14+ Hacks That Deserve A Gold Star

Diply 28 Sep 2018

"You get a gold star! And you get a gold star! And you get a gold star! You all get gold stars!"

That's what I want to say to all of the crafty people who came up with the hacks I've been compiled into the list below.

I encourage you to take some time to browse through them. You never know what you may learn!

1. "Tie some eucalyptus to your shower head. It will make an amazing scent with the steam."

Reddit | Mari1aAW

The smell of eucalyptus is wonderful, but it can also help ease congestion, making this a perfect hack for the upcoming cold and flu season.

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2. Butter: the nectar of the gods.

Reddit | YeetDeSleet

"If you've bought store made croissants and they taste like wonder bread, pop them in the toaster for a minute. This will melt the butter in them and crisp the dough, making them taste and feel much more like a fresh croissant"

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3. Is there anything worse than getting into a cold car and realizing you can't go anywhere until you do something about the ice on your windows?

Mom 4 Real | Mom 4 Real

Instead of wasting all of your time and energy scraping it off, use this DIY concoction to get the job done fast.

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Mom 4 Real filled a spray bottle with water and rubbing alcohol — a mixture that instantly melts any ice it touches. 

Mom 4 Real | Mom 4 Real

This homemade de-icer can also be used on car doors and locks. And you'll never have to worry about it freezing if you keep the bottle in your car during the cold winter months.

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4. You can't have the perfect playtime without a few tubs of Play-Doh readily available.

Aimee Geroux | Aimee Geroux

I just found out you can get small containers of this stuff at most dollar stores, and they happen to fit perfectly in a coffee pod carousel, which is a storage solution dream!

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5. "Lessons from Papa #1: In the absence of a lock, a paper clip will suffice."

Instagram | @bihzhu

You can never be too careful while travelling, and even though removing a paper clip is a lot easier than an actual lock, it's still pretty inconvenient. That means it's the perfect deterrent.

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6. Car cup holders are useful when you have a drink that needs holding, but if they're not being used, they become a hot spot for dirt, crumbs, and dust.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

If your car's cup holders have seen better days and you want to treat them to some well-deserved TLC, this clever hack should do the trick.

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Simply cover a cup or tumbler that fits inside the holders with a clean sock and spray the bottom of it with some Windex.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Stick the sock-covered container into the holder and give it a few good twists. When you remove it, you'll notice all of the stubborn dirt, crumbs, and dust is stuck on the damp sock.

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7. This Redditor came up with a clever way of keeping an eye on everything that's going on behind them while using their computer.

Reddit | Reddit

Now they never have to worry about someone creeping behind their back.

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8. This is another great tip for anyone with future travel plans.

Carolyn's Homework | Carolyn's Homework

Keep your earrings safe in one place using the holes in buttons. Carolyn's Homework added hers to a ribbon for extra ease while travelling. And even if you're not travelling, this is still a great idea for keeping a jewelry box neat and tidy.

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9. Personally, I prefer to eat my leftover pizza cold, but if that's something that's simply unacceptable to you, there's is a better way of reheating it.

Twitter | @abbyspizza

Rather than tossing it in the microwave where it'll get all soft and soggy, give this hack a try. Hey, if it's approved by an actual pizza joint, I think it's guaranteed to work.

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10. Wearing high heels can really do a number on your feet.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

By taping the third and fourth toes on each foot together before putting on a pair of closed-toe pumps, you'll actually end up taking pressure off of the balls of your feet.

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11. Anyone who's ever moved into an older home knows the struggle of trying to modernize dated elements without breaking the bank.

Dream Design DIY | Dream Design DIY

For example, electrical outlets have a way of dating a home without trying very hard.

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If this a problem you're currently struggling with, you're going to want to hit up the closest hardware store so you can get your hands on a bunch of these bad boys.

Dream Design DIY | Dream Design DIY

They're plate covers designed specifically for preexisting outlets, which means you don't have to dish out extra cash to replace something that works perfectly fine, but just doesn't quite meet your modern design standards.

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12. Moving is such a hassle, which means any tip or trick that can make it even slightly easier to manage is a winner in my books.

The Frugal Girls | The Frugal Girls

When it comes to packing and transporting breakable items, you want to do whatever you can to ensure things make it from point A to point B in one piece.

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Plates, for example, are something you're going to need pretty quickly once you get everything moved over to your new place.

The Frugal Girls | The Frugal Girls

So, to ensure they are usable after their hectic journey, use this clever foam plate hack before placing them inside a moving box.

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13. This idea is definitely part hack, part craft.

At Home In Love | At Home In Love

Runners can be expensive, especially if you're looking for one that'll cover the length of a longer table. However, if you just want something that'll add a splash of color and texture to your tablescape, why not use popsicle sticks instead?

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At Home In Love created this fun table runner using painter's tape, wooden craft sticks, and colorful paint. 

At Home In Love | At Home In Love

Something like this would be perfect for a child's birthday party because you don't have to worry about trying to clean it if something spills. It's definitely kid-friendly!

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14. Want to give your car the TLC it deserves without paying someone else to do it for you?

Making Midlife Matter | Making Midlife Matter

Hair conditioner is a great product to use on a car's exterior because it leaves a shiny finish without resulting in a waxy build up.

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15. If your feet tend to sweat while wearing shoes and it drives you crazy, this hack is going to greatly improve your situation.

The Krazy Coupon Lady | The Krazy Coupon Lady

Before putting on your shoes, slip a pad into them. Doing so will create an absorbent layer for the sweat your feet produce.

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16. Much like long table runners, fancy curtain rods can be insanely expensive, which is something not everyone can afford.

Shine Your Light | Shine Your Light

But before you go ahead and buy a cheap, flimsy rod that doesn't stand a chance of holding up, consider this DIY idea by Shine Your Light.

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They started by spray painting a wooden dowel that was purchased for less than $2.00 at a local home improvement store.

Shine Your Light | Shine Your Light

Next, ping pong balls were painted the exact same color, and holes were drilled just big enough so that the dowel would fit inside.

Voilà! A sturdy, chic curtain rod that costs next to nothing to make and will last for years to come.

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17. Anyone with an ounce of crafting skill in them has relied on a hot glue gun to complete a project more than once.

Sew Many Ways | Sew Many Ways

And if you use one on a regular basis, you're going to really appreciate these glue gun-related hacks.

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First, if you're planning on using multiple tools that require an electrical outlet, get yourself a power bar and use Command Strips to keep it in place on your work surface.

Sew Many Ways | Sew Many Ways

Second, if your hot glue gun doesn't have a stand to rest on while you're not using it, use a standard binder clip as a substitute!

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