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14 “Manly” Hacks That Would Do Any Gender Justice

In this day and age where gender lines are blurred, both men and women strive to be competent and effective. Yet according to a survey conducted in Pittsburgh, more than 40% of men, and supposedly even more women, can’t do anything around the house. It’s high time to change things! Here are 14 hacks that may seem “manly” at first glance, but can actually be very useful for either gender.

We at Bright Side have collected a list of life hacks for you to help you be prepared for almost everything that life has in store.

1. Fix a punctured football with an egg.

If the internal rubber bladder of your ball has a minor hole, it can be easily fixed with the help of an egg white, a syringe, and a spare pump needle. Fill your syringe with the egg white and insert some of it into the ball through the pump needle attached to the syringe. Roll the ball to ensure even distribution. Leave the ball for 12-24 hours to dry.

2. Improve your drilling skills.

You need to cut a clean hole in some material, but the hole saw is missing? You can make your own saw hole using three bolts, a coupling plate, and the instructions provided in this video. If you are creative enough, you can use your drill to screw, peel, mix, clean, and sharpen pencils just by changing the drill heads.

3. Unscrew a broken light bulb with a potato.

If your light bulb goes out while you were replacing one, there is no need to panic. Before taking action, put on protective gloves and check that the light is switched off. Round the end of the potato with a knife, jam it into the socket, and turn the bulb counterclockwise until the broken glass is embedded into the potato.

4. Fold a T-shirt in a couple of seconds.

With the “pinch and fold” technique you can fold a T-shirt in less than 3 seconds with a bit of practice and a flat surface. Find the halfway point between the top and bottom of the shirt, pinch the shirt at this point, swing your left arm under your right, and pinch the bottom of the shirt. Lift the shirt while uncrossing your arms, and tuck the left sleeve under the shirt.

It may sound a bit complicated, but there are plenty of videos that will show you how to do it.

5. Shaving cream prevents windows from fogging up.

Put a small amount of shaving cream onto a part of the mirror you want to keep clear. Then, take a clean paper towel and use it to wipe the mirror completely dry. The same trick will work with shampoo, toothpaste, and laundry detergent.

6. Safely hammer a nail with the help of a clothes pin.

To protect your fingers, simply hold the nail with a wooden clothes pin. Clamp the nail with the pin so that the tip of the nail sticks out from the side that’s up against the surface. This is a great way to keep your fingers safe!

7. “Sometimes-always-never” rule for jacket buttons.

It is sometimes appropriate to have the top button of your jacket to be buttoned along with the middle one, it is always appropriate to have the middle button buttoned, but you should never button the last button.

8. Walnuts can get rid of scratches on wood.

Rub a walnut (or an almond) along any small scratches in your wood furniture. Your finger will warm up the nut’s oil and help it soak into the wood. If you’ve got a scratch on dark wood, use coffee grounds instead.

9. Use a coffee mug to sharpen your knife.

Most ceramic cups have an unglazed rim around the bottom, which is perfect for sharpening a knife if you don’t have a proper sharpener. All you need to do is to place the knife blade against the rough bottom of the cup and slide it back and forth.

10. Put on your deodorant at night before going to bed.

It takes time for your antiperspirant to start functioning. After this process happens, good antiperspirants and deodorants usually last 24 to 48 hours. If you apply your deodorant in the morning, there is a chance that you’ll sweat off your antiperspirant before it even has time to start working properly.

11. Use toothpaste to clear up hazy car headlights.

To clean the surface of your headlights, rub them with a toothpaste-laden cloth in small circles. When needed, add more water and toothpaste, rinse, and allow the surface to dry. Expect to spend about 5 minutes on each headlight.

12. Bend a Post-it note to catch dust when drilling.

When drilling in drywall, fold a Post-it and stick it underneath the drill. The Post-it will catch the dust and when you’re done, all you’ll need to do is just peel it off the wall and throw it away.

13. Use a TV USB plug to charge your phone.

Very often when you travel and stay at the hotels, there are not enough outlets to charge all of your equipment. A simple solution is to use the USB plug available on all modern TVs.

14. Use toothpase to clean your dirty sneakers.

You can clean your used-to-be-white sneakers with a little bit of toothpaste and an old toothbrush. After you have applied the toothpaste to the shoes, let it sit for ten minutes. Then, wipe the toothpaste off with a damp towel.

Do you have your own hacks that made your life easier? Share them with us in the comments.

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