If spending much more time at home over the past year has given you the urge to declutter your space in a big way, you’re not alone. The movement to streamline and simplify is more than trendy. It can actually make you feel happier in your home and help you save money. Let’s take a look at these multitasking products that can help you on your quest for simplicity.
These multitasking marvels go way beyond cleaning up messy babies and toddlers. You can use baby wipes to gently remove makeup, dust the leaves of houseplants, clean your electronics screens, and remove salt residue from snow boots. Baby wipes also remove white deodorant marks from clothing and even spot clean certain upholstery fabrics without leaving the dreaded water ring.
This inexpensive pantry staple does more than make salad dressing and rescue a recipe that’s too salty. It’s also great for cleaning in the kitchen and elsewhere around the house. Spray undiluted vinegar on stainless steel and chrome, then polish with a soft cloth for shine. Vinegar is great for neutralizing odors and build-up in drains. Simply pour it in, wait a few minutes and run a hot water rinse. Equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle soothes an itchy scalp, and bug bites, too. Here are many more ways to use vinegar.
Here’s another superstar multitasking product that’s been hiding in plain sight. Along with helping baked goods rise and keeping the fridge smelling fresh, baking soda is a cleaning machine. Remove coffee and tea stains from mugs with baking soda and water. Sprinkle a little on top of your toothpaste to brighten teeth and help remove stains. Add a ½ cup of baking soda to laundry loads to make your detergent work harder. And those are just the beginning. Here are more ways to use baking soda.
Did you know this minty marvel does more than just fight cavities and freshen breath? Non-gel toothpaste is the perfect mildly abrasive substance to clean lots of surfaces. Foggy headlights? Rub a dab of toothpaste on a damp sponge in circular motions to clear them. It’s also perfect for restoring the sparkle to hard gemstone jewelry (like diamonds), and it even removes crayon marks from painted walls. Plus, the minty scent works well to remove cooking odors from hands and sour odors from water bottles. See more uses for toothpaste here.
You may already use coconut oil in the kitchen to pop popcorn, fry chicken or make delicious baked goods. But it has lots of other uses, too. Use it in place of body cream and deep conditioner to deeply moisturize skin and hair. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties that can help to soothe and heal bug bites, along with small cuts and scrapes. And its creaminess makes it super-efficient at dissolving and removing long-wearing cosmetics such as waterproof mascara and stay-all-day lipsticks without tugging and irritating delicate skin. You can even let dogs and cats enjoy a small spoonful a few times a week to help keep skin and coat smooth, glossy and itch-free.