Game-Changing Life Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed

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Memorial Day weekend is behind us now, which means it's full force ahead into summer barbecues and lazy days. But, of course, no one wants to spend the whole weekend cleaning when pools are open and grills are going. That's why we rounded up the most helpful hacks we have so you can spend more time relaxing and less time worrying.

Party Hacks Every Parent Should Know

Party Hacks Every Parent Should Know

MUFFIN TIN SERVE TRAY Keep it simple by serving up adult beverages in small cocktail cups. Offer them to guests in a muffin tin to keep spills to a minimum

These outdoor party hacks aren't just for parents. Anyone who hosts summer gatherings or picnics needs to know about these clever ideas. I mean, using a muffin tin as a wine serving tray?! Genius! See all 11 party hacks.

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Whether you're headed out for a long weekend getaway in a nearby city or embarking on a cross country road trip, these car organization hacks will totally change your life. See how to use a popsicle dispenser and other dollar store items to organize everything in your car.

Fall Color Palettes Include Blue and White

Fall Color Palettes Include Blue and White

These sophisticated color combinations are current, yet welcoming and familiar, just like the season.

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Flynnside Out Productions

As temperatures rise, pets may spend more time indoors cooling off. And with hotter days comes stinkier pets. Banish pet odors with these 10 quick tips.

Clean Your Kitchen Sponge

Clean Your Kitchen Sponge

To get rid of the stink and bacteria, place your kitchen sponge in the microwave for a minute or run it through the dishwasher.

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Carley Knobloch

Speaking of pets, when was the last time you cleaned their food bowl? Or the sponge by the kitchen sink? Or the remote control? Check our list of commonly forgotten items that need regular cleaning and commit to sanitizing at least one this weekend.

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Learn how to keep your home clean with these five items from your pantry.

There's no need to keep an arsenal of fancy cleaning supplies on hand. These pantry basics work just as well, and they're natural. Here are five pantry items you can clean with.

10 Kitchen Uses for Baking Soda

10 Kitchen Uses for Baking Soda

10 Useful Baking Soda Solutions

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Sam Henderson

We often sing the praises of baking soda here at HGTV. After all, there's almost nothing baking soda can't do. Here are our top 10 hacks for using baking soda. (Hint: Not all of them are for cleaning!)

Between days at the pool, weekends by the lake or beach and cookouts galore, there's no way you won't use a cooler this summer. Pack a perfect cooler every time by following these steps.

Backyard Deck with Adirondack Chairs

Backyard Deck with Adirondack Chairs

A couple of wood chairs and a built-in bench surround the fire pit on this beautiful backyard deck.

Summer weather is already here, which means you'll likely be spending more time outdoors. Hack your way to a party-ready porch with these do's and don'ts. Already committed one of those no-nos? Here's how to fix common deck and patio issues.

Herbal Lotion Bars-Wrapped with strings and fresh herbs

Herbal Lotion Bars-Wrapped with strings and fresh herbs

Wrap finished herbal lotion bars with tissue paper, twine and fresh herbs. They make great gifts.

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Debbie Wolfe

Do these hippie home hacks live up to the hype? We tested five of the most popular natural home-cleaning solutions so you don't have to. Here's what we thought.

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