Being a mom means lots of things, including having savvy knowledge about certain things that your friends who aren’t moms probably don’t have. Here are some cool mommy hacks that you can use anytime.
1. Cinnamon In The Sandbox Keeps The Bugs Away!
Yep. Sprinkle some cinnamon in that sandbox to keep buggy pests from crawling all over your kid. Sprinkle and mix a whole bottle of cinnamon in with the sand. Works like a charm. Bugs hate cinnamon, they love pepper. Everybody knows that. UGH.
2. Use Dental Floss to Cut A Cake
This works great if you want perfectly clean slices, especially with softer cakes like cheesecake or mousse cakes. Perfect for bringing to the park and disposing after use, instead of having to carry a dirty knife back with you. Works great for soft cheeses, too!
3. Use Bottle Nipple As Medicine Dispenser
My mom showed me this when Pearl was a baby, and my mind was blown. I would put the gripe water or colic calm in the nipple and let my child suck the liquid out. Genius! Apparently people have been doing this for quite some time, but since I didn’t know this as a new mom, there may be some of you out there that will find this one helpful!
4. Cupcake Liner as Popsicle Drip Catcher
I can’t tell you the amount of stains I’ve had to have removed from my rugs due to Pearl’s popsicle drippings. She now has to eat them naked, outside. If I would have known this sooner, It would have saved me a lot of trouble!
5. Hanging Shoe Rack as Cleaning Supply Organizer
This is a great way to get the cleaning supplies all organized and out from under the sink. How great is this?!? Could also be used to store crafting supplies.
6. Section off Ground Meat Before Freezing For Perfect Portions
I actually have been doing this for a long time…it is really helpful! Cuts down on waste & every portion is perfect! Break off what you need and keep the rest frozen.
7. Wrap the Ends of Bananas with Plastic Wrap to Keep Twice as Long
Not exactly sure about the science behind this, but it works! Wrap the ends of the banana bunch in plastic wrap & it will keep the bananas from over ripening quickly.
8. Keep Onions in The Refigerator to Prevent Crying While Cutting
Cold onions make you produce a lot less tears when you cut them! My brother in law taught me this, and I’ve been keeping my onions in the refrigerator ever since.
9. Pour Pancake Batter From A Squeeze Bottle For Fun Shapes
I love this! You can buy a condiment squeeze bottle practically anywhere for really cheap, or use an empty ketchup bottle. Pour the pancake batter in it and use it to make precision shaped flapjacks! Mickey mouse, hearts, letters…the possibilities are endless! 10. Clean Toys In the Dishwasher
This is perfect for all of the infant toys that don’t contain electronics. Put them all in the dishwasher & set on a gentle sanitizing setting, no detergent needed. Voila! Clean & sterile toys.
11. Wear a Bathrobe Over Work Clothes Until Kids Leave for School
How many times has your blouse been stained before you even get out of the door? Try putting on a thin bathrobe over your clothes & removing it right before you walk out of the door to prevent anything from getting on your clothes during the morning routine with the kids!
12. Make An Instant Art Bib With Glad Press n’ Seal
No washing of clothing involved! Just press and seal the plastic directly onto front of the shirt for an instant art smock.
13. Use a Pool Noodle as a Bed Bumper for Bed Transitioning Tots
Place a pool noodle under the fitted sheet of a toddler bed or any bed for a perfect bumper to keep your child safe in the bed. I think these make the bed look like a giant changing table, but I must say, it is a very cheap alternative to the expensive guard rails that can cost over $50.
14. Wet Paper Towel Around Bottle & Freeze for 15 Minute Cold Beverage
Enjoy an ice cold glass of beer or wine in 15 minutes by simply wrapping a wet paper towel around the bottle & putting it in the freezer. Don’t leave it in too long! 15 minutes should be enough to get it ice cold.
15. Cut A Sticker In Half to Show Toddler Which Foot Goes Where
A great visual for a toddler! It’s like a puzzle piece. Cut the sticker in half and place one side in each shoe. That way your kid will know which one goes on the left, and which one goes on the right.
What are some of your favorite mom hacks? Share in the comments below!