1. Tip: use a can opener to open a frustrating clamshell package.
Has anyone ever gotten this to work? Because it DID NOT work for me. It just made a frustrating clamshell package that much more frustrating.
2. Tip: Mountain Dew mixed with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda makes an easy glowing lantern.
This doesn’t work, unless you break apart a glowstick and dump the toxic contents into the bottle. Here’s the proof.
3. Tip: put dryer sheets in a spray bottle with some rubbing alcohol and fill with warm water to create a fragrant room spray.
According to this pinner, the scent lasts all of about two seconds.
4. Tip: lighting a dandelion on fire gives you a rainbow burst of flames.
Sorry to kill your wishes and dreams, but this is NOT what a dandelion looks like when you light it on fire.
5. Tip: microwave mac ‘n’ cheese in a mug makes a quick and tasty dinner.
OK, I tried this and it was turned into a disgusting amalgamation of liquid cheese and soggy noodles. The noodles don’t meld with the cheese, leaving them limp and flavorless.
6. Tip: spray your nails with cooking spray and they’ll dry instantly.
According to The Cheese Thief, “I actually don’t think the Pam is drying your nails, it seems like it’s just putting a oily coating on the nail polish so if you accidentally brush up against the polish it won’t stick to anything (like lint).” And don’t even try it with glitter nail polish. This other blogger insists it does work, so try at your own risk.
7. Tip: heat up some vanilla extract in a pot to make your home smell great.
According to this pinner, this actually smelled HORRIBLE. You definitely don’t want to risk attempting this before having guests over.
8. Tip: use a rubber band to extract a stripped screw.
The commenters of Reddit disagree: “Man.. this does NOT work. I’ve tried so many times” and “I’ve seen this tip before and I couldn’t get it to work. All it did was tear the rubber band. That’s just my personal experience though.” More angry commenters here.
Try it, but don’t get annoyed when this life hack doesn’t come through for you.
9. Tip: put glowsticks in a balloon and let them float in your pool.
You’ll get a glowing effect, but they won’t be opaque and perfect like the ones shown in this photo. They’ll look like glowsticks in balloons.
10. Tip: mix together water, brown sugar, and yeast to trap mosquitoes.
Apparently the Pinterest community has spoken: “A lot of other pinners complained that when they tried this it didn’t work.”
11. Tip: filling balloons with baking soda and vinegar is a good substitution for helium.
While the balloons will inflate, they won’t float the way they do when filled with helium.
12. Tip: mix cocoa powder with lotion to create self-tanner.
According to Jillee, one coat did nothing. The second coat makes your skin look bizarrely splotchy. Not only that, but the color will rub right off, leaving you looking more diseased than bronzed and glowing.
13. Tip: spray a mixture of brown sugar and water into your hair for a DIY hair straightener.
The truth is that not only does this NOT work, but it also leaves your hair gross and sticky.
14. Tip: baking soda and peroxide will remove the baked-on burnt-on gunk from your pans.
Multiple pinners have conferred that they were left scrubbing for hours.
15. Tip: blow nail polish through a straw to get splatter paint nails.
Certainly not the Jackson Pollock-inspired masterpiece nails you were hoping for.
16. Tip: twisting a lock of hair and flat ironing it will give you beachy waves.
This doesn’t work. According to the original blogger, you must braid the lock of hair first, and even then, you’ll get fairly inconsistent results.
17. Tip: shaving cream and Listerine will remove callouses.
According to this blogger, her crusty foot looked pretty much the same after trying this alleged home remedy.
18. Tip: put Sriracha in a spray bottle for easy application.
It saddens me to say that the spices clog up the sprayer.
19. Tip: paint planters with glow-in-the-dark paint.
While the planters will probably glow, they won’t look like the ones shown in the photo. Rust-Oleum’s response: “This is an extremely creative idea. However, these pots were not painted with Rust-Oleum Specialty Glow In The Dark, but are actual lights that can be placed in outdoor planters to achieve a glow effect. The lights seen in the image above can be found on certified-lighting.com.”
20. Tip: cut off a piece of Magic Eraser and let it float in the toilet. The toilet bowl ring will magically disappear!
According to this blogger, “I did it last night, and FAIL. It didn’t work. After searching a few other pins, some of them are honest and say, ‘You will have to scrub a bit.’”
So put on the rubber gloves, because there really are no shortcuts in life.