Oregonians love a good DIY project, especially if it means saving time, money and living more efficiently. While these life hacks are good for anyone to know, they’re especially relevant to life in Oregon. From waterproofing your shoes to being a more efficient camper, here are 12 great tips that’ll make life a little easier from now on.
12. Use beeswax to waterproof your shoes.
A simple way to waterproof your canvas shoes is to coat them in beeswax. Simply rub the beeswax on, melt with a blow dryer, and let them sit.
11. Make coffee ice cubes.
Instead of throwing out the extra coffee when it gets cold, pour it into an ice tray and put it in the freezer. Then later on, you can use them in iced coffee without watering it down. Or, try putting a couple coffee ice cubes into a coke. It may sound odd, but it’s delicious!
10. Use your leftover cranberry sauce for baking.
Despite how delicious cranberries are, especially during the holidays, somehow there always seem to be leftovers. So this year, what I did was use them in my holiday baking! You can make delicious cranberry muffins, or what I did was make cranberry bars by baking up some shortbread cookies in a baking pan, and then ten minutes before taking them out of the oven I spread cranberry sauce over the top with a fork. ten minutes later - Viola! Perfect cranberry topped shortbread.
9. Dry your wet phone in a bag of rice.
Have you ever come in from the rain only to realize your phone got soaked? Try turning it off and putting it in a bag of rice overnight to soak up any water that may have gotten inside.
8. Cool beer faster.
Oregon has some incredible craft beer, but no matter how good it is you probably would prefer to drink it cold. When you want to cool a beer quickly, Wrap the bottle in wet paper towels and put it in the fridge to expedite the cooling process.
7. Make your iPhone speakers louder.
Stand your phone upright in a cup to make it play music louder (but make sure there’s no liquid in the cup….yes, it has happened….).
6. A home-made camping lantern.
When you’re camping, strap a head lamp to a gallon jug of water as a makeshift lantern that will fill the tent with light.
5. Similarly, save room in your cooler by using frozen water bottles instead of bagged ice.
The frozen water bottles will keep the cooler cold and then when they melt you’ll have extra drinking water.
4. Avoid traffic - take the MAX.
Avoid getting stuck in the crazy rush hour traffic in Portland by taking Mass Transit. It may be crowded, it’s better than spending an hour to go two miles on the highway when the cars are bumper-to-bumper. The same rule applies to big sports games. Plus, it's better for the environment.
3. Freshen the air, while heating your house.
When you turn on the heat, does your house fill up with that weird dusty vent smell? A simple trick to freshen the air is to tape a dryer sheet or two over the vent. That works for air conditioners too.
2. Unfreeze car doors using hand sanitizer.
If you’re up on a mountain and your car door freezes shut, you can use hand sanitizer to unfreeze the door.
1. Make leg warmers out of old sweaters.
Thinking of throwing away a beloved old sweater? One great trick to reuse it is to cut off the sleeves to use as leg warmers around the house when it’s cold out.
What are your favorite life hacks? Share your wisdom in the comments.