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PAST LIFE HACKS

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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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Don't drink ice cold water on a hot day. It can be harmful for your body.
July 23, 2019

Baking soda and water can be used to clean an iron's soleplate.
July 16, 2019

Sprinkle some salt while chopping garlic to keep it from sticking to your knife.
July 9, 2019

Throwing a dry towel in a dryer with other laundry will make the laundry dry faster.
July 2, 2019

When buying a grapefruit, pick one that is shaped like an oval, rather than one that is round.
June 25, 2019

When buying a watermelon, pick one that has a creamy yellow spot.
June 18, 2019

Limiting your light exposure at the end of the day will make it easier to go to sleep.
June 11, 2019

Cloves can be used together with lemons or limes to repel flies.
June 4, 2019

If you are swimming outdoors, place your footwear upside-down, such that the Sun only heats up their bottoms.
May 28, 2019

Microwaves can sometimes be used to make bananas ripen faster.
May 21, 2019

When heating leftovers, space out a circle in the middle. They will heat up much more evenly.
May 14, 2019

Tea bags can be used to soothe sunburns.
May 7, 2019

Potato chips can be used as kindling for fires.
April 30, 2019

Lemons can be used to clean microwaves.
April 23, 2019

Shoe odors can be removed using tea bags.
April 16, 2019

Hard-boiled eggs can be distinguished from raw eggs based on how easy they spin on their ends. Hard-boiled eggs should spin much easier.
April 9, 2019

Empty pistachio shells can be used to crack pistachios.
April 2, 2019

Pressing an ice cube against chewing gum can make it much easier to remove from carpets or fabrics.
March 26, 2019

When mashing potatoes, use warm milk for a better end result.
March 19, 2019

Grapefruits can be used to clean bathtubs.
March 12, 2019

When making iced coffee, use frozen coffee cubes instead of ice cubes to ensure the drink doesn't get watered down.
March 5, 2019

When freezing meat, flatten it out as much as possible. This will reduce the time needed to thaw it before cooking.
February 26, 2019

If you suspect your tire is leaking but can't pinpoint the exact location of the leak, spray a water-soap solution on the tire. Bubbles will appear wherever there is a leak.
February 19, 2019

Banana holders can be used as headphone holders.
February 12, 2019

Foggy mirrors can be cleaned with shaving cream.
February 5, 2019

Keep potatoes and onions separate to slow down the potatoes' sprouting.
January 29, 2019

If you need to walk on ice, walk like a penguin to minimize your chances of slipping.
January 22, 2019

Pieces of spaghetti can be used to light candles if matchsticks are too short.
January 15, 2019

Most ceiling fans have a switch to change from counterclockwise to clockwise. Running a fan clockwise moves warm air near the ceiling toward the floor, making your room feel warmer.
January 8, 2019

Ice cubes can be used in a dryer to steam out wrinkles in clothes.
January 1, 2019

In order to figure out if your oven has hot spots, preheat it and lay slices of bread evenly across a baking rack for about ten minutes. Slices that are toasted more than others indicate that there are hot spots.
December 25, 2018

The easiest and most cost-efficient method to store cheese is to wrap it in wax paper and cover the wax paper with a layer of plastic wrap.
December 18, 2018

Scrambled eggs can be made in a microwave. Just beat eggs, salt, pepper, and any other favorite ingredients in a small bowl and microwave the mixture until it's cooked.
December 11, 2018

If you need to whiten your nails, soak them for a couple minutes in a solution of lemon juice and water.
December 4, 2018

Lip balm can be used on your nose if tissues cause it to become red and/or irritated.
November 27, 2018

Baking soda can be used as a basic mouthwash or deodorant.
November 20, 2018

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