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Food & Drink

Bottles in shopping carts

When you are shopping and bottles are rolling around your shopping cart then just stick the cap of the bottles between the bars on the shopping cart.
Home & Garden

Slippery or rusty handles

Tennis racket wrap is an easy three dollar fix for slippery and/or rusty handles such as for lawn mowers.
Home & Garden

Packing and moving furniture

If you’re moving or storing some furniture, use cling wrap to make a packet of the hardware and then wrap it onto one of the pieces. Then you won’t wonder where it is later.
Technology

Prevent external HDD from sliding about

Wrap some rubber bands around your external hard drive to prevent it from sliding around or falling off your table.
Clothing & Accessories

New shoe insoles

Use binder clips to line up and hold the edges that are already flush with your old insole, and just cut the rest!
Clothing & Accessories

Clothes hanger slip prevention

Add rubber bands on the ends of hangers to prevent clothes from slipping off.
Home & Garden

Large ziplock bag

You can put two Ziplock bags together to make a really big one, by simply turning one inside out.
Clothing & Accessories

Biodegradable confetti

Instead of polluting the planet with confetti, hole punch leaves. Fully biodegradable.
Home & Garden

Window privacy protection

Taping wax paper to your windows is an easy, cheap and quick way to keep your privacy without compromising natural light.
Food & Drink

No more greasy oil bottles

Wrap your oil bottles around the neck with some tissue to reduce greasy hands and counters.
Technology

Finding quality content on Google

Google search any topic followed by 'filetype:ppt' and only powerpoints will come up. Alternatively search for a textbook or subject name followed by 'filetype:pdf' to find free textbooks in PDF format.
Home & Garden

Storing pots

Stack and store non-stick pots and pans with lids upside down to reduce scratching the interiors
Food & Drink

Chopping onions

Use an apple slicer to quickly chop onions.
Career & Work

Mounting holes for hanging on wall

Photocopy the back of the object you want to hang and use it as a template for drilling the mounting holes. Alternatively you could trace the outline on paper with a pencil or pen and use that as your template.
Clothing & Accessories

The guide to stain removal

Check out this image that will give you an overview of how to remove certain stains. For example use vinegar to remove grass stains.
Food & Drink

Need a lot of pepper for a recipe?

Use a cheap coffee burr grinder to grind pepper. It can also be used to grind other spices as well.
Food & Drink

Shoe cup holder

If you don’t have a cup holder use your shoe.
Technology

Skip YouTube ads

In the YouTube app,click the small info icon at the bottom left and report the ad (Stop seeing this ad). Follow the next 2 steps. The YouTube video will then start as it should. Certainly helps skip those long ads!
Career & Work

Fixing pens with plenty of ink left

Have a pen with plenty of ink left yet will not write? Hold the ballpoint pen tip briefly over a flame from a lighter. It works like a dream!
Productivity

Easily loosen tight screws

The screwdrivers handle is actually designed to put a wrench on it to help loosen tight screws.
Home & Garden

Board game inserts as organizers

Use the inserts from board games as drawer organizers and prevent things from scattering.
Career & Work

Never wash a paint pan again

Use Glad wraps Press'n Seal to line your paint pan before you use it. When you are done you simply remove the wrap. Alternatively you can use cling film (plastic wrap) to protect your paint pan.
Career & Work

Silicon tube sealer

Need a cap to seal a silicon tube? Simply drill a hole half way through a cork and use that as the cover.
Technology

Let your phone do the typing for you!

Use your phones dictaphone feature to write for you rather than typing. Handy for getting thoughts and feelings off your chest into a journal, or even writing text messages for you. Both Android and iPhone have this feature.
Technology

Cleaning phone charging ports

Use dental brushes to clean the charging ports, as well as any other ports, of electrical devices.
Home & Garden

Gate latch from seat belt buckle

Looking for any ideas for an unusual custom gate latch? If you have an old seat belt buckle around, you can use it as a simple gate latch.
Home & Garden

Homemade outlet covers

Remove the adhesive top from the baby wipes package. Then place over outlets.
Clothing & Accessories

Armpit stains? Use dishwashing detergent

Deodorant and sweat combined tends to leave awful armpit stains on t-shirts. Use dishwashing detergent on a toothbrush, and brush the armpit areas for about a minute each before washing them. It tends to break up all the nastiness from sweat + deodorant.
Home & Garden

Dish soap dispenser

Put dish soap in an olive oil dispenser. It allows you to dilute the soap, save money, and it makes washing dishes easier. It also looks quite fancy.
Food & Drink

Cheese board on the go

Want to take cheese with you on a walk? Store your cheese in a container with a lid. To use as a cheese board, simply flip the container and use the lid as the board. No extra cheese board required!
Food & Drink

Save space in your freezer

Cut the cooking instructions from the box and attach it to the contents of the box to save freezer space.
Home & Garden

Don't throw away boxes

Reuse cardboard boxes as containers for extra organizers.
Health & Beauty

Trouble swallowing pills

If you have trouble swallowing pills, use a carbonated beverage like sparkling water. It stimulates the entire palate and reduces gag.
Food & Drink

Boiling potatoes on high

To prevent your potatoes from boiling over, put a wooden spoon (or similar implement) between the pot and lid. You can then boil then on high the entire time.
Clothing & Accessories

Face mask holders

Sew buttons on your hat to hold your mask.
Outdoor

Phone lattern

Need more light when you’re camping? Put a water bottle on top of your phone flashlight for a lantern effect.
Home & Garden

Stubbing your toe much?

Stubbing your toes on a metal bed frame? Add a section of pool noodle for a low profile toe saver.
Social

Front porch halloween treat dispenser

Use a PVC pipe or similar to create a social distancing treat dispenser for Trick-or-treating kids. Simply feed the treats down the pipe towards awaiting buckets.
Food & Drink

Keep snack bags closed

Don’t have a chip clip? Use a bobby pin instead to keep an opened snack packet closed when not needed.
Career & Work

Equipment cable management for your workspace

Create a simple harness attached to your desk out of tape. This will prevent you from constantly bending down to pick up cords or from your cords being hard to get especially when you are constantly swapping in and out cords.
Technology

Earphone storage

A Kinder egg capsule is a great solutions for storing headphones/Earphones.
Home & Garden

Keeping track of multiple cable cord ends

Add some colored tape on the appliance, and end of the cord. You'll then always know which is which.
Home & Garden

Cabinet door storage and organization

Use the inside of your cabinet doors to hold items that are a little more awkward to store. It also frees up actual cabinet space and keeps them more organized.
Food & Drink

Drink coasters

If you can’t afford drink coasters grab some flooring samples from Home Depot (or your equivalent local hardware store). They are free and come in a variety of colors and finishes!
Technology

Keep your computer active

Need to step away from your PC and keep it active? Place your mouse over an analog watch to keep it "active".
Home & Garden

Prevent oven handle towels from slipping

Use any stick of velcro or a command strip and apply it to the oven door handle bar. This will add extra friction and keep the kitchen towels in place.
Social

Buying an embarrassing product

If you are in a shop buying an embarrassing product, get a birthday card with it.
Food & Drink

Hair in your food?

If you find a hair in your food, heavily salt the meal before sending it back to the kitchen to make sure you you get a new order.
Outdoor

How to Escape a Rip Current

1) Don't panic. Most rip current deaths occur because swimmers fight the rip current, get exhausted and drown. 2) Swim parallel to the beach. Swimming straight back to shore will put you head-to-head with the rip current's full force. 3) Make your way back ... more
Clothing & Accessories

Lose your keys often?

Get a pet tag with your number or email address as a Key-chain, so if someone finds them they can easily call or text you. Pet stores have them for cheap and engraving is usually included in the price.
Home & Garden

Avoiding smells in empty closed jars

Attach the lids to the jar with rubber bands to leave the jars open. Alternatively you could add small piece of tissue paper into the jar with the lid closed to control the moisture.
Food & Drink

Re-use plastic bottle tops to tightly seal food bags

First cut off the wide-mouth plastic bottle top just at the crest. Save the cap. Next slip the cut off over the bag opening. Then fold the bag over the bottles mouth. Finally cap it off with the bottle top.
Outdoor

How to use an analog watch as a compass to find direction

Northern Hemisphere: You can use a watch to determine general direction by pointing the hour hand at the sun. The midway point between the 12 o'clock position and the hour hand is south. Remember to account for daylight savings by subtracting an hour if it'... more
Clothing & Accessories

Stacking clothes hanging in your closet

Use soda can tabs to stack the clothes hanging in your closet. Unexpected benefit: it's super helpful to organize your clothes via grouping.
Home & Garden

Simple, efficient fly trap using a plastic bottle

Cut a plastic bottle in half and flip the top half upside down and insert it into the bottom half to act as a funnel. Poor some wine or vinegar into the bottom half. A fly will be able to easily get in but not out.
Transport

The Complete Guide to What You Should Keep in Your Car

From paper maps, snacks, and first aid kits, to a portable air compressor, shovel, and tire chains. See the complete list below.
Clothing & Accessories

Running armband for your phone

An old sock with the toe cut off and folded on itself makes an effective and stylish running armband!
Home & Garden

Grow trees and plants 3 times faster

Use a buried PVC pipe that directs water to the bottom of the tree or plants roots in the soil. This trains the roots to seek for water downwards. For a more detailed instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UggqhnihmyY This method was originally conc... more
Lifestyle

Greek style Yogurt is an excellent sleeping aid

Eating a pot of yogurt before bed is the best sleeping aid there is. The reason behind this is that there are certain nutrients required to do two important things to induce sleep - help relax the central nervous system, and create melatonin. The nutrients... more
Outdoor

How to carry fire

Fungus fire care: Break a bracket fungi off into a chunk and hold it to an ember until it begins to smolder. Then loosely wrap it in moss to carry. Ember box: In a ventilated tin can, add moss at the bottom, then add charcoal and an ember. Finally cover it ... more
Social

Improve kids reading skills

If you have kids in elementary school, turn on subtitles when they are watching TV and watch their reading skills improve drastically.
Home & Garden

Lighting hard to reach candles

Light a candle with dry pasta that’s too hard to reach with a normal lighter.
Lifestyle

The knuckle mnemonic

Want to know if a month has 30 or 31 days? Count your knuckles! Knuckle=31 days and Indentation=30 days
Career & Work

Toolbox rust prevention

Throw a few silica gel packets in your tool box to prevent the tools from rusting. The silica bags will absorb any little moisture in the toolbox prolonging the life of your tools.
Home & Garden

Home-made fly trap

Add apple cider vinegar in a small bottle or jar with a drop of dish soap. The soap breaks the surface tension so they drown when they land.
Technology

Contain your internet addictions by hitting a wall

An easy way to avoid distractions while working on your device is to logout from email, social media, and any other accounts that often steal your time. Next time you try to check out one of those sites you'll hit a wall—the login page. You'll get a secon... more
Lifestyle

Remove the word "Very" from your vocabulary

“Very” is one of those overused words that rarely need to be there, and just ends up making your content writing suffer. The main issue with using “very” in your writing is that it weakens the sentence and doesn’t provide enough information about the situa... more
Social

Discover who is using an automation tool

Add an emoji at the beginning of your name to see if anyone is using some sort of automation tool to send out connection request on LinkedIn. When someone is then they will send a message such as "Hi 🍻, ...<rest of message>...." How it works? Automation t... more
Home & Garden

Freshen a stinky vacuum cleaner

If your vacuum doesn't have a hepa filter, sometimes it smells a bit musty, or like your pets. Suck up powdered cinnamon or nutmeg every time after you empty the canister. It will make it smell quite a bit better since some of the particles are fine enoug... more
Transport

Use a rubber band to hold your phone

Looking at your phone while driving is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. However, if you need to glance at directions and you don’t have a smartphone mount, you can thread a rubber band through your air conditioning vent. Insert the r... more
Transport

Keep the pizza warm

If your car has seat warmers, you’ll never arrive home with a cold pizza. Your go-to winter warmup strategy doubles as a food warmer. Just put your food in the passenger seat (if you don’t have a passenger), and turn on your seat warmer.
Technology

Share YouTube video at current time

Ever been annoyed trying to send someone a video at a certain time and trying to figure the "Start at" time? Well simply right click the video and select "Copy video URL at current time".
Food & Drink

Chopsticks to the rescue!

This idea might sound crazy, but if you want to keep your fingers clean from those grease and seasonings when eating chips, start using chopsticks.
Health & Beauty

Grapes against migraines!

Consume grape juice when you are having a headache. Grape juice can be used to relieve severe migraines.
Home & Garden

How to remove gum from carpet

When gum freezes, it gets brittle and easily breaks apart. Freeze it to remove it quickly and neatly.
Social

Stop vomiting in public!

Are you going to vomit? Start humming. It’s nearly impossible to gag when humming.
Home & Garden

Finding tiny items you dropped on the floor

Finding tiny item when you accidentally drop it on the floor can be troublesome. Not with life hacks! Cover the end of vacuum cleaner with stocking and start to vacuum.
Home & Garden

How to get rid of water marks on a wooden table

When you got some water marks on your wooden table or chair, use toothpaste to get rid of it.
Finance

Psychological trick to start saving money

If you are planning on buying something but last minute decide against it, still take the money and put it in savings. Even if it’s $5 - $10 - it all adds up. You were already ready to spend the money anyways so why not save it.
Clothing & Accessories

Doing laundry at a laundromat

Use your pillowcase, or duvet cover, to bring your dirty laundry to the laundry room and throw it in with the wash. This way you have a clean pillowcase/duvet cover to sleep on every time you do laundry, even if you don't get your sheets done that week.
Clothing & Accessories

Remove watch links with the sim card tool

You know those little metal tools that come with new smartphones to open the sim-card slot? You can use those to punch out the pins in watch links to remove them. Just grab a hammer, align the tool with the pin, and smack it through. Easy peasy.
Career & Work

How to Say "NO" to someone who won't take NO for an answer.

Hey first_name, I love your persistence! The answer is still no. I'm simply not able to fit your request into my schedule right now. Believe me, I am not the only way that you will make the project work/achieve your goal, but my role is going to be the one... more
Social

How to get into a club with a long queue

Want to get into a club that has a long queue? Figure out the name of a few DJs that are playing there, then go into the guestlist queue and say you are on the guestlist from DJ xyz. Sometimes the bouncers will not really double check the list and allow you... more
Clothing & Accessories

Keep your valuables safe while at the beach

Clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach bag and put your phone, money, keys, and any other valuables inside for safer keeping at the beach.
Food & Drink

Reduce food waste

Reduce food waste by having one shelf in your refrigerator devoted to leftovers and other food that will expire soon. All the other shelves or bins in the fridge you can consider as ingredient storage.
Productivity

No sorting box?

Use empty eggs boxes to keep your materials sorrted. They can also join together to create an even larger sorting box.
Career & Work

Smooth rolling chair on a carpet

Instead of buying those cheap plastic chair mats, Buy a box of laminate flooring planks and put them together. Takes less than 10 minutes, feels sturdy, and looks great. Chair rolls so smooth!
Travel

Dealing with turbulence on a plane

When you hit turbulence during a flight, wiggle the bottom half of your body around and it’ll reduce the effect.
Home & Garden

Use stick-on LED lights to illuminate dark cabinets

If you're dealing with a darker-than-ideal kitchen, you can use some LED lights to brighten things up. Instead of installing pricey under-cabinet lighting, a few stick-on LEDs can help illuminate your countertops and cabinets at virtually no cost.
Home & Garden

Garbage bin bag suction issues solved

Drill holes in the bottom of your garbage can to make putting in and taking out bags much easier -- no suction issues!
Home & Garden

Easy homemade air conditioner

Point your fan at a few frozen water bottles (with 2-3 tbsp of salt in each). Refreeze at the end of each day.
Travel

Travelling with someone? Book a window and aisle seat

The middle will likely remain empty if the flight is not full because people usually choose either a window or an aisle seat. If someone does pick the middle seat, chances are they'll be willing to switch with one of you.
Travel

How To Parallel Park

Position your car Slowly steer your car so that it is parallel to the car parked in front of the empty space. Your car should be about less than a meter from the side of the parked car. Check your mirrors Check your rear-view mirror, as well as your left a... more
Lifestyle

Unwritten rules of life

🚪If you open something, close it. 🔒If you unlock something, lock it. 🛠️If you break something, fix it. 💚If you use it, take care of it. 🔍If you can't fix it, find someone who can. 🧹If you make a mess, clean it up. 🗄️If you move it, put it back. 👍If ... more
Home & Garden

Fresh smelling carpets

Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet a little while before vacuuming to keep your rug smelling fresh. Baking soda, unlike most commercial air fresheners, doesn't mask odors, it absorbs them.
Health & Beauty

Quit a habit using a challenge

Have a horrible habit your are trying to stop such as smoking? For every cigarette you want to smoke do a challenge such as 15 push-ups. Only then do you earn that cigarette and also get some exercise in.
Clothing & Accessories

No more lost socks!

Before throwing your dirty socks to the laundry, pin each pair together at the ankle using a safety pin. Requires some discipline, but it saves a considerable amount of time during sorting and folding, and prevents singular socks from getting lost.
Food & Drink

Microwaved eggs

Don’t cook those little eggies in a pan or on a stove top. Instead, beat your egg, place in a small microwave safe plastic bowl with a loosely covered lid, add desired toppings (don’t add too much!), set your microwave to 55 seconds, and let sit for a few ... more
Pets

Dryer Sheets Pick up Dog Hair Like Crazy

Looking for a simple way to pick up some of that dog hair? Use dryer sheets. They pick up loose dog hair on fabric like magic. Just rub a dryer sheet over your couch or wherever else pet hair collects and watch as it clings right to it.
Food & Drink

Quick cold beverages

Wrap a wet towel around your beverage and put it in the freezer. In about 15 minutes it will be almost completely ice cold!
Home & Garden

Efficient storage of pot lids

Mount towel racks on the inside of a cabinet and store your lids to save precious space.
Home & Garden

Unclog your kitchen sink with a dishwasher tablet

Do you have a kitchen sink that’s prone to clogs? Cut through the blockage with a regular dishwasher tablet. Let it dissolve in your sink with some hot water, then rinse the excess away. It’ll get rid of all the gunk in your drain.
Home & Garden

Use adhesive Velcro to keep your remotes within reach

Remotes go missing constantly, and it’s so annoying to have to take all the couch cushions off to try to find them. Keep them in the same place by using adhesive Velcro attached to your coffee table.
Home & Garden

Use a shoe organizer for cleaning supplies

It’s so annoying to fumble through a closet looking for the right cleaning supplies. Use a shoe organizer over the top of your closet door to keep supplies organized and easy to find.
Home & Garden

Organize your cables with toilet paper rolls

Cables are a part of life, but they’re also major tripping hazards. Keep them out of your way with a few toilet paper rolls.
Lifestyle

Supply a restless toddler with a box and crayons

Toddlers can get stir-crazy if they’re trapped indoors. To keep your kiddo from coloring on the walls, give them a box and crayons and let them go crazy.
Food & Drink

Test egg freshness by floating them in a bowl of water

Eggs are a fridge staple, but it’s easy to lose track of their expiration date. That means you’re not sure if they’re going bad. To test freshness, let them float in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs sink completely.
Home & Garden

Expand your kitchen space with a cutting board in a drawer

If your kitchen space is tight, try this handy hack: just place a cutting board in a drawer and voila, extra counter space.
Food & Drink

Cool wine down with frozen grapes

Want to cool your wine without watering it down? Instead of ice cubes, toss in a couple of frozen grapes.
Food & Drink

Use a cheese grater for cold butter

Have you ever tried to spread cold butter and found that it doesn’t work? A cheese grater is a perfect way to get cold butter spreadable in no time.
Health & Beauty

Save time in the bathroom showering

When taking a shower, brush your teeth while the water gets up to temperature.
Lifestyle

Keep your shoes fresh with tea bags

Prevent smelly shoes and feet by placing a couple dry tea bags inside each shoe to absorb any stench.
Home & Garden

Use a wooden spoon to prevent overflow

Set a wooden spoon across the width of a boiling pot of water to pop air bubbles and prevent the water from overflowing.
Technology

Protect your cables with a pens spring

Adding a pen spring around your cords will keep the ends from fraying. Just what you need to protect all of those phone and laptop cords!
Social

When people owe you money

Put the amount of money someone owes you in their contact name on your phone. e.g. Chris Owes Me $72.00