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20+ Mom Hacks Worth Your Time

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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

Fresh Air

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!

Dishwasher Cleaner

I have been cleaning my dishwasher with this method for years. You should clean your dishwasher every 1-3 months!

  • Remove and clean filter with soap and water
  • Sprinkle baking soda on the inside bottom and use a soft cleaning brush to gently wipe down the entire inside
  • Add 1-2 cups of vinegar in a glass bowl and place on top rack
  • Run your dishwasher on a clean or normal cycle (without the dry cycle)

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.

Bonus:  Don’t forget to clean the soap dispenser


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DIY Window Cleaner

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
  • Vacuum

Garbage Disposal

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!

Laundry Hacks

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Fabric Softener

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!

Dryer Balls

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.

Delay Wash

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!

Daily Load

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

weekly meal plan

Meal Planning

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.

Homemade Freezer Waffles (High Protein!)

My son has been pretty picky about what he eats, but one thing he will always eat – waffles! Since we began BLW, he has always been a big fan of waffles and months later, he still loves them. We go through them like hot cakes, so once a week I prep a big batch.

It makes it so much easier each morning to pull one out of the freezer, pop it in the toaster oven and give it to him in less than a couple minutes. And since they are homemade, there are no bad ingredients! Clean, healthy, and high protein. Here’s how to make them (and here’s everything we use for them!):

Combine:

  • Kodiak Pancake Mix
  • Scoop of Protein Powder
  • Scoop of Collagen Powder
  • Milk
  • 1 Egg (optional)
  • Splash of Egg Whites (optional)
  • Optional Add-Ins: spinach, blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, etc.

Pre-heat waffle maker (I use this one to make 6 waffles out of time, but this is another great waffle maker option for the Eggo Waffle Look). I like to use coconut oil so the waffles don’t stick.

Make your waffles. Allow to cool a bit, then store them in the freezer and defrost as needed. These typically never last longer than a week in our freezer, but I am sure they would last fine for a month.

Soften Butter

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

Minced Garlic

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!

Potatoes

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
  • ENJOY!

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)

Car

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.

Organizer

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!

Emergency Kit

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.

Here’s what we recommend you keep in your car.

Mom Hacks

Those are some of our favorite and most used mom hacks!  Include your favorite mom hack in the comments below!

Co-Founder

Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

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 board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she 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, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!