15 Life Hacks that Will Make Your Life Better

Life hacks have become a 21st century version of the classic “Hints from Heloise.” But who couldn’t use a few helpful hints to help us get through the hassles of everyday life with a little less strain. So here are 15 simple life hacks to make your life a little easier.

In the Kitchen

  1. Chew gum while your cutting an onion to prevent your eyes from tearing up.
  1. Use muffin tins to serve condiments when eating barbecued food. Not only is this an easy serving idea, it helps in the cleanup, too.

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  1. Clean your microwave by microwaving a bowl of water for 2-3 minutes. The steam that develops will loosen up the dried food so it will wipe off easily.
  1. Put pancake batter in a clean squeezable plastic ketchup bottle for clean and easy pouring.

In the Rest of the House

  1. Use aluminum foil to protect doorknobs while painting.
  1. Make homemade ice packs by combining two parts water with one part rubbing alcohol in a ziplock bag. It will get icy cold but will still be pliable. If you want an icepack that’s assured to not leak, freeze a wet sponge.
  1. Bounce batteries to see if they’re good. Just drop a battery about six inches from a hard surface. If you get one bounce go ahead and use the battery. If it bounces more than once, the battery is no longer good.

In the Car

  1. Use a can cozy to cover your gear shift in the hot weather.

Using Your Phone or Camera

  1. Take a picture of business cards when they’re given to you. That way if you lose the card, you still have the information.
  1. When someone is taking a picture of you, be sure to squint your eyes. This will make your smile look more genuine.

To Satisfy Your Taste Buds

  1. Open a banana by pinching its bottom. It opens easier and there’s no waste. Other primates have been opening bananas this way since the beginning of time.
  1. Combine pancakes and bacon into one delectable treat by pouring pancake batter directly over almost-done bacon.
  1. Wine drinkers can cool down their vino by dropping a few frozen grapes into their glass. It’s functional and pretty.
  1. Beer drinkers can wrap warm bottles of beer with wet paper towels and stick them in the freezer. In 5 minutes your beer will be perfectly chilled.
  1. And, the best life hack you’ll ever get – put a scoop of ice cream in an almost-empty jar of Nutella. You’ll never use hot fudge again.
Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold