There are many uses for social media. People go onto these sites to relax, socialize, and learn new things. One of the more popular types of educational videos are those that teach viewers different “life hacks” to help make things easier. Household hacks are very popular and, considering 840,000 single-family homes were built in the US in 2018, there are many people who can use them. TikTok is one of the most popular social media sites in the world and it is full of life hacks for any situation. Here are three of the best tiktok household hacks that you NEED to know in order to make your own life a little easier.
Eliminate Bin Odor
It seems inevitable that your garbage bin will smell terrible sometimes. Corrosion costs the US Armed Services an average of $5 billion each year and you might feel some connection due to the corrosive smell from your trashcan. While there are ways to reduce the smell, these solutions can be expensive and the smell always comes back. However, TikTok user Mama_Mila_ posted a unique solution to bin odor that doesn’t cost much at all. In her video, Mama_Mila shows viewers that if you douse a cotton ball in essential oil, then put it in the bin beneath the liner, it will keep the bin smelling fresh. She doesn’t specify a certain essential oil, so any should work. This allows you to choose a scent that you enjoy. And by putting it under the liner, the cotton ball never makes direct contact with any of the strong-smelling rubbish, keeping it clean no matter what you put in the trash.
Grow Your Own Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps
Gardening doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore that you can only do outside. In fact, kitchen gardens are very popular and you don’t need to spend any money to get started. You can regrow some of your favorite vegetables out of kitchen scraps. Tiktok user BrowsBeverlyHills_AU demonstrates how to do this in her video. You take the root end of whatever vegetable you have and put it in water. She uses green onions and baby bok choy, but there are many vegetables that will do the same thing. After a few days to a couple of weeks, you have a new vegetable. This can be a great way to help cut some money out of your grocery budget while continuing to eat healthy food.
Get Old Milk Out of Bottles
If you have a baby drinking out of bottles, you are constantly washing them. Sometimes, even the best washing won’t get rid of all the old milk residue inside the bottle. TikTok user Beba_Jimenez_ offers a simple solution to help remove stubborn milk from places that are difficult to reach. After washing the bottle, she then takes a small amount of dried rice and pours it into the bottle. Then she adds soap and hot water. By shaking the bottle, she uses the rice to scrape along the sides and get rid of the dried-on milk. After another quick wash with a bottle brush, the bottle is completely clean and ready to use again. This hack can also save you money by reducing your energy usage. Total energy costs in the US dropped 5% in 2019 and using your dishwasher less will provide even more savings.
While social media is often derided as a waste of time, it can be a great way to help you find solutions to problems you deal with every day. These three TikTok videos are some that you need to try in your own household. So give them a try, then check out TikTok for more ideas of life hacks you can apply to your own household.