Improving one’s home is a never-ending cycle. That’s why people are constantly on the lookout for faster ways to wash dishes or smarter ways to fit more into their kitchen — and 2017 was no exception. These are the highlights of what we learned this year and will embrace for years to come.
Use the tag on fitted sheets.
If you’ve ever struggled putting the fitted sheet on your mattress, listen up: Thanks to Reddit user Nolapatrona, we learned the corner with the tag always goes on the bottom right side of your mattress. Genius.
Clean dishes faster.
The wrap-around design of this tool cleans both sides at once, helping you save major time. It’ll also make washing knife blades easier and safer. We’ll take two.
Polish copper with ketchup.
If your copper item is looking tarnished, squirt some ketchup on a rag, then sprinkle salt on top. Rub the mixture on your item and repeat until you’ve covered every inch of the surface. Rinse it off and your item will be as shiny as ever. Watch and see how it’s done here.
Dry dishes the Finnish way.
In Finland, people install over-the-sink cabinets that, instead of having shelves on the inside, feature slotted dish racks so you can put wet dishes away and let them drip dry in to the sink. This means they don’t have to hand-dry anything, and you’ll save serious counter space.
Restore white sneakers with baking soda.
One of Twitter user @sarahtraceyy’s tweets went viral this year because it showed the astounding before-and-after pictures of her white Converse shoes. Even better: All it took was a little baking soda and laundry detergent.