  • Opens the “Save As” command in MS Word
  • Shift + F12 saves the document in Word
  • Ctrl + F12 opens a document in Word

Keep in mind that on many laptop PCs, pressing the “Fn” on the keyboard will enable functions to use with F-keys on your computer such as those for multimedia. If those options are already enabled on your computer, you can deactivate them by going to the control panel.

With the amount of  computers out there, many ways exist to customize your system’s programs. Therefore some of these tips may not work on your computer.  Go ahead, try them and you can cut down on keystrokes and mouse clicks by using a few of these handy functions.

Were you already using some of these shortcuts? Which of these keys would you use the most to save time? What other keyboard shortcuts do you know? Tell us in the comments!

Why You Should Add Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, or Vinegar to Your Eggs

I tend to not order eggs in restaurants. I’m not one of those food people who despise brunch. In fact, I love it. Can’t think of a better way to start Sunday morning. But eggs aren’t usually on the order—I like making them myself at home and really dislike being disappointed by bad ones. So the chances of me ordering scrambled eggs at dinnerbasically amounts to a statistical anomaly. But there it was on the menu the other night at Casa Mono, an excellent, highly-regarded NYC tapas spot run by chef Anthony Sasso and owned by some up-and-coming-chef named Mario Batali. The menu described the eggs as “creamy” and topped with sea urchin. Against all odds, I ordered them.

The dish hit the table and, within five seconds, I realized these eggs were different. Sure, Sasso tops them with briny slivers of sea urchin that practically meld with the soft eggs into one luxuriously smooth texture. And yeah, a few glugs of high-quality olive oil along with a dash of anchovy oil (think of it as Italy’s answer to fish sauce) add equal parts fat and funk. Amidst all that, though, the dish hit a bright, high note that I couldn’t immediately identify. It was acid. Specifically, fresh lime juice and zest.

Fat, funk, and acid all playing together nicely like kids from different backgrounds on the schoolyard. Why didn’t I think of that?

“Honestly, this dish started out as something I happened to make at home,” recalls Sasso. The chef had a lime in his fridge while making some late-night eggs and figured he’d give the combination a try. “Everyone salts their eggs—no one finishes with lemon or lime juice or vinegar,” says Sasso. He points out that people top poached eggs with a ton of acid, in the form of rich, lemony hollandaise sauce. But lemon juice tends to fly under-the-radar on the palate: “Everything that leaves our kitchen gets hit with fresh lemon juice.” Sasso stuck with lime juice when it came time to translate his at-home experiment to a dish for the restaurant’s menu, because when something has lime in it, you know it.

Intrigued? Good news: Adding acid to your eggs is easy. Start with soft-scrambled eggs. Then, building the dish in a bowl, top the eggs with a healthy pour of olive oil. Don’t have access to anchovy oil like they use at Casa Mono? Add a tablespoon of fish sauce for a comparable kick. If you’re able to get your hands on a tray of fresh uni, do that. If not, a wide variety of seafood will pair well here—consider smoked options like gravlax or salmon, a few pieces of cooked shrimp, or if you’re feeling extravagant, a lobster tail.

All that’s left is a quick squeeze of lime juice and a zesting with a Microplane. (Of course, simple scrambled eggs will benefit from the acid treatment without tricking them out Casa Momo-style, as well.) And, just like that, breakfast for dinner became a whole lot more awesome.