Some people think that laziness is all bad. However, that is not always the case, especially when it makes you more inventive around the house. Sometimes, when you are too lazy to do things like cooking and cleaning the normal way, you do everything possible to come up with easier ways to get those annoying errands done. This leads to a whole array of new "inventions", DIY creations, and general life hacks. So get ready to fill your mind with a whole slew of interesting life hacks that will possibly make your life a lot easier.
The Easiest Way to Rinse Your Potatoes
It is probably quite rare that you will ever be in a position where you have to rinse a large quantity of potatoes. But maybe you are having a big family meal or a make food from potatoes and are looking for a way to cut down on the scrubbing or peeling time. In that case, you can consider putting all the potatoes in the dishwasher and running the cycle on rinse.
It should only take about 10-15 minutes and then you will be able to have all of your potatoes clean and ready to cut and boil or cook.
Hack for Watching a Movie While Lying Down
Have you ever wanted to watch a movie while lying on your back? You tried to think of ways that you could do this, but they all resulted in your neck being strained and becoming very uncomfortable. This kid seems to have come up with one of the best hacks to avoid this. All you have to do is get a glass surface, maybe a small table, and put your device on top of it.
You will be able to see everything on the screen and you won't have to twist and turn your head into uncomfortable positions. Although you might have limited mobility in your arms, it'll be worth it!
When You Don't Have a Round Pizza Pan
Have you ever been in a predicament where you are wanting to cook or heat a pizza, but you do not have the proper pan to do so? Not everyone has a circular pizza pan that they can use whenever they want to cook pizza. Instead of feeling hopeless and confused, try this trick. Cut the pizza in half and place it in a position like this. You'll see that it will allow you to fit a lot more pizza in a small space.
Before you didn't even think that you could fit one pizza on the pan, but when you cut and place it the right way, you can actually fit two whole pizzas.
When You Really Need to Shave but Lost the Handle
So this is a hack that should really only be considered if you are desperate and in a pinch. After all, there are blades involved and you don't want to take too many risks. This person found themselves without the handle of their razor and they decided to get creative. Instead of getting a new handle, they decided to attach the blade to a pair of pliers. Technically, it does work.
Although this does work, it probably is not the most comfortable or convenient. You will be stuck trying to maneuver the blade all around and it will probably be quite the challenge.
The Easiest Christmas Tree Ever Created
Not everyone enjoys the Christmas holiday. After all, it does come with a lot of work and effort. You have to bring a tree into your home, decorate it, and put lights up all over your house and yard. For many people, that is just way too much effort. If you are one of those people, this DIY Christmas tree is perfect for you. All you need are some Christmas lights and some nails.
It is, in the most basic sense of the world, still a Christmas tree. And it does have decorations, even though the decorations are actually the tree. Seems like an overall win-win!
Using Floss to Cut a Cake
Cutting a cake isn't always an easy task. It can be messy and, depending on the knife that you have, it can be a complete disaster. If you are ever missing the proper knife, or you don't have a knife at all, there is a simple and useful hack that can save the day. Grab a long piece of dental floss and slice the cake with it. You'll be surprised how smoothly this cuts.
The added bonus of this hack is that you don't have to clean the knife at the end. Fewer dishes! You just have to throw away the piece of floss and you're good to go.
How to Eat Cereal in Takeaway
Have you ever wanted to take a bowl of cereal with you in the car on your way to work or on the bus or train? You probably considered it but didn't know how to make it happen. After all, you don't want to have to carry around a bowl with you everywhere after you are done eating. So here is the best hack for you. You can make a cereal "bowl" out of aluminum foil.
That way, when you are done the cereal, all you have to do is throw the aluminum away and you are good to go!
A Disposable Plate DIY Hack
Continuing on the theme of fewer dishes, there are some more hacks for those who think that dish washing is the bane of their existence. Instead of getting a dishwasher, you can try out this hack instead. Cover your plates or bowls with plastic wrap before you eat. When you are done, all you have to do is throw away the plastic wrap and you're good to go. No dishes to clean.
This may work very well if you're in a pinch without a dishwasher, soap, or disposable plates, but you may not be in luck if you are eating something that is hot.
The Surefire Way to Avoid Ironing
As much as some people don't like to do their laundry, having to iron the clothes when they are done tends to be even worse. You think you're done with the duty of clothes washing, only it is even more depressing when you see your fresh clothes covered in wrinkles. Next time, instead of immediately pulling out the ironing board, try this hack of re-drying with a damp towel instead.
But by doing another cycle of drying, you can eliminate many of the wrinkles. The damp towel or washcloth helps to steam the clothes into wrinkle-less life.
DIY Hack for Cleaning Small Places With a Lint Roller
Most people are familiar with the lint roller. It is a very useful item that helps to keep clothes and fabrics fresh and clean. Have unwanted dog hair lying around? Pull out the lint roller and you will be good to go. However, that same lint roller can also come in handy for things other than clothing. If you want to clean some hard to reach places, the sticky papers will do the trick.
Of course a small hand vacuum would probably work better, but not everyone has one of those lying around the house. So, if you do not, try a lint roller to reach those tricky corners.
Turn the Screen to Fit Your Head Position
It really is strange sometimes that people assume that the screen has to be perfectly straight when you are watching something. Although, with TVs, you don't really have the option to tilt or move it around, if you are watching something on a computer screen, you can. Why strain your neck when you can just tilt the screen and you will be good to go? Let the screen do all the hard work.
This hack will make your movie watching experience significantly more pleasant. Instead of being in pain at the end of the night, you will be comfortable and happy.
The Solution to Beard Shaving Woes
Just about every woman who lives with a man will complain, at one point or another, about the beard trimmings that make a mess whenever the man shaves. It is nearly impossible to clean them up and it seems like they appear weeks after the shaving took place, in every little crevice. There is a simple solution for this....the man cape. You can buy a premade one or create a DIY one from a sheet or a towel.
It will keep all the trimmings in one place so that you can easily dispose of them when you are done shaving. Everyone will leave happy with this.
Use a Sticky Note to Clean Your Keyboard
Even though the majority of people in the world use technology like a keyboard on a regular basis, no one is really quite sure how to clean it. Of course you can do the surface clean with a wet wipe to get the dirt off of the top surface, but how do you get the little dust and crumbs out of the crevices? No one wants to take apart the entire keyboard.
The easiest way to do this is to get a sticky note. Using the side with the stickiness, you can slide in the crevices of your keyboard and it will pick up all the dust and crumbs.
Life Hack for Mashing Potatoes
This may not be a particularly lazy hack, as it actually involves a lot more work than if it were to be done the normal way. However, it is a hack all the same. If you are ever in a pinch and you need to mask some potatoes, if you don't have a masher or a fork, you can use a sieve and a spoon and just push it through for the "mashed" effect.
You have to make sure to cook the potatoes very thoroughly if you are using this hack. Otherwise, you'll never be able to get them to pass through the sieve.
The Simplest Way to Make Homemade Caramel
Having caramel, or dulce to leche, around the house may be something that people strive to achieve. If they don't want to go out and buy a whole can of caramel, they can always make their own very easily. All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk and some boiling water. Put it all together in a pot and you'll soon have a full container of delicious caramel.
Look up an exact recipe for this before you go and try it just to make sure that you're doing it right. But the results will be delicious if done right!
A Tennis Ball for Many Different Purposes
Most people think that tennis balls serve just a few purposes. They can be used, obviously, to play tennis. But they can also be used on the bottom of a walker or as a doy toy. But you probably never thought of them for this purpose. They can be used to hold and hang things, all with a cute face. All you need is to slice a line across the center of the ball and voila.
This is not only functional but also inexpensive and cute. If you add on some eyes, it makes for an every quirkier and fun decoration.
The Best Use for a Carabiner
Who would have thought that a carabiner (also known as a climbing clip) could come in so handy? If you ever wondered if there was an easier way to carry all your grocery bags inside without having to take multiple trips, you are in luck if you have a carabiner. You can just attach all the bags to the clip and carry them in one fell swoop. Easy peasy.
It also reduces the risk of the bags breaking in the process and it frees your hands to open the door or carry other things at the same time.
Make Your Own Personal Plane Screen
Airplane rides can be quite an exhausting experience, especially if you are flying with a budget airline. The conditions are not ideal, the seats are small, you have no leg room, and you don't have an actual screen of your own. Don't worry, though, because there is a hack at least for the last part on the list. If you want your own personal screen, you can bring a small baggie that fits your phone and hang it from the tray.
It might not offer the best views as your screen is covered in plastic, but it is better than having to hold the phone the entire time that you are watching a show.
A Zen Garden in Your Bathtub
This is a rather specific hack for those who are looking to create a garden indoors that they do not have to water often. If you happen to have a bathtub that is not in use, you can fill it with plants and then create a garden that you don't have to maintain very much. All you have to do is shower and let the steam do its work in watering the plants.
The biggest downside to this is that you have to be willing to lose your bathtub in this process as it will become your garden instead.
Use Cardboard Boxes to Keep Classrooms Clean
What is an easy and inexpensive way to keep things clean around the house or the classroom? A cardboard box is definitely the answer. As they can be found for free, you can't complain especially when you learn how useful they can be. If you want to keep pencil shavings to a minimum, then you can put a box underneath the pencil sharpener in your classroom and let it collect all the shavings.
Once a day you can empty out the shavings, or even once a week or a month depending on the size of the box. It's easy, simple, and keeps things tidy.
When You Are Too Lazy to Walk While Walking the Dog
Some people get a dog so that they will be forced to exercise more regularly. Some people then regret that decision and want to come up with a solution to minimize their need to walk as much, while still making sure the dog exercises. Enter the golf cart dog walking system. You can sit in the golf cart while the dog walks next to you. Minimal effort from you, maximum for the dog.
This is also great if you have any sort of injury that prevents you from walking properly or quickly. Your dog can still run and exercise and you can still sit and recover.
A Built in Snack Bowl
Sometimes you are stuck working for endless long hours. Whether it is in front of a computer or with your books, you will most likely want a snack. If you don't want to dirty a bowl or if you want the snacks to be even closer to you, consider this sweatshirt bowl hack. You can fill it with popcorn or whatever other snack that your heart desires. It is easily accessible and convenient.
All you have to do is wear your sweatshirt (obviously one with a hood) backward and then you are good to go. It's as simple as that!
Make Your Own Rooftop TV
Not everyone has a whole set up in their house that allows them to watch TV easily. Many people want to watch TV from the comfort of their bed and they don't want to go into the living room or sitting room to watch it on the sofa. If you are willing to risk it all, there is a simple hack that can help you do this and all you need is two hangers.
All you have to do is place your screen (the tablet or the laptop) between two hangers and have it come down from the top of the bed. This would work exceptionally well if you're in the bottom bunk!
Coca-Cola Actually Makes a Great Cleaner
It may seem counterintuitive to use Coca-Cola as a cleaning product, but if you are in a pinch it can actually come in quite handy. The ingredients can be abrasive and help you to clean certain items, especially a toilet bowl in a pinch. All you have to do is heat up the coco-cola, pour it into the toilet bowl, and let it sit overnight. The next morning, after a flush, it'll be as good as new.
There is a rumor that Coca-Cola and other sodas were actually originally created as cleaning supplies. Whether or not that is true, this hack is probably making you a little suspicious.
Any Flavor of Ice Cream Is at Your Fingertips
Ice cream cravings are serious. It is pretty sad if you are really hoping to have a certain flavor of ice cream but just can't find it anywhere. Maybe all the stores are closed or they are just out of stock...or you want to concoct something new entirely. Either way, you're in luck with this hack. All you have to do is have some vanilla ice cream on hand and you can create a whole plethora of flavors.
If you want mint chocolate chip ice cream, you just need some vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, and mint extract. It's as simple as that!
Improving Bath Time for Your Dog
Bath time can be quite a challenge if you have a dog that does not particularly like the water. You may be left with a wet creature struggling with all of its might to resist the waters of the bath and to jump out at every given moment. Want to make that process a little bit easier? Consider taking a shower with your dog instead. Put on a bathing suit and let the shower water cover both of you at the same time.
The act of being in the shower with the dog might make them feel more comfortable as well and put up less resistance.
The Lazy Hack for Washing Your Sheets
Are you one of those people who hates to put on a fitted sheet with all of their might? Or maybe you hate to put a fresh duvet cover on your bed. But you love to have fresh sheets. You might be in a bit of a predicament if that is the case. However, this hack could come in handy. You can consider vacuuming your sheets and then spraying them with antibacterial spray.
It may be a bit more of a hassle than just washing the sheets, but perhaps this is something to consider if you really don't have time to wash and change the sheets.
An Interesting Way to Use Receipts
Now this may not be the best hack in general, but if you are really too lazy to wash your sheets, this could be for you. If they are wet or smelly, you can place old receipts on the sheets and see how they will absorb the liquids and the odors. It's a slightly strange hack that doesn't make the most sense, but people who hate washing their sheets swear by it!
The real question here is who has that many receipts lying around their house? You would need a lot of receipts to cover an entire bed.
The Simplest Way to Clean a Blender
Many people think that cleaning a blender is one of the most difficult and inconvenient things to do. Some people even avoid using the blender because they don't want to risk their fingers every time they need to wash it. Enter the best hack for a blender in existence. If you want to clean your blender, just fill it with water and some soap and start to "blend" the ingredients"
This will ensure that the blender is as clean as possible while also keeping your fingers very safe from potential harm. It's an overall win-win and perhaps the best hack on the list.
The Many Different Purposes on Baby Powder
Baby powder has been around for a long time, and it is not just used for babies. Even though the name suggests that it should be used for that purpose only, the powder is actually very multi-purposed. It is great for getting rid of odors in smelly items like shoes. You can use it to prevent odors and also to get rid of existing odors. All you need to do is sprinkle a little inside your shoe.
Baby powder is also great for removing oil stains. Before rinsing with water, all you have to do is put some baby powder on the stain and you'll be shocked to see how quickly it pulls it out.
A Portable Phone Stand Out of Newspaper
It seems like plane hacks are quite prevalent on this list. After all, if you are flying a budget airline, you are probably going to need quite a few hacks to make the experience more pleasant. This person did not want to have to hold their phone while they watched a movie during their flight. Instead of just accepting defeat, they created a hanging newspaper phone holder and attached it to the seat in front of them.
The person next to him should have done the same thing once he saw the amazing plan, however, maybe they did not have the newspaper to do it.
The Best Way to Explain That You're an Introvert
Some people are not the biggest fans of social interactions. They find them stressful and overwhelming. And having to explain that to others makes for an even more stressful experience...usually. That is unless they have a doormat like this one which does the talking for them. This person wants to make it very clear that they are not interested in having more conversations with whoever is at their door.
This would make a great gift for your friends who are very introverted. That way they don't even have to go out to the store to get it for themselves.
DIY Simple and Easy Trash Cans
Who couldn't use a few extra trash cans around the house? If you are hosting a party or a big event, they can really come in quite handy. However, you probably don't want to go out and buy a bunch of trashcans. The simple way to avoid this and still get trash cans is by flipping some bar stools upside down and attaching a trash bag to them, securing it.
This will give you an almost endless supply of "trash cans" without ever having to go out and buy new ones. It is a simple and inexpensive way to host a party.
Make Your Own Speakers From a Plastic Cup
In this day and age, if you don't own speakers, you probably think that there is no way to have your music volume turned up louder. However, that is not the case. You can actually create your own speaker system with just the use of a cup that is cut in half. You place it over the speakers of your device and it will amplify the sound very well.
This is simple and easy to do if you have a computer and you want to hear the music a bit louder. It is also much less expensive than buying new speakers.
The Hack to Make Your Clothes Last Longer
Most people probably don't pay that much attention to the temperature settings on their washing machine when they start a new load of laundry. However, if you want your clothes to last longer, consider using a cold setting when you wash your clothes. This will preserve your clothes even up to a few years longer than if you always wash them with hot water. It is especially great for delicate pieces.
The added benefit of this is that it also saves energy. You are making sure your clothes last a long time and also saving energy at the same time!
The Tip to Get the Perfect French Tip
If you are looking to give yourself a beautiful French manicure and you want that sharp white tip across the top of your nail, you may be having a hard time doing so. You might have managed to figure it out with your dominant hand, but when you switch to the other side you are doomed. If this is you and you want a tip to get the perfect French tip, all you need is a rubber band.
The rubber band will keep you inside the lines and you will be able to create consistent and perfect French tips on all of your nails (on both hands!)
Wine That Cleans Wine
Spilling red wine on a surface is perhaps one of the saddest things to occur in an evening. Not only did you lose a portion of the wine, but you also now have to deal with a stain on one of your items. Whether it's on the carpeting, the rug, the sofa, or clothing, there is actually a solution if this happens to you...and all you need is some more wine.
A little bit of white wine can actually help to remove the stain of the red wine. The enzymes neutralize the stains and help to pull them out and make the removal process easier.
What to Do With Corded Headphones
Although the days of corded headphones are in the past (at least for now), there are still some people who have not transferred over to the Bluetooth headphones that dominate the market now. If you are still using corded headphones than you probably know how frustrating it can be to deal with the cord. So what is an easy solution? Wrap them around a clothespin so that it will stay smooth and easy when you unravel it.
No one wants to deal with all the knots that can evolve from a set of headphones that was just shoved into your bag or pocket after use.
The Easy Way to Avoid the Pink Tax
Although it is agreed upon that it is wrong that there is such a thing as The Pink Tax (the fact that women's products often cost more than men's products even though they are exactly the same), there is something that you can do about it until this is made illegal officially. All you have to do is buy the male version instead of the female version and pay a lower price as a result.
This is often the case with things like razor blades. Women's razor blades can be much more expensive than the male version, even though they are the exact same thing in a different color.
Another DIY Cereal Bowl
In case you didn't like the idea of using aluminum foil, or maybe you don't have any around the house, here is another idea for you that will enable you to eat cereal on the go. All you need is a plastic bag and you can fill that with your cereal and milk and carry it with you anywhere. This one might even be a bit better than the aluminum foil hack!
You can use a ziplock bag or any snack bag for this. And then all you have to do is throw it away when you're done.