17 Ridiculously Useful Tips to Make Life Easier


1. Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove; set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal bag and mash yolks till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing roughly; cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done – easy clean up.

3. Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

4. Reheating Breads

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

5. Newspaper Weeds Away

Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients into your soil. Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers.

6. Picking Up Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can’t see easily.

7. No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. Squirrel Away!

To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn’t hurt the plant and the squirrels won’t come near it.

9. Flexible Vacuum

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

10. Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and — ta da! — static is gone.

11. Unsticky Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don’t dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

12. Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

13. Reopening Envelopes

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

14. Smoother Legs With Conditioner

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It’s a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It’s also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn’t like when you tried it in your hair…

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2″with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

16. Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it “home,” can’t digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don’t have to worry about pets or small children being harmed!

17. Info About Clothes Dryers: May Save Your Life!

The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes.) He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material – I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like.

WELL…the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn’t go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that’s what burns out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there. It’s what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free – that nice fragrance, too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box? Well, this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen.

This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

I received these super tips via email. Source unknown.

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  1. Nodin's Nest says:

    really like the pizza tip and the paper towel roll one!

  2. Katia says:

    🙂 Wow, these tips are great!
    I did know about the dryer, and ever since I read about it, I quit buying them and started making my own softener or use plain vinegar.

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    • Elaine says:

      I have lived here 6 yrs and the dryer was here when we moved in, I have YET to find a film on my lint screen…I have, several times in these 6 yrs to run hot and even cold water on my filter and it goes right through so not sure why others find out differently! Just saying….

  3. Kathleen says:

    Wow, Robin, these are all great. The one about the cayenne pepper is especially useful to me now because we have rabbits eating our entire garden, flowers, veggies, and all. Thanks!

    • Bella Mater says:

      Eep! The cayenne pepper one is actually REALLY cruel! Squirrels, rabbits, ecy DO get into those plants and the pepper DOES get in their eyes and they often will rub their eyes right out. Imagine if you were pepper-sprayed and had NO IDeA what hit you nor what to do about it.

      Protect your veggies with barriers; I’m sure pinterest has hundreds of ideas for attractive ones. Alternately, get a cat and put her to work! At least the kill is fast, then.

      • Gloria Bolin says:


      • Marva Welborn says:

        Cayenne pepper stings but is not harmful. You could put it on a cut to stop bleeding, put it in you eye to help it water and get out something that got in, or put a teaspoon of water and drink it to help stop a heart attack.

  4. Nikowa says:

    🙂 Great dryer tip!!!! Thanks! I’ll be sharing this on my blog!

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  5. Michele says:

    When I was fixing deviled eggs last night for supper I remembered the egg tip. I tried it and it worked great! Can’t wait for a chance to try out the others. Thanks!

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    • Tracey says:

      Ive been doing that for years. People used to laugh at me – Until they tried it.

  6. Bong (JB) says:


    Useful tips. We have lots of ants around the house. Time to buy some cornmeal. 😀

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    • Barbara says:

      I live in fire ant country and I am violently allergic to them. I nearly died the last time I was bitten 37 times in Houston! We have LOTS of ants here in the sub-tropics, and I have to be extremely careful to avoid them. Cornmeal and its cousin, grits, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WORK to get rid of ants. They won’t work anywhere, and if you really need to rid yourself of them, then get a real product that kills the queen.

  7. WOW – I’m going to have to try some of these!!!


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  15. Jenn says:

    Thanks for the deviled egg tip…now I can finally make them!! 🙂

    Also, the cayenne pepper works..I had a squirrel in the ceiling tiles of a house that we couldn’t get rid of so we tossed the pepper all around up there and he finally left so we could cover up his entry hole and not have him stuck in the house! 🙂

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  17. Jennifer says:

    AWESOME! Thanks!! I LOVE the deviled egg tip!! So simple….

  18. These are great, Robin! Thanks.

  19. Immediately after reading this I rushed over to my dryer, pulled out the lint filter and ran it under hot water. I bet you can guess that I found a film over the mesh! Thanks so much for the tip, now that I have been informed I will keep that invisible little film in mind. Great post.

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  21. Kathryn Lang says:

    I am so stealing the deviled egg one. My 12 year old son LOVES making deviled eggs and this will make his day!

  22. Miko says:

    Great tips. I’ve read a lot of “Make Life Easier” articles online but never had so much useful information packed into such a straight forward package!

  23. leigh says:

    we use vinegar as our softner in the dryer…works well, no the clothes dont smell like vinegar and your towels are more absorbant because you arnt putting the commercial fabric softner in them which builds up on your clothes as well….its cheap,”organic” and does a great job…..do have to recycle the containers though…or reuse in the garden…thanks for the tip about the hardboiled eggs!!!!!! great tips here!!!

    • Jill says:

      How do you use vinegar as your dryer sheet replacement? I’m currently mixing ratio of 1:3 of liquid fabric softened and water, soaking old wash rags in it then tossing them in the dryer as an alternative to the dryer sheets. But I’d love to learn your trick!

      • Alli says:

        You use vinegar in place of liquid softener in the washer and you don’t have to use dryer sheets. It eliminates the static and helps the fibers stay fluffy. I also use dryer balls (but you can also use new tennis balls that you run through with some rags a few times first to get rid of the rubber smell) to help fluff the clothes and move them around for more even and efficient drying.

    • Geri says:

      How do you use vinegar in the dryer?

  24. Donna says:

    great ideas thanks , I just wanted to add, to help control ants u can put q cumber skins around the outside of ur home ants wont come in.

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  26. jackie says:

    I have found that newspapers don’t last all season and the weeds do come threw, so, I use paper bags from the grocery store. The weeds don’t show up all season and I just roto them into the soil in the spring/

  27. LaDonnaAB says:

    Thank you so much for the dryer tip! 🙂

  28. Laurette says:

    I am so glad you mentioned dryer sheets. Someone in my stepfather’s family had an apartment fire due to dryer sheets!
    It was put out very quickly and no one was hurt. But, there are more fun ways to spend one’s time!

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  30. Erin says:

    In regards to the great idea in #5 laying down newspaper as a weed barrier in your garden-for those of you that don’t buy newspapers, the warehouse clubs sell paper compast bags inexpensively and can be cut to use in the same manner. They cover a bigger area and are thicker

  31. Lila says:

    I used newspaper and grass clippings and think I will have to remove because the smell is so horrible we cannot have windows open in our house, sit on patio and neither can the neighgors because of the rotting grass.

  32. Janet says:

    The newspaper one works well if you put enough down, not just a sheet or two more like 5-8,I use a whole section so you need to save up a lot of papers to do it effectively. And you have to overlap the edges a lot or the weeds grow around and thru them..Also some inks you need to not use if you are growing veggies, I think it’s the colored ones that contain so things that can get into your soil.

  33. Donna says:

    Thanks for the tip about dryer sheets. I immediately went home and pulled out my lint filter and it was COVERED in residue from dryer sheets. I will never let it build up like that again.

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    I wa super excited about the newspaper weed defender. We had a gardening project we needed to do and that idea was perfect!
    Midway threw the project it started pouring raining. Even though I hate leaving project incomplete, we weren’t left with much of a choice thanks to mother nature.
    I’ve never been more thankful we didn’t finish a project… The next day when we went to finish I happened to peek between the layers of newspaper and there were THOUSANDS of ants! THOUSANDS! I don’t know what my husband did to get rid of them but I know he spent the rest of the day killing ants and removing newspaper because I was too freaked out!

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  39. Pat T Cakes says:

    You can also use pepper if u dont have cayenne works on keeping stray animals out of garbage.

  40. Sue says:

    the thicker you put down the newspaper weed barrier, the better. Yes, you’ll need lots; I have resorted to going to my local newspaper publisher and asking them for their leftovers. Now I’m able to really lay it on thick!

  41. Brenda says:

    I was wondering if you can use the newspaper idea in a vegetable garden? Will it mold and cause fungus? Thanks for the helpful tips. Can’t wait for your reply.

  42. Kathleen says:

    Warming pizza slices in a pan really works great ~ I always do this. But, if you want it to taste even better than the original pizza, try putting a bit of butter, margarine in the pan ~ I use Smart Balance. Just a little bit of extra ‘grease’ makes it taste better than when fresh!

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  45. James says:

    All the tips are so amazing and the tips about “Squirrel away” is very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing all the tips.

  46. Catherine says:

    Does anyone know how to get rid of moles, my front and back yard is a mess with mole tunnels!

  47. Darla says:

    Hi there.. wanted to add something to the dryer link basket/vent advice.
    It is important to keep that lint basket clean – but more important, is keeping the vent that runs from the back of your dryer or rather the vent line that runs through the wall to outside the house clean. My husband is an appliance repair tech and this is one of the number one reasons dryers stop working properly. If you feel your dryer is not heating like it should,there is an easy way to check before calling the repair tech. Most dryers have the silver scrunchy round vent than runs from the dryer to the wall. Disconnect that vent and turn the dryer on, let it run for several minutes and if the dryer heats like it should, then its not the dryer, its the vent running through your home. Next step, clean out the house vent. Sometimes these vents are very short and they can be cleaned out with a leaf blower or a vent cleaning brush you can buy at most home improvement stores.. they even make one that extends for longer vents that you attach to the end of a drill, it cleans pretty thoroughly. But in some homes, the vents can run from one end of the house, through the attic etc.. before they vent to the outdoors, in this case you need to call a pro dryer vent cleaner. They will have the tools needed to make sure its cleaned properly. Air flow from the dryer to the outside vent is very important and needs to be done at least once a year. If its not done, you will eventually have issues with your dryer and it will not matter how clean your lint vent is. And this is a major fire hazard. Also, keep in mind if you have a home warranty to cover costs for appliance repairs (in this case the dryer) they in most cases will not cover the cost of repairs such as element burn out or any other issues caused due to a plugged up dryer vent and same usually goes for factory warranty. Oh! also make sure that silver scrunchy vent that goes from you dryer to the wall is not crushed, as that will cause air flow problems as well. Just some extra advice.

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