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10 Smart Tips That Can Actually Save Your Day

Sometimes, simple things like tons of spam messages, lost luggage, or motion sickness may make our everyday experience a disaster. The routine we usually live in may be annoying and a little difficult. Luckily, there are handy tips that can make our life much easier.

We at Bright Side have collected tips that you can add to your daily routine to make it less stressful and annoying.

1. Use earplugs to manage a motion sickness.

Motion sickness is a reaction that occurs when our brain gets conflicted massages from our sensory receptors, like our eyes and our inner ear, and our muscles. For instance, while driving a car, our eyes and inner ear send messages to our brain that we are moving, but our muscles are relaxed; so, our brain is confused and reacts with motion sickness symptoms.

There are various hacks and tips that you have probably already heard about to avoid motion sickness, like chewing gum or trying to yawn. However, there is a not-so-popular, but still a useful hack. Putting an earplug in one of your ears may help fool your brain and make it ignore the inner ear’s signals. Some people say that it works better if you put an earplug into the ear opposite your dominant hand. So, if you are a right-handed, place the earplug in your left ear, and vice versa.

2. When traveling with someone else, keep some of your clothes in your travel partner’s luggage.

Nearly 25 million bags get lost or misdirected annually. It might not seem like such a big deal if the luggage is returned later, but traveling on your vacation and having to be without your baggage may turn into a disaster.

To avoid any trouble, keep some of your clothes in your travel partner’s bags, and put some of theirs into yours. If one of your bags gets lost, you will still have something to wear.

3. If you want to stargaze, plan the trip during the New Moon phase.

If you look up in the sky at night, you will see that our Moon shines so bright that sometimes it becomes difficult to see part of the sky around it. This happens because the Moon is reflecting the Sun’s light.

When it’s a new moon phase, the Moon itself is barely visible, and each star can be easily identified. So, you can gaze up, searching for Ursa Major and the North Star.

4. Use Scotch tape to prevent blisters.

If you like wearing high heels, you know how annoying it is when your new stunning pair of shoes causes blisters.

Research shows that you can avoid them if you put a little bit of Scotch tape on your shoe around the part that touches your heel. It will reduce friction and prevent blisters.

5. If you want to remove garlic smell from your hands, rub your kitchen faucet.

If you like cooking, you probably know how difficult it is to remove a garlic, onion, or fish smell from your hands — sometimes soap can’t even handle this seemingly simple task.

An unexpected solution is right under your nose — literally. To remove the unpleasant odor, you can rub your hands on stainless steel. The sulfur in the garlic binds with metals in the stainless steel; the reaction between the sulfur and metals quickly removes the odor. Luckily, your kitchen faucet is made of stainless steel. Just wash your hands in cold water, and periodically rub the faucet.

6. Use a ceramic mug to sharpen your knives.

The cooks among us have also experienced irritation when they realize their knife is blunt in the middle of the prepping for a big meal. Of course, not everybody has a sharpening kit at home to fix the problem quickly.

In this case, our favorite coffee mug may help. Almost every ceramic mug has a raw rim around the bottom. Just turn the mug upside down, hold the blade at a 45-degree angle, and move it across the rim. Repeat the process 5-10 times from both sides.

7. How to deal with endless spam messages

Statistic says that 45% of all emails sent are spam. You probably know how annoying it is to get dozens of unnecessary advertisements, and it’s almost impossible to find out how advertisers got your email address.

To find out which webpage leaks your information, just put the website’s title as your middle name while registering. After you get spam, you will know which site to ban or email a complaint to.

8. Soak popcorn in water to avoid un-popped kernels.

Watching an interesting movie with a big box of popcorn sounds like a plan for the weekend. If you prefer to pop the popcorn yourself, you probably found out that some of the kernels stay un-popped.

You may get fewer un-popped kernels if you soak them in water first. Although it’s better to leave the kernels in water overnight, you can soak them at least for 10-15 minutes. The extra moisture will help you pop almost all of the kernels.

9. Use ice cubes to iron your clothes.

If your iron is broken or you need to iron your skirt quickly right after the laundry, you can put several ice cubes into your dryer and turn the dryer on the maximum heat level. The ice will turn to steam and will smooth out all the wrinkles.

Note: Do not overwhelm the dryer with clothes — it will not work this way. This hack may be used to iron one thing at a time.

10. Put a hot spoon on a mosquito bite to reduce the itch.

When a mosquito bites you, it transfers its saliva under your skin and that is what causes the itch.

The heat can destroy the protein the saliva contains. Put a spoon under hot water for a minute, then place it on the bite — it will help you get rid of the itch.

Which hacks have you added to your routine to make it less stressful? Tell us in the comment section below.

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