7 Back-to-School Life Hacks for Families

It's back-to-school season, and you and your kids are suddenly faced with challenges you've completely forgotten how to handle. We've gathered solutions for seven common back-to-school issues.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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Prevent an apple from browning

You can preslice an apple, then nestle the wedges back together to minimize browning. A simple rubber band around the width of the apple secures the slices. Works great for kids’ lunchboxes!

Safely store important papers

You need a place to store the kids’ artwork and diplomas when newer ones take up the space on the fridge. Try rolling them tightly in paper towel tubes so they won’t crease, then label the outside, so you know what’s what.

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Homemade glitter

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If your kids need glitter in an emergency (and who hasn’t had a glitter emergency?), you can make your own at home. Just take a cup of salt, add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite food coloring, and mix it thoroughly. Microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes, then spread it out on a sheet of nonstick foil or wax paper to dry. If you don’t use it all right away, store it in an airtight container.

Erase face paint easily

Face paint is an undeniable part of kids’ Halloween and sports-fan fun. But getting it off easily can be a problem. One trick that’s worked for us is olive oil. Simply rub it onto the skin with a dry cloth, then wipe off with a wet cloth.

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Erase pen marks from skin

Our kids drive us crazy by writing notes and drawing all over their hands (thankfully, not answers to tests, as far as we know). The fastest way to clean them up? Green or black tea bags. Once you’ve brewed a cup of tea, use the wet bag to dab at ink stains.

Make mud stains disappear

When kids come home with fresh mud stains on their clothes, don’t apply water! Instead, let the mud dry, then use a piece of duct tape (or packing tape) to lift up all of the hardened dirt you can. Then wash as usual.

Protect books

Whether in your bag or your kids’ backpack, books can get damaged when pages fly open. Keep books closed by wrapping a rubber band around them.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.