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All The Hacks That'll Make Your Life Easier

A new book compiles all the easy kitchen, technology, and travel hacks you need to know.


By Venus Wong, Refinery29

Your grandma may tell you otherwise, but there are many shortcuts in life. We can't imagine living without quick fixes to remove stains or cheap hacks to save on gas. So, wouldn't it be incredible to have an actual guidebook that tells you how to deal with every little day-to-day nuisance?

That need resonated with Keith Bradford, who created the popular Twitter feed @1000lifehacks. In 140 characters or less, Bradford schools you on how to remove wine stains, treat minor injuries, and even unclog a toilet. These tried-and-true nuggets are now compiled into Life Hacks — practically a household bible. Click on for our favorite excerpts from the book, and pick up a copy for your granny — she'll want to have it around the house.
1. If you ever clog the toilet in a public restroom and there’s no plunger, pour some liquid hand soap in. Let it sit for five minutes and flush again. This could save you someday.

2. If you ever have to clean up vomit (and hopefully you don’t), put ground coffee on it first. It takes away the smell and dehydrates it. Then, you can just sweep it up.

3. Putting a small amount of 7UP in a flower vase will surprisingly preserve them for much longer.

4. By adding a pinch of salt to your load of laundry you can actually brighten the colors of your clothes.

5. Put a used, wet sponge in the microwave for two minutes to kill 99% of the bacteria in it.
1. Have an itchy mosquito bite? Put some White-Out on it. The correction fluid will stop the itch within seconds!

2. Never go shoe shopping late at night. Your feet can get 5% to 10% larger at the end of the day than in the morning.

3. Tie a small piece of brightly colored fabric to your luggage. You’ll be able to spot your bag at the airport in no time.

4. Rub chalk on clothing to remove grease stains.
1. When it comes to staying awake, apples are actually more powerful than caffeine.

2. Microwaving lemons and other fruits for 15 seconds can double the amount of juice you get from them.

3. It may sound crazy, but white wine will actually take out a red wine stain.

4. If you wear a Yelp shirt to a restaurant, you’ll get the best service ever.

5. Want to make a drink cold really fast? Wrap it in a wet paper towel and put it in the freezer for two minutes.
1. Your headphones can be used as microphones if you plug them into the mic jack on your computer. This is helpful when recording lectures.

2. Want to make sure you wake up in the morning? The Snooze app for iPhone will donate to charity each time you hit the snooze button.

3. By charging your laptop battery only up to 80% instead of 100%, you can greatly extend the usable lifespan of the battery.


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