Life hacks are supposed to give us cheap, elegant and smart ways of dealing with everyday problems. As these little tricks have become popular among millions of people all over the world, it comes as no surprise that the internet is now literally flooded with all kinds of hacks. We at List25 love these useful tricks too, and we have already published a few posts with some cool hacks such as these 25 Simple Life Hacks Every Dog Owner Should Know, these 25 Easy Life Hacks You Should Not Be Living Without or these 25 Life Hacks Every College Student Should Know. Unfortunately, not every clever solution that has made it among the viral life hack elite really works. Some hacks are actually more trouble than they are worth. Spread by people who – obviously – have never tried them, these tips and tricks will not save you time, money, or energy. In fact, they might do the very opposite. To show you some of the worst of these that you should definitely avoid, we compiled this list with 25 hacks that are actually far from helpful. From debunked kitchen hacks to ineffective cleaning hacks, make sure not to try any of these 25 Life Hacks That Actually Don’t Help Make Your Life Better.
Storing batteries in fridge
We all have heard about this hack that is supposed to extend the life of your batteries, but in fact, cold temperature can do the opposite; it might shorten their life. Moreover, condensation can also lead to corrosion and seal damage.
Toiler paper roll cell phone speaker
This life hack works quite well if you use a large ceramic mug as an amplifier but an empty toilet paper roll? Nope, this is not going to do anything to the sound produced by your cell phone or any other smart device.
Nail and hammer wine opener
Have a bottle of wine but no corkscrew? The internet says you can remove the cork with a nail and hammer. If you really tried this hack, you would know that the hammer only pulls the nail out of the cork while the cork itself still stays in the bottle.
Cherry tomato slicing hack
One of the most popular internet life hacks has it that if you put a bunch of cherry tomatoes between two Tupperware lids and push down on them firmly, you can cut them with one slice. The truth is, even if you use a super sharp knife, you will end up with tomato mess all over the place.
Tennis ball unlocking locked car door
This life hack was actually debunked by the Mythbusters themselves in one of their videos. There is simply no way the pressured air squeezed out of a tennis ball could move the pins and unlock the car door.