Two Weird Things You Should Start Putting in Your Dryer

Two laundry hacks for your dryer

I'm always skeptical of “hacks” I see on the internet. Sometimes techniques touted as life hacks can be – well… hacky! On the flip side, we've tested a few hacks here on Curbly before with surprising success. I've seen these two laundry hacks pass through my media feeds a few times, and decided to finally give in and try them out myself. Both are supposed to optimize your dryer. Do they work? Let's find out!             

Dryer Hack #1: Replace dryer sheets with rolled up aluminum foil

Balled up aluminum foil can replace dryer sheets in the dryer

THE THEORY: You may have seen this one. Continue Reading

Three Ways to Remove Paint from Door Hardware

Three methods for removing old paint from hardware

I’m currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it’s the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree.  Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Mini Tabletop Grill from Household Items!

created at: 02/02/2012

It’s a strangely warm and sunny winter day today and I’ve got the itch to get outside and grill something.  A personal-sized mini grill made from items around the house seems like the perfect lunch-making tool to me!  Just throw on some fresh veggies and you’ve got yourself a tasty treat.   


Victoria from A Subtle Revelry created a bunch of these tiny tabletop grills for a party (awesome idea, BTW), but I figure making one for a quick lunchtime snack is a-okay.   Continue Reading

Loosen Lids MacGyver Style Plus Other Household Tricks

created at: 2009-05-28

Photo: mx caz

No need to buy those floppy rubber lid looseners when you have plain old rubberbands laying around. I love to pull out some common household item and show Mr. Mod how it’s used in an unexpected way since he’s the king of making-do. (Hey, it’s all I got!)

RealSimple has a list of multi-duty performers and tips for using their multi-functionality. See more

created at: 2009-05-28

Photo: Kate Sears

ways you can pile more more tasks onto rubberbands, salt, post-its, clear nail polish and more. Continue Reading