5. Make a DIY travel cup.
How come we didn’t think of this ages ago! Take your smoothies and protein shakes on the go by covering a cup with Press ‘n Seal and popping in a straw. So simple, yet so awesome.
6. Never buy a rotten avocado again.
Avocados are expensive and when you end up with a rotten one, talk about bad news bear. You can avoid this grocery store travesty by flicking the dry stem off the bottom. If you see a brown patch under the stem, put it back. If you see a bright yellow-green color, put it in the cart.
7. Soothe a sore throat with a marshmallow.
Sore throat? Bust out a bag of marshmallows. Sap from the marshmallow plant has been used for hundreds of years to help treat coughs, colds, and sore throats. But the fluffy little guys we know and love from everybody’s favorite campfire treat may help ease throat pain thanks to the coating and soothing properties of the gelatin according to Health magazine.
8. Make onions, garlic, and shallots last longer.
Onions, garlic, and shallots already last longer than your average banana, apple, or orange but make them last basically forever (i.e. 3 months) with this simple trick. Steal your child’s paper lunch bag, punch holes in it, and secure with a paper clip. Yes, onion tears are still a thing, but at least we’ve conquered the rot.
9. Destink your sneakers.
To really destink your running shoes—we mean really get that funk out—requires a four step process. Wash and air dry, sprinkle with a homemade deodorizing powder, stuff with newspaper overnight, and finally, pop them in the freezer. Yes, give them a deep freeze!
10. Baby your spices.
No, we don’t mean coddle your spices. For the parents of little ones out there, transform your odds and ends spice collection into uniformed-sized leftover baby food jars. Cover with cute fabric, give it a label, and pop on a magnet to attach to the side of your fridge for easy access.
11. Make exercise a real page-turner.
If your biggest health set back is getting your butt to the gym, up the ante. Download an audio book (we are currently loving Yes Please and Big Little Lies!) and make a rule to only listen to it when you’re working out. An I-can’t-put-this-down book will guarantee more trips to the gym!
12. Whip up homemade sweet potato chips in five minutes.
Packed with vitamin C, iron, and beta-carotene, homemade sweet potato chips are a deliciously healthy side dish or snack. But sometimes cravings hit, and you just can’t wait 20 minutes for the oven to do its magic or your hand will soon be in a store-bought much- less-healthier bag. Here’s where this hack comes in. Turns out, you can make sweet potato chips in the microwave in less than five minutes.
13. Avoid limp lettuce.
A big bowl of lettuce on hand for salads is always a great thing to have in a fridge. But a big bowl of lettuce tends to go a little limp a little bit too fast. Let’s stop that. Simply place a single paper towel on top of lettuce in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Replace the paper towel every couple of days as it absorbs the moisture that makes the lettuce go bad. Your greens should be good for at least a week!