Life hacks from the Airlie staff

During my summer internship, I learned a lot about not only the hospitality business, but also the people who work here at Airlie. It takes a large team of passionate and hard-working individuals to run Airlie. As it turns out, many of them are also quite creative, so I asked if they could share with me some of the resourceful tips and tricks they use to make their jobs and personal lives easier (a.k.a. “life hacks”).

To Refrigerate or Not to Refrigerate

tomatoes and bread

… that is the question. Tomatoes and bread are two items commonly stored in the refrigerator, but they shouldn’t be. A tomato will lose all its flavor in the fridge. What’s a bigger crime than that? The cold air in the fridge stops the ripening process and alters the texture, turning it mealy. Refrigeration is not great for bread, either. It might keep mold growth at bay, but it will dry the bread out. Instead, keep tomatoes and bread on the counter. If you’ve got more bread than you need, store it in the freezer and toast as needed.

Fire Sauce

fire sauce

I was skeptical about this next life hack. So I experimented on a scrap piece of copper pipe to see if the Fire Sauce from Taco Bell actually cleans copper. Sure enough, it does! If you let it sit for a couple minutes. Now I can add Fire Sauce to my list of foods to avoid 😉

Eco-friendly Drain Cleaner

drain clog

Liquid chemical drain cleaners are highly toxic. Try this environmentally responsible method instead: 1.) Pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain, followed by 1 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of white vinegar. 2.) Cover the drain with a wet washcloth and leave for 20 minutes. 3.) Pour one more kettle of boiling water down the drain. A plunger should easily finish the job if the drain isn’t already clear.

Whole-home Fragrance

essential oil

If you add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to your home’s HEPA air filter, the fragrance will distribute throughout your home. Essential oils are highly concentrated (and potentially harmful if used improperly), so you’ll definitely want to read the instructions first.

Slice ’n’ Dice

green onions

If you have a large amount of green onions to slice, use scissors instead of a knife. It will save you so much time. If you really want to get serious about cutting green onions (and herbs, too), multi-blade kitchen scissors are available online and at specialty retailers.

Traveling Toothbrushes


We’re in the hotel business, so it’s only natural the staff at Airlie knows a lot of travel hacks. Germophobes will appreciate this one! Clothespins and empty Tic Tac containers make great toothbrush accessories. Traveling on business? Use a binder clip.

Tangle-free Travel

eyeglasses case

Here’s a great way to repurpose that old sunglasses case … use it to store cables when traveling. Save yourself the frustration of a tangled mess in your purse, backpack, or suitcase.

Power Up

usb port

Speaking of cables, have you ever forgotten the wall plug for your USB cable when traveling? No worries, just look for a USB port on the back of the TV in your hotel room. Plug it in and power up!

Roll with It

rolled clothes

Have you tried this travel trick? When packing, roll your clothes instead of folding them. You’ll save a ton of space in your suitcase!

Zip-top Tip

waterproof phone

I like to kayak, so I use this last life hack all the time. Throw your phone in a zip-top plastic bag before getting near water, rather than investing in a waterproof case. They’re cheap, waterproof, and you can still see and use your phone’s screen through the bag.