Surprising Uses Of Different Household Items

Published on 08/28/2019
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What do old TV antennas, Solo cups, ridges on coins, and coat hangers have in common? While they seem like just regular everyday household items, they actually have secrets and tricks which you most likely never noticed before. These items will help you solve a number of pesky issues around the house if you repurpose them! Trips to Target and Home Depot will be dramatically reduced once you start doing the life hacks which we have gathered for you. Keep reading to see simple hacks which will make your life much easier.

Did You Know That These Common Household Items Are Meant To Be Used This Way?

Did You Know That These Common Household Items Are Meant To Be Used This Way?

Wine Bottle Dip

If you like drinking wine, you might have already noticed that a wine bottle has a dip at its end, but did you know it is more than simply an interesting design quirk? The name of this part is the kick-up or punt, and it gives the bottle more stability in order to prevent it from breaking or falling over due to some strong gust of wind. Also, it makes the bottle stronger to hold in sparkling wine and champagne. Lastly, before pouring wine in, the kick-up helps in the cleaning of the bottle because it makes distributing steam easier.

Wine Bottle Dip

Wine Bottle Dip

Shirt Loops

These loops are found not only on t-shirts but also on nice collared shirts. Apparently, this practice started with the Navy. Since there is not a lot of closet space at sea, sailors use these loops for hanging their shirts on hooks. College students in the ‘60s used them to keep shirts wrinkle-free and neat at the gym. Nowadays, manufacturers add them as a sign of class and quality.

Shirt Loops

Shirt Loops

Gas Gauge Arrow

You may have noticed this if you drive a car – next to the gas gauge of every car that was manufactured from 2010 onwards is an arrow pointing to the left or right. This reminds the driver which side of the vehicle the gas cap is found on! If you have been driving the car for some time, perhaps you do not need the reminder, but it is useful if you are using a brand-new vehicle or a rental car. If you ask us, this sounds pretty handy.

Gas Gauge Arrow

Gas Gauge Arrow

Charcoal Purifies Air And Removes Odors

You can purchase some activated bamboo charcoal at home goods stores. It can be used to purify the air and remove odors – no need for pricey air purifiers or baking soda here. In addition, it can remove allergens and bacteria. Just put this kind of charcoal in mesh bags and place them in areas with foul odors. The company BreathGreen Charcoal Bags sells its products for $10 each.

Charcoal Purifies Air And Removes Odors

Charcoal Purifies Air And Removes Odors

Random Jean Buttons

If you like wearing jeans, you are probably familiar with the extra buttons all over your pants, often found near the pockets. You probably do not have any idea what the buttons are for, but they are actually pretty important. Called rivets, these buttons are strategically placed on the garment to stop it from ripping open at the seams when it gets worn out. Jeans giant Levi Strauss owns the patent on rivets and he thought up the idea when he found out about miners complaining about their jeans getting easily worn out back in 1829.

Random Jean Buttons

Random Jean Buttons

Extra Fabric With New Clothes

Sometimes new clothes come with a tiny bag which has an extra piece of fabric. While people might have assumed that the fabric is for patching up tears and rips, it is actually intended for something else. It is meant to serve as a trial cloth that you can use in order to find out whether it will bleed or shrink in the wash. It is much better to know how a new item of clothing will react in the wash before you actually was it, so this will fix that!

Extra Fabric With New Clothes

Extra Fabric With New Clothes

Pot Handle Holes

A professional cook knows why pan and pot handles have a hole. Firstly, it is easier to hang these pieces of kitchenware up when not in use. This is an excellent way to ensure they dry properly after washing them. Aside from that chefs like to use the hole for holding a stirring spoon, ladle, and other utensils. This is quite a convenient way to keep the utensil clean!

Pot Handle Holes

Pot Handle Holes

Winter Hat Pom-Poms

Winter hats are essential in keeping our heads warm and comfy in the winter, but have you noticed the pom-poms which sometimes come with these items of clothing? The fashion feature can be traced back to Scandinavia. When knitting was still really common, the pom-pom was added to gather the seams. This is not the case anymore, but the adorable feature lives on!

Winter Hat Pom-Poms

Winter Hat Pom-Poms

Airplane Window Holes

You might have noticed a tiny hole in the window of the airplane when you sat in the window seat and freaked out a little, but do not worry because you are not alone. Maybe you are wondering why it even exists. Well, it is called the breather hole and it lets the airplane’s outer panes manage the pressure difference during the times the airplane flies higher. This allows the cabin to stay at a safe and comfortable level. If the outer pane ever got compromised, an air leak should be noticed through the tiny hole!

Airplane Window Holes

Airplane Window Holes

Black Grating In The Microwave

We are pretty sure you have never inspected your microwave closely, but the black grating found on its door is quite easy to notice. Called the Faraday shield, it keeps the electromagnetic fields inside the microwave and prevents them from warming people. Without it, heating food would be dangerous.

Black Grating In The Microwave

Black Grating In The Microwave

Dimples On Golf Balls

If you take a closer look at golf balls, you will notice that they are not really round and have dimples all over their surface. Apparently, golfers in the past noticed balls which have nicks and bumps usually travel a longer distance. Since the imperfections create turbulence, there is a reduction in drag. This is why they started making golf balls with dimples in order to create more lift. However, it won’t be of much help if you are just playing putt-putt.

Dimples On Golf Balls

Dimples On Golf Balls

Long Bottle Necks

Have you ever wondered why adult beverages are in long necked bottles? This shape actually makes it more comfortable to hold beers during longer periods of time. Also, it allows easy pouring if you want to drink beer in a glass or mug. Unfiltered beers commonly come in long-necks that has a more bulbous neck in order to capture sediments. You should thank them since long necks distribute heat all over the bottle as well.

Long Bottle Necks

Long Bottle Necks

Can Tabs

If you have experience opening a can of soda, then you are already familiar with can tabs. If you are like many people, you most likely find tabs annoying because they tend to detach and fall inside the can! Apparently, these tabs had been designed to serve as a straw holder, but nowadays, most people drink straight from the can. The mouth was even widened a while back in order to make this easier!

Can Tabs

Can Tabs

Takeout Boxes

We especially adore Chinese takeout whenever we’re too tired to whip something up. Many people also eat it out of the carton, but the truth is the takeout boxes were actually designed flat since they are meant to be a plate. With the food still inside, pull the sides apart then lay it on the table. If this is done correctly, you can enjoy your food on a perfectly usable plate!

Takeout Boxes

Takeout Boxes

Double Keyboard Bumps

Perhaps you have noticed that the F and J keys on the keyboard of a computer have bumps on them. Apparently, these bumps were installed so that users can still figure out the keyboard even if their eyes are on the computer screen. Typing properly means your right pointer finger rests on J, while your left pointer is on F. There is no need to constantly look at the keyboard because the bumps serve as enough indication.

Double Keyboard Bumps

Double Keyboard Bumps

Pen Cap Holes

You might have thought something is wrong with the pen cap since it has a hole. Do not worry because this was done by design. The hole was installed so that air can flow in freely if the cap is accidentally swallowed by someone. This makes sense since there are many people who have the habit of putting the pen cap in their mouths when they are deep in thought!

Pen Cap Holes

Pen Cap Holes

iPhone Camera Hole

In case you have not noticed, there is a little hole next to the camera lens on an iPhone. The small hole is actually a microphone! Ever since Apple came out with the iPhone 5, all of their smartphones come with three mics. There is one located on the bottom edge, another under the speaker grill, and another one next to the camera lens. They added all the mics to make sound recording easier regardless of how the phone is held.

iPhone Camera Hole

iPhone Camera Hole

Zigzag Side On Bobby Pins

Bobby pins have a wavy side and a straight side. The zigzag pattern is often used facing towards the scalp. It does look a little cooler like that to be fair. Actually, the pin is more secure because of the wavy side, which keeps the pin in place the whole day. This way makes it easier to hold onto a clump of hair.

Zigzag Side On Bobby Pins

Zigzag Side On Bobby Pins

Cable Cord Cylinders

Have you ever wondered why the end of a cable cord has a cylinder-like lump? These lumps are actually known as chokes or ferrite cores, and there is magnetic iron oxide in them, which helps avoid high-frequency electromagnetic interference. When you are on a call and your phone gets too close to a speaker, the call might be interrupted by weird noses. The big cylinders on cable cords prevent this type of interruptions.

Cable Cord Cylinders

Cable Cord Cylinders

Apple Power Cord Wings

If you own a MacBook, you might have already noticed the wings found on the power cord. However, you might not have a clue what their purpose is, and so do many other MacBook users out there. Did you even know that you can pull the wings up? Yes, you can do that and you can wrap the cord around them to make charging easier, with nothing in the way.

Apple Power Cord Wings

Apple Power Cord Wings

Blue Part On The Eraser

Who doesn’t remember these erasers from their childhood? If you are like us, you may have also wondered why there are two separate colors. We remember some of our friends saying it could erase pen ink, but actually, this part was designed to be used on paper that is thicker and stronger. It was for artists that used a special kind of paper instead of the loose-leaf or notebook paper.

Blue Part On The Eraser

Blue Part On The Eraser

Square Patches On Backpacks

While square patches on backpacks make the bags look cool, the patches actually have another purpose aside from aesthetics. The lashing square or pig snout is supposed to help people carry additional gear! Cords and strings can be strung through there to help hang stuff that can no longer fit inside the bag. You will be happy to know this pretty interesting tidbit if you are someone who goes camping.

Square Patches On Backpacks

Square Patches On Backpacks

Colorful Ice Cream Scoops

Do you know the reason behind the different colors of ice cream scoops? Every single color represents a specific scoop size. There are more than a dozen ice cream scoop sizes depending on how many scoops go in the cup. Who knew that the bright colors actually had a purpose and were more than simply for show?

Colorful Ice Cream Scoops

Colorful Ice Cream Scoops

Brass Material For Door Knobs

You might have observed that many doorknobs are made of brass. This is because brass surfaces are resistant to bacteria buildup. Of course, this is important because a lot of people touch the doorknob! We don’t even want to think what it might be like if another material is used.

Brass Material For Door Knobs

Brass Material For Door Knobs

Bottle Cap Discs

Have you ever seen the plastic disc under the cap of a soda bottle? While it might seem unnecessary, it actually helps us see through carbonation. Although we do not really know the science behind this, the disc actually traps carbon dioxide, preventing the soda from losing its fizz. Who likes flat soda? That’s right, no one.

Bottle Cap Discs

Bottle Cap Discs

Rearview Mirror Tab

If you drive, chances are you regularly look in your rearview mirror. In case you did not notice, there is a tab at the bottom of the mirror. Apparently, it allows you to change the position of the mirror so that the headlights from behind you will not blind you. It deflects the light but it still allows you to see what is going on behind your car!

Rearview Mirror Tab

Rearview Mirror Tab

Coin Ridges

You might not have noticed this, but both quarters and dimes come with rough edges which are not found in pennies and nickels. Feel free to check the coins you have if you do not really believe us. Anyway, this is from a time when coins were stamped in different weights which reflect their value. They wanted to stop the shaving of coin edges and melting them in order to make new coins. That is why they added ridges using precious metals.

Coin Ridges

Coin Ridges

Grocery Cart Loops

Not many people realize that the loops which are part of the frame of the fold-out section can help protect the items you put in the cart. Vulnerable items can be hung on the loop to prevent them from getting squished by other items. This is definitely a great example of good design!

Grocery Cart Loops

Grocery Cart Loops

Lined Paper Margins

Why are there margins on notebook paper and why are the margins different depending on the grade the student is in? The second question can be addressed by another question – didn’t you know that the older you become, the more difficult things get? As for the first question, rat infestations were common and rats used to chew on any paper they found! Rodents could eat the edges, but because of the margins in place, they could not get to the important bits.

Lined Paper Margins

Lined Paper Margins

Paper Condiment Bowls

Practically everyone loves dipping their fries in ketchup, but no one enjoys having to come back in order to fill up the small paper condiment cups to have their fill. These cups also make it difficult to dip into because they are so tiny. Your life will be much easier after finding out that you have to unfold the cups like this!

Paper Condiment Bowls

Paper Condiment Bowls

Women’s Underwear Pocket

If you have been confused by the secret pockets found in women’s underwear, you are not alone. What are they for? Well, the panty gussets are actually just extra fabric sewn in which they did not bother sewing closed. Without the additional seams, underwear is much comfier, to be honest. The pocket is also a good hiding place.

Women’s Underwear Pocket

Women’s Underwear Pocket

Plastic Cup Lids

Get ready to be blown away! Did you know that plastic lids which accompany disposable cups are also meant to serve as a coaster? This is not applicable if you get a drink to go and consume it in the car. However, if you intend to sit down and drink it, then the ridges make the lid excellent as a coaster. Apparently, there is a method to the madness.

Plastic Cup Lids

Plastic Cup Lids

Detachable Car Headrests

Maybe you have been seated in the backseat during a family road trip. You probably also played with the headrest that is in front of you because of boredom! Did you know that the headrest can come out of the seat? This is so you can use its metal bars to break the window in case there is an emergency!

Detachable Car Headrests

Detachable Car Headrests

Solo Cup Lines

What kind of memories do Solo cups bring back? Maybe you were way too concerned about enjoying yourself to notice that the cups have horizontal lines on them. The ridges were designed to tell you the amount of alcohol or drink that you put in there! The first line means one ounce or a shot of liquor. The second line means five ounces or equivalent to one class. The topmost line indicates 12 ounces or one whole beer bottle.

Solo Cup Lines

Solo Cup Lines

Jerry Can Handles

It is common to see a jerry can if you like to travel and go camping. You might now it can hold up to five gallons of fuel, though did you know the reason behind the three top handles? It was designed to make sure that the fuel is distributed evenly inside it when you carry the can. If someone is helping you, both of you should hold the outside handles. Stick to the middle handle if you are carrying it on your own.

Jerry Can Handles

Jerry Can Handles

Coat Hangers Made With Wood

Wooden coat hangers can spice up your closet, but they do not only exist for aesthetic purposes. They were designed to repel creepy crawlies and moths. Heavy clothing, especially the kind made of wool, tend to attract different kinds of insects. The hangers are made from cedar wood, which makes them smell pleasant and keeps the moths and bugs away.

Coat Hangers Made With Wood

Coat Hangers Made With Wood

Juice Box Flaps

If you look at this photo, you will know why juice boxes have heavy top flaps. The little angel in this photo figured out what the purpose of the bulky flaps is – to make it easier for you to hold your drink. Keep in mind that this type of juice boxes were made with children ages 2 to 10 in mind. By folding the flaps outward, their tiny hands can hold on to the juice box more easily and without it slipping. Needless to say, you can still use this trick whatever age you might be in now!

Juice Box Flaps

Juice Box Flaps

The Holes In Your Converse

Have you ever found yourself wondering what exactly these holes in your Converse are for? Well, they are there for a few reasons. Firstly, they’re used to help get air to your feet; after all, wearing shoes all day can be tiring on your feet! Another fun use for them is to allow for some unique shoelace patterns. Try it out!

Converse

The Holes In Your Converse

Screwdriver And Wrench Combination

Have a hard time sometimes getting a good grip on things? Here’s all you have to do: slide the end of your wrench over the top part of your screwdriver and use that to turn it whichever way you need to. That’s why your screwdriver is shaped in the way that it is! This trick comes in handy when you’re dealing with difficult angles or hard-to-reach places.

A Screwdriver, But Also A Wrench

Screwdriver And Wrench Combination

De-Childproof Medicine Bottles

We all know there’s a great reason for why your medicine bottles are so difficult to get open but did you know they can actually be de-childproofed? Some medicine bottles come with a cap that you can use to “adult-ify” the bottle; all you have to do is flip the bottle cap upside down! So simple, right? This trick will definitely make your life easier, but if you do this, make sure to keep the bottle away from your children.

Medicine Bottle Hacks

De-Childproof Medicine Bottles

This Cool TicTac Hack

Are you the kind of person that dumps a handful of TicTacs out and has to then place them back in the container one-by-one? If you’ve ever found yourself guilty of doing this, we have some great news for you. Did you know that the indent at the top of the TicTac container’s cap is actually purposeful? It’s meant to catch one single TicTac when you tip the opening over! Now that you know this, your life will be much easier.

TicTac

This Cool TicTac Hack

The Hole In Your Spaghetti Spoon

Are you tired of always making way too much pasta for dinner? These holes may be most commonly-known for draining cooked pasta out of the water, but that’s not the only thing these spoon’s holes come in handy for! They can actually be used to measure out one exact serving of spaghetti. All you have to do is stick the noodles through the hole and get a perfect measurement each time.

Spaghetti

The Hole In Your Spaghetti Spoon

Know When To Change Your Tires

Did you know these big grooves all over your car tires do something other than leaving a funky pattern when you drive over a patch of snow? They actually have a pretty important job: the lowest point in these indents is also the lowest point your tire should ever get to. Now you know, if your tires are smooth and you see no indents or you notice your indents getting smaller by the day, you should replace your tires as soon as you can!

Grooves Between Tire Treads

Know When To Change Your Tires

Hands-Free Gas Pump

Ever notice the latch on the handlebar of your gas pump but not know its purpose? Have you ever wished you weren’t standing there holding your gas pump in place while filling up your car in the middle of winter? Well here’s a life-saving trick for you: That latch actually can get locked between the grooves on the gas pump handle so you can go wait in your car while the gas is filling! Never freeze at the gas station again.

Gas Pump Latch

Hands-Free Gas Pump

Fancy Toothpicks

Did you ever notice that your toothpick came with its own holder? On some toothpicks, all you have to do is break off the ridged piece at the end and place it on the table. The piece you broke off serves as a holder for your toothpick so the part you place in your mouth doesn’t have to touch the table. This is a super convenient way to keep your toothpick clean while not having to hold onto it all the time.

Toothpick Holder

Fancy Toothpicks

Aluminum Foil Boxes

Have you ever noticed that the small sides of your aluminum foil boxes fold in but you never really knew why? Well, the purpose can actually be really useful! When you push the tabs in on both sides, it will lock the roll of foil into the box so it can’t fall out when you’re trying to rip off a piece. That does seem very useful!

Aluminum Foil Box Tabs

Aluminum Foil Boxes

Half Belt On Your Coat

This style is generally seen in trench and pea coats, but did you know they used to have an actual purpose other than fashion? They were originally developed for men in the military who had oversized jackets that could also be used as blankets when needed. The “half belt” was used to gather up the extra material and hold it in place so soldiers could walk freely and not worry about their jacket looking large on them. Nowadays it’s just used for fashion but at one point they an important use!

Half Belt On Jackets

Half Belt On Your Coat

Utility Knife

Many people actually don’t know this trick, but the plastic covering at the end of your utility knife actually serves a valuable purpose. If you pull it out, you will find that it’s attached to something quite sharp. That sharp object is the blade of a brand new knife! Once you find the blade, you just need to break off the plastic edge and then like magic you have a new and improved sharp knife! Of course, be careful while doing this.

Utility Knife Cap

Utility Knife

Stapler Plates

Did you know the metal plate on your stapler has a name and serves a purpose? It’s called an “anvil”. It can be used by turning your stapler upside down and by spinning the wheel until it clicks back into its place. This setting is meant to be used for a “temporary staple”. It will push the arms of your staple outward instead of inwards, making it easier to pull out the staple later.

Stapler Plates

Stapler Plates

The Hole In Your Lollipop Stick

Remember when you were a child and half the fun of eating a delicious lollipop was getting to the end and getting to use the stick as a whistle? Well, believe it or not, the hole isn’t actually meant for your musical entertainment. The reason for having the hole in the stick is because when the manufacturer pours the melted candy into the molding, they don’t want any of it to melt through the stick!

Hole In Lollipop Stick

The Hole In Your Lollipop Stick

The Letter Arrangement On Your Keyboard

Have you noticed that the letters on your computer keyboard aren’t in alphabetical order, but you never knew why? Well, here’s the reason: the first keyboard to ever exist was used on the typewriter, which operated with manual arms that struck the paper with ink when you hit the key. At first, the keys were arranged in alphabetical order, but eventually typing that way became a habit which led to typists pushing keys down too quickly, causing the key arms to get tangled with one another. Nowadays the keyboard is still arranged in the same fashion because it’s just what people have gotten used to.

The Letter Arrangement On Your Keyboard

The Letter Arrangement On Your Keyboard

Ridges In Audio Jack

I bet this is another thing you never really knew the purpose of but never questioned it. The ridges aren’t just so the jack doesn’t fall out of the headphone port, but actually, the piece that makes up the ridges is used to keep the wires in place so they don’t snap while being used. They also dictate which side of the headphones all of the sounds go to! One band is for the left ear, one is for the right, and one is for both ears.

Ridges In Audio Jack

Ridges In Audio Jack

Silica Gel Packets

You may recognize these small packets from a shoebox or new purse, and it’s pretty commonly known that they’re meant to keep the item you’ve purchased clean and fresh until you use it. Have you ever given any thought to what’s inside of these packets? The beads inside are called “desiccant”. The beads help to keep moisture out by absorbing up to 50 percent of the humidity. The contents of these packets can also be quite useful if you drop your phone in water, as they will absorb much more liquid than a bag of rice will.

Silica Gel Packets

Silica Gel Packets

Colorful Toothpaste

Have you ever noticed how Aquafresh toothpaste has three differently-colored stripes in it? All of those colors have different meanings; as people started to improve personal hygiene, they also started to understand that just cleaning your teeth wasn’t enough to truly keep them healthy. Aquafresh decided to make their product visibly clear that it does more than just clean your teeth. The blue stripe in the toothpaste is to indicate that it also freshens your breath as well as cleans it, and the red stripe shows that there’s also plaque control in the paste.

Colorful Toothpaste

Colorful Toothpaste

The Mysterious Square In Your McFlurry Spoon

I can’t be the only one wondering what the square at the top of my McFlurry spoon is there for, can I? Well, here’s how it works: the square latches itself onto the cool machine that blends together the ice cream and topping of choice. The mechanic rod of the machine slips into the spoon and stirs it all together, and then you get to enjoy it! Awesome.

The Mysterious Square In Your McFlurry Spoon

The Mysterious Square In Your McFlurry Spoon

TV Cable Hack

Want to watch all of your favorite television shows but don’t want to pay insanely high prices for it? Why pay for cable when you can simply pay for a monthly Netflix subscription? Lucky for you, these new technology disruptors are tricking your TV just by using old-fashioned antennas and the closest electrical outlet. These “TV antennas” have the ability to stream high-definition shows from all of your favorite channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, FX, and dozens of others.

Tv Cable Hack

TV Cable Hack

Make Threading Needles Easier

I think a lot of us can agree that the worst part about trying to sew something isn’t even the actual act of sewing, but instead, it’s trying over and over again to get the microscopic and flimsy end of the piece of thread into the needle loop! Next time you’re sewing, try dipping a small piece of the edge of thread into clear nail polish and let it harden. Trust us, it’ll make your life much easier while trying to sew!

Make Threading Needles Easier

Make Threading Needles Easier

Olive Oil: Not Just For Italian Food

If you experience dry skin sometimes, you may want to try this inexpensive hack. Did you know that olive oil, even the same kind you buy at the grocery store and use for cooking, can double as a skincare product? Give it a shot! Try to apply a very small amount of olive oil to your face and body and be amazed when your skin turns out to be moisturized and glowing. It’s amazing.

Olive Oil Not Just For Italian Food

Olive Oil: Not Just For Italian Food

Use A Tennis Ball For Parking Accuracy

Have you ever gone just a little too far when parking your car in the garage and tapped something with your bumper that you didn’t mean to? A simple fix for not knowing when to stop the car is to tie an old tennis ball to a string and hanging it from the roof. This will help you figure out the spot you need to hit the brakes and turn the car off instead of bumping the garage wall and scratching up your car.

Use A Tennis Ball For Parking Accuracy

Use A Tennis Ball For Parking Accuracy

Strain Your Food With Tights

Do you have an old pair of tights you don’t wear anymore or a new pair of tights you don’t need that are taking up space in your closet? One way you can make use out of these pairs of tights is to strain your food with them! Tights are great for food straining because since the holes are so small, pieces of your food can’t escape out like they could with an average-sized strainer.

Strain Your Food With Tights

Strain Your Food With Tights

Groom Your Eyebrows With A Toothbrush

We’ve all heard of many ways to use a toothbrush other than just for brushing your teeth. Here’s an idea you may not have heard before: try using a spare (clean and unused) toothbrush to groom your eyebrow hair! It’s likely to be cheaper than an actual eyebrow brush, and you won’t even have to make a special trip to the drugstore to buy one.

Groom Brows With A Toothbrush

Groom Eyebrows With A Toothbrush

Loosen Doors With Petroleum Jelly

Have you ever had a door hinge that’s so squeaky that you’d honestly rather just leave the door open than go through the emotional trauma of hearing the noise every time the doors opens and closes? Well, use this at-home hack to relieve your stress! All you have to do is rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on door hinges, drawer tracks, or anything else that may be squeaky. After that, your squeaks should be all gone!

Loosen Doors With Petroleum Jelly

Loosen Doors With Petroleum Jelly

Holes In Padlocks

We are sure you have used a padlock before, but we do not know if you have noticed that there is one or two holes at its bottom. The holes allow the water to come out after it gets in. Since locks are commonly placed outside, they have to be ready for different weather conditions. Aside from that, you can pour oil or WD-40 in the hole in case the lock gets jammed!

Holes In Padlocks

Holes In Padlocks

Extra Sneaker Holes

We are pretty sure you have noticed the extra holes found at the top of sneakers but actually, it is not an error in design. If your shoes are a bit too big for you, chances are they have a pretty uncomfortable fit and you may even get some blisters. You can deal with this issue by threading the shoelaces through the opposite extra hole. What this creates is a loop that makes the lock even tighter. Experts call this the “lace lock” or “heel lock”

Extra Sneaker Holes

Extra Sneaker Holes

Colored Toothpaste Squares

A toothpaste tube actually has a colored block at the bottom. It is usually black, red, green, or blue and is actually more than an obscure aesthetic choice! Before we tell you what it is for, you should know it is called an “eye mark.” They tell the assembly line machine where to fold the packaging and cut it. Without “eye marks,” tubes of toothpaste might still be attached together, which would make toothbrushing much more difficult.

Colored Toothpaste Squares

Colored Toothpaste Squares

Measuring Tape Metal

We bet you have been asked to hold the end of a measuring tape before. You might have noticed the small piece of metal there. It is located there for a couple of reasons. First, you can wrap the little slot around a nail in order to keep the tape in place when you are working by yourself. The edge is also serrated and it is handy when you have to mark the surface.

Measuring Tape Metal

Measuring Tape Metal

Mason Jars For Utensils

You’ve probably seen Mason Jars all over Pinterest and for good reason. They’re a great thing to have around the house since you can use them for just about anything. Whether you need to store food, pens, or utensils in the kitchen, the possibilities are never-ending. The best part is you can customize them however you want!

Mason Jars For Utensils

Mason Jars For Utensils

Color Code Your Keys

Pretty much everyone has more than one key. Whether it’s for the front door, the mailbox, gym, or anything, it’s so easy to mix them up. One of the worst things is standing outside your front door trying to find the right key you need. Well, to avoid that problem, you can paint each key a different color to differentiate between them all.

Color Code Your Keys

Color Code Your Keys

Tennis Balls Can Protect Your Floors

Having a chair that squeaks whenever it slides on the ground is a very annoying thing. One simple way to solve this issue is to buy some tennis balls. All you need to do is cut a slit in each one and place them on the feet of your chairs. This will also keep them from scratching up your floor.

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Tennis Balls Can Protect Your Floors

Shine Furniture With Olive Oil

You might not even notice this, but wood tends to get dirty really quickly. At times, it can be hard to decide which products are best to use on furniture. For that reason, we found this neat little trick – add a little bit of olive oil on your wooden furniture and wipe it down using a microfiber towel. The wood will be perfectly shiny!

Shine Furniture With Olive Oil

Shine Furniture With Olive Oil

Dust Your Home With Old Tights

Old pairs of tights can be used in so many different ways. One useful way to reuse them is to dust items in your home with them. You can slide them over a pair of tongs and dust both sides of blinds at once. You can even attach them to a small object so you can reach small crevices on a window sill or the far corners of your furniture.

Dust Your Home With Old Tights

Dust Your Home With Old Tights

DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener

Baking soda is known to be good for absorbing odors in certain places, but when you mix some with essential oil, it can actually make a great DIY air freshener! You just need to mix baking soda in a jar with whatever kind of essential oil you prefer and place a cloth on top of it. Make sure the cloth is secured with a rubber band and that’s it!

DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener

DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener

Use Tea Bags To Deodorize

Aside from making delicious warm or cold drinks, tea bags can be used in many other ways. From depuffing your skin to cleansing your room, tea can do it all! For this hack, in particular, take some used tea bags and place them in spots around your refrigerator. This will help absorb any lingering odors and make sure your food doesn’t leave a bad scent every time you open the refrigerator.

Use Tea Bags To Deodorize

Use Tea Bags To Deodorize

Clean Your Dog’s Coat With Vinegar

We can all agree that the smell of vinegar can be revolting. However, it is a versatile item that is great to keep at home. If you want to keep your little puppy nice and clean, mix one cup of vinegar with a quart of water. Rub in gently in your dog’s fur and rinse off. In just minutes, you’ll have a clean furry friend!

Clean Your Dog's Coat With Vinegar

Clean Your Dog’s Coat With Vinegar

Depuff Your Eyes With Metal Spoons

Waking up after a full night’s sleep with puffy eyes is no fun, ever. The good news is that we have a solution for that! All you need to do is use metal spoons. At night, stick them in the fridge or in the freezer. Then, in the morning all you have to do is place them over your eyes gently. Doing so will tighten your skin and stimulate blood flow. Not to mention, the coolness will soothe redness. Within minutes, your puffy eyes will go down.

Depuff Your Eyes With Metal Spoons

Depuff Your Eyes With Metal Spoons

New Uses For Baby Wipes

We all know about baby wipes for the obvious reasons. But did you know that they can be used in many different ways too? You can use them to clean a dirty computer screen or a dusty keyboard. Just grab a baby wipe and get rid of all those germs!

New Uses For Baby Wipes

New Uses For Baby Wipes

Don’t Throw Out Old Butter Wrappers

We’re here to tell you this is the money saver you’ve been waiting for! Next time you finish a stick of butter, keep the wrapper. Stick it in the fridge or freezer. Next time you’re cooking and need to keep food from sticking, go ahead and use the wrapper! Don’t waste money on expensive non-stick sprays!

Don't Throw Out Old Butter Wrappers

Don’t Throw Out Old Butter Wrappers

Deter Bugs With Cinnamon

The worst thing is having a bug infestation in your home. Thankfully, we now have a solution for that. Rather than spending money on expensive pesticides that keep bugs out, just sprinkle some cinnamon wherever you have a bug problem. Ant and cockroaches will stay far away. Plus, your home will smell like cinnamon!

Deter Bugs With Cinnamon

Deter Bugs With Cinnamon

Kool-Aid Powder Can Substitute For Dishwasher Detergent

Yes, this sounds made up, but hear us out. If you mix baking soda, coarse salt, and four packets of lemonade with Kool-Aid, you’ll have some DIY dishwasher detergent. One important detail is that it needs to only be lemonade flavor since it contains citric acid. Try it out and see if your dishes come out fresh and lemon-scented.

Kool Aid Poweder Can Substitute For Dishwasher Detergent

Kool-Aid Powder Can Substitute For Dishwasher Detergent

Soften Your Cuticles With Shampoo

You might not have ever thought of doing this, but once you try it, you won’t understand how you’ve never done it before! To make your manicure go from good to great, put some leftover shampoo from the bottom of your empty bottle in a bowl with warm water and put your hands in. Soaking them will allow your skin and nails to get the moisture they need, and you won’t have to waste the last bit of your shampoo.

Soften Your Cuticles With Shampoo

Soften Your Cuticles With Shampoo

Reuse Cereal Bags

Reducing the amount of plastic we use has become a very important and common thing to do all over the world. For that reason, this hack is a great way to start reusing plastic! Instead of throwing away empty cereal bags, you can reuse them for food storage. Just put items inside and store them in the freezer. You can even use it as a lunch bag for work.

Reuse Cereal Bags

Reuse Cereal Bags

Chupa Chups

This well-known lollipop brand features a specifically-shaped hole at the top of each stick. Have you ever wondered why? Well, we have, and we’ve got the answer. The square hole is there to help the lollipop stay in place on the stick while the candy is being made.

Chupa Chups

Chupa Chups

Heinz

At the top of their selling moment, Heinz had 57 different varieties of food. Nowadays, the number 57 is placed on the bottle to show the best spot to hit the bottom to get the ketchup to pour out. It’s very handy when you’re struggling to get that leftover ketchup out.

Heinz

Heinz

Staple Remover

Aside from removing staples, staple removers can be used for some other things as well. One thing they can be used for is adding keys to your keyring! You don’t have to break a nail or ruin your manicure anymore to do so.

Staple Remover

Staple Remover

Clothing Hangers

While clothing hangers have their practical uses like hanging up your clothes and organizing your closet, they can also be the perfect way to organize your jewelry without the clutter of a jewelry box. This way, you’ll be able to see all your necklaces hanging without having to detangle them.

Clothing Hanger

Clothing Hanger

Rubberband

No one wants to spend their money on hiring a professional painter when they can do the job themselves. However, the problem starts when you get paint all over the place and your brush is soaked in paint. Here’s a neat trick: wrap a rubber band around a paint can and use it to remove the excess paint from the brush and keep the edges of the can clean.

Rubberband

Rubberband

Straws

When it comes to having tangled jewelry, straws are the answer.Keep necklaces from getting tangled by threading the chain through a straw. Keep them in your suitcase while traveling and forget about having a big mess.

Straws

Straws

Safety Pins

Having static on your clothes can be really annoying, so to get rid of that, just grab a safety pin. All you need to do is pin the clip to the inner seam of your pant leg. Within seconds, the static cling will be gone for good!

Safety Pin

Safety Pin

Plastic Water Bottle

An easy way to transfer egg yolks to another bowl is by using a plastic water bottle. Grab an empty water bottle and squeeze it. Then, release the pressure slowly over the egg yolk. Doing so will suction the yolk into the bottle and hold it there. All you have to do from that point on is squeeze the bottle over the bowl you want to put it in.

Platsic Water Bottle

Plastic Water Bottle

Button

One concern you might have while traveling is losing your earrings in one of your bags. To keep that from happening, grab a button and your favorite pair of earrings and store them together. This way they won’t get separated or lost in your suitcase.

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Button

Eyeglass Case

A great way to keep from losing all kinds of small items is to store them in a place like your eyeglasses case. It’ll keep them safe inside. Not to mention, if you don’t need the case for glasses anymore, it’s a great way to upcycle it!

Eyeglass Case

Eyeglass Case

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