Pssst...these life-altering tips use common items you probably already own

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No, really, these tips are life-changing. (Source: iStock).
No, really, these tips are life-changing. (Source: iStock).

Many common household products have more uses than you think. It’s fun to find new ways of doing things, and discovering new uses for stuff you already own feels almost like finding treasure.

If you’re in search of clever ways to simplify your life, then check out this list of life-altering tips and tricks that can be done with common household items. It includes innovative ways to use everything from dryer sheets to muffin pans. Put these new ideas to use and amaze your friends and house guests (who’ll probably take the ideas home with them — but the more, the merrier).

Simple tricks to make life easier

1. Remove hard water stains with dryer sheets

Use fabric softener dryer sheets to keep your toilets and showers clean of hard water stains. (Source: Amazon)
Use fabric softener dryer sheets to keep your toilets and showers clean of hard water stains. (Source: Amazon)

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Hard water stains in the toilet and shower call for a load of chemical cleaners and some hard scrubbing, right? Well, not if you have a few dryer sheets handy. It turns out that the abrasive fibers in dryer sheets effortlessly remove hard water stains without scratching your bathtub or toilet.

2. Muffin pan for condiments and sides

A pan like this is great for delicious muffins and cupcakes, but try holding sauces or snacks in one too! (Source: Amazon)
A pan like this is great for delicious muffins and cupcakes, but try holding sauces or snacks in one too! (Source: Amazon)

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Having a big cookout, but running short on dishes for sauces and sides? Just go to the kitchen and grab a muffin pan. The circular compartments are perfect for holding sauces and sides that you’d like to keep separate. Just place the pan at the center of the dining table and pass it around so everyone can spoon out their sauces and sides, and when dinner is over, you only have one dish to clean instead of a whole stack of bowls. (PS: These pans are also great for holding a variety of different snacks while you watch a movie.)

3. Store cleaning supplies in a shoe hanger

These pockets are a perfect way to keep your cleaning bottles and brushes organized and accessible. (Source: Amazon)
These pockets are a perfect way to keep your cleaning bottles and brushes organized and accessible. (Source: Amazon)

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Digging (sometimes on hands and knees) to find cleaning supplies in a full cabinet makes cleaning that much less enjoyable. Make chores easier by storing your cleaning supplies in a hanging shoe rack that easily attaches lots of pockets to your utility room door. Storing cleaning supplies this way makes them easy to find, and it frees up tons of space in your cabinets. This is perfect for apartments or small homes where storage space is in short supply.

4. Make iced coffee cubes

This tray keeps ice cubes (water or coffee) easy to access one at a time, thanks to the silicone tray bottoms. (Source: Amazon)
This tray keeps ice cubes (water or coffee) easy to access one at a time, thanks to the silicone tray bottoms. (Source: Amazon)

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Morning coffee puts wind in the sails of workers all over the world, but for those of us that do our own brewing, leftover coffee is a fact of life. Instead of throwing out leftovers or forcing yourself to drink room-temperature coffee, pour it into an extra ice cube tray for later use. Once your leftover coffee freezes, you’ll have the perfect way to chill iced coffee or a creative cocktail. Then, as the ice melts, it will add more flavor to your drink instead of watering it down.

5. Make juice using tongs

Tongs aren't just good for cooking, they're also great for juicing. (Source: Amazon)
Tongs aren't just good for cooking, they're also great for juicing. (Source: Amazon)

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Don’t have a juicer at home? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy freshly squeezed juice. Just grab a set of kitchen tongs and cut a lemon or orange in half. Place the fruit between the tongs with the open end of the fruit facing the bottom of the tongs. Now squeeze the tongs and watch the juice flow. Using the tongs keeps your hands clean, and the leverage adds force that hands alone cannot achieve, ensuring you get as much juice as possible.

Make life a little easier

Using household products in innovative ways encourages creativity and makes life easier at the same time. Try these tips, and then enjoy the serendipitous feeling of having mastered your fate (or at least your household chores). It won’t be long before friends and family catch on as well, and after putting this list to use, you'll be searching for more ways to make home life easier.

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