Looking for some mom hacks to make things a little smoother in your home? From cooking, cleaning, and more we are sharing some of our tried and true mom hacks that work and are worth your time.
Mom Hacks Worth Your Time
Check out these mom hacks and let us know which ones you plan on trying!
Home and Cleaning
A few items you’ll want to keep on hand for the cleaning hacks are vinegar, a glass spray bottle, distilled water, and baking soda! You can clean pretty much everything in your house with these simple items
I read somewhere that the air inside your home can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air! Mic Drop right? You can help that by simply opening up your windows early in the morning or evening for just 15 minutes a day!
This is also super important for cold and flu season and air circulation will help reduce transmission!
I have been cleaning my dishwasher with this method for years.
2 cups of vinegar in a glass bowl
Sprinkle baking soda on the inside bottom
Run your dishwasher on a clean or normal cycle
Bonus: Don’t forget to clean your dishwasher filter every 3 months!
Washing Machine Cleaner
Similar to the dishwasher you can clean your washing machine with vinegar and baking soda!
Start the washing machine on hottest setting after it’s slightly filled add 4 cups of distilled white vinegar.
You can also add 1 cup of baking soda at the same time for a deep clean.
When the cycle is done wipe down with a clean rag.
For a front loader add vinegar to the soap dispenser and baking soda to the drum.
See a trend with vinegar? I buy these large containers of vinegar from Costco and make my own window cleaner.
Combine equal parts of vinegar and distilled water in a spray bottle
Clean windows and mirrors with spray and a cloth or paper
DIY All-Purpose Cleaner
¼ cup rubbing alcohol
3 drops of castile soap
16 ounces of water
A few drops of lemon essential oil (optional)
Add these items to a spray bottle and there you go!
Carpet Cleaner & Deodorizer
You can use baking soda as a stain remover on your carpet but you can also use it as a regular carpet cleaner/deodorizer!
Sprinkle baking soda over the carpet (you can also premix baking soda with a few drops of essential oil before sprinkling on the carpet for a nontoxic scent)
Let sit for 15 minutes
To get a funky smell out of your garbage disposal you can pour ¼ cup of baking soda and follow with boiling water. Repeat until the smell is gone!
Use distilled vinegar as your softener in the washing machine.
If you prefer a scented softener, then use a quart-size container with vinegar and add 10-15 drops of essential oil, stir to mix well, and apply a label to your bottle/jar!
Swap out your dryer sheets for dryer balls. It will save you money and you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals or fragrances. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the balls if you want!
Pro Tip: If you are still dealing with static you may be drying your clothes for too long. Shorten the dry time for 5 minutes until you reach the sweet spot.
This hack will be your new BFF! My friend Brooke just taught me this! Most washers have a delay wash option! Get your load of laundry ready the night before and set it for Delay Wash. Have it start 1 hour before you wake up the next morning so by the time you wake up it is already done and is ready for you to switch!
My Motto: A load a day keeps the laundry monster away! Start a load first thing in the morning and it will be ready to switch by the time everyone finishes breakfast.
Cooking / Baking
One of the best hacks for meals specifically dinner is to meal plan for the week! When I am meal planning for the week, dinner and evenings are so much smoother.
We made this FREE printable for you to make meal planning and your grocery list so much easier.
Baking and forgot to set out butter to become room temperature? This hack is so easy!
Fill a large glass with really hot water
Dump out the water and place it over the butter
Let sit for 5 minutes
After 5 minutes butter should be at room temperature
If you are like me and use a lot of garlic, this will be your new favorite hack!
Add peeled garlic and enough olive oil to cover garlic to a food processor or blender
Pulse until minced
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or 1 year in the freezer
Use condiment bottles for easy and less mess cookie decorating! With each season we love decorating themed cookies, houses, and other baked goods!
Adding frosting to these bottles makes them great for kids!
Leftovers For Guests
Are you hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas this year and don’t want to lose all of your Tupperware? We love these alternative ideas!
Head to the dollar store or your local goodwill and buy dishes that guests can take leftovers in and not have to worry about returning them!
These disposable muffin pans are perfect for individual portion sizes! Simply portion out leftovers and cover with aluminum foil.
Chill Wine/ Champagne Quickly
Have guests coming over and forgot to chill the wine or champagne? Quick fix! Wrap the bottle in a wet/damp towel or paper towel and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes! It will be perfectly chilled!
Now my grandma taught me this one and it is super helpful, especially during the busy holidays! You can pre-peel potatoes and just keep them in cold water until you are ready to cook/boil!
They won’t turn brown and the water keeps them fresh!
Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Yes, I learned this hack from TikTok and yes we LOVE it! All you need is a package of store-bought cinnamon rolls and heavy cream.
Arrange cinnamon rolls in a nonstick pan
Pour ½ cup – ¾ cup heavy cream over cinnamon rolls
Bake as directed
Top with icing
Hot Cocoa Toppings
Up your hot cocoa with these 2 fun topping ideas of shaped whipped cream and shredded chocolate
Spread whip cream over a lined cookie sheet
Freeze in freezer
Cup frozen whip cream with cookie cutters and add to hot cocoa
Top with shredded chocolate (use a potato shredder and shred chocolate)
Here are a few of my favorite car hacks! You can check out more of our car hacks here!
Weekly Clean Out
Schedule a specific day when you clean out your car (Friday is my day). Bring in all unnecessary items, throw away the trash, and give a quick vacuum.
If you have kids then you undoubtedly deal with kids wanting to bring toys and activities to the car. The weekly clean-out with help declutter, but these organizers have been a great addition to our car. Books, coloring books, and coloring pencils.
They are also large enough to organize diapers, wipes, and easy-to-access snacks!
Keep an emergency kit and emergency kit organizer handy in your car. In addition to the first aid items you also want to include extra clothes, shoes, bottled water, and snacks. Swap out items seasonally.
Those are some of our favorite and most used mom hacks! Include your favorite mom hack in the comments below!
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!