Simple Things You've Been Doing Wrong Your Whole Life
You've probably been around on this planet for a few years now, so you might think you have a pretty good grasp on how to do stuff. Surprisingly, however, there are a lot of things that most of us are probably doing wrong, even with all our years of experience and expertise. Once you see how you’re supposed to be doing them, you'll wonder why you never did those things that way before. It will change your life.
While cherries are a delicious summer treat, they can also be a little difficult to eat if you struggle with pitting them. The traditional "spit the pits out into a bowl" method is tried and true, certainly, but there's an easier, cleaner way of eating them that most of us probably haven't tried but should.
Finding a good way to blast some music should be a straightforward process. But what happens when you forget to bring your speaker to the picnic, or the battery dies halfway through? Most of us probably crank the volume up as loud as it goes and hope for the best.
It's pretty frustrating to drink a lukewarm beverage when you were hoping for a cool one. You can put a bottle in the fridge and even after a seemingly endless amount of time and still end up with a relatively warm drink. Luckily, you've been going about chilling our bottles all wrong — there's an easy solution that can save you from the tragedy of a warm soda.
Putting a Key on a Keyring
This seemingly simple task has cost many a person pain in their nails and fingers (and, let's be honest, a little sanity as well). It's something that needs to be done fairly often, though — whenever you get a new key or dispose of an old one, or when it’s time for a swanky new keychain..
Using Extension Cords
Considering how much we rely on technology every day, you'd think we’d be better at using extension cords by now, yet we struggle with the frustration of suddenly losing power to devices because the cord came unplugged from the extension cord, which happens all too easily.
Everyone’s struggled with the restrictions on carry-on sizes when traveling by plane. It seems like you can barely fit anything in those bags! Despite years of practice and dozens of flights, you probably continue to struggle with the right way to pack in order to maximize space in those bags.
Drinking Iced Coffee
In a time when coffee is available at practically every street corner, you might think you know how to drink it, whether you're a cream-and-three-sugars or straight-black coffee person. When it comes to iced coffee, however, most people are probably drinking it wrong.
Considering how popular eggs are, making good ones should be easy as pie — although how easy pie really is to make is a question for another day. Still, everyone seems to struggle with getting eggs well cooked and perfectly round. It's an eternal struggle.
Storing Ice Cream
Considering how much people eat ice cream, you’d think everyone would know how best to store it. But time and time again, people take ice cream out of the freezer only to realize that it's hardened nearly past the point of no return.
This is truly a challenge for the ages. You get out your delicious leftovers and pop them in the microwave, but when you take them out, the edges are fiery hot while the middle still feels frozen! After years of trial and error, most people still struggle with this. Lucky, there's a trick that can avoid this problem.
Using Bobby Pins
For anyone with long hair, bobby pins are a necessity. They’re needed to keep hair tucked securely in place so it doesn't fall into your face (or food!) and ruin whatever it is you're trying to do. However, you’re probably wearing them wrong.
Drying Nail Polish
Nail polish is one of those beauty items people just can't seem to stay away from. For all that we use it, however, we still struggle with its slow-as-a-snail drying time. With all the YouTube videos and beauty hack tutorials available out there, it's surprising that this trick isn't more well known.
Making a Sandwich
You would think that a sandwich would be one of the easier things to make in the kitchen. But like most people, you've probably been making sandwiches wrong your whole life. Think about it: you put on a couple of circular slices of meat on the bread, which leads to an overlap in the middle but no meat in the corners of the sandwich.
Sealing a Plastic Bag
Trying to keep food fresh can be a struggle when you have a bag that doesn’t come with a resealable zip. Take a bag of chocolate chips for example. Making sure that the chocolate stays fresh doesn't need to be so hard.
Buying bread loaves with crust on top is a great way to add some flavor to whatever you're going to use the bread for. When you're cutting it, however, the crust can prove to be a bit of an obstacle, and the slices can end up lopsided and ugly.
Drinks on a Hot Day
Drinking a refreshing beverage on a hot day is an activity about as old as ice. It's the perfect way to cool down and relax, but most people don’t know that they’re probably doing it all wrong.
Enjoying a delicious slice of watermelon on a warm summer day is about as traditional as you can get. Digging into that quintessential fruit is practically a summer rite of passage. But that's actually not the best way to eat watermelon.
Breaking in Shoes
New shoes are always a little tight and uncomfortable, and it can take some time to break them in. Most people probably wear them for a few days and hope they don't get too many blisters. However, there's a much better way to break them in.
This is something most people have probably been doing since they were little kids. As simple as it is, however, you’ve probably been missing out on a critical part of the soda-drinking experience.
Toothpaste is something you usually have on hand at all times. For something people use at least twice a day, you'd think everyone would be experts at applying toothpaste by now, but it turns out most people have been wasting toothpaste.
Removing a Wine Stain
Spilling red wine is a tragedy. It is truly a laundry catastrophe of gargantuan proportions. While some people have tricks to get the stain out, others must resort to the usual scrub-until-it-comes-off method, which takes more time.
Cutting the Cake
Whether you're cutting a cake or cutting up cookie dough, the go-to instrument is usually a knife. It makes the most sense to use, but sometimes it messes up the frosting or leaves a less-than-clean line in the dough, which is disappointing.
Filling a Bucket
If you've ever had to fill a bucket with water without a hose nearby, you probably know it's an annoying task. Buckets are too big to fit into the sink, so you usually end up filling it one sad cup of water at a time. Luckily, there's a better way to fill it up.
You’re probably not eating them wrong per se. The classic graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate combination is still one of the ultimate moments of summer (or winter, for those of us who do indoor s'mores in the oven). But these delicious treats deserve an update.
Keeping your breath minty fresh with TicTacs is an easy way to counteract that garlic chicken you had for lunch. Most people don’t think about how they pour out a TicTac from its case, but there's actually a very particular way to take one out most of us don't know about.
Eating a cupcake, while definitely worth it, can be a bit of a mess sometimes. Frosting gets everywhere, and nobody ever seems sure of the best way to go about eating one. You almost need to unhinge your jaws for some sort of mega-bite to get the perfect ratio of frosting to cake.
Eating an Apple
An apple is one of the most popular fruits. From keeping doctors away to acting as a great pie filling for pretty much all of human history, not too many fruits can compare. For all their popularity, however, we've been eating them wrong all our lives.
Taking Out the Trash
This, at least, should be something everyone knows how to do reasonably well. However, it turns out that even when it comes to the trash, there are still some things to learn. When you go to pull out a full trash bag, sometimes the bag fits the trash can so perfectly that it forms a seemingly airtight seal, making it impossible to take out.
Eating Cheesy Chips
From cheese balls to cheesy puffs and every kind of cheesy goodness in between, eating cheesy dust-covered chips is a delicious act that nearly everyone knows and loves. Even so, no one likes the clean-up that comes afterward — your hands are covered in cheese that never comes off.
Hiding Written Mistakes
If you've ever written something out by hand, chances are you've also tried to cover up a mistake you made while writing it. Maybe you spelled something wrong or wrote the wrong word. Whatever the error was, you probably tried to cover it up by striking through the word or scribbling over it with some lines.