13 Asian Hacks That Are Worth Adopting
Without knowing it, we sometimes use tricks that came to us from Asia. For example, when we put a wet cell phone in a bag of rice or use tea bags to refresh shoes.
Bright Side decided to share some simple and effective life hacks and collected 13 tricks from residents of Asian countries which will certainly be useful to you.
Eat chips with chopsticks to keep your hands clean.
If you can eat with chopsticks, you can use them for chips and any other food that dirties your hands and has a smell which isn't so easy to get rid of.
Lemon juice and salt keep sliced apples from browning.
This tip will come in handy for those who love making apple pies, fruit salads, or taking apple slices to work as a snack. Squeeze lemon onto sliced apples, sprinkle with a little salt, and you won't have to worry about their color.
Bathroom steam will get wrinkles out of your clothes without an iron.
This is convenient when you don't have enough time to iron your clothes in the morning or if you stay at a hotel without an iron. If you hang your clothes in the bathroom and leave them there while taking a shower, the steam will dewrinkle them.
Tea leaves remove smells from the fridge.
An unpleasant odor in the fridge is a common thing, especially if you store dishes like kimchi. In this case, Asian bloggers advise you not to throw out the tea leaves you've already used. Instead, dry them and put them in the fridge so they absorb all the unpleasant smells.
Rice will replace paper glue.
If you've suddenly run out of paper glue, boiled sticky rice will replace it perfectly. By the way, rice glue is widely used for making traditional Japanese paper crafts. You can find its recipe here.
Several rice grains will remove excess moisture from seasonings.
If salt, pepper, and other seasonings get damp quickly and it becomes impossible to get them out of the shaker, put several rice grains inside. It absorbs excess moisture and prevents lumps.
Soy sauce will relieve pain from slight burns.
Few people know this, but soy sauce relieves pain and eliminates redness in the case of small burns - for example, drops of hot oil from a frying pan.
Eucalyptus oil is a universal remedy for sickness.
This oil is appreciated in Eastern countries for a reason: it helps with colds, heartburn (in this case it's applied to the stomach area and slightly rubbed in), headaches, toothache, muscle pains, insect bites, and many other cases.
Rice compresses will relieve back and neck pain.
Such compresses are used in most Eastern families to relieve neck and back pain or as a hand warmer. They're quite simple to make: fill an old sock with rice (you can also add a couple of drops of any essential oil), tie it or sew it up, and then put it into the microwave for 40 seconds.
An "air conditioner" made from ice bottles and a fan.
Not every resident of Asian countries has air conditioning at home, so a hot climate makes them improvise. One of the most common ways to cool down is to attach bottles with ice or cold water to a fan.
A trick that will let you know if a pair of jeans fits you without putting them on.
In China, Vietnam, and other Asian countries there are stores where you can buy clothes but cannot try them on because there are no fitting rooms available. Of course, the size should be indicated on the clothing, but we all know that different manufacturers have different ideas about sizes. Fortunately, we can check pants and jeans without putting them on. Simply wrap the waistband of buttoned jeans around your neck, and if the ends meet, they will fit you. It's believed that a person's neck girth is equal to half of their waist girth, and the wrist is half the neck's girth.
Newspapers instead of wipes to wash windows.
This is a good way to save money on buying special cleaning wipes for windows because newspapers don't concede anything to them. Newspaper has abrasive properties, but it doesn't leave scratches on the glass. Your windows will shine!
Wastebaskets from leftover papers.
One more way of using waste paper at home, offered by Asian bloggers: turn unnecessary paper into small trash baskets. You'll learn how to make them from this video.