Life Hacks Edition #1
Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
People say that there are no shortcuts in life, but sometimes there are short cuts that you can take to make things go a lot easier and smoother.
1. Rapid Ice Cold Beer
Wrap a damp paper towel around the beer bottle and stick it into the freezer for 15 minutes. Voila! Ice cold beer!
2. Cheap Alternative To Teeth Whitening
You don’t have to go to the dentist to get a whitening treatment that will cost hundreds of dollars, simply invest in a whitening toothpaste and after you are done brushing your teeth, smear some of the toothpaste onto your teeth for a few minutes. Repeat everyday for white sparkling teeth.
3. Battery Check
If you are one of the many (I know I am guilty of this) who dumps empty batteries into a drawer along with the good batteries and have a hard time looking for full batteries when you need them, simply drop them from a height of 6 inches onto a flat surface. If the batteries bounce once and fall over, they are good. If the batteries bounce more than once, they’re empty and I suggest that you put them into the trash to avoid future confusion.
4. Clean Silver
Don’t bother buying silver polish off the racks, all that stuff does is strip away the outer layer of tarnished silver. Instead, put the silver into a bowl lined with aluminium foil, boil water, mix it with baking soda and pour it into the bowl. Sit back and relax as the tarnish magically vanish from your silver.
5. Free Dehumifiers
Dehumidifiers prevent mould from growing on your precious equipment or jewellery by absorbing the moisture in the air. The ones being sold in grocery shops are bulky and do not come cheap. For a cheaper alternative, use the silica gel packets you get for free packed in stuff you purchase and place them anywhere you don’t want moisture damage.
6. Heal Paper Cuts
Paper cuts do not exactly cause a lot of pain but they are certainly pesky especially when you are reaching for something and the cut opens up. Rub lip balm on the cut to close it up and stop the pain.
For rust build-up, soak the rusted object overnight in a bath of salt and vinegar.
8. The Fresh Maker
Onions and garlic are delicious with dishes but not delicious for kisses. To rid yourself of that pungent breath, save a sprig of parsley that comes with the dishes and simply chew on them to neutralize your onion and garlic breath.
9. Un-Stink Your Shoes
Seal your stinky shoes in a zip-lock bag and shove it into the freezer for a night.
10. Waterproof Leather
If water seeps into your leather shoes every time you step into a puddle, it must mean that one of the seams have come apart. Smear petroleum jelly into all of the seams and bake them in the oven at 150°C for an hour to waterproof them.