Cooking Hacks






Back To School Lunch Hack Share

Time tends to speed up when you’re getting ready to send the kids back to school. There aren’t enough hours in your day to accomplish everything on your constantly growing To Do List. But thankfully, we live in an age of social media and the internet. It’s easy to research answers to your questions. The hack, tip, or trick you need might be one Google search away. In today’s post, we’ll share with you a nifty hack everyone can utilize.

Tamika M. Murray

Gardening Hacks

Do you have a hard time starting seeds or cuttings? Try soda bottle greenhouses. Cut the bottom off 2-liter soda bottles and remove the labels. Each seed gets its own micro greenhouse! Remove the greenhouses once the seeds have germinated and cuttings are rooted.

Elizabeth Flaherty

Ice Cube Tray Hacks

Slide 1 of 31: If you’ve only been using your ice-cube tray to make blocks of ice, you’ve been missing out. Here are 30 cool ideas that make the most of this handy kitchen kit, from edible flowers for showstopping drinks to mini cheesecakes.

More Gardening Hacks!

1. Put Plastic Forks In The Garden:

Placing plastic forks in your garden will prevent animals from getting in to the garden and keep all your plants safe.

2. Use Coffee Filter To Line Your Pots:

Have you ever watered your potted plants just to watch all of it drain out of the bottom right away? Using coffee filter is the best way to avoid this, just line the pot with the coffee filter before filling it with soil and your plant.

Coffee filters will slow things down and allow the soil to absorb the water for longer periods. It even prevents soil from clogging up the drainage holes of your plant.

3. Place Diapers At The Bottom Of The Plant:

Diapers acts as perfect moisture retainers, just stick them one in the bottom of the planted plant then layer the soil on the top. The diaper helps the planter to retain water which means there is less of a chance that you accidentally such it dry.

Also Read: 7 Simple Solutions For Supercharging Your Garden Growth

4. Banana Peels As Great Compost:

Banana peels are rich in calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphates, potassium and sodium. When you add banana peels in the compost, it breaks down quickly and all the nutrients will be easily absorbed by the compost faster than other materials.

5. Use Old Spoons To Make Garden Labels:

Instead of throwing old spoons in to the trash, you can easily up cycle them with this fun project. All you need to do is, flatten the head of the spoon using hammer and use craft paint in colors of your choice to decorate them. Write the names of herbs and vegetables that you have in your garden and stick them in the soil. That’s it.

6. Kill Weeds With Vinegar:

White vinegar is used as a natural weed killer in your garden. When it sprayed on the weeds, vinegar will drain the moisture out of their leaves and eventually make them die. It works best on dry and sunny days.

7. Use Paper Towels To Keep The Plants Watered For Days:

If you are going out on a vacation for few days and don’t have a way to keep your indoor plants watered, get out your paper towel.

All you need to do is, take a paper towel and spread it evenly over all the soil. You don’t need to worry about your plants dying.

8. Cinnamon Powder To Prevent Diseases:

Cinnamon powder has some anti fungal properties and additionally smells great. Sprinkle it on your plants to prevent or stop diseases on seedlings.

Also Read: 10 Amazing Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide for Plants in the Garden

9. Use Coffee Grounds To Avoid Pests:

Use coffee grounds to keep pests like ants, snails and slugs away from your garden.

10. Use Citrus Peel To Start Seeds:

Just poke a hole in the bottom of the peel for drainage and fill it with potting soil, then sow seed and sprinkle some water. When the seedling is ready for transplant, plant it directly in the garden or in a container with the peel.

11. Use Herbs To Deter Mosquitoes:

Make sure to grow your favorite herbs in your garden by grouping herb plants together that prevent mosquitoes and flies away.

12. Use Wine Bottles To Line Your Walkway:

This is the best way to recycle your old wine bottles is to use them to line your garden. Simply, stick the bottles in to the ground neck first so that the base of the bottle sticking up. Make sure they are buried deep enough so that they don’t get knocked over easily.

13. Use Tablecloth To Pull Heavier Items Over Grass:

Use a tablecloth to move heavy items like bags of soil or wood chips in your garden.

Also Read: 10 Great Ways to Use Baking Soda in the Gardening

14. Watermelon Slings:

For growing watermelon support them by making watermelon slings out of your old t shirts or hoodies.

15. Use An Old Sink As A Cute Planter:

You can easily turn your old sinks of your kitchen or washroom in to cute planter that add decorative element to your garden.

16. Use Honey Propagate Cuttings:

Honey contains enzymes that promote root growth and you can also use it as a rooting hormone for your plants. It also helps plants in setting and they propagate easily and save them from fungal diseases.

17. Epsom Salt When Transplanting:

When planting seedlings or new plants, dig a hole and put 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in the bottom of the hole and cover with a thin layer of dirt. Now place this plant in the hole and finish planting.

18. Use Cooking Water To Fertilize Plants:

When you boil or steam vegetables on the stove top, don’t pour that water down the drain. Wait until they cool down completely and use that water to your plants to fertilize them.

19. Newspaper To Smoother Weeds:

If weeds are surfacing your garden, cover the garden bed with newspaper to smoother the weeds before adding a layer of mulch.

20. Hydrogen Peroxide For Plants:

Hydrogen peroxide is the best thing to use for your plants. This solution will save your plants from root rot and helps the seeds to sprout.