There's nothing better than knowing exactly what to do in an inconvenient situation. These were all tried and tested by bloggers and users around the world to help you get a grip on your life. Read through them all to keep in the back of your mind for the next time you or a loved one is in trouble!
Little Lifehacks That Everyone Should Know for When They're in a PinchPublished 9 months ago
We bet you're always looking for ways to improve the way you eat. Sometimes you get a fresh bowl of popcorn and the top is perfect but the further you eat, the blander it becomes. Adding butter to the top just doesn't get an even coating for a pleasant popcorn-eating experience.
Next time you make your popcorn add your butter through a straw to encourage an equal distribution of flavor. This trick is sure to impress your next party or movie night date.
Any glasses wearer can tell you one of the most annoying parts of owning glasses is when you lose them. Sunglasses and prescription glasses can often cost a hefty penny as well so it's important to have a place to store them.
Its design wasn't meant for glasses explicitly, but you'll be surprised how well it works! This multipurpose hanger also gets rid of the need for hundreds of glasses cases piling up in your closet. Now, you can accessorize in style!
Be blown away by a trick we have never seen before. Given we hate crying from cutting an onion, why have we not been looking for tricks to make it a more pleasurable experience?
Well behold! Simply take a simple peeler and move it back and forth on the onion and watch it cut perfectly thin slices of onion. We encourage you to stop what you're doing and try it right now.
Don't let soggy cereal ruin your morning. We all know the struggle it is to rush to eat all of your cereal before it's mushy and unappetizing. Adding an ice cube keeps your cereal milk cold and prevents your crunchy cereal from ruining too quickly.
This little science experiment might just change the way to eat cereal forever. If you don't like water-y cereal, try making ice cubes out of milk!
This one may sound weird, but putting an ice cube on the center of your burger helps the hamburger stay juicy and delicious while grilling.
Since the grill is so hot, the ice cube helps keep the patty from drying out and overcooking. But that doesn't mean you can abandon your grilling station with this hack - always keep an eye on your patty!
It's always a fateful day when your air freshener loses its scent and you're left with nothing. Instead of throwing them away, let's bring them back to life. With a few drops of essential oil and there you go! Good as new.
With this hack, you can basically choose any scent you want. Whether you like lavendar or sandalwood, you can know you're leaving your car or home smelling nice with this smart trick.
Command hooks are one of the most useful inventions of our time. In this case, they are perfect for using empty space to keep pot and pan lids in place. it can be annoying to lay lids flat in a cabinet because there's just no space! It can lead to so much annoying clanging.
By hanging them on your cabinet door you save a ton of space and make it easy to choose exactly the lid you need for whatever you decide to cook that day.
Shopping and you just want to forget about your purse while you look for items you need on the shelves? Take one thing off your list by securing your purse to your cart so you can focus on getting the food you're craving.
By clicking your purse to the children's safety belt, you can give yourself a few extra seconds to react to someone attempting to steal your purse. It's much harder to steal a cart then just a purse!
Do you love lighting a nice-smelling candle, being eco-friendly, and saving money? We thought you'd say yes. If you're looking to do just that, don't toss a candle lid after you've burned your way through a candle. Instead, use it as a coaster! nice-smelling
We don't like water stains on coffee tables and it's a great way to prevent them while also using something that is the perfect size for a cup, mug, or wine glass.
You can repurpose your old hangers from the department store and use them to clip your book open and keep it flat. By stretching the pages apart, you can move and shake without worrying about the pages being weighed down.
This is especially handy if you’re using the book outdoors when there’s a bit of a breeze. Use it for children's books, coloring books, novels, and galore. Your pants might miss their hanger but you won't!
We have all tried as many ways as we can think of to remove stubborn stickers from a variety of items we just bought. Unfortunately, it seems we are always left disappointed with ugly half scratched off stickers sometimes even with the annoying residue you just can't seem to remove.
Try sticking your item in the freezer! After a few hours watch how easily the sticker will peel off, you'll be so happy you tried it.
Have you ever been in the situation when you pick your fingers raw trying to find the end of a roll of tape? This simple hack serves a dual purpose. Not only can you find a use for those pesky bread tags that normally go to waste, but you can also avoid having to struggle with the end tape roll.
The next time that you finish using the sticky material, grab the nearest bread tag and stick it to the end of the tape. This nifty trick will allow you to peel back the tape without a struggle the next time that you need it.
Rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub on your chest can provide instant relief when you’re struggling with a cold or flu. Did you know that the same tub of scented petroleum can do wonders for unblocking your ears and nose in the shower?
Mix one liter of boiling water with two tablespoons of Vicks and stir until the latter is dissolved in the liquid. Pour the final solution into an ice tray to freeze. The next time that you need a release in your air passages, pop an ice block at the bottom of your shower and let the steam do the rest.
Whenever you buy an item from a department store, you’re contributing to waste in one way or another. Whether it’s the plastic bag that they send you home with, the price tag that hangs from a plastic thread, or the department store hanger that keeps your garment neatly presented.
Now, you can use the hanger for a very unique purpose. Instead of throwing the hanger away, you can take the clip sections off and use them to clamp your packets of food closed. This can be used for crisps, biscuits, and all sorts!
How much time have you spent waiting for your food to warm in the microwave? Time lost to the endless spinning and countdown timer. With this useful life hack, you can cut the amount of time in half!
Simply place a cup in the middle of one of the plates, and balance a second plate on top. This will allow you to heat up two plates in the time that it would normally take to warm up one. Just make sure that the top plate is balancing properly and doesn’t fall off.
There’s little as frustrating as having the cool, alluring ocean right in front of you but being too nervous to leave your valuables on the beach. Instead, you boil and sweat - or risk having your phone stolen by an opportunistic thief.
The next time that you go down to the beach for a swim, take a clean diaper with you. Wrap your keys, phone, and wallet in the diaper when you want to take a dip and enjoy your swim without worrying about your belongings getting stolen. After all, nobody wants to steal a “dirty” diaper!
There are certain steps to cooking and recipe books are normally very good at guiding the chef to serving the final product. When you’re an amateur in the kitchen, you may follow these instructions with unwavering attention. But this also removes the opportunity for innovation, such as using the strainer to cut out a few steps and avoid having water spill all over yourself.
Instead of putting the strainer in the sink and decanting the pot of boiling water and pasta, you can place the strainer over the pot of pasta and pour only the water out. This is a lot less work and reduces the worry about spilling.
Putting on a new pair of pants is one of the greatest feelings in the world. When the material hugs your thighs perfectly, the zipper slides up smoothly and the button pops in just the way that it was designed to do. But anyone who has worn a pair of pants to their final days will know the pain of having the zipper break.
Instead of walking out of the bathroom with your fly down, you can use an old key ring to help you keep it up. Simply put the key ring through the zip and loop it around the button at the top. Voila!
Is your kitchen void of having a certain size pan for the dish that you’re preparing? Whether you’re a student just starting out or preparing a dish from an unconventional recipe book, having the wrong size pan can ruin a meal. But not if you have a bit of tin foil!
Use tin foil to divide a larger pan into small segments. Just make sure to layer up the tin foil to make the “walls” a bit thicker. Now, your casserole can be served for one, for two, or for four - all from the same size pan.
Have you ever needed to hold something temporarily and wondered how useful a hook would be in the situation? Before you go and drill several holes in your wall, you can repurpose an old tennis ball for the job.
Slice a slit in a tennis ball and use the grip to hold a variety of objects. Whether it be keys, a dishcloth, or even a pen. Attach a silicone suction cup and you can stick it on the wall and take it off as needed - no holes needed!
Whoever said that pool noodles were only for the water has obviously never seen this innovative genius. We can only imagine that this truck driver spends many long hours in his vehicle, with his window opened for a bit of air. Rather than bruise his arm on the thin window pane, he came up with a solution.
Thanks to a pool noodle that has been sliced down the middle, this truck driver has a comfy armrest for his long hours on the road. Let’s just hope that he remembers to put on sunblock!
Living on your own has its perks, but when you can only afford a small apartment then it can also give you a fair share of headaches. Trying to prepare a meal in a tiny kitchen is one of these headaches, but this smart person has made a plan to increase space.
Instead of struggling to prepare your food on top of the stove, you can create a temporary expandable countertop. Simply pull out a drawer and place your chopping board on top. Genius!
Have you ever cleaned your kitchen or your bathroom? We assume yes, so you probably know that drains can be the hardest area of your home to clean. It is also one of the dirtiest rooms in your house. The drains tend to be clogged with hair and grease. However, with a simple solution, you can ease up cleaning these areas. First, you need white vinegar, baking soda, and salt.
For the dry products, you will need a cup each. While for vinegar, you will be needing around half a cup. Mix it all together. Once you hear the fizzing, start cleaning the drain. After you pour down the solution, leave it for about ten minutes. Then, end the process by pouring down boiling water. This is to flush and remove any remaining dirt in the drain.
Make the most use of your Ziplock bag by doubling them in size. No, you don’t need to go to the store and buy a new pack in a larger size. Instead, you can lock two bags together and enjoy the extra space.
All that you need to do is turn one inside out and place it inside the other. The locking mechanism will seal them together. Now you can waterproof a range of items for half the fuss and cost. Just make sure to test the bags before dunking them underwater.
One of the quickest ways to turn a friend into an enemy is to leave them without any toilet paper. There’s little as frustrating as reaching for the roll only to find an empty cardboard tube.
The first choice would be to place a new roll of toilet paper onto the holder. But what if there is no more left? Make sure that you stay in everyone’s good books and place the empty roll under the seat. This is the least that you can do in an effort to let the next visitor to the toilet know there’s no more paper.
Avocados are one of the best food items in the world. Their rich, creamy flesh and filling taste is hard to beat. But the joy of munching on an avocado can easily be replaced with disappointment when you cut into the husk only to find it to be rock-hard inside.
Buying avocados to ripen at home is significantly less expensive than buying ripe ones that are ready to pass their heyday. To make sure that you make the most of your money, you can put an under-ripe avocado in a beer cozy and keep it overnight. The next morning it will be good to go!
Remember the days when we would take a coin to a vending machine and hear the joyful sound of a can of soda falling to the bottom? The same coin would be used for unlocking the shopping cart at the grocery store. But long gone are the days of carrying around coins, so what do we do?
If you have a round key available then it can serve the same purpose. Simply slide the top of the round key into the coin slot of the shopping cart and complete your errands without a hitch!
If you’ve ever tried to paint your home then you’ll be aware of the various tricks and preparation needed to keep the home clean and tidy and avoid dripping paint all over the floor. Decanting paint from the tin to the roller tray is one of the moments with the most potential for spillage.
There are easy-pour spouts for paint cans that make this task a lot less stressful. But you can also make your own by using painter’s tape to create a temporary funnel. It works like a charm!
Moving from one house to another can be stressful. There are so many items to pack and boxes to tape that you can easily forget about the most simple items - such as your clothes. This innovative person thought of an effective way to move clothes without any fuss.
Your clothes are already hanging up on their hangers, right? All that you need to do is hold them together with a plastic band and put a black bag over them to prevent dust and damage. The best part about this trick is that unpacking is equally as easy.
Check out a few of today's most famous bags in shops. For example, patches on backpack labels like L.L. Bean and Herschel Supply Co. may be easy to notice and are now quite widespread. The patch is normally made of leather with two longitudinal cutouts.
Don't suppose it's just this tiny area as a design. It is officially called a "pig snout," and was initially used on outside packs to clip walking gear or other devices on the bag. The pig snout has now made its way into many luxury bags to give them a taste for the antique.
Leaving the home for a day out with a phone battery half empty is a rookie move, yet it can be saved if you pack your charger with you. But how often have you left your charger at home?
Create a loop in your charger and attach your house keys to the chord. When you next pick up your keys to dash out of the home, you’ll have no option but to think about whether your charger should be coming along too, or not.
The iconic Oreo television advert gave us very strict instructions on how to enjoy your chocolate cream cookie - “First you twist it, then you dunk it”. But what happens when the cookie falls to the depth of the dairy and you’re forced to abandon ship?
Next time that this happens, grab a fork and poke it gently into the creamy goodness. You can then pull the cookie out of the milk without getting your hands dirty. Just make sure that you don’t stab the Oreo too hard and break it apart.
Some people are religious about jotting down their depleted groceries so that they don’t forget to buy more the next time that they go to the store. However, sometimes you rely on a family member to shoot you a list when you’re already out. How can you be certain if you’ve covered all of your bases?
Take a picture of the inside of your fridge and you’ll be able to see if anything critical is missing. It’s quite a lazy way of putting together your grocery list, but it will do the job just fine.
Pop sockets took the world by storm, giving lazy tech addicts the opportunity to watch videos, take photographs and play on their phones in a comfortable fashion. But your hand is bound to get a cramp at some point, especially if you want to watch a movie while relaxing.
This guy has the perfect plan to comfortably watch a movie on your phone. Seal your phone in a transparent bag and attach it to your wall. Now, all that you need to do is get comfortable and press play!
We all know someone who has a plastic bag full of plastic bags. It’s not only people who are dedicated to sustainable packaging that will try to reuse the bag as many times as possible. However, the game of inception with plastic bags is not the most graceful way of storing the items. Luckily, there are other solutions.
The next time that you finish off a box of tissues, you can use the empty box to store your plastic bags. It’s a lot more practical and significantly more attractive.
While some people look forward to Christmas and Thanksgiving as their favorite holiday of the year, others look to Halloween for fun and festivity. It’s the perfect time to dress up, eat candy and decorate the home.
One of the most popular ways to create a scary space is to carve a pumpkin. If you’re one of the people who enjoy making the most of the event, then you can carve your pumpkin earlier and extend the spooky season. Paint the pumpkin with vegetable oil and they will last longer.
Tweeting birds can add such a wonderful atmosphere to a garden. That’s one of the reasons that bird feeders are so popular. The seeds attract our singing, feathered friends and lure them into our green spaces. But they also attract other animals, like squirrels, who steal the food.
Make sure that you keep the squirrels away from the bird feeder by covering the pole with a slinky. These can be bought for a few dollars and will keep the pesky rodents out of the bird feeder.
Little hurts your feet as much as trying to break in a new pair of shoes. They look good in the store, and even better on your feet, but their comfort doesn’t match their appearance. Now there’s a solution to avoiding the blisters.
All you need is a big pair of wooly socks to protect your feet against the chafe that comes from blisters. Put the socks on before slipping into your new pair of shoes and wear them around the house. When you do eventually wear them out of the house, they will be a lot more comfortable.
The freezer is one of the areas in the home that is often stuffed full of food and contributes to a lot of waste and forgotten goods. Did you know that all you need to save space and see your food at a glance are a few binder clips?
Use the binder clips to hang the bags of frozen food to the rails of the freezer shelf. The next time that you’re looking for food to defrost, you can find the ingredients easily without having to scrummage (and freeze your hands in the process).
DIY projects can save you a lot of money, and be a lot of fun. But it’s so easy to lose essential parts of an item when you take it apart, such as small metal screws. There’s a nifty trick that allows you to keep the screws in check while you attend to what needs fixing.
Keep a magnetic band on your wrist when doing any DIY work so that you can keep tabs on all the little bits of metal. You may still lose a screw in the process, but the chances are a lot less likely.