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20 Effective Life Hacks for All Occasions

Household tricks are invented to make our lives easier. They are proven by the experience of many people and are guaranteed to work, saving us time and effort.

Today Bright Side shares with you 20 tricks that you can put to good use in your home.

20. Chalk to absorb odors

Hang a small bag of chalk in your closet, and your clothes will never have an unpleasant smell. Chalk is excellent at absorbing moisture and odors.

19. Simple vacuum sealing

Food stays fresh longer in vacuum packaging than just in the fridge. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, there’s a simple way to do without it. Put a bag with your ingredient in a big bowl of water. The pressure from the liquid will push the air out of the bag, and you will only need to close or tie it.

18. Cocktail straws for a bouquet

A bouquet looks more attractive if the flowers stand straight and don’t fall apart every which way. Put the soft stalks of flowers into drinking straws, and the problem is solved.

17. A can opener to open clamshell packaging

Everyone must have dealt with unopenable "clamshell" packaging, which is securely sealed from all sides. For this occasion, we have the following hack: just take a rotary can opener, and you’ll have the item unpackaged without breaking a sweat.

16. A towel to speed up drying

To make your clothes dry more quickly, put a dry towel among the wet things in the drum, then turn on the spin mode.

15. An ice pack that won’t drip

Soak a sponge with water, put it in a sealed bag, and then put it in the freezer. You’ll get a durable ice pack that won’t drip everywhere when it melts.

14. Coffee grounds for soil

For all the coffee lovers out there! Coffee grounds can make an excellent fertilizer. Add some to the soil in your garden, and you can forget about parasites.

13. Makeup remover for stains

Makeup remover lotion can remove makeup not only from your face but also from your clothes: it can help you get rid of foundation, lipstick, and mascara stains. If you dye your hair at home, this product can remove the dye from your skin.

12. A fitted sheet for a beach vacation

Take a fitted sheet, fix the edges with bags or other suitable items, and you’ll have a comfortable zone to relax in without any sand getting in.

11. Conditioner to wash brushes

Add some conditioner into water, rinse a brush in it, and let it dry naturally. The brush will become much softer.

10. A bottle sprinkler

Anyone can make this sprinkler at home quickly and easily. You will only need an ordinary plastic bottle and a hose.

9. Green tea for plants

A weak green tea solution can be used to water plants every 4 weeks. 2 or 3 tea bags for 10 liters (2.6 US gal) of water will suffice.

8. WD-40 for stains on wood

Coffee or tea stains on any wooden surfaces won’t be a problem if you wipe them with a cloth moistened with WD-40.

7. Lip balm to heal cuts

If you immediately dab a small cut with a thin layer of lip balm, it will stop bleeding and close up quickly.

6. Eco-Cooler

Residents of a small Bangladeshi village have invented a simple way to save themselves from enervating heat. The technology doesn’t consume energy and uses plastic bottles.

5. Depilation cream for foot care

Depilation cream is perfect for softening rough heel skin. It will also come in useful during a manicure: it’s good for softening cuticles.

4. Paper to absorb odors

Plastic food containers have pores, so they often retain smells even after washing. Keep a crumpled newspaper sheet inside so that it can absorb odors. Wash the container again before using it.

3. Homemade home theatre

Do your hands start to ache when you watch movies on your smartphone? There is an ingenious way to do it hands-free. Take a cardboard box, self-drilling screws or thumbtacks, 2 rubber bands, and a smartphone. Put it onto the center of the box, circle its outlines, and cut out a hole. Glue the extra pieces of cardboard inside the box so that the smartphone doesn’t fall in. Next, pin the thumbtacks along the edges of the box, and fasten the smartphone (or tablet) with the bands. The only thing left is to cut out a hole for your neck, and you can enjoy your newly made home theatre.

2. Foil for a touchscreen

Surprisingly, touchscreens react to foil. If you wrap a pencil with foil, you can get a handmade stylus. If you don’t have sensor gloves, wrap your finger with foil, and use your smartphone wearing regular gloves.

1. Easily find the key you need

If you have a bunch of keys and you can’t readily find the one you use most often, there is a simple way to literally make it stick out. Take the key, and drill a hole in it next to the existing one. Then put the key back on the ring through the new hole. This will make the key jut out at an angle different from the others, enabling you to easily find it.

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