Recipe for Success: 5 Winning Tips and Tricks for the Home

Updated October 8, 2019

You don't need to be on Top Chef to master these recipes.

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In fact, you don't even need to cook. Do you want laundry that smells like a valley of wildflowers? Or how about a clean, shiny stove top?

Check out this collection of easy recipe cards for a happier, healthier home.

#1: The DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe

Need: 2 cups bar soap, 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax

A. Use an old cheese grater to grate the bar soap into a bowl.

B. Add the washing sode and borax to the bowl and mix together.

C. Store in a sealable container. Use two tablesppon per load.

#2: The Coffee Maker Cleaning Trick

Need: 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, coffee maker

A. Fill your coffee machine's reservoir with the vinegar and water mixture.

B. Brew a 'pot' and let solution sit for 15 minutes.

C. Brew two cycles of just water to remove the vinegar flavor.

#3: The Stove Top Cleaning Hack

Need: Range coil, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 vinegar, 5 hours of time

A. Remove all of your stove top's heating coils.

B. Place each coil into a separete plastic bag.

C. Add the baking soda and vinegar to each bag, and let sit for five hours.

#4: The Dishwasher Cleaning Trick

Need: Dishwash + 1 cup of vinegar

A. Remove all of the bits of food from your dishwashers's filter basket.

B. Pour the vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher.

C. Run a cyclce on the hottest setting.

#5: The Easy Butterfly Feeder

Need: banana peel, 1/4 cup sports drink, 1/4 cup brown sugar

A. Poke several holes in the banana peel.

B. Soak it in hte sports drink and sprinkle with brown sugar.

C. Hang the peel from a tree at eye level and enjoy the butterflies.

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