What do coat hangers, solo cups, and ridges on coins have in common? Other than they’re everyday items you have lying around the house, they have tricks and secrets you likely never even noticed before. If you repurpose them, everyday items can help you solve pesky issues around the house! You won’t be dropping by Home Depot and Target as much as you used to once you start doing these life hacks. Keep reading to find out what these simple tricks are.
Wine Bottle Dip
If you are a wine drinker, you might have noticed that there is a dip at the end of a wine bottle. It is called the punt or kick-up, and it makes the wine bottle more stable to prevent it from tipping over and breaking when wind passes by. In addition, bottles with punts are stronger, so they are good for holding champagne or sparkling wine. The punt also makes steam distribution easier when cleaning bottles.
These loops can be found on shirts and some nice collared shirts. Apparently, the Navy started this practice because there is limited closet space out at sea and they had to hang their shirts on hooks. In the 1960s, college students hung their shirts during gym class to keep them neat and wrinkle-free. These days, loops are added because they symbolize class and quality.
Gas Gauge Arrow
Those who drive cars have probably noticed the arrow next to the fuel gauge since most cars manufactured starting in 2010 until now have this. This arrow reminds the driver whether the fuel cap is on the left or right side of the car. This is pretty useful if the car is brand-new or if it is a rental.
Charcoal Purifies Air And Removes Odors
You do not need to purchase expensive air purifiers because you can use activated bamboo charcoal as an air purifier instead. The charcoal can remove odors, allergens, and bacteria. Place it in a mesh bag and put the bag where there is foul odors. You can purchase activated bamboo charcoal at most home goods stores. BreathGreen Charcoal Bags also sell their products at $10 each.
Random Jean Buttons
Without these extra buttons strategically placed around the pockets on jeans, the garment would wear out and might rip open at the seams. These buttons are called rivets and jeans giant Levi Strauss is their patent owner. Strauss thought up the idea after learning that miners were complaining about how their jeans wore out easily back in 1829.
Extra Fabric With New Clothes
It is easy to assume that the extra strip of fabric which comes with new clothes should be used to patch up rips and tears, but the fabric is actually intended to be used as trial cloth. You wash it first to know how the new item of clothing will react when washed. This will help you prevent issues like your garment shrinking or bleeding in the wash.
Pot Handle Holes
The handles of pans and pots have a hole so you can hang up these pieces of kitchenware if they are not being used. When you hang them up after washing, kitchenware dries properly. In addition, chefs use the hole to hold utensils, such as a stirring spoon and ladle, while they are cooking. A pretty convenient way to keep utensils clean.
Winter Hat Pom-Poms
The pom-poms that come with winter hats which keep the head warm during winter are a fashion feature that can be traced to Scandinavia. During that period, knitting was still quite common and in order to gather the seams, pom-poms were added. Nowadays, pom-poms are just an adorable feature which has lived on!
Airplane Window Holes
That tiny hole in the airplane window that freaked you out is actually very useful. The breather hole allows the plane’s outer panes to manage the pressure difference as the aircraft goes higher. This keeps the cabin comfortable and safe. You would know if the outer pane got compromised because there will be an air leak through the breather hole!
Black Grating In The Microwave
Most people have not inspected their microwave too closely, but the feature we are about to highlight is easy to notice. The door of a microwave has a black grating called the Faraday shield, which is actually very important. It stops electromagnetic fields from getting out of the microwave and warming things and people. Such a useful safety feature!
Dimples On Golf Balls
A golf ball is not really round, and it has dimples all over its surface. Apparently, golfers observed that balls with nicks can travel a longer distance. Since the imperfections create turbulence, drag is reduced. They wanted to have more lift so they began making golf balls with dimples. However, if you play putt-putt, it will not help much.
Long Bottle Necks
Long necked bottles are ideal for adult beverages because the bottle’s shape helps prevent discomfort when holding a beer for a longer period of time. Aside from that, the shape makes pouring the drink into a mug or glass easier. Unfiltered beers mostly come in bottles that have a more bulbous neck so sediments are captured. Long necks distribute heat all over the bottle as well.
You might have wondered why tabs on soda cans have been designed in a way that they could easily get detached and fall inside the can. Actually, the tabs are intended to hold a straw. However, as you may already know, people these days usually just drink directly from a can. This is why some manufacturers have widened the mouths of cans to make this easier.
Practically everyone who has eaten Chinese takeout eat it out of the carton. However, takeout boxes were actually designed to be used flat, just like a plate. Pull the sides of the box apart carefully and lay it flat on the table. You will have a plate that you can use and you did not even have to take the food out.
Double Keyboard Bumps
The F and J keys have bumps so that users can still figure out the computer keyboard even without looking at it. To type properly, your left pointer finger should rest on F and your right pointer should be on J. There is no need for you to look at the keyboard constantly as the bumps are enough indication.
Pen Cap Holes
The hole in the pen cap could make people think there is something wrong with the cap’s design. However, they actually installed the hole to let air flow in freely in case the cap is accidentally swallowed. Many people have the habit of putting pen caps in their mouths, so putting a hole in a pen cap makes sense.
iPhone Camera Hole
The tiny hole that is beside the iPhone camera lens is not a secret camera, so you do not have to worry. It is a microphone – one of three, actually. Since the iPhone 5 was introduced, Apple has added three mics to its smartphones to make sound recording easier no matter how the phone is held.
Zigzag Side On Bobby Pins
A bobby pin should be used with the wavy side facing the scalp. It looks cooler this way, and it ensures that the pin is secure and stays in place the whole day. The pin can hold onto hair more easily this way.
Cable Cord Cylinders
The cylinder-like lump found at the end of a cable cord contains magnetic iron oxide. The lump, which are known as a choke or ferrite core, helps block high-frequency electromagnetic interference. The cylinders on cable cords prevent interruptions like the weird noises which interrupt a call if your phone is a little too close to a speaker.
Apple Power Cord Wings
A lot of MacBook owners out there do not know why the power cord has wings and why they can be pulled up. Apparently, it is easier to charge a MacBook if the wings are pulled up and the cord is wrapped around them since nothing will get in the way. Now you can stop making messes!
Blue Part On The Eraser
Despite the fact that these erasers were very common in our childhood, none of us back then knew why there were two colors. We did hear some pretty interesting theories, though, and one of them is that the blue part can be used to erase pen ink. However, it was actually made for artists that use thicker and stronger paper, and not the loose-leaf or notebook paper type.
Square Patches On Backpacks
Aside from making bags look cooler, square patches on backpacks are designed to help carry additional gear. The lashing square or pig snout can be used to hang stuff which cannot fit in the bag. You just have to string cords through the lashing square. The next time you go camping, try this hack.
Colorful Ice Cream Scoops
The bright colors of ice cream scoops are more than just for show. The many different colors actually represent various scoop sizes. The sizes depend on how many scoops actually go in the cup.
Brass Material For Door Knobs
Doorknobs are often made of brass because the material is resistant to bacteria buildup. So many people will hold the doorknob, so it is important that it does not spread infection! We thank whoever thought of using brass.
Bottle Cap Discs
A soda bottle cap comes with a plastic disc under it because the disc helps people see through carbonation. The exact science is unknown to us, but the disc keeps the carbon dioxide in the bottle. This way soda does not lose its fizz.
Rearview Mirror Tab
Sometimes, the headlights from behind blind us when we look in the rearview mirror. To fix this, change the mirror position by using the tab found at the bottom of it. The light is deflected but what is behind your car is still visible!
Quarters and dimes have rough edges while pennies and nickels do not because coins used to be stamped in different weights which indicate the coin’s value. During that time, some shaved the coins’ edges, melted them, and made new coins. To stop people from doing this, precious metals were used in adding ridges to coins.
Grocery Cart Loops
Many shoppers do not realize that they can hang vulnerable items on loops found in grocery carts to keep the items from getting squished by other stuff in the cart. This design is genius if you ask us!
Lined Paper Margins
Rat infestations used to be common and the rodents would chew on paper that they found! The margins were added to notebook paper to avoid losing important bits. This way, even if rats find the paper and eat the edges, it would not be such a big problem.
Paper Condiment Bowls
Many people love fries with ketchup, but do not really like making several trips to the condiments station to fill up the tiny cups. Aside from that, because the cups are so small, dipping into them is quite hard. Unfold the cups to make your life easier.
Women’s Underwear Pocket
The pockets in women’s underwear may confuse a lot of people but they are actually panty gussets, which are extra fabric sewn in but not stitched closed. Without the additional seams, underwear is much comfier, so maybe it is not such a bad idea that the gusset is not sewn in.
Plastic Cup Lids
The plastic lids on disposable cups do not just prevent spillage, but they can be also used as coasters. In fact, they were designed for both reasons. The ridges on the lid make it a perfect coaster. Of course, if you have your drink in the car, this is not applicable.
Detachable Car Headrests
Did you know that you can remove the headrest from the seat? They designed it this way in case of an emergency. You can use the headrest’s metal bars for cracking the window! Pretty useful information.
Solo Cup Lines
You commonly see these red Solo cups at parties and events, but not many people know the horizontal lines on these cups can actually tell something. The first line means there is one shot of liquor in the cup. The second line means there are five ounces of wine. Lastly, the top line means there are 12 ounces of beer.
Jerry Can Handles
You might know that a Jerry can holds fuel, but do you know the reason behind its three top handles? The design actually allows even fuel distribution inside the Jerry can when you carry it. If another person is helping you, the two of you should each hold an outside handle. If you are carrying it alone, stick to the middle handle.
Coat Hangers Made With Wood
You can use wooden coat hangers to spice up your closet but they are also useful in keeping creepy crawlies and moths away from your clothes. Insects get attracted to heavy clothing, especially wool garments, but the cedar wood in these hangers smell pleasant and repels bugs and moths.
Juice Box Flaps
You can see here that the heavy top flaps are folded outward. This makes it easier to hold a juice box. This design was created because kids ages 2 to 10 were considered. Their tiny hands can hold the box better with the flaps folded this way. However, you can use this trick at any age!
Screwdrivers, But Also Wrenches
Grasping onto difficult angles can be frustrating, so this trick will surely be handy. Just slide a wrench over a screwdriver. The screwdriver is actually shaped that way for this purpose.
Holes In Your Converse
Converse sneakers have holes in the side for a couple of reasons. The holes help your feet breathe. They could get hot if they are in sneakers all day! The holes can also be used to add funky designs when you tie up your laces.
Medicine Bottle For Adults
Did you know that you can de-childproof medicine bottles? There are bottles that come with a cap to make your life easier. You just need to turn the bottle upside down! This hack may be simple and great for adults, but you should not show this to children!
You might have already noticed the indent on a TicTac bottle’s cap. You can use that to make sure that you only catch one Tictac when you tip the bottle over. This way you can save time because you will not need to clean up your spillage.
The Hole In Your Spaghetti Spoon
You can use these spoons to drain pasta, but you can also use their holes to measure out an amount of spaghetti. Just stick pieces of the pasta through these spoons’ holes. You will get a perfect measurement.
Grooves Between Tire Treads
These indents on tires serve an important purpose: They tell you when you should replace your tires. The grooves’ lowest point represents how low your tire should only get. For example, if you do not see grooves on your tires, then you should certainly replace them!
Gas Pump Latch
The gas pump’s weird latch can actually be locked between the gas pump handle’s grooves. If you do this, you do not have to hold the gas pump in place while putting gas into your car! Now, you can do something else.
Toothpicks actually have built-in holders. Just break off the ridged end of a toothpick and put the toothpick in the ridge. This way you keep the toothpick sanitary prior to putting it back in your mouth.
Aluminum Foil Packaging
By pushing in the tabs that are on aluminum foil packaging, you can keep the aluminum foil roll from popping out of the box when you are getting some foil. This trick is pretty useful!
Half Belt On Jackets
This style was developed for military men originally. In the past, military men used oversized jackets that could double as blankets. The purpose of the half belt was to gather the extra material. The belt allowed soldiers to walk freely. Nowadays, it is just a fashion trend.
Utility Knife Cap
The utility knife’s plastic cap is actually important. It is attached to a part of the new knife. If you break off that plastic edge, you will have a sharp knife!
A stapler has a metal plate called the anvil. If you spin the wheel on the stapler and the anvil becomes in line with the square it sits on, that is the setting for a “temporary staple.” The staple will be easier to take out later!
The Hole In Your Lollipop Stick
The lollipop stick hole keeps the candy from falling off the stick. When manufacturers pour melted candy into the molding and the stick is added, some of the candy seeps into the hole. Because of this, the candy does not move when it hardens.
The Letter Arrangement On Your Keyboard
Computer keyboards are non-alphabetized because it is a remnant of the first keyboard, which was part of a typewriter. At first, the keys were in alphabetical order, but typists ended up typing really fast. This caused the key arms to become stuck, so they rearranged the keys. These days, everyone has gotten used to non-alphabetized keyboards, so perhaps nobody has gone back to alphabetized ones.
Ridges In Audio Jack
The audio jack does not fall out of the port because of the ridges in the jack. In addition, the ridges protect the wires and prevent music from breaking while you are listening. The bands in the ridges also dictate where the music goes to – both headphones, the left only, or the right only.
Silica Gel Packets
These packets usually come in shoeboxes or with a new purse. They keep shoes and bags fresh and clean until we begin using them. The packets have “desiccant” inside them and it keeps moisture out. These little packets can absorb as much as 50 percent of the humidity from their environment! In case your phone gets wet, use these silica gel packets instead of rice buckets.
The different color stripes in Aquafresh toothpaste actually have a purpose. The white part cleans your mouth, the blue stripe freshens your breath, and the red stripe controls plaque. An all-around product.
The Mysterious Square In Your McFlurry Spoon
A McFlurry comes with a spoon which has a square opening. A hook is inside the square and this part is what attaches to the McFlurry machine, which stirs the ice cream and the topping. The machine uses the spoon the same way a drill spins a screw.
TV Cable Hack
New technology disruptors can now trick devices of high speed television with the use of an electrical outlet and old-fashioned TV antennas. You can get high-definition signals from various stations like ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox, FX, and NBC, among many others.
Make Threading Needles Easier
If you struggle to get the flimsy bit of thread through the eye of the needle, just dip a small portion of the end of the thread into clear nail polish. You will see that the thread will harden and it will be easier to get it through the needle.
Olive Oil: Not Just For Italian Food
This hack is for those who are experiencing dry skin. Do not use up your olive oil on pasta and bread dip. Save some for your skin. Massage a really small amount of olive oil on your body and face. Remember that the goal is dewy skin, not greasy, so use only a little oil.
Use A Tennis Ball For Parking Accuracy
You can do this trick if you struggle with knowing when to step on the brake when you are parking your car in your garage. Tie a tennis ball to a bit of string and hang it from your garage ceiling. This will help you know where you should hit the brakes.
Strain Your Food With Tights
Sometimes, you need something that can strain food better than the average strainer. Well, grab a pair of tights which you do not use anymore, or some new ones, and start straining the food that you want. The holes in the garment are so small that food particles cannot escape out.
Groom Your Eyebrows With A Toothbrush
In addition to brushing your teeth, the toothbrush can be used for other things like grooming your eyebrows. Just make sure you use a spare toothbrush, not a used one – that is unsanitary. It should be cheaper than buying an eyebrow brush. Definitely a win-win.
Loosen Doors With Petroleum Jelly
A squeaky door can be annoying but this at-home hack will bring some peace to your life more! Put petroleum jelly on the squeaky door’s hinges and say goodbye to the awful noise. This trick can also be done on drawer tracks, or anything that is squeaky.
Colored Toothpaste Squares
The “eye mark” of a toothpaste tube is the colored block found at the bottom of the tube. Often green, blue, black, or red, the eye mark tells the assembly line machine which part of the tube to be folded and cut.
Extra Sneaker Holes
Those extra holes serve a purpose. If your sneakers are too big, you might get blisters wearing them. To avoid this and make your shoes fit better, slide the shoelace in the extra hole that is opposite it. A loop will be created and gives you a tighter lock, known as the “lace lock” or the “heel lock”.
Measuring Tape Metal
There is a small piece of metal at the end of a measuring tape. You can wrap the small slot around a nail so that the tape stays in place if no one can hold the tape for you. Aside from that, the serrated edge can be used to mark the surface.
Holes In Padlocks
Since padlocks are mostly placed outside, they must be ready for different weather conditions. If water gets in, it can still get out through the hole at the bottom of the padlock. In case the padlock jams, you can put some WD-40 or oil in the hole as well!
Mason Jars For Utensils
One of the best things to have around the house is Mason Jars. They can be used for so many different purposes. Whether you want to store food, pens, or utensils in the kitchen, the possibilities are pretty much endless. You can even decorate them however you want and make them your own!
Color Code Your Keys
We’re pretty sure just about everyone has more than one key, whether it’s for the house, the mailbox, or anything else. It can be very easy to mix them up and forget which one is for what. One annoying this is standing by your front door trying to figure out which key is the right one. Well, one way to avoid this problem is by painting each key a different color! This way, you’ll be able to differentiate between them with no problem.
Tennis Balls Can Protect Your Floors
The squeaky sound your chair makes when it slides against the ground is a dreadful one, without a doubt. A simple solution to this problem is by taking some tennis balls and cutting a slit in each one. Then, you can place one on the foot of each chair. Not only will this solve the annoying sound problem, but it will also keep your floor scuff-free!
Shine Furniture With Olive Oil
Wood gets dirty extremely fast, and sometimes, it can be difficult to decide what products are best to use on furniture as to not cause damage. For this reason, we have this helpful trick. Just put a little bit of olive oil on a microfiber towel and wipe down your wooden furniture gently. It will shine the wood perfectly without damaging it.
Dust Your Home With Old Tights
Don’t throw away those old tights you don’t wear anymore! You can use them in a bunch of different ways. One way is by putting them over a pair of tongs to help you dust both sides of your blinds at once. Another way to use them is by attaching them to a small object to reach the small crevices on a window sill or the far corners of the furniture.
DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener
Baking soda is known to be good for absorbing smells in certain places, but when you mix some with essential oils, it can actually be a great DIY air freshener! The only thing you need to do is mix some baking soda in a jar with any kind of essential oil you like and place a cloth on top of it. Just make sure the cloth is secured in place with a rubber band.
Use Tea Bags To Deodorize
Aside from making a delicious hot or cold drink, tea bags are useful in other ways. They can depuff your skin and even cleanse your room! For this little hack, grab some used tea bags and put them in different spots in your refrigerator. Doing this will help absorb the lingering smells and make sure that your food doesn’t leave a bad odor every time you open the refrigerator door.
Clean Your Dog’s Coat With Vinegar
A lot of people may find the smell of vinegar absolutely revolting, but it is actually a very versatile item that can be found in almost any home. If you want to keep your dog’s fur nice and clean without using any toxic chemicals, use vinegar! Just mix one cup of vinegar with a quart of water, and gently rub it through your dog’s fur. Rinse off and dry them as you normally would, and now you have a nice and clean pup!
Depuff Your Eyes With Metal Spoons
Waking up in the morning only to see your eyes are all puffy and swollen after a full night’s sleep is an annoying way to start the day. A quick fix for this problem is by using metal spoons. How? Place a couple of metal spoons in the fridge or freezer in the evening. By the morning, they will be nice and cool, so gently place them over your eyes. This helps tighten swollen skin and stimulate blood flow. You’ll see a significant difference in just minutes.
New Uses For Baby Wipes
We all know about baby wipes, right? Well, there are so many different ways to use them. One great way to make use of them aside for their intended purpose is by using them to clean a dirty computer screen or a dusty keyboard. Just grab a baby wipe and wipe away all those filthy germs!
Don’t Throw Out Old Butter Wrappers
This could be the money-saving hack you’ve been waiting for! Next time you finish a stick of butter, keep the wrapper and don’t throw it away. Just stick it in the fridge or freezer. Then, you can use it as a non-stick item when you’re cooking. Don’t waste hard-earned money on expensive non-stick sprays. All you need to do is when you’re cooking, grab a wrapper and rub it on the pan you’ll be using – butter side down.
Deter Bugs With Cinnamon
One of the worst things is a bug infestation in the house, right? But exterminating or using sprays can be really bad for your health, so what do you do? One natural way to deter bugs is by using cinnamon. Just sprinkle some cinnamon wherever you have a bug problem or you see a hole they can get in through. Ants and cockroaches will stay far away, plus your home will smell amazing!
Kool-Aid Powder Can Substitute For Dishwasher Detergent
We know this sounds odd, but surprisingly, if you mix baking soda with coarse salt, and four packets of lemonade Kool-Aid, you’ll end up with DIY dishwasher detergent. One critical detail is to make sure the Kool-Aid is only the lemonade flavor since it contains citric acid.
Soften Your Cuticles With Shampoo
This idea seems to be rather random, but hear us out. To get a great manicure, put some leftover shampoo from the bottom of your empty bottle in a bowl with some warm water. Then, soak your hands in there for a bit. Your cuticles and nails will get the moisture they need, plus you won’t waste that last bit of your shampoo.
Reuse Cereal Bags
Reducing the amount of plastic we use on a regular basis has become a common habit as of late, and for good reason. This option is a great step in the right direction. Rather than throwing away empty cereal bags. you can reuse them to store food. To seal it, you can simply use a clip.
This well-known lollipop brand has a uniquely-shaped hole at the top of each stick, but people don’t seem to know why that is. It turns out that the square hole is there to help the lollipop stay firmly on the stick while it’s being made.
At their best-selling moment, Heinz had 57 different kinds of food that they were offering. Today, the number 57 is placed on each bottle to indicate the best spot to hit the bottom and get the ketchup to pour out. It’s very handy when you’re struggling to get that last little bit of ketchup out.
Aside from removing staples, staple removers have a bunch of other great uses. You can use them to add keys to your keyring easily! Then, you won’t have to break a nail or ruin your manicure again.
While clothing hangers have their normal uses like hanging your, well, clothing, they can be used in other ways, too. They are great for organizing your jewelry too! No longer will you need a cluttered jewelry box. This way you’ll be able to see all your necklaces hanging neatly.
No one wants to waste their money by hiring a professional painter when they can do the job themselves with no problem. However, the only issue is when you get paint everywhere and your brush is soaked with paint. This trick will save you the mess. All you need to do is wrap a rubber band around the paint can to help you remove the excess paint from your brush and keep the edges of the can clean.
When it comes to tangled jewelry, every girl knows the struggle. To prevent this issue from happening in the first place, you can thread your necklaces through straws to keep them from tangling. When your traveling, this will also help you pack them without having to worry about having a complete mess.
To get rid of the static that makes your pants stick to your legs, just grab a safety pin. Take the pin and clip it to the inner seam of your pant leg. Within seconds, you’ll see the annoying static cling disappear for good.
Plastic Water Bottle
If you have a hard time transferring egg yolks whenever you need to, you can save yourself some trouble and use a plastic water bottle. Grab an empty one and squeeze it over the yolk you want to move. Then, release the pressure slowly. The suction created will allow you to easily transfer the yolk to another bowl. Just squeeze the bottle gently over the spot you want to place it.
If you’re tired of losing your earrings or only finding one but not the other, we have a hack for you. Grab a spare button you have lying around that you don’t need and your earrings. You can thread the earrings through the buttonholes to keep them from separating.
We all have those small items that seem to get lost constantly, no? One way to stop losing them all the time is by storing them in an eyeglasses case you don’t use! This will help you keep track of those items that otherwise seem to disappear all the time.