From the way we pack our clothes to the way we eat Tic Tacs and peel bananas, we all have our own particular ways of doing things (and we don’t even realize it). But have you ever stopped to think about what and why you go about your daily routine the way that you do? Is the way you do things the only way to do them? Are they even the most efficient? Maybe, then again maybe not. You might be surprised to find out how many different ways there is to do something. Take for example packing. Did you know that if you rolled your clothes (as opposed to folding them) you’d save more space in your luggage? How about peeling potatoes? You do it with the peeler, right? But did you know there is a much easier way to do it? In fact, there are hundreds of seemingly ordinary things that people all over the world tend to do without realizing there might be an easier way to do it. Today, we are here to bring you 25 Easy Life Hacks You Should Not Be Living Without.
If you’re interested in even more hacks to make your life simpler, check out these 25 Simple Life Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier.
An Ice Cold Drink
If you need your drink cold asap, wrap a wet paper towel around it and stick it in the freezer. This will cool your drink much faster (just don’t forget it inside).
When your earbuds keep slipping out
If your headphones keep slipping out, try wrapping them around your ear.
Crossing out words
If you cross out words with horizontal lines, they might be still legible. Instead, cross them out with letters.
An easy way to kill the germs in your sponge is to put the sponge in the microwave for a few minutes.
Untying a knot
The trick to untying a knot is to twist the loose end as much as you can and to push it through the knot. It works with most material from ropes to plastics.
Did you know you can actually peel potatoes without the peeler? Boil the potatoes and then give them a quick ice bath. The skin will separate from the potato and you can simply pick it off.
To avoid sizzling edges and an ice cold middle when reheating your meal in a microwave, distribute the meal in the shape of a doughnut (with a void in the center).
Use the hole in the metal tab as a holder for your straw. Just put the straw through the tab and enjoy your soda.
Eating chicken wings
To get the best out of chicken wings, pull off the cartilage on the wider end and get rid of the bones instead of just nibbling meat off the bones.
An easy banana split
Forget opening your banana from the stem. It is easier to do it from the top. Just pinch the tip to split it and peel it with ease.
Eating Tic Tac
Use the groove in the lid of a Tic Tac box to dispense exactly one mint at a time.
Store your shirts on their sides to make more room and have a quick visual inventory.
Control a boiling situation
Keep boiling pots under control with this simple solution; Put a wooden spoon across it. Wood doesn’t conduct heat so the hot water will stray away from the cold spoon.
The perfect slice
To slice bread easily and without squishing the top, turn it upside down and slice it from the bottom up.
Try this easy way to get deseed a pomegranate. First, cut the pomegranate in two halves and beat the halves on the outside with a wooden kitchen spoon. After about 30 seconds of beating, all the seeds will be perfectly separated.
To keep your cake fresh until the very last bite, cut if from the middle outwards. After you take the middle slice out, press the cake back together.
Cleaning shower head
To get the gross residue off your shower head, tie a bag filled with vinegar around it and leave it there over night. Then, easily wipe the dirt away with a wet cloth.
Breaking in new shoes
Breaking in new shoes doesn’t have to take weeks of discomfort and pain. Simply wear a pair of thick socks, put on your shoes and use a hair dryer to blow on the tightest corners. This will make your shoes fit comfortably in no time.
Stop nose bleeding
If you’re dealing with a nose bleed, put cotton on your upper gums right behind the small dent below your nose and press against it hard. Most of the blood comes from the cartilage wall that divides the nose, so pressing it helps stop the bleeding.
Do not waste time trying to wash your blender. Just pour some hot water and soap in it, turn it on and let it wash itself.
When brushing your teeth, only use a little dab of toothpaste (about the size of a pea). The large amounts of toothpaste featured in commercials are only used to make you use up your toothpaste faster and buy another one.
Eating Chinese takeout meals
Do you struggle with eating Chinese takeaway meals out of the paper container? Break down the container and use it as a plate instead.
Packing space saver
In packing, saving space is crucial. Rolling up your clothes instead of folding will take up less space.
Playing music on phone
To enhance the sound of your cell phone, put the phone in a ceramic mug.
Put some grapes in the freezer and use them later to chill wine without diluting it.