Without the Internet, the word “lifehack” probably wouldn’t exist.

Unfamiliar with the term? A lifehack is a technique or method of doing things that is uncommon but brilliantly clever. When used correctly, lifehacks help folks reclaim time, save their money and repurpose items.

Lifehacks come in all shapes and sizes. There’s virtually no end to their possibilities, and anyone from any walk of life can invent a new one instantly — as long as it’s sensible and provides utility.

How about some examples? Let’s take a look at six lifehacks you can pull off using everyday items found around your home:

In Need of a Dustpan? Fashion One Out of an Old Plastic Container.

You need a dustpan to keep your floors clean. Sure, you could hop in your car and head to Walmart to grab one, but where’s the fun in that? Chances are strong that you have empty plastic bottles lying around your home — like gallons of milk or laundry detergents. Grab a pair of scissors and start cutting. Before you know it, you’ll have created a pretty sweet (and eco-friendly) dustpan of your own.

Use Your Vacuum to Find Tiny Items You’ve Dropped on the Floor.

We all spend at least a bit of our lives searching endlessly on our floors and carpets for things like earrings or beads. Instead of channeling your inner canine to find something small you dropped on the floor, simply place a stocking over the mouth of a vacuum cleaner. The item will be sucked up, and the stocking prevents it from going into the vacuum’s belly.

Hosting a Barbeque? Use a Muffin Tray to Serve Condiments.

Looking to keep your home looking tidy when you invite your friends over for a summertime barbeque? Rather than placing a gazillion different bottles and jars of condiments on a table, you can use a muffin tray to serve a helping of each dip instead. Your guests will think you’re the smartest guy or gal on the block.

Clean Your Home With Baking Soda.

Some stains are harder to remove than others. But did you know that if you’re having a particularly difficult time removing, say, stains from a coffee maker, you can dip a damp cloth into a bit of baking soda and start scrubbing? Chances are you’ll be shocked at just how clean it’ll become. Believe it or not, there’s a wide world of baking soda hacks.

Cut With Dental floss.

Ever try to cut a cake, a wedge of cheese or other soft food items? If so, there’s a good chance you didn’t cut the items perfectly. Here’s a trick: Instead of using a dull knife (or even a sharp one), you can use unscented dental floss to easily cut items crisply.

Clean Your Showerhead With Vinegar.

It’s amazing how filthy the inside of a shower can get. Since we go into showers to clean ourselves, it’s certainly in our best interest to keep our showers as spotless as possible. But next time, instead of spending your time and energy on cleaning your showerhead, simply fill a bag with vinegar and wrap it around the head. Let it sit overnight. You’ll be shocked out how little effort it takes you to get it as clean as a whistle.

The above list is by no means complete — got any lifehacks of your own? We’d love to hear them. Sound off in the comments below!


Kayla Matthews is a productivity blogger and calendar-planning enthusiast. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter to read all of her latest posts, or check out her blog, Productivity Theory for more productivity tips