While I’m sure there are plenty of tips and tricks you know that make certain tasks easier, I bet you aren’t aware of the number of things you’re actually doing wrong in your everyday life. Now, this isn’t meant to be an attack on your intelligence or anything like that, but rather a PSA for everyone, because chances are you’re not alone when it comes to mishandling certain things.For example, did you know there’s a super simple way of getting ketchup out of a glass bottle that doesn’t involve jamming a butter knife into it? To find out about this, along with a slew of other everyday things you’ve been doing wrong, keep reading!
1. Clean Fingers
The next time you reach into a bag of Cheetos, make sure you’re holding a pair of chopsticks! Doing so will prevent your fingers from getting covered in cheese dust.
2. A Perfect Peel
Never struggle peeling a banana again with this simple tip: turn it upside down! If you watch chimps peeling bananas, you’ll notice they start from the bottom.
3. Cupcake Sandwich
Everyone knows cupcakes are delicious, but have you ever successfully gotten an entire bite into your mouth without covering your face with icing? To avoid this common fiasco, turn your cupcakes into sandwiches before diving in.
4. Portion Control
I never make the right amount of pasta — I always end up with too much or not enough. But now that I know the little hole in the middle of my spaghetti ladle measures out a perfect portion, it’s a problem I no longer have to worry about.
5. The Bobby Pin Revelation
Apparently, I’ve been putting bobby pins into my hair wrong for far too long. This mistake may explain why I’ve never had much luck getting them to stay in place.
6. A Fan Favorite
The direction that your fan rotates should change with the seasons. Who knew?! In the cooler months, a clockwise rotation creates an updraft that forces warm air from your ceiling into your living space. A counterclockwise rotation creates a nice breeze, which is ideal for warmer months.
7. The Built-In Utensil
Just because you don’t have a spoon doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your pack of applesauce! Believe it or not, there’s one built right into the container — you just have to make it.
8. Pick Up The Tab
Stop breaking your nails trying to open a can of soda and let the top slot of a bottle opener do all of the hard work instead.
10. Get A Grip
Have you ever put a juicebox in a child’s hands and watched as they squeezed just a bit too hard, sending juice flying out of the straw? That can be avoided by utilizing the built-in handles located on each side of the box.
11. Bobbing For Straws
Keep your straw in place whenever you crack open an icy cold can of soda by rotating the tab and inserting the straw through the larger hole.
13. Feel The Heat
The next time you heat up leftovers in the microwave, make sure you create a small hole in the middle of your plate. Doing so will allow the microwave to heat your meal evenly.
14. Scribble Secrets
To make sure no one can read something you’ve written, don’t just scribble it out using a bunch of lines. Instead, cover it with different words and random letters.
15. To cool down a beverage as quickly as possible, wrap it with wet paper towels and put it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
That thing will be chilled to the max.
16. The Bread Saver
Avoid squishing a delicious, fluffy loaf of bread by flipping it upside down and cutting along its flat bottom. You’ll be left with perfect slices every time — guaranteed.
17. Soft Serve Service
If you’re sick and tired of bending perfectly good spoons whenever you want to indulge in a couple bites of your favorite ice cream, store the tub in a Ziploc bag to keep it soft and easy to scoop.
18. Trusty Trash Can Trick
“My husband drilled holes in the bottom of our garbage can to make putting in & taking out bags much easier — no suction issues.”
19. Small Sink Solution
If you can’t completely fit a bucket underneath the tap in your sink, use a plastic dustpan as a funnel to fill it up on the floor!
20. Good Sandwich Guide
Ensure every corner of your sandwich is filled with delicious meaty goodness by ripping circular pieces in half, and then following the set of instructions below to cover the entire surface.
21. The Ketchup Roll
You could continue to do what you’ve always done and fill multiple paper cups with ketchup, or you can roll out the top and fit more of everyone’s favorite condiment into one serving.
22. A Secret Warmer
Now, this revelation doesn’t apply to all ovens. However, some lower drawers actually work as warmers. So get out your owner’s manual and see if yours has this awesome function!
23. Scientifically Proven Burger Hold
To keep everything inside your burger, you need to support both the front and the back of your bun. How? By using your pinkie fingers and thumbs as supports.
24. The less frustrating way of using tinfoil
If you’re like me and want to use tinfoil, you probably just whip it open and start pulling — and the roll pops out every time. Notice the “Press Here To Lock Roll” tab on the side of the box. Do it up and solve all of your problems!
25. The built-in drink coaster.
The lid of a takeout drink isn’t just for holding a straw and keeping your drink from spilling everywhere.