Don’t Waste Your Time on these “Tips”

These 5 tricks are all over the internet as miracle cures to aid in our laundry, cleaning, and beauty routines, but don’t waste your time, money, or effort on any of these because they just plain don’t work.

1. Fix a shrunken sweater with conditioner


My husband’s Merino wool sweater accidentally got put into the wash and came out so little not even I could wear it. I soaked it in conditioner and cold water, then stretched it like crazy. That did nothing, so I tried warm water (some websites say cold some say warm), and ended up using half a bottle of conditioner trying to save it, but just wasted my time. And conditioner.

2. Coffee grounds mask to wake up a tired face



I smeared fresh coffee grounds all over my face and when I was done, I was no more awake looking. I washed my face well afterwards and yet whenever I turned my head I faintly smelled coffee. Now I love the smell of a freshly brewed cup of joe, but I don’t want to go around smelling like that all day. Ā I had to go back and scrub my face again, which to be fair I have also heard of coffee grounds as an exfoliant, and it did do that, or maybe it was all the washing so I didn’t smell like a Mr. Coffee pot.

3. Tea tree oil to make pans shine like new

Not even close. Ā I mixed the tea tree oil with soap and scrubbed and scrubbed. I would post before and after pictures, but they are the exact same thing. This stuff smells horrid, and not only did I waste my time, I stunk up my kitchen in the process of trying this “tip”. I had the tea tree oil on hand because a while ago I heard it erases freckles… Another fail.

4. Olive oil as a make-up remover

I liked the idea of this, its simple and natural, and I really wanted it to work. Olive oil did remove my make-up, but even after wiping with a damp towel, the area around my eyes was so oily I had to wash them with soap, which kind of defeated the purpose. I should have just washed them with face soap in the first place! In the process, one of my eyes got a little oil in it and made my vision blurry. Some store-bought make up removers do this as well, but I find this annoying so I avoid those brands.

5. Lemon juice to clear away hard water stains




Online it says if you wash glass or metal with lemon juice, and let it sit for 10 minutes, it will miraculously clear away hard water stains. As you can see from the before and after pictures, it worked a little bit, but I think that was due to my stubborn scrubbing more than the lemon juice. Fact is, I still have hard water stains.



13 thoughts on “Don’t Waste Your Time on these “Tips”

  1. I like the idea of olive oil as a make up remover! I do this a lot because it is all natural and will surely not harm your skin. If you do this in the evening before you go to bed it is not that bad when you have rests of olive oil on your eyes. It will nurture the sensitive parts around your eyes and help strengthen your lashes. Maybe this just works for me but I do like it.

    • That is a good idea to use the oil right before bed, I will have to try that. You are right it might actually be beneficial as a moisturizer. My eyes were all red and blurry though, not the sexiest look, lol!

  2. Great tip-busting there!

    I can see where the lemon juice idea (citric acid reacting with calcium carbonate) comes from but the coffee grounds and the tea tree oil don’t seem quite as obvious.

  3. I like the idea behind this post. There are so many tips and tricks online that who knows what really works and what doesn’t?! Thanks for testing these and sharing your outcomes with us. šŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I was so frustrated trying to make these things work. I thought I would share it so others didn’t go through the same thing!

  4. I will say, olive oil did wonders for my dry, damaged hair! I applied olive oil to the frizzy and fried-looking areas before bed, then washed my hair in the morning. I did this 4 nights in a row and it made a huge difference!

  5. great post, i have been wondering about the coffee mask šŸ™‚ we use 1/2 water & 1/2 distilled vinegar to clean up hardwater stains & it works well for us. I enjoyed reading this so much… it would be awesome if you did it as a series on your blog each month šŸ™‚

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