There’s something fascinating about useful life hacks. People feel clever when using a trick, shortcut, or a new method that increases their own efficiency and productivity while performing some task.
For a while now the internet has been going crazy about life hacks. And as it turns out, the wilder it seems, the more viral it gets. That’s why everybody is trying to figure out the next best life hack: for internet points and to impress their friends and family.
Whether it is on a daily basis or in a one-off situation, the truth is that these tricks can really come in handy. Here are 11unusual life hacks that actually work:
1. Use a cotton swab and lemon to remove highlighter stains
A lot of people like to use fluorescent text markers to highlight books. It is a technique that makes it much easier to study and memorize important pieces of information.
However, if you use this technique you will most likely end up smudging the book as the ink still takes some time to dry out completely.
To remove these stains all you need is a cotton swab and a lemon. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze a little bit of juice on the cotton swab, then rub it over the stain and it will quickly disappear.
2. Use lemonKool-Aid to clean a toilet
This is a great solution if you ever need to clean your toilet bowl and realize that you are out of cleaning products. Open a package of Kool-Aid and sprinkle it on the toilet.
Grab the toilet brush and then scrub it properly. Not only will it clean stains and dirt, but it will also leave the toilet smelling fresh.
You can actually use any other powdered drink that contains lemon acid. Alternatively, you can also use toothpaste to clean the toilet.
3. Store seeds with silica packets
You can store your extra seed packets safely to use them in the following year. Put them in an airtight container with four or five silica packets to keep them fresh!
The silica will simultaneously prevent the seeds from germinating and getting moldy by absorbing all the moisture.
4. Use Micellar Water to clean sneakers
Every woman has a micellar water bottle in their bathroom. This product is an all-in-one: it washes the face, removes makeup, and moisturizes the skin. That’s why it gained so much popularity over the past few years.
Micellar water is also extremely effective in cleaning sneakers. On a cotton round, pour a little bit of micellar water and then gently rub the dirty spots on your sneakers. This method is perfect if you have just a small dirty spot and you don’t feel like washing your sneakers.
5. Get your drinks cold faster
So, you forgot to put the beer in the fridge and your visitors are almost arriving. We have all been there. Don’t panic. Here’s a quick tip that can save you: wrap a wet paper towel around the beverage and store it in the freezer.
This will get your drink cold much faster, and when you take it out of the freezer it will remain cooler for much longer.
6. Remove cutting board stains and disinfect it
Over time, cutting boards accumulate a lot of dirt and stains that become very difficult to wash away with just plain dish soap. That’s why you need to try the following homemade liquid soap recipe and cleaning method:
– Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon of detergent
– Apply this paste to the cutting board
– Let it sit overnight
– Wash it with water and soap and let it dry
7. Use cat litter to eliminate unpleasant odors
If you have any object that smells really bad and is difficult to wash, there’s one hack you can try! Put cat litter inside a plastic bag, place the object inside, and close the bag.
After a couple of days, the unpleasant smell will most likely disappear. You can also put cat litter in the trash bin to prevent it from stinking.
8. Remove pet hair from the furniture with a rubber glove and hairspray
Pet owners know that pet hair gets everywhere and is extremely hard to remove from certain surfaces. This can make the weekly cleaning routine really frustrating. If you have this problem, here’s a simple solution.
Put on some of those cleaning rubber gloves and spritz a little bit of hairspray over them. Wipe the furniture with your hands and you will notice that the hair will stick to the hairspray on the glove.
Now all you have to do is rinse your gloves and repeat the process until the surface is properly clean.
9. Use dish sponges to keep your vegetables fresh
Dish sponges can easily and quickly absorb water and moisture. That is why they can help you keep your vegetables fresh for longer.
Just place some dish sponges at the bottom of your refrigerator baskets, so as to form a layer over which you can put your vegetables. Simple. Just remember to properly wash them every once in a while.
10. Use Alka-Seltzer to remove coffee stains from cups
After some months, your coffee mug will certainly get some brownish coffee stains that won’t come out during the wash. To leave them shining like new simply pour warm water and add 1 tablet of Alka-Seltzer.
Let it sit for 15 minutes and then wash it with water and soap. There you go! Apparently, Alka-Seltzer is not only a great pain reliever, but it is also a very effective cleaning product.
11. Place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush
If you have ever painted a piece of furniture, you know how hard it is to remove the excess paint after dipping the brush into the paint. Usually, this process causes the paint to run down the edges of the can and make a huge mess.
However, if you place a rubber band around the open paint can so that it stays right in the middle, you can use it to wipe your brush effectively and without getting paint everywhere.