39 Mind-Blowing Life Hacks And Guides That Are So Easy They Almost Seem Fake

    FYI, you can use a dry-erase marker to remove permanent marker from a dry-erase board.

    Sourced from some really helpful places on Reddit like r/coolguides, r/lifehacks, and this interesting life-hack thread.

    1. You can connect two Ziploc bags by flipping one inside out to make a larger one...voila: a larger storage bag.

    two small ziplocs sealed together with a keyboard inside

    2. Use Windex to get a stuck ring off your finger.

    "If your ring gets stuck on your finger, Windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five-plus years."


    3. This very in depth guide that shows all the different healthy foods that contain these specific vitamins.

    a chart showing different vitamins and all the different types of foods that provide those vitamins

    4. Use a dry erase marker to remove permanent marker from a dry erase board.

    "If you’ve written on a dry erase board (or any glossy surface) with a permanent marker (like a Sharpie), just draw over it with a dry erase marker and it will wipe right off."


    5. This VERY important guide to ratio rules in chocolate chip cookies.

    a chart showing ratios of 1 sugar, 2 fat, 3 flour for basic cookies or 1 to 1 to 1 for chewier cookies and 2 to 2 to 3 for crisper cookies

    6. Put onions in the freezer before chopping to prevent crying.

    "Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning into a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learned this tip from a kid’s science show years ago, and I haven’t had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don’t believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works."


    7. If you need to remove taped paper without tearing the paper, simply PULL the tape to stretch it out.

    A taped paper

    See the full magic trick here:

    r3dl3mon / Via reddit.com

    8. Use a cheese grater for hard butter.

    "Got fridge-hard butter and you want to bake? Cheese grate it. It will still be work if you're hand mixing, but it's better than trying to chop it. Microwaves exist, but it sucks when the butter splits."


    9. This handy little guide that shows you all the different kinds of berries.

    a photo of a red currant, white currant, strawberry, logan berry, boysenberry, silvan berry, raspberry, white alpine berry, young berry, tay berry, marion berry, goose berry, black currant, waldo black berry and josta berry

    10. Use rubbing alcohol to remove chewing gum.

    "I'd go through a 20-layer-deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work."


    11. This interesting (and eye-opening) guide to mattress dimensions and bed sizes:

    a guide showing different mattress sizes in increasing size order including crib, twin, twin XL, full/double, full/double XL, queen, king, california king, wyoming king, and alaska king

    12. Use shaving cream to prevent surfaces from fogging.

    "I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower."


    13. This VERY important guide to help save a dog who's choking,

    heimlich maneuver for dogs put the head face down lifting up the legs like a wheelbarrow, sweep the mouth from side to side to dislodge the object, compress the abdomen by pushing up with a fist, and then apply a sharp blow between their shoulder blades

    14. Use hand sanitizer to un-stink your armpits in a pinch.

    "If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitizer. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions — which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely, though, as it's delicate skin."


    15. If you need to hang something with two hooks, use painter's tape to get exact markings and a level on the wall. Hammer in your nails, and peel away the tape.

    painters tape on the back of an object with the hook holes marked, and then that tape applied to a wall to show where to put the holes to perfectly fit the hook holes on the object

    16. Use makeup remover on deodorant stains.

    "Vixella randomly brought it up while talking to chat on Twitch. My husband has a lot of T-shirts with white/stained armpits, so I gave it a shot. It worked.

    I should probably clarify that I used remover wipes, just a generic store brand pack of 'cleansing towelettes,' on my husband's old antiperspirant-stained T-shirts from his bachelor days. He switched to a non-staining deodorant a while back."


    17. Use garbage bags as a simple method to easily transport all your hanging clothes when you move.

    garbage bags pulled up around a dozen or so hangers with clothes on them

    18. Use Noxzema cream to treat sunburns.

    "As soon as you realize you are burnt, rinse the area with cool water, pat mostly dry, and slather a thick layer of Noxzema on. Don't wash it off, just leave it. Once the cream has dried, you can rinse off and reapply if you want. It works surprisingly well."


    19. This cool guide to light temperature.

    different temperature colors of light from warm white to cool white

    20. Use Dawn to clean your bathroom.

    "Dawn dish soap is better for cleaning tubs than any bathroom cleaner. Consider that when you bathe, you’re mostly washing off body oils/dirt/skin. Dawn is so effective at cleaning oil, it’s used to clean up after oil spills. You can use a small amount, and it cleans pretty effortlessly with circles on a sponge."


    "I keep one of those dish sponges filled with Dawn soap in my shower. Just a quick once over every other day or so. Always clean shower. :)"


    21. This nicely laid out "cousin explainer" tea towel.

    a tea towel that shows a family tree from great grand parent down to grand child with all the levels of cousins nieces, nephews, etc.

    22. Use nail polish remover to get permanent marker off skin.

    "You know, in case someone draws a dick on your face."


    "That's because lots of nail polish remover is acetone based, and that stuff is an amazing solvent."


    23. This helpful guide for water snobs (like me).

    a map of the US showing  arrowhead on the west coast, ozarka in the south, ice mountain in the midwest, deer park in the southeast, and poland sprin gin the northeast

    24. Use a corn chip for kindling if you need to start a fire.

    "All your kindling for a fire is wet, and all you have is matches and snacks, any corn chip will light into a ball of flames."


    25. When traveling abroad, instead of bringing multiple travel adapters, just bring one travel adapter and a power strip that you can use to plug all your stuff into.

    A power strip

    26. Use vinegar to remove calcium and rust buildup.

    "Vinegar in a plastic bag with rubber band tied around any faucet will make the faucet like new. I'm talking decade-old rust and stuff gone...and water flows like the first day. This also works on shower heads. You can unscrew those and leave them in a bowl full of vinegar."


    27. Attach a bubble level to your drill so you can know when you're 90 degrees perpendicular (or plumb) to the ground when drilling vertically.

    A level on a drill

    28. Use oil on your hands after cutting jalapeños or other hot peppers.

    "It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It’s crazy how well this works."


    29. You can put a rubber band around the inside of the pockets of your shorts and never have to worry about your phone or keys when you're out and about or on a run.

    A rubber band on someone's pocket

    30. Use saran wrap to prevent paint can lids from sticking.

    "When putting a paint can lid back on the can, first put down a layer of cling film (saran wrap). This will stop the lid sticking to the can once the paint on the lid has dried."


    31. This simple guide that explains different oceans and sea stuff...which would've been very helpful when I was in school.

    10 tupperwear containers with clay molded into different shapes showing the different bodies of water like strait, archipelago, bay, lagoon, gulf, isthmus, lakes, cape, island, and peninsula

    32. Use a SMALL pinch of salt to fix bitter coffee.

    "If your coffee tastes too bitter, stir in a small pinch of salt."


    "Emphasis on small. My mom once threw in a tablespoon of salt into my cup once because she saw me put salt in my cup a couple of times before. It was gross."


    33. If you don't want to buy a smaller pan just for one recipe, use some foil to make the pan you already have smaller.

    Foil in an oven pan

    34. Use your phone's space bar to fix a typo fast.

    "When you are on your phone and you messed up in the middle of the word, instead of tapping in the middle of the word, just hold your space bar and drag it."


    35. This useful hack for creating "tweezers" in a pinch.

    a person holding 3 dimes together, the one in the middle furthest in, making the other two pince together

    36. "Squeegee" yourself before getting out of the shower.

    "I hesitantly submit squeegeeing yourself off before getting out of the shower. It's so simple I was dubious, but just use your hands to quickly wipe off excess water, and bingo, you're not cold getting out."


    "I do this every time. Also. It allows your towel to actually dry you off without becoming a wet rag."


    37. If you're disassembling something, you can punch your screws thru some cardboard and label the sets. This will help you retain your hardware and remember placement and order of reassembly.

    Bolts and functions on a cardboard piece

    38. Use Dawn to clean poop stains.

    "Dawn has rescued so many baby and toddler clothes in my house."


    39. Finally, this T-shirt that does a nice job explaining these small (but big) differences.

    a t shirt that says their with a person in the i, there with the r incorporating an arrow, and theyre with an a where the apostrophe would be