From social media to YouTube videos, life hacks are available at every turn. With that in mind, we put together some great examples of when people shared tips to fix everyday problems that are proven to be both simple and effective.
No matter if you admit it or not, every one of us has our favorite piece of a brownie—some people like the edges, some people like the corners, and so on. But when you are cutting them up for a bakery sale, how do you make sure everybody knows they’re getting their favorite part?
This person came up with a really simple fix to this daily problem, and that was to color coordinate and give their customers a key so they know which piece is which.
Lost and Found
Many photographers out there spend a ton of money on investing in new and different camera lenses. One of the most important parts of that camera lens is the glass itself, and that is why most of them come with a lens cap.
However, these lens caps do tend to get lost quite frequently. So one idea is to glue a Lego to the back and then keep another Lego piece so that you can mount it into that, now you always know where they are.
Sifting Things Out
Whether you’re a child or an adult, sometimes cereal just sounds delicious for breakfast or dinner. But when you get to the bottom of the box, there often are all the crushed-up little crumbs remaining.
This may make that last bowl of cereal a little too soggy, but there is a way to fix it. Pour that cereal through a fine mesh colander and watch all the crumbs separate from the big portions. Now you can enjoy a good bowl of cereal.
Have you ever been in the bathroom and doing what you have to do when that automatic flushing toilet feels that you’re done and goes ahead and flushes? It can be pretty startling and sometimes a little messy if there tends to be some splashing.
But there is an easy solution. All you have to do is keep a wad of Post It notes in your purse or wallet. Then when you sit down, place them over the sensor at the top of the toilet! Case closed.
Permanent markers and dry erase board markers sometimes have packaging that looks very similar. This is why a lot of people mistakenly write on dry erase boards with the permanent marker.
Sometimes these people might think that that’s it and that the dry erase board is no good any longer. But you can simply write over what you wrote with a dry erase marker and then wipe it off, making your board brand new again.
Sometimes after a lot of use, it is a necessity to take the time to clean your jewelry. But to do this, you have to be very careful as if you use the wrong thing, you might wind up with a chemical reaction or even some damage.
If you want to stay away from harsh chemicals, then you can do the same process with a little bit of water and dish soap. Simply combine the two and then, using a soft brush or towel, wipe down the jewelry that you are looking to make sparkle.
Keep ‘Em Up
Sometimes when studying in class or even in meetings, it is hard to keep your eyes from closing. So, we’ve got a hack for you that you can use to stay alert! Simply lift one of your feet slightly off the ground and see how long you can hold it there.
No matter where you are, every spring, there is pollen released as everything comes back to life. Oftentimes, pollen from these trees and flowers floats through the air and attaches itself to your body. This, of course, includes your hair.
So what do you do? One fix that was shared online was to simply rinse your hair before bed. If you don’t, then that pollen will switch over to your pillowcase and over time, build up. Nobody wants a dirty pillow, so remember to wet your hair!
Reducing the Heat
If you enjoy cooking, then we’re sure you have at least once accidentally rubbed your eyes after cutting something you shouldn’t have. The most common culprit of this is the jalapeno. Rubbing your eyes after cutting this vegetable could lead to some serious tears.
However, there are many different hacks for this. One of the ones we love is to simply rub vegetable oil or cooking oil on your hands after you have cut up the jalapenos. Of course, after you have done this, you will want to wash your hands off with soap.
Jumping in a hot shower after a nice long day is always the perfect end. But that hot shower also creates steam and fogs up your mirror, so it’s hard to get the rest of your nightly routine finished.
If you don’t want this to happen, you can always use some shaving cream, rub it on the mirror, let it dry and then rinse it off and this will prevent fogging.
I Can See!
For those of you who wear glasses, adding a mask to the equation definitely made for some new challenges. The biggest of these was the fact that their breath was being pushed up and causing their glasses to fog.
Just like with any mirror or glass, you can use your everyday shaving cream to fix the problem. Rub some on, let it dry and then rinse it off and you shouldn’t have to worry about those glasses fogging up.
Who’s the Boss?
It seems that there are a lot of little things within your house that your dog may have a problem with. One of their biggest nemesis is the dreaded vacuum. Many dog owners wonder how they can get their dogs to stop barking at this household appliance.
But it is actually quite simple. All you have to do is start yelling at the vacuum, and most often, you will find that the dogs stop barking at it.
Gum may be fun to chew and taste good, but when someone leaves it lying around, it could actually become quite a nuisance. Not only can you step on it but also, in certain circumstances, you may wind up sitting down in it.
You may not know this but you can actually use rubbing alcohol to remove the chewing gum. Simply take a Q-tip or swab, dip it in alcohol and gently rub around the base of where the gum is attached. Voila, problem solved!
Maybe you are looking to renovate your home and you decided along the way that you could use a new paint job. However, once you have chosen the paint and began the painting process, you will find that it is very hard not to end up with paint on you.
If you’re looking for a solution to get that paint off of all your clothes, just open up your medicine cabinet and reach for that rubbing alcohol. It may not work for all paints, but for a majority of them, it is quite effective.
Learning safety procedures like the Heimlich maneuver is something that is always good to know. However, with the Heimlich maneuver, what are you supposed to do if you are on your own?
You can, of course, do the Heimlich maneuver to yourself. All you need to do is use a chair countertop and press up against it right under your rib cage, then press down hard. This should do the trick of removing the blockage.
Spraying for Bugs
Roaches! No one likes them, but in some parts of the world, they are inevitably present. These insects were able to survive pretty much anything, and so trying to find a solution without paying an arm and a leg for a company to do it can be challenging.
So, we have a DIY solution for you ― you can take a spray bottle and fill it with water and a little bit of liquid soap. Once that is done, then all you have to do is shake it till it gets foamy, and then when you see one, spray it!
Get it Off!
There are many reasons why you may have an issue trying to get your ring off of your finger. It might be because you’ve gained weight or even because you’re just retaining water, but no matter what, when you’re looking to clean it, you have to get it off your finger.
So, the next time your ring is stuck on your finger, reach down under your cabinet and grab your Windex. Spray a little on your finger, and then gently slide the ring off.
Treat Them Well
Your dog’s hearing is super sensitive, and so when there are any loud noises, you may find that it drives them crazy. Also, if the noise comes from an emergency situation, that could be a dangerous period.
So if you ever set off your smoke alarm which is what would happen if there was a fire in your home, make sure you take the time to treat your pet to something special. That way, if it were a real emergency, they would quickly come to you.
Counting You Out
No matter who you are, at some point in your life, you have or will have issues getting to sleep. Luckily, there are many different techniques that are offered out there. For example, you could try to meditate or even listen to nature noises.
But you could also set yourself a goal of reaching a certain number in counting. Then as you begin to count, make sure that you go slower and slower so that eventually you will drift off to sleep. If that’s not working for you, then check out the next hack!
Getting to sleep is no joke, and if you’re full of anxiety and stress, it may be even harder. That may be why there are so many people out there advising on ways that helped them fall asleep easily.
For instance, you might try the alphabet game. Pick a common category and start to name off things in that category in the order of the alphabet. This will keep your brain active but also begin the shutdown process.
More Than Meets the Eye
For the ladies out there, we are sure that somewhere in your bathroom is a stack of makeup remover wipes. You may think that these wipes are only good to help you ensure you have a clean, crisp fresh face when you start your nightly routine, but they have another handy use…
And that is scrubbing out armpit stains in T-shirts! By using this, you should be able to get rid of deodorant stains and a little of the funk that happens during the day.
I Need to Start a Fire!
When you’re out enjoying nature for a couple of days, there will inevitably be times where you need to start a fire. Not only so that you can remain warm but also so that you can cook your meals.
But what happens if there is light rain or the small pieces of wood get wet? Well, if you have a bag of those corn chips that everyone loves to snack on, you can use them as fire kindling.
No More Tears
No one wants to cut the onions when dinner is being prepared! This is because often, when you’re cutting onions, the juices from that onion release a gas that causes you to tear up, making it very challenging to finish the cutting chores.
To reduce the tear effect, take the onion you’re looking to cut and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes. This will freeze the juices and give you enough time to cut up that onion.
When you’re out driving around or on a road trip, the last thing you want to have to do is pull over to the side of the road and worry whether you’re going to be able to get your car started again.
So if your car is overheating and that is the issue, you can simply hop in and blast your heater. This takes the heat from the engine and funnels it out into the cab. Of course, this is only good for minor overheating.
Vinegar Is Amazing!
Vinegar is one of those household staples that can be used for so much more than just salad dressings and cooking. In fact, white vinegar can be used to get rid of unwanted gunk on your faucets.
For instance, if your faucet head has calcium build-up or a little rust, you can place vinegar in a bag, tie it with a rubber band around that faucet, and let it sit overnight. After that, the water should be free to flow!
Ask for Help
There are a lot more ladies out there that have decided to get out and see the world, which means they’re traveling alone. This can be a little intimidating and frightening and, a lot of the time, result in trouble.
But it doesn’t have to be because if you feel like you are in some sort of trouble or lost, all you have to do is ask someone for help. Remember that in life you have to ask because almost no one is going to offer.
Two Equations, One Answer
There are a lot of people out there that when they hear the word math, cringe a little. This is probably because they’re not great at it and were just lucky to be able to scratch by with a passing grade.
But maybe if they knew this little trick about this one simple equation, they would have known to use the concept on other problems. For example, it seems that 25% of 18 is the exact same number as 18% of 25. Who knew?!
If you live in a hot climate or even are super active, you may find yourself feeling like you’re a little overheated at some point during the hotter months. This is normal and certainly not hard to fix. All you need is some cold water or an ice cube.
You can opt to use cold water and run it over your wrists. Or you can take an ice cube and place it on the pressure point on your wrist. By doing this, you should find yourself cooling down rather quickly. Who knew it’s all in the wrists?
Scratch and Stiff
Are you having a hard time remembering all the information you’ve crammed into your brain for that next exam or presentation? Then you might try to use smell as a way to trigger the memory.
As you are studying, whenever there is something important that you know you need to remember, pull out those scented erasers and take a sniff. Then take that eraser with you, and when you’re in the test, take a sniff.
Flip it on its Head
With more and more parents looking to make sure that they’re feeding their children healthier foods, more homes have natural peanut butter in their pantries than ever before. Truthfully, there are a lot of different types of nut butter out there.
To keep them from separating as much, all you have to do when storing these nut butters is to flip them on their caps. This will not negate the separation, but it will decrease the separation and make it easier to mix.
Use Your Words
If you’re anything like us, then sometimes, when you set things down, you just can’t remember where you left them. Unfortunately, typically this is something that’s super important, like your phone or your keys.
So how do you help improve your brain’s power to remember where you set something down? Whenever you set it down, make sure you say it out loud, and that will help with recollecting where you initially laid the goods down. Pretty cool, huh?
Grip it Tight
It is super frustrating when you want to get into that pickle jar or that jam jar, and you just can’t seem to get that lid off. This is because when the jar was being sealed, there was a lot of pressure put on it, and it just was spun too tightly.
But you don’t have to wait for your roommate or someone to come over to get that jar open. All you have to do is run the lid under hot water for about half a minute, and then it should be able to be gripped better and pop off easier.
Cold Water and Soap
If you have kids or are just accident-prone, then you probably have had a few times where maybe there was a little bit of blood that found its way to some piece of clothing. Unfortunately, blood can be very hard to get out of anything!
But there is one great way that you could remove those bloodstains, and it is simple. Take that bar of soap you have sitting in your shower or on your counter, and then with cold water, hand rinse that piece of clothing.
Dunking Without Mess
Just like a chocolate chip cookie, many people choose to dunk their Oreos in milk. This softens them a little, which is nice when snacking on more than one. But oftentimes when you place them in milk it goes too far down and can become quite messy.
Of course, you can still get your dunk on and not come out of the situation covered in milk. So, just use a fork and insert it in the cream filling, and you have yourself a utensil for dunking that cookie.
Keep Them Separated
Having a bowl of fruit on hand is always nice for a quick snack. But so often we buy more than we actually need and therefore some of the fruit winds up going bad. This is because a lot of fruits produce a gas that increases the ripening speed.
Things like apples, avocados, and bananas are some of the culprits of producing this gas. So if you have those, make sure you separate them so that the gas doesn’t build up and allows the other fruit surrounding it to last longer.
Bottom to the Top
There is nothing like a good burger, especially hot off the barbecue! So, once you slap it on the bun and add all of the fixings to it, you are ready to enjoy the sandwich. But be warned, make sure you have a napkin handy because it’s never not messy!
Or you can simply flip the burger upside down, you are better able to keep the burger altogether and therefore reduce the mess. This is because the now-bottom bun is thicker and therefore has more substance.
No More Cheeto Fingers!
Cheetos are delicious! But they’re not very tidy because as you eat it, your fingers build up that layer of Cheeto dust. On top of that, most of us try to lick that cheese dust off and wind up only compacting the issue.
So, if you don’t want to end up with Cheeto fingers, but you still want to enjoy the snack, maybe opt to use something like chopsticks to eat them instead. It may look strange but it does do the job!
Every Little Bit
Cleaning supplies can be very expensive, so you want to make sure that you get every last drop of each bottle in order to make sure you get the most value for your money. When you’re dealing with spray bottles, there is often that teeny bit that the plastic tubing just can’t reach.
So, by curling the tube up into the main part of the bottle and weighing it down with a few bolts, you may be able to get all of the liquid out. Once you have that setup, all you have to do is use the spray bottle upside down.
If you are someone who likes to use a straw in their soda, you may have run across the problem of that straw just kind of floating up and pushing out of the can. This is because of the carbonation, and it’s lifting the straw out of the liquid.
But there is a solution crafted into the design of the can, and that is to use the tab to run the straw through the hole in it. This will keep the straw in place!
Extending the Usage
It’s pretty annoying when you have parked your car and can’t remember where you left it. That’s why many people use their remote to unlock the car so that they can hear the beep. This makes it easier to find.
But some remotes don’t reach quite as far as we would like them. So in order to extend the range, you can point the remote into your head from under your chin and leave your mouth open. We don’t know if this actually works, but it’s worth a try!
Can We Say Ice Cold?
When it’s super-hot outside, or you’ve been doing a lot of heavy work, the minute you enter the house, all you want is an ice-cold beverage. But not all refrigerators get those drinks cold fast enough.
If you’re looking to get your drinks cold fast, then one way to do that is to let them bathe in cold water, ice, and salt. You will then find that your drinks are ready to drink pretty quickly.
Baking up a fresh batch of homemade cookies is always fun. Not only does it make the house smell fantastic, but when it all is said and done, you are left with a sweet treat that you can have any time you want.
Unfortunately, sometimes those cookies don’t last as long as they should and get quite stale. If you want to keep them from doing this, then make sure you throw in a slice of bread into the jar or container. It will absorb all the moisture!
Wrinkle Free in No Time
When you’ve overslept and need to get to work without wrinkles in your clothes, often there is no time for ironing. That means you have to find a unique and quick way to get wrinkles out of your clothes.
One way you could do it was if you have an old-fashioned steam kettle, then you can hang clothing items up over the steam portal. Or you could even spritz it with a little water and blow dry it with your hairdryer.
The kids love to slip ‘n slide when it gets hot outside. But sometimes, this fun kid’s toy doesn’t always stay as slippery as it should. This could lead to slip ‘n sideburns and an altogether less than fun time.
If you’re looking to keep your slippery slide fairly slick, then you may want to try to use baby shampoo. All you have to do is hook it up into a sprinkler or even just hose it down onto the slip inside, and then the slickness of that slide should be perfect.
Every now and then, those running shoes need to be run through the washer and dryer. This is so that you can get rid of any odor as well as the dirt on the outside. But when it comes to putting them in the dryer, it can be quite a noisy affair.
So why not set up a mesh pocket on the door of the dryer so that way the shoes get dry, and you don’t have to listen to them thumping around for an hour? You’re welcome!