Creative hacks for home appliances

30 November 2016


You spend your day multitasking, so why shouldn’t your appliances tackle more than one task, too? Maximise the potential of these household appliances with outside-the-box thinking and creativity — you’ll be surprised to learn that they can also be used to soothe crying babies and dye fabrics.

Try out these rather nifty (and wacky) ways to use your home appliances and let us know what you think. It’s time to teach your old gadgets some new tricks!




Make your own herb oil with an ice cube tray, fresh herbs (oregano, thyme, and rosemary) and olive oil.  In a small saucepan, add roughly chopped herbs into the olive oil to warm until aromatic, for about 5 minutes. Fill up an ice cube tray halfway with the oil infusion, wrap the tray in plastic with some plastic before freezing. Remove the cubes and store in labeled freezer bags once set. Simply add a frozen herb oil into your hot saute pan to elevate any dish.

Place some lazy Susans on your fridge shelves so that items are within reach, without having to fumble or move other items around. This is will also help you remember things that got pushed to the back of your fridge.


Microwave Oven


Squeeze more juice from citrus fruits after they’ve been microwaved for 10 seconds. Tired of crying whenever you chop onions? Trim off the ends before microwaving the onion on high for 30 seconds before chopping. Make peeling garlic easier by heating the head of garlic in a microwave for 20 seconds. The cloves will slide right out of their skins.

Also, de-germ sponges by soaking them in water with a spritz of white vinegar, and microwave for 2 minutes. Rub cutting board with the cut side of a lemon and microwave for 1 minute for disinfection.


Vacuum Cleaner


Place old stockings/tights over the vacuum cleaner’s hose, secure with a rubber band, and run it in between couch cushions and behind beds to find tiny misplaced items like earrings. Also, cover the edges of the machine’s head with masking tape to prevent scuffs when you accidentally hit the wall or door while vacuuming.

Soothe a crying baby by simply switching the vacuum cleaner on. Seriously, there’s something about that electric whirr that makes this the ultimate white noise machine.


Hair Dryer


Instead of a using compressed air duster, try using your hair dryer to excavate food crumbs from your computer keyboard. We suggest sticking to cool air to avoid melting your spacebar. Blow the dust out of hard-to-clean items like Lego blocks and fake flowers; use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust from the floor after.

To break in a pair of leather shoes, step into them while wearing thick socks and blow-dry the parts that are too tight for about 15 seconds. Shoes will also look brand new when you blast them with some heat between layers of polish.

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