20 Life Hacks You Wish You’d Known About Sooner

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9. Keep Your Baked Goods Soft with White Bread

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To keep your leftover cookies, cakes, muffins and other baked goods as soft as they were the day you baked them, place them in an airtight container with a slice of store-bought white bread. The baked goods will absorb the moisture from the bread, keeping them soft — and keeping your family and friends happy.


-You can use this same trick to keep your brown sugar soft.

-Make sure you store soft cookies (chocolate chip, peanut butter, gingerbread, etc.) separately from crispy cookies.

8. Locate Lost Small Items by Wrapping Your Vacuum Cleaner Nozzle with a Stocking

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It really sucks when we lose or misplace something — especially when it’s a small item that’s hard to find and easy to get sucked up into a vacuum cleaner. So, before you go vacuuming the whole house only to have to open the vacuum cleaner bag to dig out the item you were looking for, wrap a piece of stocking (pantyhose) around your vacuum cleaner nozzle first, then turn on the vacuum. The stocking is thin enough to let the vacuum do its job while keeping the lost item from getting sucked inside.

7. Easily Remove Gum from Your Carpet

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There’s a reason why students aren’t allowed to chew gum at school. Because the teachers and staff know that that gum will end up in places where it isn’t supposed to be. The same thing can be said for when kids are chewing gum at home. They often play with it more than chew it, pulling it out of their mouths slowly to see how long they can stretch it, rolling it into a little ball between the palms of their hands, etc. And, when (not if) they get it stuck to your carpet, don’t freak out. Just place a sandwich bag filled with ice cubes on top of the gum and let it sit for about a half hour. When the gum is frozen, break it apart and pull it out of the carpet. Voila! Gum-free carpet.