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15 Of The Best Organization And Cleaning Hacks You Shouldn’t Have To Live Without

Spring is slowly approaching, which means one thing — spring cleaning! It can be a pain, but when all’s said and done, you know you’re going to feel like a new you.

In an effort to make the process a little less painful, here are some super-simple hacks to try out. Not only will your spring cleaning be a breeze this year, but you might even have some spare time to enjoy the fresh air!

1. Use a tension rod under the sink to double your cleaning product capacity.

2. Clean your paintings with the soft side of a bagel to remove years of dirt and grime.

3. Use an old pillowcase to clean your ceiling fan.

4. Get rid of that “rebel scum” and countless germs by cleaning your kid’s toys in the dishwasher.

5. Create a mustard caddy in your refrigerator to save space and always have the last drop.

6. Wipe down sliding door tracks with a paper towel soaked in vinegar to have it working like new.

7. Remove tough food stains from cast-iron pans with coarse salt.

8. Remove coffee stains with baking soda.

9. Rub a lemon on your bathroom fixtures to bring back their natural shine.

10. Use pipe straps to hang your utensils where you can get to them easily and they stay hidden at the same time.

11. Use a coffee filter to clean a TV screen.

12. Spray a bit of vodka on your bed and the alcohol will kill the odor-causing bacteria.

13. Place pegs in your drawers to make sure your plates are in the right spot.

14. Remove water rings with a hair dryer and a quick swipe of olive oil.

15. Use a utensil tray to keep family members from using the wrong toothbrush.

(via HGTV)

Didn’t we tell you? Your house is going to be an organizational masterpiece! But even if you don’t get to every one of these tips, you’ll still be way, way ahead of the game!

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Watch As A Massive Oil Platform Gets Towed Out To Sea — It’s Overwhelmingly Huge

Taller than the Sears Tower in Chicago by 150 feet and made of 10 times the amount of steel as the Eiffel Tower, the oil platform best known as Bullwinkle is a feat of human engineering. Listed as one of the marvels of the 20th century, it was driven out into the Gulf of Mexico in 1988. And as it went, it was captured on video for all the world to see.

Not only is the structure itself baffling, but look at the size of the boat pulling it in comparison! Crazy.

Even almost 30 years later, this is impressive.

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Take a look at this 300-year-old Catalan practice of building human towers.

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Learn How To Make These 5 Delicious And Nutritious Smoothies!

Waking up on time, making yourself presentable, and getting to work is hard enough to accomplish every morning…

Adding breakfast to that to-do list can seem like a tall ask…and a healthy breakfast? That’s just crazy talk!

But there is a simple way to stop hitting up the fast food joint on the way to work. All you need to do is pre-freeze some fruit and get ready to kick-start living a healthier life. These five breakfast smoothies are simple to make and super delicious to boot.

Those look amazing — I can’t wait to try them. I’m definitely going to be making these smoothies in the near future.

How about you…which one looks the most delicious? Let us know in the comments!

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Onion Rings Are Delicious, But These Ones Also Have CHEESE In Them!

When it comes to salty cravings, onion rings pretty much always top my must-eat list. But then there’s cheese. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with the savory snack…

Which is why you shouldn’t have to choose between the two. What a horrible decision to make! Luckily, with this recipe, we’ll never be forced into a terrible stalemate again.

If you need these in your life…like, yesterday, just follow these instructions.


  • 2 onions
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Flour
  • Egg wash
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
  • Ketchup


  1. Slice the ends off of the onions and peel them.
  2. Thinly slice both onions and separate the layers.
  3. Cut pieces of mozzarella into thin strips.
  4. Put a smaller onion ring inside of a bigger one and place the mozzarella slices in between.
  5. Put the rings on a tinfoil-covered baking sheet and freeze them for an hour.
  6. Dip each ring into flour, then egg wash, and panko bread crumbs (repeating the egg and panko step).
  7. Fry them until golden brown in oil (about five minutes).
  8. Dip in ketchup and devour!

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Cheesy Mashed Potato Cups Are About To Become Your Absolute Favorite Snack

Mashed potatoes should really be their own food group.

I could eat them morning, noon, and night and never think twice about my life decisions. But like most traditional dishes, it can become tiresome having the same thing the same way all the time.

What if I told you, though, that there was a recipe that could turn your leftover mashed potatoes into something scrumptiously new and exciting?

Get ready, because these tasty treats will help you transform mashed potatoes from a side dish into a mouth-watering main course.

I give you…cheesy mashed potato cups!

I can’t wait to make these for myself. They’re so simple! Just follow the recipe below:


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup bacon
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese


  1. Mix the mashed potatoes, bacon, chives, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together in a bowl.
  2. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and divide the mixture between the cups. Mold the mixture to them.
  3. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly between the cups.
  4. Bake at 400° F for 30-35 minutes.
  5. Let cool for a minute or two.
  6. Garnish with sour cream, chives, and bacon, if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

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This LED Graduation Cap Is The Perfect Way To Show How Clever You Got In College

Students across America are coming up on graduation season. While that means the next exciting chapter of their lives is about to begin, it also means the best four years are over.

Naturally, many kids want to say goodbye to their college lives by going out with a bang, and what better way to do exactly that than with a personalized graduation cap? Oh, and I’m not talking about that cliche “thanks Mom and Dad!” sorority crafting nonsense…

Just check out what Emerson College grad Dan Barkus created and showed off in this video.

That’s a pretty genius way to make sure your mom can spot you in the crowd.

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Next Time Your Friend Tries To Be A Wine Snob, Tell Them About These Experiments

I’ll never forget the day when I sat down to watch a documentary and was verbally assaulted with this statement: “This wine has notes of tennis ball and garden hose.”

That is (a paraphrased version of) an actual sentence uttered by an insufferable snob from a film called “Somm.” I know that everyone has their thing, but watching grown-ass adults talking about the base notes in wine in comparison to garden tools for hours on end felt like a form of punishment.

And since I’m a glutton for the stuff, I tuned in until the end. Don’t get me wrong. I love wine. Most people love wine, but sommeliers are known the world over for being the most hardcore winos of all.

But are they really onto something with all that sniffing, spitting, comparison-making insanity? If you ask some researchers, probably not.


According to one decidedly unenthused announcer from Freakonomics Radio, “Wine experts should just put a cork in it.”


Why, you ask? Aside from opening up the possibility of making any friends ever, sommeliers should probably just throw in the towel for the sake of not lying professionally.


“This wine has notes of oak, wet grass, and a lifetime without friendship.”

Call me unrefined, but something tells me that there is no possible way that one could tell the month and year in which a particular wine was bottled. To be fair, I once bought a wine called BearBoat solely because the label was stamped with an adorable bear sitting in a boat. I may not be the best judge here.

So without getting into formal wine-tasting jargon, let’s take a look at a few experiments run by the likes of Harvard economists and California vintners.

1. The Harvard Setup


When Steven D. Levitt was a burgeoning economist at Harvard, he was asked to join a prestigious society filled to the brim with scholars and Nobel Prize recipients called the Society of Fellows. Fancy.

Levitt, who happened to have a taste for grape soda and beef jerky at the time, was a little peeved with the fact that he was paying a ton before each meal to make up for the absolutely insane amount of money the group spent on fine wine.

When he suggested that those who didn’t enjoy guzzling $300 wine pay less, his smarmy buddies turned up their pinot-sniffing noses. To retaliate in the most Harvard way possible, he conducted a little experiment.

When their next wine-tasting event rolled around, he had some tricks up his sleeve.


With a little help from a wine steward, he purchased two bottles of wine that were close to $100 each. After that, he bought a bottle that his buddies would likely call “swill.” It was $8.


He poured the two expensive wines into their own decanters. He filled a third decanter with the cheap wine and repeated one of the expensive vintages in the fourth.

The four wines received similar ratings from the panel. What’s more is that the ratings on the two decanters filled with the same wine showed greater disparity than ratings between decanters that contained totally different wines. I’d call that a win, folks. Needless to say, no one in the Society of Fellows was pleased to hear that they’d been duped.

2. The Vintner Victory


One winemaker by the name of Robert Hodgson was getting all kinds of annoyed with the inconsistencies he faced when he sent his best bottles off to competitions.

Because he happens to have a background in statistics, he put judges at the California State Fair to the test. He presented them with a flight of four wines, three of which were the same one poured from a single bottle. The results made the judges’ inconsistencies blatantly obvious, since the exact same wine was often judged differently by the same people. Fun!

Because I ruin everything in real life, I love TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” To hear Adam Conover’s take on wine snobbery, check this out.

You know what? I’m going to drink my cheap wine proudly. Next time your wine snob friend decides to go from zero to infuriating real quick, smile as you drink your swill knowing that they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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Instead Of Mailing This Broken Mirror Back, He Made Something Even Cooler With It

Before we begin, let me just fill you in on the reaction I have every time I look at what this guy made.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten myself together, we can start.

You know what’s worse than receiving a package in the mail containing something you bought with your own dollars and finding out that the UPS guy busted up your investment? Nothing. No things. You can imagine this guy’s dismay when he realized that his broken package came with a heaping helping of bad luck.

Why? Because it just so happened to be a mirror. Instead of doing what I would definitely do in that situation and fighting the mail carrier even though it probably wasn’t their fault, he turned his luck around by creating what could be the coolest decorative shelf OF. ALL. TIME.

I’m excited about this. Can you tell that I’m excited about this?

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