We all try to find cooking, makeup, car, and life hacks on the internet sometimes. But there are no multipurpose hack collections to use in different spheres of our life. So if you want to know, for example, how to nap using a system that even Dali used, or how to taste food without burning your tongue, then this article is for you.
Smalljoys shares some pieces of advice with everyone who’s ready to improve their life.
Hold an object in your hand to use as an alarm clock.
Hold any object in your hand that produces loud noise when it falls down, so you don’t oversleep when napping. Dali used this method as his wake up “signal:” he used to hold a key over a ceramic plate.
Put a spoon in the freezer so you don’t burn your tongue.
This life hack is a must for those who always burn their tongue while cooking. To stop it, just put a spoon in the freezer and take it out when you’re going to taste a dish. You won’t need to wait until all the food in your spoon cools off.
Try to hard boil eggs in the oven.
If you want to eat some boiled eggs, don’t put on a pot of water to boil. Some people say that it’s better to cook the eggs in the oven. It takes more time (30 minutes intead of 10) but when baked, hard boiled eggs have a creamier texture. Also, they’re even easier to peel.
Make pizza at home with a $5 brick oven.
Pizza stones give pizzas, breads, and other things a marvelous crust. Use two layers of pizza stones, or tiles, and you can turn your oven into a brick oven. The pizza stone distributes the heat evenly in your oven, and when the pizza cooks on top of the stone it has a better crust.
Use tortillas to make taco shells.
If you want to try something new, this method is just perfect. Wrap tortillas in a barely damp cloth or paper towel and microwave them until they’re steamed, for about 30 seconds. Lay them on a surface and cover both sides with cooking spray. Then carefully drape each tortilla over two bars of the oven rack. Bake until crispy for 7-10 minutes.
Pour coffee by slightly lifting the coffeepot.
You can use this tip to make your favorite drink even tastier: lift your coffeepot while pouring coffee. Even a few inches can change the situation: when coffee flows into your cup this way, it gets enriched with oxygen, and its taste gets richer.
Don’t carry your wallet in the pockets of your jeans.
The habit of having a wallet in the back pocket of your jeans is a normal thing for men (and some women do it too). We all know that this makes it easy for someone to steal it. But this habit also affects your health. It’s been proven that sitting on your wallet is a bad idea because wallets hurt our lower back and pelvic nerves and can even pinch the sciatic nerve.
Take a spare outfit to a party.
We all know how great parties end up. To avoid unpleasant consequences, take spare clothes with you just in case. If there was no need to change, you can always wear new clothes the next morning to go somewhere feeling fresh and clean.
Two ways to clear your stuffy nose
The 1st way is very easy: you just need to place pressure on a point above the nose bridge. The bone in this area will start swinging and it will stimulate the flow of fluid.
The 2nd way requires holding your breath: pinch your nose, hold your breath, and start nodding your head. These movements will cause carbon dioxide accumulation and your brain will flush the nose sinuses because of the lack of oxygen. Then you should be able to blow your nose.
Use a frozen sponge as a cold compress.
If you hurt yourself, it’s best to apply ice or a cold compress. But unfortunately ice can sometimes be too cold, and it starts melting too fast — it’s hard to find a happy medium. To make things easier, we suggest that you freeze some sponges. Soak them in water, then put them in a bag, and put the bag into the freezer. Now you have a great cooling tool that won’t melt!
2 minute rule
This rule states that you shouldn’t postpone tasks that take less than 2 minutes. For example, making your bed or washing a plate are things that are very easily accomplished. Leaving things like this not only adds up, but these things could collectively contend with important tasks later.
Become “a part of the zoo.”
When we go to the zoo, we always want animals to come closer. But generally, they’re afraid of us. You can try to wear clothes that are the same color as the zoo workers and animals might treat you like something “familiar” and come a little closer.
Uncovered legs will help you fall asleep faster.
There are so many tips on how to fall asleep and quit suffering from insomnia. One of the methods is really simple: you just need to stick one leg out of the blanket. Low temperatures contribute to good sleep, that’s why you don’t even need a blanket if it’s not freezing. It’s even recommended to sleep with an open window to let fresh air in.
Hanger Space Above The Washer
Labels take all of the guessing out of grabbing your items. Putting a big, clearly visible label on each drawer or cabinet will help your sort and find your possessions in a fraction of the time.
Wheeled Laundry Carts
We ordinarily only see these in places like hotels, but they are extremely practical. Instead of carrying your laundry across the house, dropping items at every turn, you can cart it all in one go. How convenient!
Pull-Out Drying Racks
Drying racks save energy, and they are less harsh on your clothing. Get yourself a pull-out/fold-up drying rack, and you’ll save electricity AND space.
Get a special jar to store all the loose change you find in your clothing. Nickels and dimes will quickly add up, and you will be able to use the money on something instead of losing it to the black hole of the laundry room.
Transform an ordinary outdoor box into a fantastic addition to your laundry room. Set it aside just for lint, and take the hassle out of your pre-dry cleaning.
Sock Clothes Pins
Organizing socks is never fun, but you don’t have to find the set twice. Once you have a match, bind the socks together with a clothes pin to make your life much easier.
Finding socks that have lost their matches can be frustrating, but you can turn it into a fun activity. This “Save Dobby” jar idea is so cute!
Glam It Up
Hang your ironing board on beautiful hooks to give your laundry room a more glamorous vibe. A little decor can really alter a room.
DIY Ironing Board
We don’t all have space for a full-sized ironing board, but that doesn’t mean we don’t all need to iron. Make your own little board with this cool tip.
Slim Cart For The Win
These babies can fit just about anywhere, and they are so convenient. Load one up with cleaners, cloths, or anything else you might need.
Like the slim cart, this is a great space-saving organization idea. Hang anything you use often from your door so you can access it easily.
Get a beverage dispenser for your detergent to make measuring it much more simple and way less messy. It even makes the place look more ornate.
Candy Dish Storage
Put detergent pods in a candy dish for a classy and effective way to organize your laundry room. Whenever you need some detergent, just grab a pod out of the dish.
You may have outgrown the lane guards for bowling, but you can always use laundry guards. It is annoying when our freshly cleaned clothes fall on the floor, but fortunately it is also preventable.
Dry Erase Notes
If someone is helping you out with your laundry, leave them tips so your clothes aren’t damaged. A dry erase marker works great on most washing machines.
It can be hard to keep track of which clothes need what treatment, and this guide is here to help. Print it out and stick it on your wall for even more convenient access to the information.
If you don’t want a drying rack, you could always go old school and line dry your clothes. You can stick these strings just about anywhere.
These may be tricky to build, but they will certainly come in handy. If you need more organizational space, consider this project.
Stains will always be a burden, but you can keep all your stain-remover ingredients together in one convenient place. Why make life any harder than it has to be?
Instead of sorting out your clothing when it is already time to wash, save yourself time by sorting before hand. Having designated hampers for each color can really take the stress out of doing laundry.
If your household requires a lot of laundry washing, this sorter it the perfect item to keep your laundry room organized. All you have to do is remember whose basket goes where.
Doing laundry isn’t fun, but having clean clothing is. With these tips, you’ll get your laundry room under control in no time.
A shower cap will protect a bicycle seat from rain
A common situation: you left your bike outside and went on your business, then all of a sudden the rain started, and the seat got all wet. To avoid this, take a shower cap with you on a bike ride, and cover the seat with it. And here are a couple of other tricks.
Preserve a watermelon
We rarely eat a whole watermelon at once, so it goes into the fridge. And there seems to be nothing more convenient than a shower cap to cover and preserve it.
Keep the hallway clean
Put shower caps on the wheels of a kid’s bike or stroller before entering the house, and there’ll be much less mess inside.
Pack your shoes
Your shoes won’t dirty other items in your bag or wardrobe if you put them into a shower cap, which is more convenient than ordinary bags.
Micellar water can rejuvenate old canvas shoes
The dark and grimy soles of your canvas shoes, as well as the shoes themselves, are easily cleaned with micellar water.
Help remove cosmetic stains
Before washing things stained with lipstick, mascara, or concealer, dab the stain with a cotton pad dipped in micellar water — the stain will more likely go away after washing.
A dish sponge can become an ice pack
This is a great way to go on a picnic. Put several wet sponges into separate bags, and seal them the night before the trip. Place the bags into the freezer overnight. In the morning, put the sponges in the cooler bag with the food you’d like to stay cool.
Make pedicures easier
Your toes may touch each other and smudge the polish as it dries, and that’s irritating. To avoid this, cut a sponge into pieces, and place them between your toes.
Keep your veggies fresh for longer
The fruit and vegetable container in your fridge constantly accumulates excess moisture, making its contents spoil faster. Avoid this by putting a new dish sponge inside — it’ll absorb the moisture. Just don’t forget to squeeze and change it.
Make a super thrifty soap dish
Make a soap dish out of a sponge by carving a hollow in it, or just put the soap on a sponge. This way, it’ll be used up much slower.
Elastic bands will help open a tight cap
Wrap an elastic band around the cap and easily open a nail polish bottle or any other vessel.
Keep a book safe in your bag
Paperback books tend to get shabby at the corners when we carry them around in our bag. To save them from such a fate, use an elastic band as shown above.
Make a sat nav out of a phone
If there’s no GPS in your car but there’s one in your smartphone, you know what to do.
Fit into your jeans
This trick will come in handy both for pregnant women and those who grew out of their jeans. Hook an elastic band around the button, and feed the other end through the buttonhole.
Fabric softener will help unstick old wallpaper
To tear off old wallpaper more easily, dilute a cap of softener in 1 L of water and apply the mix to the walls with a sponge or mop. Let it sit for 20 minutes, and then just unstick the paper.
Remove fur from carpets
Sprinkle the carpet with a 1:1 water and softener solution, and easily remove pet fur from it.
A handy eraser
Do you know that moment when you need to correct a picture with small details but an ordinary eraser is too big for this? Use a glue gun to make a tiny eraser on the pencil lead.