For your bed: The ultimate lazy bed-making? While you’re still tucked in, spread your arms wide and grab the edges of your sheets and comforter. Flap them like a gym-class parachute, then lay back while holding the bedding. Fold it over neatly, and slip on out. Voilà.

For your microwave: Tackle microwave odors with a fragrant punch of citrus. Place fresh orange rinds inside and heat for a minute. The steam will distribute brightly scented oils – and all you have to do is wipe down the appliance.

For squeaky doors: If there’s an irritating noise coming from your door, just grab a stick of deodorant. As a quick fix, rub it onto the problematic hinges. Squeaks, begone.

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March 2, 2015

For hat hair: Tie a silk scarf underneath that snug beanie. The fluid fabric minimizes flyaway-causing friction and static. Your tresses will thank you upon taking it off.

For air-drying curls: Don’t step into the freezing cold with wet locks. Style curly hair into four loose buns to dry overnight. Put one on each side of your head, twisting the bun away from your face. Then wrap two more on the crown of your head.

For split ends: Mix three tablespoons olive oil with two tablespoons raw honey for a nourishing hair mask. Apply post-shampoo, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, rinse, and re-shampoo. Bye, damaged strands and flaky scalp.

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February 23, 2015

For sturdier tights: Three quick steps prep a new pair of tights for long-lasting wear. Run them under water and squeeze out the excess liquid. Put them in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. Let them warm to room temperature and slip them on.

For salt stains on clothing: Don’t despair if sidewalk salt covers the back of your pants. Soak a clean rag with one part white vinegar to two parts water. Treat each stain and then pat dry.

For too-long black skinnies: Need a shorter hemline but want to avoid a trip to the tailor? Take advantage of your knee crease, grabbing the fabric and pulling upward to fold over until you hit the desired length.

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February 17, 2015

For better smoothies: Want bananas that are easy to blend? Peel and slice into two-inch chunks, then arrange the fruit in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined cookie sheet to freeze. Once rock solid, portion them into grab-and-go freezer bags.

For kitchen burns: So you poured boiling water on yourself or touched a scalding pan. Soothe the impending blister with Greek yogurt (its probiotics help reduce inflammation). Leave it on skin for about ten minutes, then rinse off.

For frozen locks: When temperatures dip, frozen locks plague cars and front doors alike. Next time you can’t wiggle the key inside, warm it up with a lighter first.

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February 9, 2015

For cosmetic brushes: The key to clean makeup bristles may be lurking by your kitchen sink. Dawn dish soap is an unexpected way to degrease your brush collection. Squeeze a bit of it onto a small plate, then tap in your wet brush to dilute the suds, swirl in your palm to build a lather, and rinse.

For bangs-induced breakouts: If you’re rocking a fringe haircut, you might also be familiar with forehead blemishes. Avoid touching your bangs (a common way to transfer dirt and bacteria) and switch to oil-free hair products for clearer skin.

For whiter teeth: Another DIY remedy lurking in your kitchen? Baking soda. Wet your toothbrush, coat it with the powder, and brush your teeth for two minutes. With occasional use, you’ll benefit from a bright, polished smile.

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February 2, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

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January 26, 2015

For dried-out eyeliner: Felt- and brush-tipped liquid liners can dry out quickly, but you can keep the ink flowing with a few easy tricks. Make sure to give a good shake before use, and always store tip-down at room temperature.

For chapped hands: One of the biggest polar vortex pitfalls? Cracked knuckles and peeling cuticles. A balm is the best remedy, so carry one in your bag and apply often. To avoid getting grease marks on your to-do list or clothing, spot treat only the problematic areas.

For your under-eye: You know it well – the dreaded early-afternoon concealer crease. To prevent it, tap face oil along your under-eye before patting on concealer. If you notice any crevices later in the day, reapply one drop of oil rather than more makeup.

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January 12, 2015

For deodorant marks: You slip into that LBD and alas – there are white streaks all over it. Grab a hanger from the dry cleaners and rub the spot gently using its foam cover.

For cleaning denim: If you’re in the less-is-more camp when it comes to washing jeans, try steaming your skinnies and spritzing a fabric-refreshing spray to fight odor-causing bacteria.

For suede care: Before putting your suede shoes away after wear, use a horsehair brush to dust off accumulated dirt. Proactive cleaning will prevent trips to the cobbler later.

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December 22, 2014

For your holiday décor: Create a festive glow at home. Simply stuff holiday lights into a tall bell jar. For a more dramatic look, cluster several together in a nonfunctional fireplace.

For DIY tea lights: Running errands for a party? Add satsumas (or clementines) and olive oil to your shopping list. In a few simple steps, you can use the fruit’s skin and pith for mini tabletop candles.

For fresh flowers: Everyone loves a bouquet of blooms, but caring for one can prove challenging for anyone with a black thumb. Just pour a small amount of 7UP into a vase to preserve them.

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December 15, 2014

For your eyes: Highlighting your bottom lash line is oh-so-hot right now. Dip a slant-tipped brush in water, then dab it in an eyeshadow hue that’s slightly lighter than your top liner. Apply for a soft, diffused look.

For removing stray nail polish: Simplify your next at-home mani and battle the mess before it begins. Using a Q-tip soaked in baby oil, trace the outline of each nail prior to painting. Any stray polish will rub right off when you’re done.

For minimizing hair static: Ease static (that pesky winter hair woe) with natural bristles and metal combs instead of plastic ones, and don’t underestimate the power of a cream-based styling product.

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December 8, 2014