New isn't always better. Case in point: All of these household tricks have lasted the test of time, because - you guessed it - they really do work.
Vinegar keeps a boiling egg intact.
Anybody who eats boiled eggs knows the frustration of having one crack. Throwing a little vinegar into the boiling water will keep the egg whites from seeping out. The vinegar also eases the peeling process when you're ready to eat.
Use soap on burn marks.
Don't worry - Your pot isn't ruined. Just fill it with hot water and a few squirts of dish soap, bring it to a simmer, then use a spatula to carefully coax the burnt-on bits off as they soften. That's it!
Kill weeds with boiling water.
All you need is tap water that's piping hot to kill weeds in the cracks of your sidewalks and driveway. Pro tip: add a tablespoon of salt to make it even more effective.
Shine silver with toothpaste.
If you have guests coming over, but don't have a silver polish on hand, use toothpaste. Just rub it onto silverware with a soft cloth, rinse, then dry, and you're all set.
Remove clothing stains with lemon.
Just combine lemon juice and salt, apply to your stain, and let sit for half an hour. Rinse vinegar with warm water and wash per usual. This cleaner is safe to use on even delicate or vintage fabrics.
Clean jewelry with seltzer water.
Your favorite drink (minus the lemon) will revive gold jewelry if you combine it with dish soap and let it soak for five minutes. The combination of loosens soil and removes debris.
Use peanut butter on gum.
The next time your kid gets gum stuck in her hair, pull out this sandwich spread. The oil in peanut butter makes gum harden and become less sticky, so you can remove it without scissors.
Exfoliation is everything.
You don't need fancy creams or devices to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy. Combine coconut oil and sugar to make a DIY scrub or use a textured washcloth to remove dead skin cells.
Polish copper with kethcup.
Put a dollop of ketchup on a rag, sprinkle salt on top, then rub the mixture on your copper pot or mugs the next time you're in a rush without a proper polish. Watch and see how it's done here.