Do you know what solo cups, TV antennas, coat hangers, and ridges on coins all have in common? While they might not seem like anything special, they actually hide little tricks that will make your life so much easier. Keep reading and you might find that you just saved yourself another trip to your local Target and Home Depot!
Wine Bottle Dip
A glass of wine is the perfect way to end your meal. There is a dip at the bottom of the bottle known as the punt or the kick-up. It helps the bottle stand on its own and gives it the strength to hold in sparkling wine. Before the wine is poured, it also makes the distribution of steam easier during the cleaning process. Cool!
There are loops on some shirts, but why? Apparently, this was something that started with the men of the Navy. When they are out at sea, there are not a lot of places to store their clothes, so they started hanging them on hooks instead. In the ‘60s, college students did this when they went to the gym as well.
Colored Toothpaste Squares
Why is there a green, black, red, or blue block at the bottom of the toothpaste? This is called an “eye mark”. They are added to the tubes because they inform the assembly line machines which part should be cut and folded. The tubes of toothpaste would not be separated if these things did not exist.
Gas Gauge Arrow
Do you have a newer car, one that is made from 2010 at the very least? Look at the gas gauge and the arrow beside it. The direction indicates where the gas cap is. Obviously, you already know its location on your own car. However, this is a great feature when you are driving a rental car.
Charcoal Purifies Air And Removes Odors
Activated bamboo charcoal will work if you do not have an air purifier. It is a much cheaper alternative that works just as well! You can trust it to remove orders, purify the air, and remove allergens in the environment. Use mesh bags to store it and then leave them in the room with the foul smell.
Random Jean Buttons
Have you ever noticed the extra buttons added to your pants? If you wanted to know what they are, these are called rivets. They are placed on the trousers to prevent the seams from coming apart. Levi Strauss owns the patent. He came up with it after seeing how quickly the jeans of miners wore out.
Extra Fabric With New Clothes
What is up with that little bag that contains a tiny fabric sample of the shirt or dress that you bought? Many people think it is for patches, but this is not true. Who would have thought that it is meant to be used for the washer? It is like a trial clothe that will help you figure out the best way to wash it.
Pot Handle Holes
Not a lot of people know why there is a hole in the handles of their pans and pots. Make sure to use this when you want to dry your kitchenware. Aside from that, you can also use the slots to hold the ladle or stirring spoon when you cook! This keeps the utensil clean and sanitary.
Extra Sneaker Holes
How come there are extra holes on top of the regular eyelets? Apparently, they are meant to help people whose feet are too small for their shoes. They only need to make a loop to tighten the lock even further. This is a good idea since ill-fitting shoes often result in blisters.
Winter Hat Pom-Poms
We positively adore the pom-poms on winter hats! They actually came from the Scandinavian region. When knitting was very common, they had to gather the seams together. This was where the pom-poms came in. While it is no longer necessary, we are glad that this feature is here to stay.
Airplane Window Holes
You are not seeing things. You will actually find a hole in the windows of an airplane! It is called the breather hole, and it is important because it allows the aircraft’s outer panes to adjust to the pressure difference as the jet climbs greater heights. This lets the cabin remain at a safe level.
Black Grating In The Microwave
Did you know that the black grating on your microwave door is called the Faraday shield? You need it since it prevents the electromagnetic fields from going out of the oven. If that happens, it will warm the people in the area. On top of that, your food will not be cooked either!
Dimples On Golf Balls
Golf balls might seem round, but there are actually dimples on the surface. A long time ago, golfers discovered that balls with bumps and dents traveled further than their new and perfect counterparts. They decide to add these bumps on golf balls to create turbulence and give it more lift.
Long Bottle Necks
There are several reasons they put adult drinks in bottles with long necks. The shape makes it easy to hold for a significant amount of time. It is also easy to pour the drink into a glass or mug. Lastly, it is great at distributing heat to keep it cooler for longer.
Can tabs can be annoying when they break off and fall inside the can. Why are they even there in the first place? Apparently, they were meant to be used as a straw holder. Perhaps it is time for them to change it since no one really drinks from cans with straws anyway.
Chinese takeout is simply the best on busy days. It is not only delicious but also very convenient. Did you know that the takeout boxes can actually be turned into plates all by themselves? It’s easy. You just have to pull the sides and then put it down on the table.
Double Keyboard Bumps
If you were the observant type, you have probably noticed that there are bumps on two keys on the keyboard: J and F. People who type properly should have the right pointer finger on J and the left pointer finger on F. The bumps give them a clue about the position of the rest of the keys, which allows them to keep typing without even looking down.
Pen Cap Holes
Pen caps come with built-in holes, but there is a good reason for this. They actually put it in so that air can still flow freely if anyone ever swallows it. While it sounds ridiculous, you might not feel the same way when you think about the number of people who chew on the caps.
iPhone Camera Hole
Do you have an iPhone? Starting from the iPhone 5, Apple has added a small hole beside the back camera. It is not a hidden camera but a microphone! Aside from this, there is also one on the speaker grill and then another one at the bottom. There is no need to worry about capturing sound!
Zigzag Side On Bobby Pins
Make sure to use bobby pins properly. By that, we mean that the wavy pattern should face your scalp. Most people unwittingly do the opposite. Unfortunately for them, they will have to deal with putting it back in more often. The surface of the wavy side makes it hold onto the hair more tightly.
Cable Cord Cylinders
Check the end of your cord and you will find a lump shaped like a cylinder. This is a ferrite choke. It has magnetic iron oxide that prevents high-frequency electromagnetic interference. If you ever make a call while you are near speakers, it prevents weird noises and other kinds of interruptions!
Apple Power Cord Wings
MacBook owners see the wings at the edge of the power cord on a daily basis. What are they are for? We bet you had no idea that they are intended to keep things neat. Pull them up and then wrap the cord around them to make sure that no accidents and tangles happen.
Blue Part On The Eraser
Do you remember these double-sided erasers from your earlier years? In the past, we thought that the blue side erased ink. This was only a rumor, apparently. The truth is that this side is intended for artists and the like, who tend to use paper that is stronger and thicker than loose-leaf or notebook paper.
Square Patches On Backpacks
Known as a lashing square or pig snout, you can actually use the common patches on backpacks for your extra gear. This is great when you no longer have any space inside your backpack. You can simply string a rope or cord through it to hang your other things. This is an excellent tip for backpackers and travelers.
Colorful Ice Cream Scoops
We bet you had no idea that ice cream scoops are colorful for a practical reason. It seems like each color represents a different scoop size. The scoops come in more than a dozen varieties. They depend on the number of scoops that will fit in a single cup.
Brass Material For Door Knobs
There is a good chance that the doorknobs in your house are brass. This is the most common material used for this piece of equipment. Apparently, brass tends to be more resistant to the buildup of bacteria. Considering that different people touch doorknobs on a daily basis, this is good to hear.
Bottle Cap Discs
What are the plastic discs underneath soda bottle caps for? You might not have suspected this, but it helps with the carbonation. We all know that flat soda is the worse! While we do not claim to know how it works, we do know that it prevents the carbon dioxide from leaving the container.
Rearview Mirror Tab
Each time you drive, you must make sure to check the rearview mirror on the regular. However, no one likes to get blinded by the headlights of the car behind yours. If this happens to you, simply use the tab at the bottom of your mirror to adjust its position. Wasn’t that easy?
They decided to add ridges to quarters and dimes because people used to shave them off and make their own coins! Back in the day, this happened since coins got stamped in various weights to reflect their actual value. This no longer happens, but the ridged edges are here to stay.
Grocery Cart Loops
Do you always end up with a grocery cart that is full to bursting? If this is the case, you should take advantage of the thought that went into the design of the cart. There are loops that surround the fold-out section! You can hang the vulnerable products from these to keep them safe.
Lined Paper Margins
You would not believe the reason they added margins to line paper! In the past, rats were considered nothing out of the ordinary. Still, it was annoying to have them around since they liked to chew on paper and other objects. The margins made sure that they did not munch through the contents of the paper.
Paper Condiment Bowls
We bet that you also like to eat your fries with a lot of ketchup. However, it can be rather annoying when you need to refill the paper condiment cups again and again. You might be surprised to hear that you can actually expand them by unfolding them first! Voila.
Women’s Underwear Pocket
Why are there secret pockets in panties anyway? Apparently, they are nothing more than excess fabric sewn in that the seamstress did not bother closing. To be fair, this is the best solution possible. After all, we would much rather have the additional hiding spot than uncomfortable extra seams.
Plastic Cup Lids
Are you ready to get blown away? We bet you did not ever stop to think that the plastic lids of your disposable cups also work as a coaster. The next time you plan to stay in a Starbucks to finish your tea or coffee, make sure to set it down first.
Detachable Car Headrests
We bet you were also seated in the back when your family went on road trips together. Even though you played with the front headrest out of boredom, we bet that you did not find out that you can actually pull it out. The metal bars were designed to help crack the windows during emergencies.
Solo Cup Lines
Red solo cups were designed with lots of thought, you know. The ridges actually let you know how much alcohol you have. The first ridge tells you that it is an ounce or a shot of liquor. The second one tells you that you have a glass or five ounces. The last one tells you that you have a beer bottle or twelve ounces.
Jerry Can Handles
Do you use Jerry cans on your camping trips? Make sure that you are carrying it properly to distribute the fuel! There are three top handles, so you might get confused. If a friend is helping you carry it, make sure to each hold onto an outer handle. If it is only you, make sure to use only the middle one.
Coat Hangers Made With Wood
Wooden coat hangers do not only look and smell good, but they also jazz up your closet. However, the most important thing here is that it repels moths, bugs, and creepy crawlies. We promise you that they are worth the investment you put in them.
Juice Box Flaps
Are you aware that juice boxes have such heavy flaps to prevent spillage? The kid in the photo learned this for himself! The juice boxes were designed for kids ages 3 to 10. Fold the flaps to make it easier for them to enjoy their drink.
Holes In Your Converse
Why do Converse sneakers come with extra holes at the sides anyway? Apparently, there are several reasons they are there. First, it allows your feet to breathe. Next, it also lets you add cool designs when you tie your laces. Feel free to mix it up in the name of fashion!
Screwdrivers, But Also Wrenches
We bet that you did not know the reason screwdrivers are shaped like that. It actually lets you slide the end of a wrench over the top of one. It is very useful when you deal with angles that are hard to grasp.
Medicine Bottle For Adults
You can actually de-childproof your medicine bottles! There are certain bottles that have a cap that will make things a lot easier. The only thing you need to do is to flip them upside down. It is so simple that we are impressed. This is a good tip, but make sure your kids do not see you do this.
TicTacs are delicious! However, it can be hard to get only a piece or two when you pour them normally. The good thing is that the designers were way ahead of us. As a matter of fact, they designed the lid to ensure that you can tip it over and get a single piece. What a brilliant solution!
The Hole In Your Spaghetti Spoon
You can use the spaghetti spoon holes to drain your pasta, but there is something else that you can do with them. Who would have thought that they will offer you the chance to measure a certain amount of pasta? You only need to stick the pieces of spaghetti into the holes and then get a perfect measurement.
Grooves Between Tire Treads
The indents of your tires do much more than just leave cool marks on the snow. As a matter of fact, they offer you the opportunity to figure out when it is time to get replacements. If you see that the tires are smooth and no grooves are visible, you should replace them right away.
Gas Pump Latch
Did you know that you do not have to stand there and hold the gas pump while you refuel your car? Apparently, the latch on the gas pump can do it for you. You just need to lock it between the grooves of the gas pump handle. All you have to do now is to wait for it to finish.
Who would have thought that toothpicks come with holder at the ready? This is what you are supposed to do with the ridges on them. Simply break them off and put them on the table. After that, you can just rest the stick on the ridges. This is sanitary, fun, and convenient!
Aluminum Foil Packaging
If you want to get a sheet of aluminum foil without any hassle, you should do this. You can lock the roll into its box to prevent it from moving around while you do that. It is a useful tip for you to keep in mind.
Half Belt On Jackets
The half bet is common in pea coats and trench coats. They were developed by the military to make jackets that worked as blankets at the same time. Military men were meant to use the half belt to gather the fabric. Ideally, this will let the soldiers walk around freely.
Utility Knife Cap
Who would have thought that there is a secret hidden by the plastic at the utility knife’s end? It is actually important. You only need to pull it out to find that it is attached to something: a brand-new knife! After this, you only need to break off its plastic edge. Easy as pie!
The metal plate on the stapler is actually called an anvil. If you want to activate the “temporary staple” setting, you just need to spin the wheel until it lines up with the square. This will create staples that face outward and not inwards.
The Hole In Your Lollipop Stick
When you were little, you probably loved lollipops. Perhaps you even noticed that hole in the stick! This was not a whistle. The hole in the stick was helpful since some of the melted candy seeped into it and provided the lollipop the support it needed once it dried.
The Letter Arrangement On Your Keyboard
It is perfectly valid to wonder why they did not arrange the keyboard alphabetically. They did try this with the typewriter, although it did not end well. People started typing so quickly that they caused the metal arms to get stuck! This is no longer a problem, but most of us are now used to QWERTY anyway.
Ridges In Audio Jack
Can you guess why there are ridges in your audio jack? Apparently, they were added to prevent your wires from sliding out again and again. It is also important to note that they dictate which headphone the sound should go to. One band is meant for your left headphone, while the other one is for the right.
Silica Gel Packets
Some people live their lives without ever figuring out what the silica gel packets are for. Normally found in new purses and shoes, they are used to prevent moisture and absorb humidity. This way, your brand-new items will stay clean and fresh! Our tip is to use the packets when you next need to dry your phone.
Aquafresh toothpaste boasts of red, blue, and white stripes. Do you have any idea why this is the case? It turns out that this is not only done in the name of patriotism. The colors actually signify something about dental health. For example, the blue stripe indicates that it has the ability to clean and freshen your breath. Meanwhile, the red stripe shows you that it has plaque control properties. Cool, right?
The Mysterious Square In Your McFlurry Spoon
We are sure that you have also wondered why there was a square hole in your McFlurry spoon. Can you believe that it is actually used to create your yummy dessert? They connect this spoon to the machine by blending together your ice cream and topping. They just have to attach it to the bar of the machine to do this.
TV Cable Hack
Do you want to watch prestige TV shows on your screen without having to pay a lot of money? We understand where you are coming from. After all, subscriptions will end up costing you around $200 a month! It is a good thing that tech disruptors exist. You can watch HD stations with the help of an antenna and an electrical outlet!
Make Threading Needles Easier
There is nothing wrong with the art of sewing. It is actually quite fun and even therapeutic. However, we do have an issue with the act of inserting a piece of thread through the needle opening. It is frustrating to do this! You can make this task much easier by dipping the tip of the tread into nail polish first.
Olive Oil: Not Just For Italian Food
You can actually battle dry skin with the use of olive oil. All you have to do is to moisturize your skin by applying some olive oil all over your body and face. Trust us, this is a good way to combat dryness!
Use A Tennis Ball For Parking Accuracy
Parking is definitely one of the most challenging parts of the day. What should you do to avoid accidents in your own home? You can put up a tennis ball trap by tying it from your room. All you have to do is hit the brake when you finally hit it.
Strain Your Food With Tights
Did you know that you can repurpose your old pair of tights in your kitchen? It works great as a strainer since it has such small holes. It will definitely filter out the particles that your regular strainer cannot.
Groom Your Eyebrows With A Toothbrush
Toothbrushes are obviously used for your dental health. However, that does not mean that it cannot be used for multitasking! If you have a spare toothbrush, it is a good idea to use it as an eyebrow brush. As you might already know, the real deal costs a fortune at beauty and cosmetics store.
Loosen Doors With Petroleum Jelly
Squeaky doors are one of the biggest pet peeves we have. However, it is not really serious enough of an issue to head straight to the hardware store. We are glad to share our favorite trick to address this problem. You just need to add some petroleum jelly to drawer tracks, door hinges, and other squeaky spots. The problem will disappear in no time!
Holes In Padlocks
Padlocks are the best things ever when it comes to security. At the bottom, you will probably see a hole or two. What is it for? Apparently, they allow the water to come in and out when it rains or snows. It is also useful since you can pour oil or WD-40 when it suffers from jams.
Mason Jars For Utensils
Mason Jars are versatile products that you may have lying around the house. They have so many beneficial uses and can store a variety of products. Whether you’re looking for a place for your pens and pencils, or even your kitchen tools, Mason Jars are your solution! What’s even better, you can bring your own flavor by decorating and styling how you like.
Color Code Your Keys
Having several keys can be problematic when you’re standing outside in the rain and can’t figure out which key opens your front door. But that’s why we have this simple method to help you avoid confusing your keys entirely. Grab some nail polish and color-code your keys in a way that helps you easily spot which one goes where.
Tennis Balls Can Protect Your Floors
We’ve all experienced the annoying sound of your chair rubbing against the floor surface that sends goosebumps all over your body. But you can easily avoid this and also keep your floors mark free by simply placing tennis balls at the feet of your chairs. No annoying squeaks or dirty marks!
Shine Furniture With Olive Oil
Sometimes it is so difficult to keep your furniture clean. You spend hours trying to find the right products, and you waste money on these products. But really all you need is a little bit of olive oil and your floors and furniture will be shining like the first day you purchased them.
Dust Your Home With Old Tights
Old tights are a great way to clean items in your home that have collected dust. Throw them over a pair of tongs and this way you can clean both sides of the window blinds. Even attach them to a small object so you can reach the hard to clean areas of your home.
DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener
Baking soda has many conventional uses like absorbing odors in certain areas. However, if you mix it with essential oils then it can create a DIY air freshener. All you need is baking soda, a jar, and essential oil and you’re on your way. Combine all three products in a jar with a secured cloth over and within minutes you have an all-natural, at home air freshener.
Use Tea Bags To Deodorize
Tea is a delicious drink and also a great way to cure a sore throat or even a stomach ache. But did you know that tea bags have other uses aside from making a tasty beverage? Tea bags can be a great way to make sure your food doesn’t leave a bad odor in your refrigerator. All you have to do is place them in areas around your refrigerator, and the lingering odors will be absorbed in minutes.
Clean Your Dog’s Coat With Vinegar
It is undeniable that vinegar has a strong and revolting smell. Yet it has many helpful uses, thus it’s handy having it at home. You can even use it to clean your puppy’s fur by mixing it with one quart of water. It’s such a quick and easy way to get your furry friend shining like new.
Depuff Your Eyes With Metal Spoons
If you’re someone who suffers from swollen under eyes, here we have the perfect solution for you. Take two spoons and leave them in the fridge or freezer over the night. In the morning place them over your eyes and your puffy eye problem will go away immediately.
New Uses For Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are not just a one-step solution to a cleaner infant. But they actually can be useful in other areas as well. Like cleaning your dirty computer screen or keyboard thats collected far too much dirt. Baby wipes are the perfect way to get rid of the dirty germs.
Don’t Throw Out Old Butter Wrappers
The money savor of a lifetime is coming your way now. Next time you finish a stick of butter, save the wrapping instead of throwing it out. Leave the wrapping in the fridge and now you’ll have a great nonstick item for your cooking purposes.
Deter Bugs With Cinnamon
There is absolutely nothing worse than being in a home with creepy critters all over the place. You can’t sleep, you’re living in fear that a cockroach is going to crawl next to your pillow. Instead of wasting your money on expensive exterminators or strong chemicals to get rid of the rodents, you can actually spread cinnamon to do the trick.
Kool-Aid Powder Can Substitute For Dishwasher Detergent
Kool-aid for cleaning your dishes? Hmm, are we sure about this? Surprisingly this is actually a great way to create laundry detergent. All you need is washing soda, coarse salt, and four packets of lemonade Kool-aid. Try it out and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Soften Your Cuticles With Shampoo
If your cuticles require a deep clean, the best way to do this and make use of the little shampoo you have left in the bottle is to soak our hands in warm water and shampoo. Your nails and skin will get the moisture they are in so much need of and you can use every last bit of your shampoo.
Reuse Cereal Bags
In today’s day and age, reusing and reducing the amount of plastic was use is extremely important. This idea is great for both of these purposes. Instead of throwing away your empty cereal bags, you can just reuse them for food storage.
Chupa Chups is a well-known lollipop brand with a unique hole at the top of the stick. This hole was actually put there to help the lollipop stay firmly on the stick during the candy making process.
When Heinz was at the top of their food production, they were so successful that they had 57 varieties of food. Today the number 57 actually represents the best spot to hit the bottle and get the ketchup out.
Staple removers are versatile supplies that don’t just remove staples/ This product can be used by adding keys to your keyring. Rather than ruining your new manicure, grab a staple remover and you’ll easily have added new keys to key your keychain.
Clothing hangers have conventional uses like organizing your clothing and keep your clothing from getting creased. But they are also your new jewelry stand. This way you never have the clutter and mess of your necklaces getting tangled together.
Rubberbands can be so handy especially during a painting project. If you wrap a rubber band around a paint can, you can remove the excess paint from your brush, while also making sure that the can stays clean and mess-free!
Straws are the solution to every girl’s issue of tangled jewelry. The easiest way to prevent tangled necklaces is by looping them through a straw. You never have to worry about traveling with jewelry in your suitcase, because this tangled mess is never a problem again.
It is so uncomfortable when you’re walking down the street with the static feeling that sticks from your pants. To avoid this issue all you need is to clip a safety pin to your inside seam and this is never a problem anymore.
Plastic Water Bottle
If you’re looking for a fast and mess-free way to move egg yolks between bowls, take an empty water bottle, squeeze it and release the pressure over the egg yolk. The suction will help you transfer the yolks easily.
Sometimes it can be so difficult keeping your earing pair together. But with the use of a button, you can store two earings together so they never get lost ever again! Now just make sure you keep track of your buttons!
When you no longer need the case for your old glasses, rather than throwing them away, why not place your small, easily lost items inside. It’s the perfect, handy storage space. And it saves you from throwing away old items. It’s so great when you can use old products for new and creative purposes!
Measuring Tape Metal
Have you ever had to use a measuring tape? If you just said yes, there is no way that you can miss the existence of the metal end. It is helpful for people working on their own since they can just put it around a nail to hold it in place. The serrated edge is also good when you need to leave marks.