6 Clever Hacks to Simplify Your Life
Real Simple’s editors offer genius tricks for everything from scrambling eggs to soothing sunburn.
Elevate Scrambled Eggs With This Surprising Ingredient
Scrambled eggs need little more than butter for the pan and a dash of salt and pepper to make them sublime. But we recently learned of a scrambled egg hack that changes brunch forever. When making a large batch, say four eggs or more, swap the salt for a splash of soy sauce. When seasoning with salt, the grains can fall to the bottom of your bowl and disperse unevenly in the pan. Soy sauce—or gluten free tamari—adds sodium in liquid form, meaning your eggs will be evenly seasoned throughout. Use just a splash to avoid an overly umami scramble.
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Soothe Sunburns With Coconut Oil
Too much fun in the sun? Ease the pain by massaging a light layer of coconut oil to the affected areas. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic & clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, coconut oil’s moisturizing and skin-calming properties have been shown to enhance wound healing, making it helpful for taming inflamed skin. As an added bonus, it also has antimicrobial properties, which may help prevent infections.
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Get Deals on (Slightly) Damaged Clothing
Have you ever spotted a could-be perfect piece in store, reached for it, and realized, sadly, that it’s been damaged? Usually, the issue is minor—a small (removable) stain, a ripped seam, or a missing button—nothing you can’t fix at home for the cost of a small emergency sewing kit. Instead of putting the item back on the rack in defeat, recognize it as an opportunity to inquire about the retailer’s damage discount policy—many stores will knock about 10 percent off of the price, even if it’s already on sale.
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Use Shoeboxes as Drawer Dividers
Why shell out for manufactured drawer dividers? You can make a completely customizable set with just scissors and shoe boxes. Simply cut the boxes in half by length or width, as needed for your space, then tuck into a drawer.
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Boost Your Home Value With a Fresh Coat of Paint
Thinking about selling your home? Think about painting first. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis (a review of more than 32,000 sold homes across the country) found that blue bathrooms in particular (in shades of powder blue or light periwinkle) sold for $5,440 more, while the exterior of homes painted “greige” (you guessed it—a combination of gray and beige) sold for $3,496 more than homes that were painted a medium brown or with tan stucco. And sometimes, all you have to do is paint your front door a different color—doors painted in shades of dark navy blue or slate gray sold for $1,514 more.
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Remove Leather Stains With an Eraser
New jeans plus light-colored leather bag equals a recipe for disaster. The indigo dye from the denim will likely bleed onto the bag and discolor it. To fix, lightly rub an eraser over the leather to make the dye transfer disappear.
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