Make Your Day With These 19 Genius Problem-Solving Hacks

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How to easily open a jar, clean your white shoes, and keep your lipstick on for hours.

1. Wear rubber gloves when opening a jar to get a better grip on the lid.

This is so simple, it’s almost stupid. Pull the top off with duct tape? Nah. Smack the jar on the counter? Absolutely not. Wrap a rubber band around the top? Unnecessary! Just pull on your pair of household gloves and that sucker will be open in no time. They are literally designed so you can hold onto dishes while washing them in soapy water, so you’ll definitely have enough traction to open the bastard. Learn more here.

2. Rub vaseline on your inner thighs to stop them from chafing during those hot summer days.

You can’t wear pants cuz it’s hot AF, but thigh chafing is every thick-thighed human’s worst nightmare. Runners use vaseline to lubricate their legs to keep them from getting irritated, so you know it works. You could also try baby powder if you don’t like the slick feeling. Learn more here.

3. Wrap duct tape around your clippers to keep your nails from flying across the room.

Literally nothing grosser than finding a big nail shard on your floor. Just let the duct tape hang out a little so the sticky part catches the clippings. Pull the tape off when you’re done and toss it. Learn more here.

4. Roll an opened chip bag and flip over the corners so you don’t need to buy extra chip clips.

Chip clips are trash. Half the time they don’t even work. Just flatten the bag to push all the air out and fold in the corners in to make triangles. Tightly roll the bag and then pull the triangles inside out over the roll. No more stale chips! Learn more here.

5. Or microwave stale chips to make them crispy again.

Microwave for about 30 seconds to re-dehydrate them. Delicious. Learn more here.

6. Cover your laptop with an Ikea storage box so your screen can be in the shade but you can still get a tan.

It’s a beautiful day outside! The sky is blue, there’s a gentle breeze, the sun is out ah crap, the sun is out. Which means you can’t see the screen when you’re working on your computer. Woof. If this is an on-going problem, just stick your laptop inside of an Ikea storage box. No more screen glare! Learn more here.

Get the storage box from Ikea for $4.99.

7. Drape a piece of toilet paper over the sensor so the auto-flush doesn’t catch you by surprise.

There’s nothing as disheartening as getting splashed by your own pee. The toilet paper will block the sensor and stop the auto-flush from ruining your day. Learn more here.

8. Brush a mix of hydrogen peroxide, water, and baking soda on your white shoes to get them looking brand spankin’ new.

There’s nothing like putting on a brand new pair of glowing white sneakers…until someone steps on your foot twelve seconds after walking outside. To get that feeling back, all you need to do is mix a tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon water, and 1/2 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and rub the resulting paste all over your shoes. Add another layer and then let them sit in the sun for a few hours, or until the paste has hardened and cracked. Slap the soles together until all of the paste falls off and your white sneakers emerge like a beautiful butterfly. ✨ Learn more here.

9. Hide your bra straps behind your racerback with a paper clip.

The downfall of every great outfit is a visible bra strap. You can buy clips (get a 3-pack from Amazon for $5.97), but in a bind, a paper clip will work just as well. Learn more here.

10. Rub your fingers on a spoon under running water to get rid of food smells.

If you’ve ever cooked fish or chopped up onion and garlic, you know that the scent tends to linger. Just rub your fingers on a spoon — or anything made of stainless steel — and the smell should be totally gone! Witchcraft, you say? Not exactly: sulfur (the stuff that makes those foods smelly) is attracted to, and binds with, stainless steel. You’ll be smelling fresh ‘n’ clean in no time. Learn more here.

11. Squeeze some dish soap and pour some hot water into the toilet if you don’t have a plunger.

Or if the, ahem, blockage is so stuck the plunger isn’t helping. Both the dish soap and the hot water will help break things up so you can more easily flush. Learn more here.

12. Cut tissue paper in the shape of your frames to plan your gallery wall so you don’t end up with a bunch of extra holes.

Picking out the pictures and frames is hard enough. The pressure of actually hanging them all is simply tew much. Not to worry! All you need to do is cut tissue paper in the shapes of the frames and tape them to the wall. Rearrange the design until you’re totally happy with it… And make sure everything is level and evenly spaced! Then hang your nails and rip the papers away. You’ll have gorgeous decor in no time. Learn more here.

13. Dab some translucent powder on your lips to make your lipstick last for hours.

A long night out requires a long-lasting lip. After applying liner and lipstick, pull a layer off of a tissue, and lay it across your lips. Tap the translucent powder onto your lips through the tissue — that way, you won’t apply so much that you actually wash out the color. Even after eating or drinking, you won’t have to reapply for quite some time. Trust me. Learn more here.

14. Use a squeegee to reach the exterior of your windows from inside the house without falling out.

Dirty windows = dark rooms. If you live on a second floor or higher, it’s basically impossible to clean the outside of the window… That is, unless you have a squeegee. You’ll need to buy a soft cover for the squeegee to really get the windows clean but that’s a small price to pay for natural sunlight.

Rub warm soapy water all over the windows with the squeegee, and then remove the cover to pull the squeegee across the window from top to bottom. The soap will come right off! Dry off the squeegee after every pass and only move in one direction so you aren’t pushing the dirt around. Learn more here.

Get the squeegee and soft cover from Amazon for $12.

15. Press cherry tomatoes between two tupperware lids to slice them all in one go.

Chopping vegetables can be such a chore. But it doesn’t have to be! Instead of cutting each tomato one by one, just hold them all in place while you drag the knife through all of them. And if your straight edge knife isn’t sharp enough, switch to a serrated one. A dull knife will squish the tomatoes instead of slicing right through. Learn more here.

16. If you’re desperate for wine but lost track of your bottle opener, stick the bottle in a shoe and bang it against the wall.

Let’s set the scene: you’re on vacation and you’ve finally arrived at the AirBnB. You’re ready to open a bottle of wine to celebrate when you realize there’s no bottle opener! You’re in the middle of nowhere so going out to buy one is a non-starter. If you’ve got a pair of shoes with a wooden sole, you’re in luck! Just pop the bottle in the shoe and bang the heel on the wall — the cork will pop right out! This isn’t the easiest hack — it requires a bit of upper arm strength — but desperate times call for desperate measures. Learn more here.

17. Wrap pipe cleaners around plastic hangers so your tank tops aren’t sliding off every five minutes.

No need to replace your hangers with those fancy velvet ones — just wrap a pipe cleaner on each side of the hanger. You can slide the pipe cleaner up or down depending on where the item hangs. Learn more here.

18. Stick silicone cupcake molds in your cars’ cupholders so cleaning them out isn’t such a pain.

If anything sticky gets in those cupholders, you know there’s no going back. If anything gross gets in cupcake molds, you can just throw them in the dishwasher! So. Much. Easier. Learn more here.

19. Hold onto a used dryer sheet to get those deodorant stains out without soaking your shirt.

Nothing that deflates you confidence like finding a deodorant stain on your awesome outfit. It’s all good: just rub the dryer sheet in a circular motion to absorb the deodorant and you’ll be back to looking fresh as heck. Learn more here.

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