We’ve got reader’s laundry tips and how to make coffee when your in a pinch in this month’s tips and tricks. If you’ve got a life hack that you love, tell us about it. We may feature it in an issue of Metro Parent and give you $25.
Save your guac
Guacamole is what I call a “desert island” food. I could happily eat it every day. Unfortunately, it’s a pain in the butt. As soon as you crack open a tub or whip up a batch, you’ve got to eat it up before it goes brown. Air is its enemy. My best trick? Good ol’ H2O. Carefully pour a solid layer of water over the top of your guac to keep out the air. Then pour it off and mix it up when you’re ready to dive back in.
– Julia Elliott
Dirty laundry trick
One thing that makes laundry duty even more tedious? Turning clothes right-side-out before you put them away. Here’s a fix: Wash and fold it as is. Receive it inside out, return it inside out. Your kids just might break the habit and think twice before tossing it in the hamper.
– Jessica Schrader
Coffee filters perform a sacred duty in our house. But these simple-yet-sturdy items can take on more than java grounds. Naturally lint-free, they’re ace at wiping smudges from appliances – or, for a nasty spill on carpet, toss one down to blot. On the flip side: Out of filters? Use a paper towel. Brews up grand.
– Kim Kovelle
DIY compost collecting
Planting season in southeast Michigan starts around mid-May. Got a compost pile for your garden? Make a compost bin for your kitchen. Using an old plastic coffee container, drill holes into the lid for airflow. To lock in odor, pick up a pack of carbon filters (a Nature’s Miracle two-pack is $3.19 on Amazon) and cut to fit the top of the can. Toss in non-meat scraps like veggies, eggshells and coffee grounds. Tote it out to the pile once it’s full.
– Amanda Rahn