25 Ways You’ve Been Using Everyday Products Wrong

Posted by , Updated on March 4, 2015

We know you think you’re smart. You might be. But no matter how smart you are we’re willing to bet that you didn’t realize some pretty obvious tips and tricks that have been right under your nose. Here are 25 ways you’ve been using everyday products wrong!

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You're supposed to use your Chinese takeout container as a plate.

chinese takeout

You're supposed to wrap a wet paper towel around your drink before you put it in the fridge so it cools down faster.

paper towel around drink

You're supposed to use the top of the Tic Tac container as a dispenser.


You're supposed to use a flange plunger for your toilet and a cup plunger for your sink. Yea we know, you just use the cup plunger for everything.


You're supposed to use the soda tab to hold your straw.

soda tab straw holder

You're supposed the use the hole in the pot handle to hold your spoon.

spoon holder

You're supposed to cut cherry tomatoes in half using a lid on either side to hold them.

how to cut tomatoes

You're supposed to push in the tabs on either end of the aluminum foil box to prevent the roll from coming out.

aluminum foil

You're supposed to tie a knot in your extension cords to keep them from coming apart.

extension cord knot

You're supposed to use only a dab of toothpaste. And you're not supposed to rinse after you brush!


You're supposed to fold the Greek yogurt container in half to pour out the topping.

greek yogurt

You're supposed to make a spoon out of the applesauce lid.

apple sauce spoon

You're supposed to store peanut butter upside down so that the oils distribute evenly.

upside down peanut butter

You're supposed to peel bananas from the other end.

peeling banana

You're supposed to lay a wooden spoon over the top of a your pots to prevent spillover when things boil. The wooden spoon can take more heat than its plastic counterparts and it pops the steam bubbles.

wooden spoon

You're supposed to use your to-go cup's lid as a coaster.

plastic cup coaster

You're supposed to place the flap of toilet seat covers in the front, not in the back.

toilet seat cover

You're supposed to pull the sides of the juice box out so that your kids can hold onto them and keep the juice from spilling.

juice box

You're supposed to spread the edges of your ketchup cups so that they hold more ketchup.

ketchup cups

You're supposed to shove a straw through the middle of a strawberry (starting at the bottom) to push the leaves off the top.

strawberry straw

You're supposed to hold the "door close" button on the elevator while you choose your floor. It will go straight to that floor without stopping. Ok, you're actually not supposed to do that but this hacks works on most elevators.

elevator buttons

You're supposed to use Coca Cola to clean your car batter, defrost your windshield, and clean blood stains. Now you know.


You're supposed to use beer to polish your wooden furniture. And gold if you have any.


You're supposed to use a paper clip to pop the reset button on the ink cartridge when the computer says you're out of ink. The truth is you actually still have a bit left!

printer cartridge

You're supposed to use staple removers to open key rings.

key ring

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