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Top 14 Life Hacks that can benefit anyone, some of them have been around for hundreds of years …

Ian Harvey

People these days are constantly on the run and are looking for easier, faster, and more efficient ways of doing everyday tasks. In the list below are the top 14 life hacks that will benefit anyone with their daily tasks. The first six have actually been around for hundreds of years – tricks passed down from generation to generation for our benefit.

  1. How To Extract a Splinter

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Create a “suction” by completely filling a wide-mouthed bottle with hot water, then press the splintered part of the hand tightly against the bottle’s mouth. The suction and hot water will draw out the splinter.

  1. Keep Plants Watered While Away
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Fill a bucket with water slightly above and near as many plants as practical. Loosely braid two or three strands of wool together and immerse them completely in the water. Place one end of the braid in the bucket, weighted and touching the bottom. Rest the other end on the soil. Use separate braids of wool for each pot.

  1. Light A Match In The Winvia Imgurd
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Cut thin shavings on the match towards its striking end. On lighting the match, the curled strips will catch fire at once; the flame is stronger and has a better chance of staying lit.

  1. Make A Fire Extinguisher

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If there’s a fire outbreak, throw one or more bottles containing a retardant solution into the flames; it will extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading. Recipe: Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water; bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each.

  1. Make A Water Filter

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A handy filter can be made out of an ordinary, perfectly clean zinc water bucket! The water percolates through the layers of fine and coarse sand and clean picked gravel and stones with which the bucket is filled. Water exits out the bottom in a clear state through a hole that’s drilled and fitted with a small pipe.

  1. How To Preserve Eggs

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Put newly-laid eggs into a box or tin of dry salt, burying the eggs right in the salt and keeping the container in a cool dry place. If no air whatsoever is allowed to get to the shells, it is possible to preserve the eggs for a very long time.

  1. Organize your freezer with bag clips


Clip cheap bag clips onto the wiring shelves in the freezer, using them to hold bags of food from underneath. That way, the bags will still stay sealed but will be kept off the bottom of the freezer so that other frozen goods can be placed there. (Follow the link to view the photo for better understanding)

  1. Cut canned pineapple with the lid of the can

You won’t have to dirty a knife with this hack. After pulling the pull-tab lid, turn the lid sideways and push the lid all the way to the bottom. Now you’ll have the pineapple slices cut in half.

  1. Use a piece of paper to access Pringles easier

Ever get your hand stuck in the narrow Pringles can? Now you can access more than one chip at a time by simply sliding a piece of paper into the can. Simply tip the can to one side, allowing space inside, then slide the piece of paper in the can so it reaches to the bottom. Tip the can back onto the side and slide the paper out. You should have almost the entire stack of chips out on the piece of paper.

  1. Use an empty Pringles can to store spaghetti noodles

After eating your Pringles, keep the can and wash it out. Then place uncooked spaghetti noodles in the can for fresh keeping.

  1. Maximize closet space by using one hanger with several shower curtain hooks


Especially if you’re a woman, you probably have a lot of tank tops or short-sleeve shirts that take up a bunch of room. Simply buy some heavy-duty wooden hangers and cheap shower curtain hooks. Snap the hooks onto the bottom of the hangers and loop the tank tops’ straps into them. You can easily get about five to ten shirts on one hanger.

  1. When freezing ground beef, flatten it before putting it in the freezer so it thaws faster for next time


It’s as easy as that – flatten whatever ground beef you want to freeze in a Ziploc baggie. Since it’s a smaller, flatter amount, it will thaw much faster than a chunk of ground beef.

  1. Use the oven rack inside to warm hard shell tacos evenly


You don’t even need a pan for this. Simply take hard shell tacos and place them upside down on the racks in the oven so they are warm and crispy all over before eating them.

  1. You can sharpen a knife by using a ceramic bowl


Don’t have a knife sharpener? You can use the bottom, rough edge on a ceramic bowl to sharpen your knives.


Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for The Vintage News