You would never guess that normal items like solo cups, TV antennas, coin ridges, and coat hangers could be used for do many differnt things. Even though they all seem like regular everyday items, you can actually repurpose them to make them even more useful! Keep reading to find out how you can save yourself yet another trip to Home Depot and Target. We’re not kidding when we say that these tips and hacks will change your life.
Wine Bottle Dip
Wine lovers, do you know what the punt or kick-up is? It’s what they call the dipped bottom of the bottle. We’re here to tell you why it exists in the first place. It provides the bottle the ability to withstand wind and hold in sparkling wines. It also distributes steam during the cleaning process!
We bet you have noticed those loops on t-shirts and collared shirts before. They have their roots in the Navy. Sailors did not have a lot of closet space in ships, so they used hooks to hang up their shirts. In the ‘60s, college kids did the same thing when they went to the gym. It still comes in pretty handy now.
Colored Toothpaste Squares
At the bottom of the toothpaste tube, you will find a colored block. There is a good chance that it is red, black, blue, or green. These “eye marks” are used in the assembly line to clue in the machines where they are meant to cut or fold the packaging. Without these marks, the tubes would still be connected!
Gas Gauge Arrow
Do you have a car manufactured in 2010 or later? If so, we bet the gas gauge rests beside an arrow pointing to the left or right. They added this feature to let you know where the gas cap is. This is useless if you own the car for a while already, but it is very useful when you drive a rental or borrowed car.
Charcoal Purifies Air And Removes Odors
You can buy activated bamboo charcoal at the nearest home good store. Avoid spending on air purifiers because this will work just as well! Simply place it into mesh bags and then position it in the foul-smelling room. By doing this, you will purify the air, remove odors, and get rid of allergens.
Random Jean Buttons
Jeans are great, but what are all those extra buttons for? Mind you, the rivets are actually super important. They might seem randomly placed, but they are added to strategic places to avoid wearing out the seams. Levi Strauss patented this idea after hearing miners complain about this issue in 1829.
Extra Fabric With New Clothes
Do you know what you are supposed to do with that extra bag of fabric when you buy new clothes? They are not meant to patch up tears. No, they serve as your trial piece for the washing machine. This way, you can avoid shrinking or bleeding your new shirt. It will let you figure out the best wash setting!
Pot Handle Holes
We bet you have no idea what to do with the hole in your pan and pot handles. Professional cooks know that they can be used to hang up the pieces of kitchenware after washing them! This allows them to dry properly. On top of that, the same hole can be used to hold the stirring spoon, ladle, and other utensils while they cook. This is much better than putting it on top of the icky counter.
Extra Sneaker Holes
What are those extra holes in your shoes for? You might think it is just a design error, but that is not true. This was made for people who buy bigger shoes. By creating a loop or a “heel lock”, these people will be able to enjoy a more comfortable fit. This is a good way to prevent blisters on the foot!
Winter Hat Pom-Poms
You should never go without a hat during the winter. We don’t know about you, but we favor those with pom-poms on them. Apparently, this adorable feature comes from Scandinavia. They used to make the pom-poms if they have to gather the seams when they were done knitting! How cool is that?
Airplane Window Holes
The windows on airplanes have small holes. Don’t worry, there is nothing unusual about it. Called the breather hole, this lets the outer panes handle the pressure difference as the plane flies higher. Without it, the cabin would not be safe and comfy. If there is ever any trouble, air should leak through the hole.
Black Grating In The Microwave
Do you know what that black grating on the microwave door is? The Faraday shield, as it is called, prevents electromagnetic fields from going out of the oven and hurting people. Thanks to this, you can heat up your popcorn without worrying about your safety. Make sure you appreciate this feature more!
Dimples On Golf Balls
Golf balls might seem round from afar, but the truth is that they have dimples on the surface. They were added because balls with bumps and nicks tend to have more lift and less drag than shiny new balls. This is the reason dimpled golf balls are now the standard in this sport.
Long Bottle Necks
Beers come with long bottle necks, but why is that? It lets you hold your bottle comfortably for long periods of time. This also lets you pour it into a glass or mug without any hassle. It also distributes heat throughout the container. Unfiltered beers have more bulbous necks to catch sediments.
We have already talked about bottles, but what about cans? Those tabs can get annoying when they fall into your drink. You will never guess why they are there in the first place. Apparently, they were added to hold the straws in place! In general, this is no longer necessary since no one uses straws for cans.
Nothing beats Chinese takeout on days when you are completely knackered. Don’t feel bad about eating straight from the carton since it was designed that way. However, you should ideally pull the sides open and lay it flat. This way, you now get a plate of your own without doing anything else. Voila!
Double Keyboard Bumps
On your keyboards, there are bumps on the F and J keys. These small features were added to make it easier for typists. When you type, you can get your bearings with this. The right pointer finger should be on J, while the left pointer finger should be on F. You no longer have to look down as you type.
Measuring Tape Metal
Do you know what the piece of metal at the end of the measuring tape is for? This is helpful when you need to measure something by yourself. Simply wrap it around a screw or nail to hold it in place. The edge is typically serrated, which is useful if you ever have to leave a mark on the surface.
Pen Cap Holes
There is no need to worry just because there is a hole in the pen cap. This is a pretty common feature. It was added by designers so that anyone who swallowed it can still breathe freely. Maybe you also chew on the cap yourself! While it is not advisable, we cannot deny that a lot of people like to do this.
iPhone Camera Hole
Do you have an iPhone? If so, you cannot miss that hole beside the camera on the back. What is it? Since the iPhone 5, Apple has given its phones three mics. One is found beside the speaker grill, another at the bottom edge, and a third one beside the camera lens. The sound in your videos should be fine!
Zigzag Side On Bobby Pins
When you wear bobby pins, you should make sure that the zigzag pattern is facing your scalp. Many people do not know this and get frustrated when the pins keep sliding off their hair. The zigzag pattern is better at holding onto your hair than the straight side. How great is this tip?
Cable Cord Cylinders
Most cords have a cylindrical lump at the end of its length. The ferrite cores or chokes have magnetic iron oxide to prevent high-frequency electromagnetic interference. When you make a call, it might get interrupted by weird noises. The cylinders prevent the interruptions from happening in the first place.
Apple Power Cord Wings
If you have a MacBook, we bet you have seen the wings on the cord. What is up with that? Apparently, you can pull them up and then wrap the cord around them! This makes it easier to clean up and prevents other people from tripping on your wires. This is a cool tip to keep in mind.
Blue Part On The Eraser
These erasers were very popular when we were schoolchildren. There were many theories about the blue part. Some said it erased pen ink! Apparently, there is no truth to this urban legend. You can use the blue part when you use strong and thick paper instead of loose-leaf or notebook paper!
Square Patches On Backpacks
We are sure you have seen lots of backpacks that come with square patches like this. Did you know that you can use them to hold additional gear? The lashing square or pig snout is great when you can no longer fit all of your stuff inside your bag. This is a great solution when you have string cords or strings!
Colorful Ice Cream Scoops
Ice cream scoops come in various colors, but this is not only for show. You would be wrong if you thought that this was only for aesthetics! Each color actually represents a particular scoop size. The scoops have over a dozen sizes. They mostly depend on the number of scoops that fit in a single cup.
Brass Material For Door Knobs
How come nearly all doorknobs in the world are made of brass? The truth is that this is a material that can resist the buildup of bacteria. We all know that people tend to use the doorknob over the course of a single day. Can you imagine just how disgusting it would be if they used something less effective?
Bottle Cap Discs
If you look underneath a soda bottle cap, you will see a plastic disc. There is more to it than meets the eye. It is actually helpful when it comes to carbonation. We are not sure about the science that goes into it, but the disc basically traps the fizz or carbon dioxide inside the container. Flat soda sucks, after all.
Rearview Mirror Tab
When you drive, it is your responsibility to look in the rearview mirror often. Yes, this applies even when you are blinded by the headlights from behind your car. When this happens, you can use the tab at the bottom of the mirror to adjust its position. This will deflect the light and let you see what is happening.
How come quarters and dimes have rough edges, unlike pennies and nickels? Back in the day, they used to stamp coins to reflect their actual value. In the past, people used to make new coins by shaving the coin edges and melting them. The ridges were added as an extra measure against this practice.
Grocery Cart Loops
When you are grocery shopping, you simply want to get everything you need and go. Not a lot of people know that there are loops that frame that fold-out section. Using these loops, it is possible to keep the more vulnerable items safe as you get everything you need. What a great design, huh?
Lined Paper Margins
You will never guess why your lined paper come with margins. Apparently, there were very intense rat infestations in the past. The rodents tended to chew on pieces of paper that they found. The margins act as a protective measure against their teeth. By adding extra space, the contents should be safe!
Paper Condiment Bowls
Fries would be different if you did not eat them with enough ketchup. However, the small paper condiment cups can get tiring to refill. There is no need to keep coming back for more. You just need to unfold them this way to make yourself a bigger cup. We bet you had no idea this was possible.
Women’s Underwear Pocket
Do you know why they add pockets to women’s underwear? It turns out that the panty gussets are just extra fabric that they sewed in but did not stitch close. If you ask us, it is better than extra seams.
Plastic Cup Lids
Who would have thought that you can use the lids on your plastic cups for another thing? This tip is not for you if you prefer to drink your hot beverage in the car. If you plan to enjoy the drink as you sit down, you can turn it into a coaster instead. We had no idea that this was what it was like. How cool!
Detachable Car Headrests
We bet that you used to sit in the backseat when your family went on road trips together. As a child, it is common to get bored and play with the headrest in front of you. What you did not know is that you can take it all the way out. The metal bars can be taken out to break the window during emergencies.
Solo Cup Lines
Solo cups are great for beer pong, but they also come with built-in measuring cups. We bet you were too busy to notice all those horizontal lines in there! The first line equals an ounce or shot. The next one equals five ounces or a glass. The last one equals twelve ounces or an entire beer bottle.
Jerry Can Handles
If you like the outdoors, you are probably very familiar with Jerry cans. Did you know why they have three handles? This design lets you distribute the fuel evenly as you carry it. If two people are holding it, they should grab the outside handles. If you are doing it by yourself, you should use the middle handle.
Coat Hangers Made With Wood
Wooden coat hangers should be a staple in your closet. Not only do they look nice, but they also keep moths and bugs away! Creepy crawlies can ruin your clothes, so make sure to invest in the wooden beauties. Cedar wood also smells pleasant, so there is nothing for you to lose in this situation.
Juice Box Flaps
How come juice boxes have such heavy top flaps? This kid just learned why. They are much easier to hold when you fold the flaps outward. These boxes were designed for kids ages 2 to 10. This lets you hold the box without letting go of it by accident. We daresay this trick is useful for people of all ages.
Holes In Your Converse
How come Converse sneakers have those holes at the sides? Apparently, there are two reasons for their existence. One, they allow your feet to breathe even if you have been wearing them the entire day. Next, it allows you to express your creativity and individuality by tying your laces any way you want.
Screwdrivers, But Also Wrenches
What should you do here? Simply slide the end of the wrench over the top of the screwdriver. It is the reason the screwdriver looks like that. This is a good trick when you need to deal with tricky angles.
Medicine Bottle For Adults
You can actually de-childproof your medicine bottles. There are bottles that have caps that will make everything that much easier for you. You only need to flip the whole bottle upside down. This is very simple, but you should make sure that the little ones do not see you doing this.
TicTacs are delicious, but no one likes to eat them in one go. This is the reason it can be annoying when you pour the candies into your palms. There is actually a trick you can use to get only one TicTac. The bottle cap is designed to capture a single pill, so simply tip the container over and open it. Voila!
The Hole In Your Spaghetti Spoon
The hole in your spaghetti spoon is indeed used to drain the water from the pasta. There is more, however. They can be used to measure the spaghetti as well. You only need to stick the spaghetti pieces through the holes to get the best possible measurement. This will come in very handy.
Grooves Between Tire Treads
What are those indents on the tires for anyway? Apparently, they will show you the state of your tires. The lowest part of the grooves shows the lowest point the tire can get. If the tires are smooth, it means that you should get them replaced right away.
Gas Pump Latch
If you have noticed the weird latch on the gas pump, you should make sure to take advantage of it. You do not actually have to hold the gas pump while you refuel the car! You can just lock in the latch and let it do the rest of the work for you.
Toothpicks actually have built-in holders, you know. Toothpicks often come with a ridged portion that you can break off before placing it on top of the table. You can just insert the toothpick inside a ridge. This is a fun and convenient way to keep it sanitary before you use it once more.
Aluminum Foil Packaging
Aluminum foil often comes with tabs on either side. Feel free to push them in because this is yet another trick that might change your life. You only need to push them in on both sides. This method locks the roll and prevents it from moving around as you try to get some foil for whatever reason.
Half Belt On Jackets
Half belts are often seen in pea and trench coats for a reason. Apparently, they were initially developed by the military. They were supposed to be oversized jackets that can be used as blankets. The half belt allowed them to gather the material and keep it in place so the soldiers can move around freely.
Utility Knife Cap
You might be surprised to hear that the plastic cap on your utility knife is really useful. Pull it out to find that it is attached to another thing. It is part of a new knife. Simply break off the edge to see a new and improved sharp blade!
Are you aware that you can simply turn around the anvil, the metal plate on the stapler, to change the setting of the staple? Spin the wheel to choose the “temporary staple” setting. This mode pushes the arms of the staples outward so that they are easier to remove later on.
The Hole In Your Lollipop Stick
When you were a child, you probably like eating your lollipop and then whistling through the stick when you were done. The hole on the stick is actually used for the molding of the candy. By seeping into the hole, it hardens and prevents the lollipop head from falling off. We think this is really cool!
The Letter Arrangement On Your Keyboard
How come they did not arrange the computer keyboard keys alphabetically? They tried this out before. The typewriter has metal arms, but the workers typed away way too fast and caused the arms to jam. Everyone is already familiar with the current keyboard, so there is no point in changing it now.
Ridges In Audio Jack
What is up with the ridges in audio jacks anyway? Apparently, the material that makes up the ridges helps protect and keeps the wires in place. It helps maintain the quality of your sound. On top of this, it shows where the music should go through. There is a band for the left headphone, another for the right.
Silica Gel Packets
What are those silica gel packets for? We bet you have seen them in new garments. They help keep your product clean and fresh until you use it. The truth is that the desiccant keeps moisture away and absorbs humidity. It is more useful than rice when it comes to drying the phone you dropped in the toilet.
Aquafresh toothpaste boasts of white, blue, and red stripes. They remind us of the flag, but there is more to this than that. Apparently, the blue stripe is good at freshening the breath and cleaning it. Meanwhile, the red stripe is good at plaque control. Together, they work to keep your mouth clean!
The Mysterious Square In Your McFlurry Spoon
How come McFlurry spoons have those square holes in them? Apparently, they are used to make the treat too! The square opening is connected to the machine that mixes the topping and ice cream. The bar on the machine slips into the spoon and stirs the ice cream. It is neat that you then use it to eat it.
TV Cable Hack
If you want highspeed TV channels but refuse to pay the exorbitant prices, there is something else you can do. All you need is an electrical outlet and old TV antennas. This will let you stream high-definition channels from CBS, ABC, Fox, PBS, NBC, FX, and more!
Make Threading Needles Easier
Sewing is a great skill to learn, but there are things you must do before you can get into it. For one thing, you should dip the end of the thread into nail polish to keep sturdy enough as you poke it through the eye of the needle.
Olive Oil: Not Just For Italian Food
Are you annoyed with your dry skin? If that is the case, you might want to try using olive oil to address this problem. It is good at improving the taste of the meal, but it is also awesome if you want to moisturize. Simply apply it to your body and face as needed. When you do this, the dryness will be gone!
Use A Tennis Ball For Parking Accuracy
Parking is hard, even when you have to do it in your own garage. You can avoid scratching the bumper and damaging the garage wall by hanging an old tennis ball from the roof. This will let you know when it is time to hit the brake and park the car instead of moving some more.
Strain Your Food With Tights
Who would have thought that an old pair of tights would make for the ideal food strainer? They work even better than regular strainers since they will be able to catch more food particles. This is a great way to repurpose old garments that you no longer want or need.
Groom Your Eyebrows With A Toothbrush
Most people use toothbrushes to keep their teeth clean and fight oral problems. However, you can actually use them for something else. If you have a spare and unused toothbrush, you can use it to groom your eyebrows as well. This is much cheaper than most eyebrow brushes out there. When you do this, you have basically saved yourself the hassle of paying the drugstore yet another visit. Score!
Loosen Doors With Petroleum Jelly
Squeaky doors are so annoying! However, not everyone has the free time to go to the hardware store and look for something to address the issue at hand. This hack might be the solution you need. You only need to put some petroleum jelly on drawer tracks, door hinges, and other squeaky surfaces. This will let you enjoy the peace and quiet once more.
Holes In Padlocks
Padlocks are very important when you want to protect a certain object or part of the house. Sometimes, they are placed outside the house. There are holes at the bottom of the locks that let the water come out. Aside from that, you can also add oil or WD-40 there to fix jams when they do happen.
Mason Jars For Utensils
Most people don’t realize that they have useful items lying around their homes, mason jars being one of them. They truly can be used for so many different kinds of things. If you’re looking for storage for your spare change, grab a mason jar. If you’re looking for a decorative place to put kitchen utensils, look no further than a mason jar. The best part about using something like this is that you can decorate them to your liking.
Color Code Your Keys
There is nothing more frustrating than standing outside of your front door trying to figure out which key will fit in the correct hole for the door you are trying to open. With this simple and fun DIY project, you’ll never have to fumble with your keys again. Paint each key a different color with nail polish in order to color-code your keys. You’ll never have to try multiple keys again.
Tennis Balls Can Protect Your Floors
If you have experienced goosebumps filling your arms after hearing the sound of a chair squeaking against hardwood floors, you will be able to understand what a lifesaver placing tennis balls on the feet of the chair can be. Not only will this eliminate the harsh sounds, but it will also keep your floors clean from scuff marks and dirty areas. That seems like a win-win!
Shine Furniture With Olive Oil
Having a busy life and many responsibilities to juggle each day makes it difficult to make sure you have time to always keep your furniture clean. Many people spend tons of money on different kinds of products before finding one that might work for them, but all you truly need is a little bit of olive oil. Your floors and furniture will shine as if they are brand new and you won’t spend money on so many cleaning supplies.
Dust Your Home With Old Tights
We’ve all experienced the struggle of trying to figure out how to clean tight spaces in your home that have collected dust. All you have to do is slip a pair of old tights over some tongs. This way you can easily clean both sides of things such as window blinds or fan blades. You can attach these tights to any object in order to get a great clean for no cost.
DIY Baking Soda Air Freshener
Baking soda is known and loved for the fact that it can be used in so many ways, like getting rid of stains or whitening teeth. Did you know that if you mix it with your choice of essential oils, you can create a DIY air freshener? All you need is baking soda, a jar, and essential oils of your choice. After combining all of these products together in your jar and securing them with a tight cloth, you’ll have your air freshener in minutes.
Use Tea Bags To Deodorize
Tea is one of the best, most versatile things to exist. Not only does it have health benefits, but it can also be used cosmetically and around the house. Did you know that tea bags have other uses aside from making actual tea? They can be a great way to ensure that 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 harsh smells will be absorbed in minutes.
Clean Your Dog’s Coat With Vinegar
It is certainly no secret that the smell of vinegar is a difficult smell for your nose to endure. Still, it has many helpful uses, which is why having it at home can be beneficial for you. One of the best uses for vinegar is cleaning your puppy’s fur. You can do this by mixing vinegar with one quart of water. This quick and easy trick will have your pup shining and looking clean.
Depuff Your Eyes With Metal Spoons
When you have to wake up early after having a super late night, metal spoons are here to be your face’s savior. All you need is two spoons that have been left to sit in the fridge or freezer throughout the night. When you wake up in the morning, place them over your eyes, and your puffy eye problem will no longer be on your mind.
New Uses For Baby Wipes
Despite the name and the well-known use, baby wipes actually can be used in many ways that people don’t always think about. Some unknown uses for baby wipes are cleaning your dirty computer screen or keyboard that is housing more germs than you can even think of. Baby wipes are the perfect way to safely clean your sensitive products.
Don’t Throw Out Old Butter Wrappers
Are you ready to hear of the house item that can save you a ton of money, especially if you’re an avid cook? Instead of throwing your old stick butter wrapper in the trash, save it and keep it in the refrigerator. Next time you need to make a pan non-stick, don’t buy the expensive cooking spray; simply use the wrappers!
Deter Bugs With Cinnamon
Nobody enjoys coming home after a long day and finding that a ton of bugs invaded their home. Finding bugs, especially cockroaches or ants, around the house, is a surefire way to be stressed and worried all the time that you’ll come face-to-face with one of these creepy crawlers. Instead of spending large amounts of money on exterminators or spraying chemicals around your living space to get rid of the insects, spread cinnamon around the areas where bugs could get in. This will keep them away.
Kool-Aid Powder Can Substitute For Dishwasher Detergent
We know what you’re thinking: no way can this be real. Surprisingly, it is real, and it is a great way to create your own dishwasher detergent. All you need for this project is washing soda, coarse salt, and four packets of lemonade Kool-Aid. Try it out! Just make sure you’re using the lemonade flavor.
Soften Your Cuticles With Shampoo
If your cuticles are looking a bit rough some days, the best way to give yourself an at-home manicure is to use a bit of shampoo that’s left at the bottom of the bottle and combine it with warm water. Soak your hands in the water and shampoo mixture for 5-10 minutes. Your nails and the surrounding skin will get the TLC they deserve, and you’ll feel pampered!
Reuse Cereal Bags
Today, finding even the most out-of-the-box ways to reuse plastic bags is important for the environment. If it’s a plastic bag, it should be reused in some way. One way to reuse your plastic bags is to rinse out the bag that held your cereal inside of the box and use it for storing leftover food!
Chupa Chups, the beloved lollipop company, places a hole at the top of all of their lollipop sticks, but many people don’t know why. This hole actually has a great job, and it is to make sure that while the lollipop mixture is being poured onto the stick, that it doesn’t all slide off!
We’ve all consumed, or at least heard about, Heinz ketchup at some point or another. When Heinz was reaching peak production, they were experiencing such great success that they were making 57 different kinds of food. Today, the number 57 on their label actually represents the best spot to hit your hand on in order to get the ketchup out of the glass bottle.
Staple removers are actually much more versatile than you would think. Not only can this product remove unwanted staples from paper or bulletin boards, but it can also be used to easily add keys to your keyring. Instead of having to ruin your new manicure, grab a staple remover to help easily get your new keychain onto your key ring.
Most people do not realize that their clothing hangers actually have a ton of uses that are not always talked about- as they have a pretty clear use to begin with. If you have a lot of necklaces or bracelets tangled up in an old jewelry box, try using a hanger instead. It will keep your jewelry separated and easy to access.
Rubberbands can be handy in many different situations, but they are especially helpful during an at-home painting project. If you wrap a rubber band around the top of your paint can, you will be able to remove excess paint from the brush and make sure your paint can will stay nice and clean.
Straws are the simple solution every traveling girl has been searching for high and low for years. To avoid tangled necklaces, threat them through a straw and hook them. You will never have to worry about your jewelry getting tangled around itself ever again because this trick will solve all of these problems.
Especially in the winter months when everything is dry and filled with static, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than speed-walking down the street because you’re late for a meeting, but not being able to focus on anything except the fact that your pants lining is sticking your leg. The solution for this is to safety pin the two layers of your pants to each other.
Plastic Water Bottle
If you are not a pro, sometimes separating egg yolks from egg whites can be a bit tricky and messy. We have a solution for you that will take all of the stress out of this situation. Take an empty plastic water bottle and suck the yolk out from the mixture. The pressure from the bottle pulling the yolk will remove it easily.
Sometimes, especially during travel, keeping both of your earrings together is more difficult than it sounds. If you take a button big enough to hold the area of both of your earrings, you can attach the earrings to the button! Now you won’t have to worry about losing one earring from the pair, but you will need to keep track of the button.
Usually, when you get a brand new pair of glasses, the company or store will also give you a new case to go with the new specs. What do you do with your old case now, though? Instead of throwing it away, you can use it for storage! Put your chapstick, travel perfume, or anything you usually find yourself losing in your purse, inside of the case.