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How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

I work at home, which is a lot busier than you think it would be. People think, oh, you  work at home. You can do laundry and make dinner while you work. And you can whistle too. Sure, it seems like that’s all possible, but it’s really a lot of multitasking. Unloading the dishwasher while coffee is brewing; boiling eggs while I take a shower.

Yes to that last part. Very much yes.

It’s actually the perfect amount of time. Put eggs in water on the stove. Take a shower. Come back, eggs are ready.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Don’t you worry about the water boiling over?” No. Why? Because I have a trick.

Don't fear water boiling out of the post. It won't with this life hack from Learn how to Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot.

How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

This is easy and the best life hack I can give you.

When you put water in a pot on the stove, put a wooden spoon over the top. I use bamboo wooden spoons, but any sort of wood will work. Just place it on top and go about your day. The water will boil but when it hits the spoon, it will simmer back down. Seriously. All on its own. It’s kind of like magic.

Test it out today when you’re making pasta. Or eggs for egg salad. You’ll be amazed.

Do you have any other life hacks?

How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans

How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans

Did you drip grease on your favorite pants? Find out how to get grease out of your jeans from

Experience is an educator, especially if experience comes in the form of dripping grease onto your favorite jeans when you’re out to lunch with your mom. Bad experience? Well, it depends how you look at it. Lunch with your mom is always a great thing; potentially ruining your jeans is not. Luckily for me, my mom had a trick for getting grease out of jeans.

I’ll let you in on it because I’m chock full of life hacks lately. (Speaking of those, have you seen my way to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing? Okay, sorry, I’m burying the lede here.)

So, to get grease out of your jeans, as soon as you are able, use a toothbrush to scrub dish soap into the grease spot, then throw your jeans into the wash.

When they come out, inspect them. If the spot is out, feel free to dry your jeans. If the spot is still there, use the toothbrush to go back over it with dish soap. Then wash. Repeat that until the spot is gone. Then throw the jeans in the dryer. Make sure you don’t dry your jeans until you are sure the spot is out or it will set in forever.

That’s all.

It works too. After lunch, I followed these instructions and it worked to get the spot out.

The moral of the story: listen to your mom (and don’t freak out if you get grease on your jeans).

Do you have any life hacks?

How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Clothes Without Ironing

How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Clothes Without Ironing

Did you forget to take your clothes out of the dryer and now they're wrinkled? No worries. Find out how to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing here.

We’ve all done it. You wash a load of laundry, put it in the dryer … and then something happens. A friend calls to see if you can run an errand with her. Or you run to the grocery store for the thing you forgot for dinner, come home, start cooking, and completely forget about the laundry. Next thing you know, it’s bedtime so you lay down, and then remember the laundry that has been sitting in the dryer for hours. You don’t want to get up to fold it and, even if you do, it’ll be wrinkled.

And then that leaves the dreaded iron. You have to pull out the ironing board, find the iron, fill it with water (or empty it, depending on what the tags say), and spend more time ironing than you would rewashing it all. 

But you don’t really want to rewash and start over. So where does that leave you? It leaves you at this post. I have a secret. Come closer. Closer.  Closer. I know how to get wrinkles out of clothes without ironing.

Toss a few ice cubes into the dryer with your dry clothes. Run the dryer on a normal cycle. You’ll hear a little clunking of the ice against the dryer walls, but that’s nothing to worry about. The heat in the dryer will melt the ice, creating a steam that will de-wrinkle the clothes. When the cycle is over, take out the clothes and fold them (unless you forget again).

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How To Keep Your Laundry Room From Smelling Like A Locker Room

How To Keep Your Laundry Room From Smelling Like A Locker Room

Organizing Your Laundry Room Done Easy

Organizing Your Laundry Room

How To Keep Your Laundry Room From Smelling Like A Locker Room

How To Keep Your Laundry Room From Smelling Like A Locker Room

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How To Keep Your Laundry Room From Smelling Like A Locker RoomI love having a laundry room in our house. When we lived in the apartment, we actually didn’t have a washer and dryer. So our laundry room was basically just a place for me to store dirty laundry.

And, when we lived at the apartment, doing laundry was such a pain. We had to pack it in baskets, cart it and our laundry supplies to the laundry room in the complex, and then wait. It was not really the best way to spend a couple hours of free time. Plus, I have a lot of clothes, so I can go a long time without doing laundry. I’m probably more proud about that than I should be.

If you’re similar, you run the risk of your laundry room smelling like a locker room. Which is gross. Really gross … especially if you have company over. Imagine if your company is looking for a bathroom, opens your laundry room door by accident, and gets a whiff of gym socks. Gross.

Don’t worry. Follow our tips and your laundry room will smell great.

Do Your Laundry.
This is a no brainer. If you don’t want your laundry room to smell like laundry, don’t leave laundry sitting. The sooner you can do it, the less time smells have to get into your clothes.

Air It Out.
After you do your laundry, keep the washer door ajar. Any leftover water will dry quicker, reducing your risk of mold. And mold smells. A lot. Also, if you have a window in your laundry room, open that up and air out the room from time to time.

Use The Right Detergent.
High-efficiency washers need high-efficiency detergents. Because of all the magic that makes them HE, they can’t really “process” normal detergent properly. So residue gets left behind. Eventually, that adds up and turns into gross smells. So even if you are doing your laundry in a timely manner, the room will still smell.

Plug In An Air Freshener.
A small air freshener can fill the whole room and give a sweet kick to your nose every time you open the door.

What are your tips to keep your home smelling fresh?

Power Clean Your Bathroom In Only 10 Minutes

Power Clean Your Bathroom In Only 10 Minutes

Learn how to power clean your bathroom in only ten minutes at don’t mind cleaning. I like having a clean home and I know little magic cleaning fairies aren’t going to come into our home while we’re sleeping and make it sparkle. So it falls on us to sweep and scrub and all those other tasks that just seem like you don’t do anything until you skip them and really don’t do anything. Like wiping the counter. No one notices if you wipe the kitchen counter and it sure seems like it doesn’t make a difference, but skip wiping it for two days and see just how gross it becomes.

So you have to clean, and you have to clean the bathrooms. That’s a task that no one wants to spend too much time on because it’s kind of gross. I remember when I moved into my first apartment, my grandma asked me who was going to clean my toilets. Because surely it was something I had never done before. “I’ll hire someone,” I told her. I had my first, real full-time job and full-time income and thought I was a baller. She laughed and told everyone that I was going to hire someone to scrub my toilets. She was right. The toilet leaning fell on me, just as I’m sure it falls on you.

No worries. I’m a pro now. I figured I would share my secrets with you so you can power clean your bathroom.

Power Clean Your Bathroom In Only 10 Minutes

Minute 1:

  • Pour in the toilet bowl cleaner. Shut the bowl.
  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the basin of the toilet and the top of the lid.

Minute 2:

  • Remove everything from the counter/sink (anything below the mirror)
  • Clean the mirror.

Minute 3:

  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the counter.

Minute 4:

  • Wash the sink.
  • Wipe the hardware.
  • Put back everything on the counter/sink.

Minutes 5 and 6:

  • Quick scrub the tub.*
  • Wipe the hardware.

Minutes 7 and 8:

  • Sweep the bathroom floor.
  • Vacuum up any dust.

Minute 9:

  • Open the toilet.
  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the toilet bowl’s seat (both sides), the base, and the inside of the lid.

Minute 10:

  • Use a toilet brush to scrub the inside of the toilet.
  • Flush.
  • Use a cleaning wipe (or spray on a paper towel) to wipe down the inside of the bowl (cleaning any areas where water flows).

*This is mostly the method I use in our guest bathroom because that shower only gets used when we have guests. Before and after they come, I give it a full cleaning. In between, though, I just give it a quick weekly two minute job.

Done in ten minutes. Seriously. It took me longer to type this post than it takes me to clean the bathrooms.

If you maintain them and do this every week (I do it every Monday), you won’t have to worry about a deep clean that takes forever.

This method works pretty well in our master bathroom as well, although we have a separate tub and shower in there. So I wipe down the tub (which we don’t use regularly) during my weekly clean and we clean the shower and curtain separately.

What quick cleaning tips do you have?

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Tips For Stocking Your Guest Bathroom


Tips For Stocking Your Guest Bathroom

Tips For Stocking Your Guest Bathroom

This tips for stocking your guest bathroom post is sponsored by Suave. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

tips-for-stocking-your-guest-bathroomWe have a lot of company come and visit this time of year. I can’t blame them. Our friends and family want to escape the winter cold and come visit our North Carolina sunshine. How much company have we had recently, you ask? Oh, just three couples in October, two this past weekend, one coming this weekend, another next weekend, and then both my brothers and their ladies for Thanksgiving.

Thank goodness our new house has a separate guest bathroom. It’s a full bathroom, located right next to our guest bedroom. Our guests have their own space to shower, brush their teeth, and spread out all their toiletries.

This time of year, though, we go through a lot of bathroom necessities in that bathroom. It’s really important for me stock our guest bathroom. The last thing a guest wants is to find out we ran out of toilet paper! Don’t be the house without necessities. Check out our tips for stocking your guest bathroom below.

Tips For Stocking Your Guest Bathroom

Have Toilet Paper Ready
Just imagine the horror, for a moment, of being at someone’s home, you pull the toilet paper — and it falls off to reveal only an empty roll remaining. That’s not exactly a moment where you can get up and start looking through someone’s cabinets! So I put a brand new roll of toilet paper in a clear, plastic box directly across from the toilet. Our guests notice it and grab it if it’s needed. I always check to see if a new roll is needed whenever new guests are arriving.

Set Out New Towels
Our guest bathroom has a towel rack that will hold two towels. So, the night before our company comes, I do a load of laundry specifically for them. I wash two bath towels (usually one pink and one blue because that just makes my life easier), a hand towel, a bath mat, and sheets for the guest bedroom. When the load is done, I set everything out and I know it’s freshly washed.

Make Sure Your Bathtub Is Ready
My aunt was sleeping here last month and asked my mom if I would be providing body wash, shampoo, and conditioner for her. If you’re stocking your guest bathroom, be sure to stock it with these items. They can be really heavy and take up a lot of room in suitcases and overnight bags, so you will be a hero if you have these for your guests.

That doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot on them. In fact, this Sunday (November 6), newspapers nationwide will have a coupon for buy any one (1) Suave Essentials┬« Body Wash (12 oz. or 18 oz.) product and get any one (1) Suave Essentials┬« Body Wash of equal or lesser value FREE (excludes 28 oz., trial and travel sizes). The coupon will be valid until November 20, giving you plenty of time to buy body wash to stock your guest bathroom before Thanksgiving guests arrive! Stock up on the Suave Essentials Amethyst Sunset Body WashSuave Essentials Cucumber Agave Smash Body Wash, Suave Essentials Creamy Cocoa Butter & Shea Body Wash, or whatever variant you think your guests will enjoy. 

Fill Your Soap
When you’re cleaning down your sink and counter top, look over at the hand soap. Is it full? If not, fill it up for your guests or, if need be, swap it for a brand new one. Hand soap is something I keep stocked at all times since I always change it with the season.

Get Garbage Bags Ready
When we go grocery shopping, I take plastic bags because I use them as a garbage bag in our small garbage cans in the bathrooms. I have an origami fold that I do with them to make them small. I’ll throw three or so in the bottom of the garbage pail, then set an empty garbage bag in the pail itself. That way, if guests fill the bag and tie it up, there’s another bag waiting for them in the can. I don’t ever expect my guests to take out the trash, but some do.

Put Sprays In Sight
No one wants a stinky bathroom. And no one wants to be the reason behind a stinky bathroom. So, to make everyone happy, put a room spray on the back of the toilet. Your guests will be able to grab it if need be, and not have to look through your cabinets to try and find one.

What are your tips for stocking your guest bathroom? Be sure to leave them in the comments!

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