Home Hacks for Dads

Anything to make life easier

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer


Life is hard. But some things don’t have to be. Sometimes you just need a little help and creativity. We’ve compiled a list of life hacks that Dads will love. Share it with him to make this day a little easier.

 

1. Spray cooking oil on freezer to keep ice off

An iced-over freezer sucks! Make de-frosting it a whole lot easier by first spraying the interior down with cooking oil.

Coat the freezer with cooking spray for easy defrosting.

Coat the freezer with cooking spray for easy de-frosting.

 

2. Mark your shot

Take note of where you’re hitting your golf ball by coloring your driver with a dry erase maker.

Mark your driver with a dry erase marker to see where you’re hitting the golf ball.

Mark your driver with a dry erase marker to see where you’re hitting the golf ball.

 

3. Put a line on the wall for toilet paper

Kids use too much toilet paper. Help them out by putting a piece of tape on the wall to get the right length.

Measure out the TP.

Measure out the TP.

 

4. Hide cords on fireplace surround

Hide unsightly cords behind a piece of crown molding attached to the fireplace surround.

Hide cords without calling in an electrician.

Hide cords without calling in an electrician.

 

5. DIY stainless steel appliance

Give your appliances a mini-makeover by applying stainless steel looking contact paper.

 

Apply stainless steel looking contact paper to black appliances.

Apply stainless steel looking contact paper to black appliances .

 

6. Hide the router

Hide all the routers and modems with a chic book camouflage.

Hide routers with book covers.

Hide routers with book covers.

 

7. Quiet a slamming door

Stop those loud doors by using felt stickers.

Felt stickers quiet slamming doors.

Felt stickers quiet slamming doors.

 

8. Ease in tough screws

Make screws go into hard wood easier by using soap.

Soap helps screws ease in.

Soap helps screws ease in.

 

9. Make a pine cone hide-a-key

Hide a key in an old medicine jar and top it with a pine cone.

A pine cone-topped hide-a-key.

A pine cone-topped hide-a-key.

 

10. Save your car doors

Use pool noodles to save your doors from scratches in the garage.

Pool noodles come in handy.

Pool noodles come in handy.

 

11. Keep nails handy

Keep nails at your fingertips by applying a magnet to your hammer.

Magnets hold nails onto a hammer.

Magnets hold nails onto a hammer.

 

 12. Remove  a stripped screw

Don’t stress over a stripped screw head. Use a rubber band instead.

Rubber bands helps remove stripped screws.

Rubber bands helps remove stripped screws.

 

13. Use a cardboard nail starter

Save your fingertips by starting nails with a piece of cardboard.

Cardboard starters save fingers and time.

Cardboard starters save fingers and time.

 

14. Stop the trash bag struggle

Early remove trash bags by drilling a hold in the bottom of the trash can to alleviate vacuum pressure.

Drill holes to allow air flow.

Drill holes to allow air flow.

 

15. Make vodka taste better

Run your cheap vodka through a charcoal filter to improve the taste.

Make cheap vodka taste better.

Make cheap vodka taste better.

 

16. Get crisp caulk lines

Use tape to create crisp caulk lines.

Keep caulk lines clean with tape.

Keep caulk lines clean with tape.

 

17. Make a tape cutter

Tape just got a lot easier with this homemade tape cutter.

Keep tape organized.

Keep tape organized.

 

18. Keep your iced coffee strong

Don’t let your iced coffee get watered down. Freeze extra coffee to use.

Iced coffee cubes keep coffee strong.

Iced coffee cubes keep coffee strong.

 

19. Stash your cash

Use an old lip balm tube to hide extra cash when traveling.

Stash you cash.

Stash you cash.

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