Things You Had No Idea You've Been Doing Wrong
While most tasks in life may seem pretty obvious by now to us adults, there’s a surprising number of things we've all been doing wrong for years. As it turns out, there are hidden features on everyday objects that most of us have simply never noticed — and we can use them in innovative ways. When it comes to other tasks, we may have just never known that much easier ways existed. Here, you'll find a list of life hacks you won't believe you never thought of.
Removing the Plastic Deodorant Cap
You know that plastic cap that comes wedged into the top of a new deodorant stick? Attempts to lift it by sheer force of will can feel like trying to pry the sword from the stone. And you’re reminded yet again that you’re definitely not Arthur.
There's perhaps no more vexing first-world problem than fitting round lunch meat on square bread. No matter how cleverly you attempt to arrange the deli slices, there always seem to be those uncovered corners.
Holding Your Wine Glass
There are two types of people in this world. There are those who hold their wine glasses by cupping the bowls in their hands and those who lift by the stems. As it turns out, the stem-holders have been correct the whole time.
Measuring out the perfect amount of uncooked pasta noodles seems to be an art form all its own. The struggle is real when it comes to achieving the perfect balance between accidentally cooking way too much or way too little.
Charging Your Phone
If you've ever noticed that your smartphone battery seems to deteriorate over time, then you're not alone. It feels like, as the months go by, even the longest-lasting batteries tend to get weaker and weaker. Unfortunately, it turns out that it's probably been the fault of phone owners all along.
Steering Your Car
For years now, drivers ed instructors have been pointing their student's hands towards the 10 and 2 o'clock positions on their steering wheels. It turns out that this method is so pre-1990. This position was recommended before airbags were common. Now, that positioning is a great way to break your thumbs or cause other injuries if your airbag deploys.
Connecting Extension Cords
You probably have at least a few extension cords delivering power to various faraway electronics throughout your home. There's nothing worse than when they manage to unhook as you move your appliance or accidentally trip over the cords. Though it won't prevent tripping, there's an easy way to keep your cords securely attached.
Keeping Your Straw in Place
As it turns out, those little tabs that open aluminum cans are useful for more than just popping your soda top. The fact that they can swivel over the drinking hole means you have a great way to keep your straw from going rogue.
Not Embracing the Dress Shirt Loop
Have you ever noticed that little loop on the back of men's dress shirts? Why is it there, and what does it want? According to fashion lore, it's actually there for a reason. It all began back in the day when sailors used them to hang up their shirts on hooks while they changed.
Solving the Great Over vs. Under Debate
For decades, the debate over the correct way to hang a roll of toilet paper has raged on. Should the little flap that you pull on hang over the front of the roll or behind it? Each person has their own preference, but it seems that a look at the original toilet paper patent paperwork may provide some clues.
If you too have spent far too long attempting to slip a wire or string over an unseen nail in order to mount a picture to the wall, then this one's for you. The next time you're faced with this situation, slip a fork over the top of the nail first.
Resting Your Wooden Spoon
How many times have you found yourself standing there with a dripping stirring spoon while you cooked a pot of sauce? Unsure what to do with the spoon until its next stir, you may have found yourself scrambling for a random object to prop it on in an attempt to avoid getting the sauce everywhere.
Guessing Which Side Your Gas Tank Is On
Ever found yourself driving into the gas station in a new or rented car and discovering that you couldn't remember which side the gas tank was on? As it turns out, the answer was right in front of you. The next time you're behind the wheel, glance down at the little gas tank symbol on your gas gauge.
There's nothing worse than removing a stubborn nail from your wall, only to find that the top of your hammer left all kinds of nasty residue behind on the wall beneath. Don't let it happen to you! The next time you're in the nail-removing mood, grab yourself a dry sponge.
Underutilizing Your Stove's Drawer
You know that drawer at the bottom of your stove that most of us assumed was a place to stash random cooking trays? As it turns out, it's so much more. This drawer is actually a "warming drawer."
If you're a fan of sunny side-up eggs, then you may have noticed that the ones you make at home don't tend to be as perfectly round as those at diners. This can be especially frustrating if you're attempting to make them for a sandwich.
Drinking Juice Boxes
While all kids love juice boxes, it can be frustrating for a toddler to attempt to take those first few sips without squeezing so hard that the juice squirts out from the straw. Little did you know, there's a built-in way to prevent such spillage right at the top of your average juice box.
As nice as it is to opt for earbuds over huge, hulking headphones, the choice to do so sometimes comes with an unfortunate trade-off. Earbuds don't seem to be made in such a way as to actually stay in your ear when you're running or moving around a lot.
Using Kitchen-paper Boxes
While kitchen papers such as aluminum foil and parchment paper are great for a variety of culinary needs, it sometimes seems like the entire roll is ready to launch from the box each time you open it. This is because we've all been missing a built-in feature on the boxes this whole time.
Cleaning Your Toaster
Many of us have muddled through life with no idea that cleaning out a toaster was even possible, much less easy. Those of us who have tried to keep things tidy have likely resorted to turning the whole contraption upside down to shake out all the stray crumbs.
What could be easier than peeling a banana? Though it may be a task that we've all done a million times, it turns out that monkeys have been silently judging our peeling methods from afar for centuries. While most of us peel from the top, monkeys have a whole other method entirely.
Applying Bandages to Your Finger
Papercuts are the worst, and applying a bandage to one on your finger seems to be the only way to keep it from stinging even worse. The trade-off, however, is often looking down to discover that the bandage has managed to slide off at some point.
Eating From Take-out Boxes
Most of us have enjoyed the convenience of Chinese take-out boxes, but few of us have realized the hidden function the boxes are capable of. We all know that the boxes are constructed by folding the sides into a cube-like shape, right?
Using a Tape Measure Tool
Most of us have used a tape measure at some point in our lives, but many of us haven't paid close enough attention to notice the cool hidden features. The next time you're attempting to measure something, check out the little metal tab on the end of the tape.
Underestimating the Pom-pom
At some point in your life, you've probably owned a winter hat with a pom-pom on the top. While many of us have always assumed that it was there merely as a playful decoration, its purpose actually goes back to the days of yore.
Drinking From Solo Cups
Chances are, the mere sight of a solo cup conjures up images of parties in your mind. Whether they’re at crazy college keg parties or friendly adult get-togethers, solo cups offer a great way to enjoy a few beverages without having to do a ton of dishes afterward.
Ignoring These Handy Cord Wraps
If your power charger looks like it has little bent arms, then you may have assumed they were for propping it in an upright position. When you really think about it, however, how much sense does that make? It turns out that those little guys are there for a whole other reason.
There are few things more nerve-wracking than attempting to hold a nail in place as you give it those first few taps with a hammer. No matter how great your aim is, it seems that the hammer is naturally predisposed to go for your fingers instead.
Using Your Ceiling Fan
While we may think that ceiling fans are pretty self-explanatory, even they have a hidden feature that most of us have remained in the dark about. If you look closely at the average ceiling fan, you'll notice a little switch on the bottom.
Struggling to Open Jars
Opening stuck jars can seem like a Herculean task, especially when the lid is stubborn and tight. Fortunately, there are a few other options besides summoning your inner strongman. Try attaching several strips of duct tape around one side of the lid, and then use them to pull it in the direction it opens.