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.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 2, 2015

Perfume. Nail polish. Change. It’s all a mishmash of an eyesore on my dresser – until now. Choose any fabric, grab one of the half dozen shoe boxes taking up precious closet space, and create this practical and chic storage tray.

This one’s in my bedroom, but I’m seriously contemplating another for my work desk, stationery collection, or jewelry.

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November 8, 2013