By now, we’re all familiar with the ingenuity of life hacks. But some of them can get seriously complicated, or otherwise only apply to some truly obscure situations. Happily, these brilliantly simple hacks swerve those issues by being not only easy to carry out, but universally applicable. After this, your life will be magnitudes smoother – trust us.
Power cuts and freezers aren’t a great mix – indeed, if your food defrosts and refreezes, it’s often no longer safe to eat. A great way to make sure this hasn’t happened while you’ve been away is to place a coin atop a cup of frozen water. If it sinks, it’s time to clear out your freezer.
We all know the pain of trying to perfectly peel a boiled egg. Well, as strange as it sounds, there is a nifty hack that can make the process as painless as possible: simply stick a thumbtack into the bottom of the egg to create a hole before boiling. It’s that simple.
We’re not quite sure what the thought process was behind the discovery of this hack, but it’s probably best to just roll with it. Indeed, for whatever reason, someone decided to place an avocado inside a cooler sleeve. The next day, the fruit had ripened perfectly.
There’s nothing worse than a warm beer on a hot summer’s day. Okay, we might be exaggerating – but there are definitely times when we’ve wanted nothing more than a refreshing, cold drink. Luckily, there’s a solution: just wrap your bottle in a wet paper towel and pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes. You can thank us later.
Sticky notes aren’t just for, well, writing notes on. The sticky section is also super useful for cleaning out all the gunk that accumulates on your keyboard. And just so you don’t forget, you could always write this tip down on, say, a sticky note…
If you’re tired of your flip-flops only lasting a single summer, then this simple hack should be music to your ears. Indeed, the thong coming loose thanks to a hole in the sole is now a thing of the past. It’s easily remedied with something as simple as a bread clip. Genius.
Pouring is for suckers. What you really want is a bottle cap you can drink from, without spilling everywhere – just like Gatorade bottle caps. But sometimes, a single bottle of Gatorade isn’t enough to quench your thirst. It’s fortunate, then, that those very same caps fit on four-liter water jugs…
We’ve all been there: during a particularly aggressive culinary session, you yank your freezer drawer open only to have the contents spill out from their bags. If you’d like to avoid the chaos of frozen peas rolling around your house for the rest of time, try using large paper clips to hang your frozen food on your freezer rack.
Looking for an easier way to take your moisturizer and other beauty creams traveling with you? Call off the search: we’ve got the perfect solution. All you need is a contact lens case, and voila – instant cream storage. We’d recommend a separate case for your actual lenses, of course…
Moving house is never fun. There is literally nothing that could make the actual experience of moving – that is, packing up all your stuff, then unpacking it again – the least bit enjoyable. It can be made smoother, however. Your hanging clothes, for instance, can all be transported in one go with the simple addition of a drawstring trash bag. Easy.
Picture it: you’re hosting the party of the century, when your top-drawer speaker system blows out, filling the room with the dreaded sound of silence. Don’t panic – it happens. Just pop your phone into a cup or small plant pot, and it’ll amplify the sound dramatically. Okay, so maybe it won’t be quite as good as your actual speakers, but it’ll do in a pinch.
Pancakes are amazing, but having to whip up the mixture every time you want them is a chore. To save time, then, you can always recycle an old ketchup bottle. Not only will you have somewhere to store your leftover mix, you can also use it for easy squeezing into the pan.
If you’re having trouble getting a splinter out, try dropping a blob of glue on it. Once it’s dried, peel it off and it should lift the splinter right out. No longer will you have to spend hours digging into your skin, only to inadvertently send the splinter so far in that it becomes part of your body’s cellular structure. Not that that’s ever happened to us, of course…
Sneakers in the freezer? Yes, you’re not going crazy – this is a totally legitimate life hack. After all, once your shoes have spent a night in the confines of sub-zero temperatures, any horrible odors they’ve contracted will be gone by morning. That’s because the cold kills off the bacteria within. The same trick works with jeans, too, so you don’t have to destroy your denim by over-washing it.
If you’re after a quick and easy wall-mounted TV but can’t afford the real thing, a pair of command hooks and a tablet should do the job. You can even slide it in and out, so you don’t have to keep your tablet permanently stuck to the wall.
If you’ve ever needed to hang something on your wall that requires lining up the hooks just right, you’ll know just how infuriating it can be. And you’ll also wonder why you never thought of this genius solution: simply photocopy the back of the object you need to mount and use it as a template. Easy.
We can’t believe we didn’t think of this sooner. Still, you can always rely on strangers on the internet to make your life easier. And this notebook organization solution is about as easy as it gets – especially for things like recipes.
We’re not sure why this little Lego minifigure is so terrified – after all, he’s doing his owner a great service as an ingenious cable holder. Then again, if Toy Story is anything to go by, he’s probably just affronted that he doesn’t get to go play with the rest of his fellow toys.
If you’re traveling and carrying cash, you can pretty easily become a target for thieves and pickpockets. It’s a good idea, then, to conceal your money somewhere would-be criminals aren’t going to check – like a lip balm tube. After all, who’s going to steal that?
Got a candle with a difficult-to-reach wick? No problem. Avoid setting fire to yourself, your loved ones and everything you hold dear simply by using a piece of spaghetti as an extra-long match. Just don’t cook it first.