17+ Genius Lifehacks That Are Actually Pretty Darn Great


It's been a while since I sat down and pumped out a good 'ol lifehacks article.

And man am I STOKED. I got a chance to browse Reddit and see what crazy things people are hacking, and there are some solid ones in the mix.

I can't wait to share these with you!

Put toilet paper over the sensor of a public toilet if you're worried about it flushing while you're sitting.

Reddit | captbadass26

Honestly, I totally get it if you're not down for random bidet action while you're in a crowded bathroom. I mean, I am definitely not interested in it. This would certainly help us out!

Fold your dolla dolla bills to create a pouch for your coins when you're handing money to a cashier at a drive-thru.

Reddit | ZunaCorpLX

Watching a coin fall from your hands, past the hands of the cashier, and onto the ground is just about as depressing as anything can get.

By folding it and sticking the coin inside, the risk is eliminated!

Use zip ties and a stapler to hang items.

Reddit | f_todd

Looking to decorate for your favorite holiday and aren't sure how to hang your wreaths and other decor? Use a stapler to attach a zip tie to the side of your house, and then wrap that baby around whatever you want to hang up!

Place a marshmallow in the bottom of an ice cream cone to stop the bottom from leaking.

Reddit | RIPJ4WZ

There was a ice cream shop where I grew up called "Hurricanes" that would do this to the ice cream cones they served.

I've always thought it was just because they liked to share a little extra treat with us, but now I know the real reason!

Attach the tools to build your furniture to the underside of the piece.

Reddit | epic312

I just recently moved, and tbh this would have been a lifesaver. Luckily, I didn't actually bring too much furniture with me that I had to take apart, however, if I did... it would have been nice to know where the tool to take it apart was hidden.

Use a spool if you're tired of tangled string lights.

Reddit | Erin_C

Unpacking the Christmas decorations at the beginning of the holiday season is always a pain in the butt.

I love the idea of wrapping your lights around a spool to keep them nice and tidy. This is such a time saver and perfect for organizing.

Add a pen spring coil to your cords to stop them from fraying.

Reddit | MikaelPesonen

These cables cost money, people. A spring costs, what? Like, five cents? Add one to your cables to extend their lifespans.

A binder clip is a good way to push more lotion to the front of your bottle.

Reddit | hideous_koginia

Trying to squeeze lotion out of an almost-empty bottle might be one of the most frustrating things ever.

I literally tried this yesterday and totally failed. A binder clip works well to help you out!

Use a lint roller on a screen door to get fluff and other gunk off.

Reddit | RIPJ4WZ

Lint rollers for the win, amirite?!

These guys can get a lot more than lint off of just about anything. So I'm definitely going to give this a try as my new place has one of these pesky screen doors! I've never been so stoked to clean.

Change the text shortcuts on your phone so you can stop sending weird auto-corrects.

Reddit | [deleted]

This is particularly great if you like to spell things wrong, or use shorthand text a lot. This is also pretty good if you tend to use inappropriate words a lot, and telling people to "ducking" do something.

Make the words engraved into metal stand out using nail polish.

Reddit | RIPJ4WZ

Oh, nail polish.

Our favorite beauty product to hack with. This one is actually new to me, which is pretty crazy since I've written an entire article on nail polish hacks.

You can see on the right-hand side that this totally works!

Stop your cat from hiding or tearing apart your tree by moving it up.

Reddit | PugLover5533

I've seen some hilarious photos and videos of cats and Christmas trees, and man can they destroy one with ease.

This is also great if you are luckily enough to have large gifts. Or, a mom who thinks it's funny to hide a gift card in a really, really, really large box.

Use a baking rack to cook a lot of bacon all at once.

Reddit | curlysass

I would definitely be careful with this one and make sure the fat dripping from the bacon doesn't cause a fire.

But, overall baking bacon is an easy way to cook a lot of it, fast. There's just better ways to do it.

Use empty 2L bottles of soda to keep your boots nice and straight.

Reddit | MimiMyMy

We've seen this done with pool noodles time and time again.

But, this is honestly the first time I've ever seen someone use a soda bottle. I totally get it though, those boot-straightening products can end up costing a ton of money!

Use a glass of water to know whether or not your egg is spoilt.

Reddit | ThatDude697

No one, and I mean NO ONE, wants to eat an rotten egg. EW.

But, we've got a way to know whether or not the egg is egg-okay. Hehe.

Put the egg in a glass of water, if it floats it's gone bad. If it sinks, it's all good. If it starts to tilt, it's not as fresh as it once was.

Use a bag of peas as an ice pack if you don't have anything on hand.

Reddit | LooksLikeTreble617

Once upon a time at a grocery store, I may have bruised my arm pretty badly when I rested it on the checkout belt. It was ROUGH.

But, they gave me a bag of peas as an ice pack, and it was the best move ever.

Grow new vegetables from the scraps of the ones you already have.

Reddit | ReturnDelMack

Everyone loves to save some dolla dolla bills here and there. So, if you like eating fresh veg, why not re-grow your own from the scraps?

Green onion is one of the easiest places to start! Seriously, give it a try and see how it goes.

Attach a pool noddle to the side of your garage so you don't bang your car door on the wall.

Reddit | RIPJ4WZ

I'm the absolute worst with accidentally banging my car door on random things. I don't have a garage, but if I did you bet I'd be giving this hack a try. I actually think this one is genius!

Put your cord through the hole of an extension cord if your cords keep coming unplugged.

Reddit | SublimeOverall

This is definitely one of those, "I was today years old when I found out about it" moments.

I thought that the hole was meant for attaching it to a wall or something. The more you know!

Use a dust pan to add water to a bucket when the sink isn't big enough to fit it inside.

Reddit | voy_coniag_mental

This one is an oldie, but a goodie. You've probably seen it countless times, but it's so smart! There's been many times when a bucket (or a water bottle) doesn't fit comfortably in a sink. I love this one!

Utilize a hair tie as an elastic band and organize your headphones.

Reddit | supervixen456

Anyone who listens to music knows that headphones can be a pain in the rear-end.

They're ALWAYS getting tangled! I don't always have elastics on hand, so I love using hair ties instead. I'm definitely here for this sweet hack idea!

A carabiner is great for holding multiple shopping bags all at once.

Reddit | dollartaco

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I am a one-trip wonder when it comes to bringing shopping bags (or anything) into the house.

My goal is ALWAYS to bring things into the house in one trip.

Place a piece of paper under the end of a roll of packing tape.

Reddit | swan11jf

Finding the end of a roll of packing tape once it's been lost is one of the worst things in the world. Somehow, mine ALWAYS splits the tape down the center.

Using a piece of paper is so smart! I usually fold my tape back over itself.

Turn your background lime green to see how many smudges are on your phone.

Reddit | yahboyshark

I'm long past caring about how many smudges are on my phone.

BUT, if you're someone who likes to keep their phone spic and span, then try this method out. Then you can see what spots you need to clean just a little bit harder.