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18 Hacks To Save You Time

Giving you more time for the sunshine!

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1. Open pesky clamshell packaging with a tin opener.

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Instead of hacking away with scissors, use a regular tin opener around the edges to easily separate the plastic.

2. Cool your drinks in double-quick time.

Putting your drinks in the freezer is okay, but you'll still need to be patient if you want to serve them iced cold. To speed the process up, wrap your bottles in a wet paper towel. This will help transfer heat energy out more quickly and cut your waiting time in half.
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Putting your drinks in the freezer is okay, but you'll still need to be patient if you want to serve them iced cold. To speed the process up, wrap your bottles in a wet paper towel. This will help transfer heat energy out more quickly and cut your waiting time in half.

3. Use ice cream cones to serve fruit salad.

Fruit salad can be messy at the best of times. Cut out the hassle and the washing up by serving them in wafer cones!
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Fruit salad can be messy at the best of times. Cut out the hassle and the washing up by serving them in wafer cones!

4. Here's a fuss-free way to put on a swimming cap.

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To avoid the tug and pull of trying to put on a swimming cap onto dry hair, ask a friend to try this nifty trick. It actually works!

5. Fill your cooler with ice, water, AND salt.

Ice is the coldest, but thick cubes won't be able to chill the whole bottle like water can. The real trick here is to add salt, which lowers the freezing point of water and can turn room-temperature drinks cold super quick.
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Ice is the coldest, but thick cubes won't be able to chill the whole bottle like water can. The real trick here is to add salt, which lowers the freezing point of water and can turn room-temperature drinks cold super quick.

6. Foil's all you need to clean your grill and go again.

To save time and hassle, when you've finished and the grill has been switched off to cool, place a sheet of foil over the racks, tuck down the edges, and close the lid. Leave it for 10-15 minutes until the heat has died down. Then remove the foil, bunch it into a ball, and use it to quickly scrub down the racks to get ride of any excess food. A quick wipe with a wet sponge and you're done!
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To save time and hassle, when you've finished and the grill has been switched off to cool, place a sheet of foil over the racks, tuck down the edges, and close the lid. Leave it for 10-15 minutes until the heat has died down.

Then remove the foil, bunch it into a ball, and use it to quickly scrub down the racks to get ride of any excess food. A quick wipe with a wet sponge and you're done!

7. Use talcum powder to de-sand yourself after a trip to the beach.

Talcum powder removes all the moisture from your skin, giving the sand nothing to stick to and leaving it free to simply fall away.
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Talcum powder removes all the moisture from your skin, giving the sand nothing to stick to and leaving it free to simply fall away.

8. Cut to the chase when peeling oranges.

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If you want your orange right this second, cut around its equator with a knife, making sure you go deep enough, then simply pull away the peel. Voila!

9. Serve strawberries with a straw.

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Ever feel like you spend more time picking bits off strawberries than you do actually eating them? Save yourself the fuss by using a straw to simply poke through and push out the stems.

10. Unclog a blocked sink in seconds.

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Fill the basin to a shallow level, add half a cup of baking soda, then a full cup of vinegar. Wait until it stops foaming, rinse, and then you're done!

11. Put ice cubes in the dryer to steam out the creases.

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The extra moisture from the cubes helps removes the wrinkles, while still ensuring your clothes dry at the same time.

12. Sellotape your hand to create a makeshift lint roller.

Wrap the tape around your hand with the sticky side facing outwards, then pat down your clothes to quickly and easily remove any lint, fluff, or animal hair.
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Wrap the tape around your hand with the sticky side facing outwards, then pat down your clothes to quickly and easily remove any lint, fluff, or animal hair.

13. Put a bar of soap in your laundry bag when travelling.

Don't let your dirty clothes stink up the rest of your nice, fresh threads. Hotel bar soap works perfectly!
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Don't let your dirty clothes stink up the rest of your nice, fresh threads. Hotel bar soap works perfectly!

14. Use a carabiner clip to carry all your shopping in one go.

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You don't need to be a hero here. A simple carabiner clip makes carrying five or six bags a doddle, saving you multiple trips.

15. Store chargers and power leads in a sunglasses case.

Save your self the hassle of rooting around in your bag or getting your leads tied in knots by making use of an old sunglasses case.
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Save your self the hassle of rooting around in your bag or getting your leads tied in knots by making use of an old sunglasses case.

16. Learn how to fold a shirt in two seconds.

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Don't worry, it's not as difficult as it looks!

17. Use a trouser hanger to hold open your cookbook.

If you're using a new recipe, try hanging it from a cupboard using a clothes hangar. It'll keep it open on the right page, and you won't have to worry about getting flour everywhere...
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If you're using a new recipe, try hanging it from a cupboard using a clothes hangar. It'll keep it open on the right page, and you won't have to worry about getting flour everywhere...

18. Use your brain muscles to open a stiff jar.

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Rather than risk looking silly, you can use duct tape to open any stiff jar in a flash. Firstly, wrap the tape around roughly a quarter of the jar. Then, fold the first few inches over the lid, fold the rest of the tape in two to strengthen it, and then give it a pull.

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