5 Brilliant Household Hacks for All Those Sold-Out Quarantine Supplies
Restaurants are shuttered, schools are closed—and after a long and grueling trip to the supermarket, where you had to wait in line just to get in and where the toilet paper was being guarded like bars of gold, you realize you forgot something at the store.
The truth is, most of us will forget to buy something (or multiple things) over the next few weeks. Or in many cases, stores will be out of the very thing we went there to buy. And right now, cleanliness is top of mind.
Which is why we teamed up with cleaning experts from across the country to bring you a few helpful hacks. Fortunately, a lot of basic household items can come in handy in a pinch. So whether you forgot the shampoo, ran out of disinfecting wipes, or didn’t buy enough hand sanitizer, we’ve got you covered. Here are five common household items that will help you stay clean throughout quarantine.
It’s no surprise this natural moisturizer can be used as a stand-in for a handful of skincare products. But it might surprise you just how many. Skin cream, makeup remover, lip balm, and even shaving cream are all well within the use cases for this powerful natural oil.
“You can even use olive oil as a shaving cream,” explains Jon Gibbons, a cleaning consultant for Smart Vacuums. “It’s gentle on the skin and actually moisturizes as well as slicking up the skin for a shave.”
5. Lemons and limes
When life gives you lemons, use them in everything! Lemon and lime juice make for great additions or substitutes for a variety of DIY home cleaners and products. Here are a few creative ways to put those citric acids to work.
“You can use [lime] as a personal deodorant when mixed with baking soda, as a deodorizer for just about any home surface, as a natural hair gel, and it even works as a natural preservative for foods,” explains Norma Capin of Dallas Maids. “If you pour some in a dishwashing mix, [it] will work as a degreaser and give dishes a fresh smell, or you can add it to a natural shampoo—it will help to get rid of dandruff.”
Lemon mixed with sea salt also works wonders as a natural abrasive cleaning agent.