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.
Using salt to keep colors from running
Salt is often used as a mordant to set dyes during the initial dyeing process. However, once a garment reaches your closet it is too late to “set the dye.” The dye must be set early and correctly at the proper stage of textile development to prevent color bleeding. Therefore, adding salt to your laundry does…nothing.
Golden egg hack
The kitchen legend has it that shaking raw eggs intensely for about two minutes before boiling will make the eggs golden. The yolks might get some bizarre shapes but they will be still clearly separated from the rest of the eggs, so no golden eggs, sorry.
Cutting cheese with dental floss
This hack actually works quite well, but the problem is you can easily ruin the subtle flavor of your expensive cheese with the minty flavor of the floss. So if you need to use this hack, make sure you use unscented floss.
Plastic bottle flip-flops
The DIY flip-flops made from plastic bottles might look like one of the coolest hacks ever, but unfortunately, they are practically unwearable. The labels that are supposed to hold your feet in the “shoes” will snap after a few minutes, and we don’t even need to talk about comfort.
Using teabags as hand warmers
Yes, even this hack can be found on the internet. Not only does the smell of over-brewed tea and threat of skin staining outweigh the benefits of warm hands, but the possibility that someone may catch you holding this in your palm is just too embarrassing.