6 Easy Life Hacks That’ll Make Your Summer Breezier

Save time and money this summer with these homemade hacks for cleaning, organizing, and keeping bugs at bay.

By Alison Caporimo
Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine July 2014
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    Bleach sanitizes pool toys

    Dip a sponge into a mixture of two cups of bleach and one gallon of water, then wipe down pool noodles and beach balls. Scrub off grime with a brush, and rinse with water.

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    Vinegar brightens patio furniture

    Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spritz over chairs and tables to remove mildew stains and prevent mold from forming.

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    Coffee grounds banish ants

    Sprinkle some grounds near doorways. Coffee’s high nitrogen content burns bugs, so they won’t walk across it and into your home.

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    Flip-flops become doorstops

    Cut a wedge of rubber from an old thong and use it to prop open a door and let the summer breeze in.

    Dryer sheets repel bugs

    Keep sheets of this laundry staple in a cup outdoors—they mask the human scent that attracts mosquitoes.

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    Foil cleans the grill

    While the coals are still red-hot, lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the grates and close the grill’s lid. The next time you grill, crumple up the foil and use it to scrub off the burned residue before you start cooking.

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