It can sometimes feel like you could spend the rest of your life trying to clean and organize your home and never actually cross every item off your to-do list. However, just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you have to ignore those projects you’re eager to get done. Whether you’re looking to get your house spotless in a hurry or just want to add some extra aesthetic appeal to your space, there’s an easy way to tackle all those tasks while saving yourself time along the way.

With the help of experts, we’ve rounded up 30 amazing home hacks that will improve your life faster than you can say, “Do we have room in the budget for a housekeeper?”

1 Unclog a stuck drain with coffee.
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Whether your kitchen sink is holding water or your tub won’t drain after another at-home haircut, there’s an easy solution to those plumbing woes that doesn’t involve a trip to the store.

“Coffee grounds can be mixed with dish soap and boiling water to unclog drains,” says Alex Azoury, founder and CEO of Home Grounds. Azoury recommends mixing the grounds with soap and adding the mixture into your drain, following it up with a lengthy pour of boiling water, the combination of which will break up whatever’s clogging your pipes.

2 – Or use coffee grounds as a degreaser.
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Have some leftover coffee grounds after your morning pour-over? Use them to tackle that ring around the tub.

“Rub some coffee grounds into the grease or soap and it’ll gently buff off any residue,” says Azoury. Rinse off the mixture with warm water afterward and voila! A squeaky-clean tub.

3 – Use essential oils to polish furniture.
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No furniture polish on hand? No problem!

According to Jane Wilson of Fantastic Cleaners Melbourne, essential oils are great for freshening up wood furniture.

“You can use lemon essential oil to quickly polish any dark wood and effectively clean stains and spots.” Wilson also notes that tea tree oil is another effective furniture polish and has the added benefit of being a bug deterrent. However, she cautions against using this trick of food preparation surfaces, as many essential oils are not safe for consumption. Sanitizing your space? Here’s How Quickly Your Favorite Disinfectant Kills Coronavirus.

4 – Or remove small scratches on furniture with toothpaste.
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We all end up with small scratches in the finishes of our furniture from time to time. However, before you go spending hundreds of dollars to get your couch refinished, try using some toothpaste to get those marks out. Using a pea-sized amount of non-gel paste, rub the scratch in a circular motion until it buffs out, and then clean the remainder with a damp towel.

5 – Remove candle wax from furniture with ice cubes.
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If you ever spill candle wax on a piece of furniture, don’t risk ruining its finish by trying to scrape it off. Instead, fill a plastic bag with ice cubes, place it over the wax, and let it sit for a few minutes. Once the wax has sufficiently cooled and hardened, you can pick it up easily without ruining your furniture’s finish or fabric.