Life hacks are ingenious ways of getting more done with half the effort. Read up on this article to know which ones you can start using today!
Life Hacks, Making Days Better Since Day One
To put it bluntly, life hacks make our lives so much easier. They’re useful, time-efficient, and are downright handy to have as added knowledge. I love them so much that I have a life hacks journal in the works, because I know that once they’re written down, they’ll be easier to remember. Here are some of my favorites from the list:
1. Lock Your Zipper
A key ring is your best bet when it comes to keeping your zipper in place. Avoid any embarrassing moments by looping a key ring onto the zipper, and fastening in on the button. Doing this will help lock your zipper.
2. Waterproof Shoes
Waterproof your shoes using a candle and a hairdryer. Want to know how it works? The candle wax melts into your shoe upon contact with the heat of the hair dryer. When melted, it acts as a protective layer against grime and water.
3. Open Wine Bottles Without A Cork Screw
No cork screw available to help you enjoy a wine night? Don’t worry, simply grab a trusty nail and hammer. I kid you not, your friends will think you’re so hardcore and they’ll probably be telling the story of how you “saved” the day for months to come.
4. Open Key Rings With A Staple Remover
Save energy and not to mention, your nails, by using this trick to open your key rings. Using a staple remover, insert the fangs in between the main key ring and one of its ends. This will open up space allowing you to insert your keys easily.
5. Never Tangle Your Earphones Again
I’m guessing you never thought a Tic Tac container could be used as an earphones organizer. Me either, until I found this hack that is. By the way, I recommend decorating the container in bright colors so it’s easy to spot inside your bag.
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6. Store Plastic Bags Better
Want to recycle your plastic bags for future use? Store them in a way your mom will be proud. The trick is to roll the plastics with each other so they can come out continuously.
Prevent your herbs from going bad by putting them in an ice cube tray and pouring olive oil on top. Set them in the fridge and use them whenever you’re ready.
8. Unsend An Email In Gmail
Ever wished you could hit rewind and unsend an email? Well now, you can. Sort of. Simply go to the settings icon of your Gmail account and enable the undo-send feature. It’s as easy as pie.
9. Use An Elevator Without Stopping On Other Floors
Use an elevator and go directly to your desired floor by doing this neat trick: Hold the “close door” button until the doors are closed, and keep holding it as you select the floor number. It’s important not to let go of both buttons until the elevator moves.
10. Stop Bugs From Getting Into Your Drink
Stop pesky bugs from flying into your drink with this neat trick. Poke a hole through a cupcake liner and turn it upside down on your drink. Now you won’t have to worry about any unpleasant surprises.
11. Dry Polish Quicker By Dunking Nails In Ice Water
A quick dunk in ice water will help your nails dry quicker. Be careful not to swirl your fingers, this could totally make the hack backfire.
12. Get The Most Out Of Your Condiments
Empty out your condiment bottles before buying new ones. Using an empty carton, place your bottles upside down to bring the condiments closer to the nozzle. This will allow for easier serving.
13. Fasten Your Own Bracelet
Sometimes a paper clip is all you need to fasten your own bracelet. Use one end of the paper clip to hold onto the latch and use your other hand to clasp the bracelet together.
14. Form A Box From A Paper Plate
This hack will come in handy when you’re a host who wants her guests to bring home some leftover treats to eat. Simply follow the instructions on the folds and soon you’ll be able to give your friends all the cookies and pastries they could ever want.
15. Fix Foundation Stains With Shaving Cream
Accidentally smudged some foundation on your top? Wipe a dollop of shaving cream on the spot to pretreat it before tossing it in the wash.
16. Rehydrate Every Hour
On a resolution to drink more water this year? Grab yourself a bottle you can mark by the hour. That way, you’ll be reminded of how much you need to drink before the hour is up.
17. Deodorize Sneakers With Tea Bags
Rid your trusty sneakers of horrible sweaty smells by placing in dry tea bags after working out. The tea bags will help absorb the odor and leave you with better smelling shoes.
18. Chew Gum To Prevent Tears
Tired of your eyes welling every time you cut an onion? One way to stop tears from falling is by chewing gum. Theory says since you’re chewing, you’re more likely to breathe air into your mouth. This means the onion’s aroma will be sucked into your mouth, instead of reaching your eyes.
19. Freeze Away Bad Smells
Rid your jeans of their stink by throwing them in a freezer bag and letting them stay in the freezer overnight. The best part is, you’ll end up with jeans that are odorless and not over-washed.
20. Separate Egg Yolks With A Bottle
Use this handy trick to separate the yolk from the white. Crack the egg on a plate, pick up your plastic bottle, and let the nozzle pick up the egg yolk from the dish. It works like magic!
21. Chill Wine With Frozen Grapes
Avoid watering down your wine by using frozen grapes to keep your drink cold. All you have to do is grab some grapes, place them on a baking sheet, and leave them in the freezer. Once frozen, you can transfer them to your wine glass or to a zip top bag for storage.
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I sure hope these life hacks give you a more productive day ahead. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day and I know how busy some of us can be. If I’m able to help at least even one person with these hacks, I would already be happy because I know I would’ve done my job.
Which life hacks will you be trying out today? Let us know in the comments below.
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.