Trying to get back to basics? Looking to rid yourself of the oops and uh ohs in a quick, easy and inexpensive way? Check out these 3 products to have in your home at all times.

With all of the advanced technologies and wireless this and that, it’s important to get back to basics and revert to simpler times. Remember those crazy family secrets and tricks your mother taught you growing up; you know, the one’s that didn’t involve anything digital or too complicated? Remember how you sat there, mouth wide open, wondering how in the world she did that? How magical it was when seltzer removed that god-awful stain that had you running for the hills? Smiley’s here with a few secrets of our own, ready to share with you the three products you should always have in your home to help get you through the oops and uh-ohs.

1. Baking Soda: 

Think baking soda may be used solely as a refrigerator deodorizer? Think again! Check out these helpful tips and unique uses:

Drain cleaner: pour one cup down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water.

Bath soak: add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.

Clean furniture: clean and remove marks from walls and painted furniture by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

For other awesome ways to use baking soda check here.

2. Vinegar:

Vinegar isn’t only tasty in salad dressing. It’s helpful in more ways than one…

Restore shine in hair: leave your hair feeling smooth and silky by adding 1 cup vinegar to 2 cups warm water, add a drop of an essential oil you like, and work into hair.

Prolong the life of flowers: enjoy the sensational smell and sight of flowers longer than ever by adding two tablespoons of vinegar plus three tablespoons of sugar per quart of warm water

Brighten clothes: keep the color light and bright in your favorite shirt or sweater by adding ½ cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Look here for more tips with vinegar.

3. Dryer Sheets:

Dryer sheets have way more use than making your laundry feel soft and fresh. Read below for some cool ways to utilize.

Keep bugs away: tuck some in your picnic basket or under lawn furniture to repel bees and keep them flocking the flowers (and not your skin!)

Clean paint brushes: soak your used paintbrushes in warm water with a dryer sheet, and that pesky paint will come off in under a minute.

Dusting: used dryer sheets can knock the dust off nearly any surface including furniture, blinds, car interior and more.

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