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18 mind-blowing lifehacks

Ben Bowman


We love lifehacks. Many of us learn the hard way to do things, but a shortcut can change our lives for the better. In the subreddit r/lifehacks, users share ideas that make our lives easier, faster, and better. Here are some of our favorites.

strawberry lifehack

18 lifehacks that will save you time and money

Use Google Sheets to translate languages

The most upvoted lifehack in the history of the forum actually comes from a tweet. Check this out.

By adding the code =googletranslate along with the source text (in another cell) and the two languages you want Google to use, it will spit out the correct text!

Use two Ziploc bags to make a mega-bag

Ziploc bag hackIf you flip one Ziploc bag inside out, you can connect it with another one to make an even bigger bag.

Make your wall-hangings level with painter’s tape

painters tape

If you need to hang something on the wall that requires two nails or screws, run the painter’s tape over the holes and make an X-mark where the nails should go. Then stick the tape on the wall and use a level to make sure your X marks are lined up. Nail through the X marks, then rip off the painter’s tape. Voila!

Use a mouse to control your phone

This hack seems too crazy to be true, but it makes sense. As long as your phone has a micro-USB port, you can actually use a mouse to control a cursor. Not a long-term solution for sure, but if you had to get to some important information while your screen isn’t working, this could be a lifesaver.

DIY reusable checklist

My pen-free reusable checklist made from binder clips. For those reoccurring tasks that don’t work for me in a digital task list. With satisfying check off click 🙂 from r/productivity

Let’s say you need to go over a checklist every day. You could use an app like Wunderlist, but this analog solution is great. Print off your checklist, attach it to a clipboard, then use binder clips to mark each item. With every click, you’ve knocked out a task!

Faster fruit prep

Fruit prep from r/lifehacks

Slice, dice, and remove seeds and stems with these dazzling fruit hacks from a TikTok user. Watermelons, cherries, and kiwi will never take as long again.

Pick up someone heavier than you

Who knows when you might need to pick up someone heavy? If you roll up with the other person in the right way, you can hoist a tremendous about of weight on your shoulders. File this in your memory banks and you could be a hero someday! (NSFW language warning.)

Get your dog to sit still for a bath with peanut butter

Showering your dog while smearing peanut butter on a wall as a distraction from r/lifehacks

A little bit of peanut butter on the shower wall should be all the distraction you need to keep your pup from jumping around like crazy.

How to wrap an oddly-shaped gift

With these creative folds, you can even wrap a basketball with any garden-variety wrapping paper. (Feel free to slow down the video if you need to follow along.)

Master your closet

Folding and hanging your clothes should be simple, but different fabrics and clothing needs can really make closet management a pain. Consider the methods in this gif to become a true clothes-management ninja!

How to transport your closet when moving

moving clothes

Worried about a million hangers falling all over the place? Just bundle your clothes with garbage bags and when you get to your new home, hang the whole shebang on your new closet rods. Remove the garbage bags and you’re ready to start unpacking everything else.

DIY phone stand

DIY phone standYou know those plastic “picnic table”-like things you get on a pizza? Save one, wash it off, clip off one of the legs and you’ve got an instant phone stand.

How to clear a stuffy nose in less than 60 seconds

  1. Inhale deeply.
  2. Slowly exhale all of your air and hold your breath until you are on empty.
  3. Pinch your nose to avoid cheating.
  4. Rock your head back and forth slowly, taking two seconds from looking at the sky to looking at the ground.
  5. Do it until you absolutely NEED a breath.
  6. Enjoy your clear nose.

Use a fork to hang a photo

Great useful trick in everyday life

This simple lifehack will save you the headache of trying to line up the string with the nail you already pounded into the wall.

Bonus round:

For more lifehacks, you can check out Reddit’s lifehack forum. Just be aware that many of the submitted lifehacks are a bit useless. And as many commenters say, “the real lifehack is always in the comments,” so be sure to read what other people are saying about the proposed solutions.

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