Little-Known Life Hacks To Help You Out Every Day
Times are tough right now. We’ll take any help and advice we can get. Sometimes something as simple as chopping an onion is enough to send us over the edge. If there’s a way to make chopping an onion any easier, then we’re here for it.
Keep reading to learn how you can spend less time chopping onions, how your can make a better cup of iced coffee, and how you can keep track of what’s in your freezer.
How To Keep The Dogs From Getting Into The Trash
If you don’t want to lock your dogs up in a crate, you can just lock your garbage up in a crate.
Garbage doesn’t have feelings, so this works out pretty well.
No More Ceiling Dust
When you drill holes in your ceiling, more often than not, you end up with ceiling dust all over your floor.
Stick the bottom of a plastic cup over your drill bit to catch any debris.
Keep Your Watch Clean
Apple watches are very expensive, and you don’t want to get any paint on one.
If you still want to keep track of your heart rate while you’re painting, just put a wristband over your watch.
Shower Caddies Don’t Have To Go In The Shower
Shower caddies are great for lots of things besides holding shampoo and conditioner.
You can put them up in your bathroom cabinet to hold all sorts of things including makeup wipes and tampons.
Shorten Your Pan
If you’re only cooking for one or two people, but you only have large casserole pans, you can make your pans a bit smaller with this hack.
Place tin foil inside them strategically.
Turn A Napkin Holder Into A Sponge Holder
Napkin holders can be used for holding more than just napkins.
They’re great for holding your kitchen sponges so that they don’t get all moldy and moist on your kitchen counter.
Hide Your Valuables At The Beach
Nobody is going to want to steal something that looks like a dirty diaper.
Wrap up your valuables in a clean diaper while you’re at the beach or the park.
The Perfect Dog Selfie Tool
It can be hard to get a picture of your dog where they’re actually looking at the camera.
This device lets you attach a tennis ball to your phone so your dog always looks interested.
Don’t go out and buy expensive brick clips when a binder clip works just as well.
You can use these binder clips to hang Christmas lights, garlands, or other decor.
Sand Your Feet
Sanding sponges from the dollar store or the hardware store are super inexpensive, and they work really well for rubbing dead skin off of your feet.
Gross, I know, but also necessary.
Get Softer Ice Cream
Apparently, if you store your ice cream tubs in Ziplock bags, they won’t develop as much freezer burn and your ice cream will be softer and easier to scoop.
Who doesn’t want more scoopable ice cream?
Stretch Out Your Shoes
This person figured out that if you wear thick fuzzy socks with new shoes for a while, you’ll break in those new shoes a lot faster.
Hooray for comfortable shoes!
Carry More Bags At Once
If you’re carrying multiple bags from the grocery store, lock the handles of the bags through the handle of some large container.
Then all the bags will be a lot easier to carry, and you don’t have to worry about your bottle of detergent ripping the grocery bags.
Keep Your Zipper Up
Attach a keyring to the zipper on your jeans and then loop that ring around the zipper on your jeans to help keep the zipper zipped up.
No more accidentally open flies.
Save Your Paint Tray
If you line your paint tray with plastic wrap before you pour paint into it, you can just throw away the plastic lining and keep the paint tray for future projects.
Try this before your next DIY!
Microwave More Plates At Once
You can stack plates on top of each other in the microwave by using a microwave-safe cup.
Now you and your significant other can actually have warm meals at the same time.
Dry Off Your Mop
If you have a towel rack like this in your shower, try this hack.
You can slip a mop handle between the rungs and let the mop drain off into the shower drain.
A Pincushion In A Pinch
If you’re doing some emergency sewing and mending in a hotel room and you don’t have a pincushion on you, try this.
You can use a balled-up sock as a makeshift pincushion.
What’s In The Freezer?
This person used a dry erase marker to write directly onto their chest freezer.
Now they know exactly what’s in there without having to open it up and let all the cold air out.
Brides, Take Note
This bride figured out how she could go to the washroom herself during her wedding.
She cut a hole in the bottom of an IKEA bag and then used it to hoist her dress up.
How To Open Wine Without A Corkscrew
You don’t have to have a corkscrew on hand to open a bottle of wine anymore.
A screw and a claw hammer will work if you find yourself in a bind.
Save Your Ears
This nurse wears a headband with buttons on it so that she can loop her mask around the buttons instead of her ears.
This makes long workdays a lot more comfortable.
Frozen Grapes Instead Of Ice
Keep some grapes in the freezer for whenever you feel like having a cold glass of wine.
Grapes don’t melt and water down your wine like regular ice often does.
Keep Track Of Your Screws
If you’re taking apart a piece of furniture to move it to a new location, make sure your keep track of all of your loose screws and nails.
Sticking them into a piece of Styrofoam is a good way to do that.
Keep The Blinds Closed
Sometimes hotel blinds don’t like to stay closed.
You can use a hanger with clips on it to hold the blinds closed so the sun doesn’t wake you up at 4 a.m.
A Candle Warmer Does Double Duty
This student living in a dorm room figured out that she could use her candle warmer to heat up a container of queso.
Who knew that candle warmers could be so useful?
Freeze Your Coffee
If you have any leftover coffee, freeze it in an ice cube tray and then use the coffee ice cubes to make iced coffee.
These cubes won’t water down your drink.
No More Clogged Drains
This person figured out that she could stop things from falling into her drain and blocking her drain by stretching some nylon fabric over it.
This is a pretty smart idea.
Slice Onions Faster
You can use an apple slicer to slice your onions way faster. Now you can spend less time with tears in your eyes.
Just make sure to wash it really well before you use it to slice apples again.
The Perfect Spot For A Garden
This person set up an herb garden right under their water spout, complete with a drainage system. This is the perfect place for a garden.
It’s basically a self-watering system.
A Little Slice Of Heaven
Just because you want your children to eat their veggies does not mean that they can’t also eat a slice of pizza.
Put them together and lure your kids into eating the salad by sandwiching it between two slices of pizza.
Water You Waiting For?
Rather than dealing with freezing a water bottle overnight then having to wait for it to thaw enough to drink it the next day, this person freezes their water bottles on its side.
Fill it partway, freeze it on its side, and you’ll have the perfect vertical ice cube the next day.
No Need To Pull The Plug
Outdoor outlets have a tendency to be finicky, and there’s nothing more frustrating than trying to use your leaf blower or weed whacker but the plug keeps falling out of the outlet.
Install a little hook next to the outlet so the cord won’t be pulled out every time you move it.
What They Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them
The public pool may have set the rule that you aren’t allowed to have alcohol, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to break that rule.
Nothing can stop this parent from enjoying a beer while they’re stuck at the pool all day.
Always Be Ready For Guac
Everyone knows that the avocado is the one who dictates when it’s ready to be eaten, and timing that to your desired use can be tricky.
This person, though, discovered that if you stick an unripe avocado in a beer koozie overnight, it’ll be ready for you to use the next day!
Any Fan Can Be A Ceiling Fan
With the right tools, you can turn any regular old standing fan into the ceiling fan you’ve always dreamed of
You won’t even have to take apart your whole ceiling to install it.
Protect Yourself From The Glass
If a lightbulb shatters or breaks while in the light fixture, it can be difficult to remove it due to the whole “broken glass” issue.
Turns out that a potato is a great way to absorb the glass and make it safe for you to remove the lightbulb.
Erase The Dirt
I wasn’t convinced that anyone actually knows how to clean suede, but this person seems to have found a solution.
If you need to clean off your suede shoes or bag, grab yourself a school eraser.
Keep It From Slipping
As time goes on and your computer gets older, it’s common for things like your charger to loosen up and have trouble staying in the charging port.
This person uses velcro to solve that issue so they can make sure their charger stays put.
Shave It For Later
Trying to clean up all the little hairs that are left in the sink after you shave can be a tedious process, but it doesn’t have to be.
Spread some plastic wrap or a bag over the sink before you get started so it catches all the little hairs for you.
Easily Clean Your Microwave Naturally!
This tip comes from the blog Simply Stacie. All you have to do to transform your grubby microwave is take a couple lemon slices and put them in a bowl of water with a tiny bit of vinegar.
Cook the mixture on high for five minutes. When you take out the bowl, the stuck-on food on your microwave will be so loosened that you can essentially wipe it right off. Brilliant!