Life Hacks You Should Know If You Live On Your Own

Adulting is hard. I remember when I moved out on my own and I was so excited for freedom, decorating my own place and the 24 hour party that I imagined in my head. I seemed to neglect the fact, that living on my own also meant cooking my own meals, paying bills and cleaning. It takes time to learn all the things that adults should know how to do. I could have never imagined how essential vinegar and baking soda, have become in my cleaning regimes. 


Do you have a mildew smell in your front loader? After a while it gets little musty, you can try to leave the door open to dry out the moisture but sometimes that is not enough. This is an easy fix, run the washing machine when it is empty with vinegar. There is also a setting on most front loaders that says “clean washer”, if you have that button use it. This trick also works for dishwashers. 

Keep your whites white longer by adding baking soda to your laundry load. Bleach is an absolute last resort because it will weaken the fibres in your fabrics. Another life tip, you cannot bleach anything with elastic or spandex, it will completely ruin the fibres. 

This may be a no-brainer but the dryer filter has to be changed after each load of laundry. 


The cleaning frequency of bedding was never something that was discussed when I was living at home. I knew I had to change or wash my bed-sheets once a week, but the rest of it must of happened behind closed doors. I had to google all this information. Pillows should be washed every three months. Duvet cover should be washed every 6 months. Mattress should be washed once a year. If you have a pillow top, steam the mattress pad and then vacuum it after. Rotate your mattress every couple of months to avoid getting a permanent dip in it. 


Store your dry goods in air tight containers. This will keep them fresher longer and avoid any pest infestation. You may think this is silly, but a friend of mine found moths living in her flour. Not a fun problem to deal with.  

To keep your knives sharp, sharpen them once every couple of weeks. You can use a sharpening stone, electric sharpener, a sharpening steel or take it to a professional.

Burnt food on pots, can be hard to scrub away. If you fill the pot up with water, then drop a used dryer sheet in the pot and leave it overnight, the food should easy wipe away the next day. 

Living Space

Mr.Clean Magic Eraser is a miracle worker. This is one item that comes in handy all the time. It is great for cleaning walls, getting sharpie off of pretty much everything and wiping down most surfaces. 

The best way to clean your carpets is to sprinkle baking soda on them, leave it for 30 minutes or so and than vacuum it out. This will help eliminate any odors as well. This can be done on your mattress as well to eliminate odors

To make fresh flowers last a little bit longer, throw some ice cubes in the vase. This should get wilted flowers to perk up. 


Keep you shoes clean in the winter by mixing together water and vinegar to get rid of salt stains on your shoes

Have stinky feet? Put dryer sheets in your shoes when you aren’t wearing them to get rid of the odor. 

Cut down on germs, by cleaning items you may be neglecting. Your purse is usually on the floor, or it is being lugged around everywhere with you. It is covered in germs. Once a week clean your bag, by either using a baby wipe for leather or hand washing if its made of fabric.  

Make Sweaters last longer, by washing them in a laundry bag, so they don’t snag on other items. 

Adulting is hard! Hopefully these are some helpful tips! I would love to learn other useful life hacks! 

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