We know there are a million life hacks out there swimming in the realm of the glorious internet, but how many of them are actually really ingenious and helpful?
If you don't already know, life hacks are strategies and techniques that help you manage things more efficiently and effectively. Some are insanely genius!
We at GET.com are more than happy to do the work for you and suss out amazing hacks that everyone will gladly appreciate.
Here are 21 clever hacks we think everyone should be well aware of. Enjoy!
1. Prolong Your Banana's Freshness
How do you slow down the ripening process of bananas? Chuck them in the fridge, of course! I tried this with a banana when it was still greenish yellow as I like bananas best when they're firm and slightly more tart. The skin may turn brown but the banana itself is still going to be maintained approximately the way it was when you put it into the fridge.
2. Remove Strawberry Stems In A Jiffy
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This hack is especially useful if you want to completely remove the stems from strawberries without getting them mushed up and icky.
3. Keep Your Hands Smelling Fresh While Eating Durian
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You can have your durian and eat it too without getting your hands stinky by just using a good old fork and spoon. I do that each time I eat durian and I'm not ashamed to tell the world! Durian aficionados may argue how this method of eating loses the very essence of eating durian, but it's such a time saver! Bid goodbye to scrubbing your hands 741847193719 times with scented soaps.
4. Up Your Photography Game With Your Sunglasses
Want an instant filter to make your photographs more interesting on the go? Position your camera lens really carefully behind your sunglasses! Frame your picture as you like and snap away. Easy peasy. This impromptu idea popped up in my head when I was at Angkor Wat a couple of years ago. The above unretouched image was taken by yours truly using this method.
5. Film Things Faraway With The Help Of A Pair Of Binoculars
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Who knew that you don't need expensive, fancy zoom lenses to film things? All you need is a pair of binoculars and your smart phone. Consider it done by just positioning the binoculars in front of your phone's camera.
6. Shush Your Jingling Shoes With Regular Tape
What do you do when your shoes jingle with each step you take in your quiet office? You look for clear tape to tape it down. It takes just a few seconds and the aesthetics of your shoes look almost like the original. Almost.
7. Tame Your Brows With Affordable, Regular Hairspray
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I understand how important our eyebrows are because they frame our faces and enhance our features. That said, you don't have to spend a ton of money on expensive brow gels from the likes of MAC, Benefit, Eyeko, or Anastasia Beverly Hills.
Tame your unruly brows with regular hairspray and an inexpensive brush. If you don't have an eyebrow brush on hand, a new toothbrush would work, too. Apply a little hairspray on your selected brush then brush your brow hairs upwards and outwards.
8. Make Your Own Organic Facial Toner
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If you don't already know, toners restore the pH level of your skin after cleansing and optimize your skin's absorption ability for the subsequent steps of your skincare routine. You wouldn't want those cult serums and essences to just sit on top of your skin, right?
Go organic and make your own facial toner using organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Start off by mixing 1 part of organic apple cider vinegar to 3 parts of filtered water. Consider your DIY organic purifying toner done! Just make sure you store it properly in an air-tight spritz bottle.
9. De-Puff Your Eyes With Chilled Green Tea Bags
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The next time you load up on antioxidants-packed green tea, save the tea bags and store them in the fridge. Pop the cold tea bags under your eyes for about 5 minutes to quickly de-puff and tighten your delicate under-eye area.
10. Speed Up Your Fresh Manicure's Drying Time
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To dry your freshly-painted nails quickly, soak them in ice cold water for about 2-3 minutes. The chilly temperature will accelerate the drying process and preserve your hard work.
11. Deep Cleanse Your Hair And Scalp With A Pinch Of Baking Soda
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Add a dash of baking soda to your shampoo to clean your hair of stubborn grime and build-up more thoroughly. Say hello to shiny squeaky hair! Just a word of advice, don't do this too frequently else your scalp may be stripped of its natural oils.
12. Create Extra Storage Space With Wooden Pallets
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The next time you happen to lay hands on some wooden pallets or crates, transform them into storage space! These can add that rustic element to elevate your home's decor.
13. Catch Drilling Dust With Post-Its
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Who knew a post-it could perform something so clever beyond its intended use? Try this the next time you drill into the wall and watch the dust collect on the post-it. To be extra safe, you can paste one more post-it on each side. They don't cost much anyway!
14. Turn An Old Cassette Case Into Your Phone Holder
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I don't know why you still have this antique in your house but if you do, you can use your old cassette case as a phone holder.
15. Fix Broken Keyboard Legs With Clips
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The next time your keyboard breaks its "legs", flip your keyboard over and use some clips from your stationery stash to prop it up again. This will cost you next to nothing!
16. Create A Makeshift Amplifier With An Old Paper Cup
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An oldie but a goodie, a plain old paper cup is your solution to a cheap and good music amplifier. Word has it that your music will be heard loud and clear, without much compromise on quality!
17. Find The End Of The Tape With Ease
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Sticking a paperclip to the end of the tape when you're done using it guarantees you a fuss-free experience next time you need to find where the tape ends, and every subsequent time when it becomes habitual. Honestly, I can't count the number of times I got frustrated finding the end of a roll of a scotch tape, rotating it while concentrating hard on letting my fingernail feel the tiny groove before I finally get to the eureka moment!
18. Hide Your Valuables In A Clean Lotion Bottle
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I can't fathom why we all haven't thought of this clever hack earlier. I'm sure you've felt insecure leaving your keys, wallet and $700 iPhone in your bag unattended by the pool or beach. All you have to do is clean up an old sunscreen or lotion bottle and hide your valuables in there. Just make sure that nobody sees you taking stuff out of the bottle!
19. Protect Your Baby's Eyes From Soapy Water
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Prevent water (and soap) from getting into your baby's eyes the next time you shower him/her, simply by letting your baby wear a water-channeling crown on his/her head! How simple can this trick get?
20. Transform A Tennis Ball Into A Multi-Functional Holder
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Who knew a tennis ball could be so functional and adorable at the same time? All you have to do is cut a slit, draw on beady eyes (or let your creativity reign) and mount it securely to the wall. You just got yourself a cute, multi-functional holder!
21. Save Your Fingers From Getting Hammered
Do yourself a favour and just hold the nail with a clothes peg the next time you want to nail something into the wall, wooden crate or furniture. This simple tip lowers the probability of you hammering your poor fingers. Why, you're welcome.
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