19+ Random Hacks That'll Fit Nicely In Your Back Pocket

You can never go wrong having an arsenal of useful lifehacks in your back pocket. In my opinion, it's better to be safe than sorry, and you'll never know when they'll come in handy!

If you're always looking for clever tips and tricks that can be used to solve everyday problems, don't go anywhere. Stick around and browse through the fresh collection of hacks I've put together below.

1. "The lock on our sliding glass door broke so we secured it with the dog gate until we can fix it properly."

Reddit | thecatsmilkdish

It may not look great, but at least no one's going to be opening that door when they're not supposed to!

2. Definitely a first world problem, but a problem nonetheless.

Reddit | Reddit

"A small hook next to your bed makes your charging cable easily accessible, and keeps it from falling to the ground."

3. "One dollar, super effective shower drain hair catcher. Just cut a strip of this plastic canvas, roll it up, and stick it in the shower drain."

Reddit | skreeth

According to the Redditor, something like this can be found at most craft supply stores near the sewing and embroidery items.

4. Whether they've been stretched out or you bought a pair without trying them on, flats that are slightly too wide aren't a complete write-off!

Philip Friedman | Real Simple

All you have to do is stuff cotton balls into the toe area to create a perfect fit.

5. "The hotel remote is the germiest item in a room. Use the bag from the ice bucket to cover it so you don’t have to touch it."

Reddit | underthesemaphore

If your'e that concerned about germs, give this hack a shot during your next hotel stay.

6. "Never plug a USB in the wrong way again..."

Reddit | AliceLillie

Anyone who's ever used a USB port knows the struggle of never being able to plug something into it the right way on their first try.

7. I've become a lot better at purging my closet over the years, but I think I'm still going to try this idea.

Verge Campus | Verge Campus

And remember, unless it has sentimental value, most articles of clothing can be replaced with the exact same thing or something very similar, so if you get rid of an item and regret it a few months later, it isn't the end of the world.

8. Personally, I'm going to avoid touching any snake I come across out in the wilderness.


But something like this is always good to know, just in case! Especially if you happen to be hiking with someone who isn't terrified of them.

9. Quit wasting perfectly good product, people! 

Reddit | MosYEETo

"If your lotion won't come out, cut it in half and you'll find that there's plenty in the bottom."

You can also do this to things like tubes of toothpaste and bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

10. "Wireless Earbud Loss Prevention." 

Reddit | EstusFiend

There's nothing worse than spending a bunch of your hard-earned money on a pair of wireless earbuds only to lose one (or both) of them. Dangly earrings for the win!

11. Remember this simple tip the next time you're at your favorite restaurant.

Reddit | AmeriChino

"Turn your chopstick sleeve into a stand so you can keep them off your dirty table."

12. "Fill mop buckets from the sink with a watering can!"

Reddit | Shevik

You can also use a dust pan to accomplish the same task if you don't happen to have a watering can on hand.

13. "Power outage = MacGyver tea making skills."

Reddit | FemaleNurse

OK, so this is something you definitely have to be careful with. And it shouldn't come as a surprise that you're not going to acheive a rumbling boil, either. As long as all you need is warm water in order to get your tea fix in a pinch, this'll do the trick.

14. Avoid pulling a Chandler Bing on the dance floor or while walking across the office by placing a piece of duct tape on the soles of your shoes.

James Wojcik | Real Simple

The tape will create a small amount of traction, which should be enough to prevent you from slipping and sliding all over the place.

15. "Shirt won't stay closed and you can't find a safety pin? Use a small earring instead." 

Reddit | fossilized-jellybean

Use this clever hack to avoid any potential wardrobe malfunctions without sacrificing your outfit's style!

16. This Redditor's girlfriend used a hot sewing needle to create two small holes in this broken pair of glasses.

Reddit | beardedwazoon

She then used a thin piece of cord to string the pieces together. Brilliant!

17. Over time, inexpensive jewelry can tarnish and turn an unpleasant green hue.

SheFinds | SheFinds

To give your favorite costume pieces a fresh, shiny, new look, mix up a cleaning solution comprised of salt, baking soda, and hot water.

Add the dry ingredients to an aluminum pie plate or a bowl lined with tinfoil, and then pour the hot water over top.

SheFinds | SheFinds

Mix everything together before placing all of your accessories into the solution. After a quick soak, remove each item and buff them dry with a soft rag.

18. People with cats and toddlers in the house, this one's for you!

Reddit | krose0206

"For those of you with pets or small children, use a zip tie to hang your Christmas ornaments. They come in green!"

19. Reheated pizza never tasted so good.

reddit | MinerThanEarlier

"Warming a pizza fast without burning the base: heat the lower pan hot while the upper one gets warm, then turn the pans up-side-down and put the pizza on the warm pan. Then put the hot pan above. Turn off the heat and wait until the base is crisp and the cheese has melted."

20. Again, if you have little ones in your house, you're going to want to pay attention to this cleaning hack.

Fab How | Fab How

The next time your kiddo decides to go all Picasso on one of your walls, don't freak out!

Instead, cover their crayon masterpiece with a blob of white toothpaste using an unused toothbrush.

Fab How | Fab How

Once you've scrubbed everything clean, wipe it all away with a piece of paper towel.

21. The biggest struggle in our home right now has to do with fitted sheets.

Crafty Staci | Crafty Staci

I don't know if our mattress is thicker than others or if this is just a common problem that sheet makers refuse to acknowledge, but the corners of every fitted sheet we own never stay put!

But now that I've come across this genius solution, and have also figured out how to use my sewing machine, I think I'll be able to put this problem to bed once and for all — see what I did there?

Crafty Staci | Crafty Staci

Excuse me while I start the car and stock up on elastic strips!