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Every week, we prominently feature a life hack on our homepage. These life hacks are always scientifically merited and can improve your quality of life. Life hacks previously featured on our website are listed below along with the date they were originally posted. Check back every Tuesday for a new life hack on our homepage!

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A 2:1 ratio of olive oil to lemon juice makes a great shoe polish.
November 13, 2018

Diatomaceous earth can be used to keep a home free from scorpions.
November 6, 2018

Vinegar can be used to remove limescale from a kettle.
October 30, 2018

If you need to fit a long item in a Ziploc bag, turn one bag inside out and connect it with another bag (with the item inside it).
October 23, 2018

In order to quickly soften a stick of butter, heat a glass of water in a microwave, empty the water, and cover the butter with the warm glass.
October 16, 2018

Use a straw to remove the stem from a strawberry.
October 9, 2018

Place a wooden spoon across the top of a pot to stop water from boiling over.
October 2, 2018

Put old newspapers at the bottom of a trash can to help absorb some of the liquids.
September 25, 2018

Use frozen grapes instead of ice to chill wine without diluting its flavor.
September 18, 2018

Wrapping their stems in plastic wrap can make bananas last longer.
September 11, 2018

Storing potatoes next to an apple can keep them from sprouting.
September 4, 2018

A glass of warm milk can help you sleep better.
August 28, 2018

Apple cider vinegar makes a great fly trap.
August 21, 2018

Chew a whole clove or use some clove oil for temporary relief from a toothache.
August 14, 2018

Storing bread in a fridge will cause the starch in the bread to change, dehydrating the bread. Store bread at room temperature or in a freezer to keep it as fresh as possible.
August 7, 2018

Wrapping a wet paper towel around a beverage can before putting it in the freezer will chill it more quickly.
July 31, 2018

For a tear-free experience, put onions in a freezer for about 15 minutes before chopping them.
July 24, 2018

Lemon juice can be used to easily remove stains and deposits from teapots and tea kettles.
July 17, 2018

Dry ice can be used as a mosquito trap. The carbon dioxide emitted by the ice will attract mosquitoes (they will think that there is an animal exhaling the gas) and the extremely cold temperatures will kill them when they fly towards it.
July 10, 2018

If you are having trouble hearing an alarm from a phone, put the phone inside a glass to amplify the sound.
July 3, 2018

If you leave a coin on a cup of ice in your freezer and the coin has sunk into the ice by the next time you see it, either the power went out or your freezer wasn't working properly.
June 26, 2018

If a cup of coffee is particularly bitter, add a pinch of salt to suppress the bitterness and enhance the flavor of your drink.
June 19, 2018

Let avocados ripen at room temperature before putting them in the fridge. They will ripen better and last longer this way.
June 12, 2018

Before squeezing a lemon or other citrus fruit, heat it up in the microwave a little. You will get more juice and it will be easier to squeeze.
June 5, 2018

If you are experiencing heartburn or indigestion, don't lay on your right side. Instead, lay on your left side.
May 29, 2018