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28 Little Life Hacks That'll Make You Say, "Huh, That's Actually A Great Hack"

I can vouch for several of these.

Every now and then, you hear a tip or trick that sounds so absurd or strange, it can't possibly work. But every now and then...it's true. So redditor u/rat-avec-london asked, "What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?"

And people really came through. Here are little everyday hacks that might sound weird — but actually work:

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1. "If you have hard butter but want to bake, use a cheese grater to quickly soften it."

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2. "If you're having trouble staying awake in class or at a meeting, see how long you can keep one of your feet lifted slightly off the ground."

u/maleorderbride

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3. "Order a bowl at Chipotle with a tortilla on the side. You get a larger serving size by doing that and when you get home, just put it together."

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4. "If you’ve got a splinter below your skin surface, wrap a banana peel around it."

"Wet side against your skin. It will draw the splinter out most of the time. I don’t know how but it freaking works. Banana magic." u/Rusty_is_a_good_boy

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5. "Use mayonnaise to remove water stains in wood from cups and glasses."

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6. "Preparation H on bug bites makes them instantly stop itching."

"A farmer told me about this trick. So far I've used it on mosquito bites, fire ants, ticks, wasp stings, and poison oak." u/mywifehasspicylips

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7. "Boil your pasta in a shallow frying pan. It takes less water and it cooks faster."

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8. "If you eat something really spicy at home and milk isn't available, eat ice cream or yogurt."

u/downtimeredditor

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9. "Rubbing alcohol works to get paint off clothes."

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10. "Run your wrists under cold water or rub an ice cube on your pulse points to cool down all over quickly when you get overheated."

"It seems obvious but I didn’t realize it until last summer working in a warehouse with no air conditioning." u/mannershmanners

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11. "The best way to reheat pizza is in a frying pan with a tablespoon or two of water splashed on the side and a lid on top.

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"You're welcome." u/upnflames

12. "Crayons are flammable and will provide about an hour of candlelight if you light the top."

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13. "25% of 18 is the same as 18% of 25. Percentages are reversible and one is usually easier to figure out than the other one."

u/DetroitJim

14. "Eating candied ginger can help with nausea. Any ginger really, but candied ginger is much better tasting."

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15. "Rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum."

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16. "Chopped-up potatoes in overly salty soups or stews will leach a lot of the salt out."

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"Just cook them for a while and pull them out." u/eeyore134

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17. "Dawn dish soap is better for cleaning tubs than any bathroom cleaner."

"Consider that when you bathe, you’re mostly washing off body oils/dirt/skin. Dawn is so effective at cleaning oil, it’s used to clean up after oil spills. You can use a small amount and it cleans pretty effortlessly with circles on a sponge."

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18. "Rub vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut jalapeños or other hot peppers."

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"It gets rid of the awfulness that would normally be left on your hands from the peppers. I rub my hands with oil and then wash it off with dish soap. This trick works so well I can even remove my contacts after doing it."

u/PaulRuddsButthole

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19. "Vinegar in a plastic bag with a rubber band tied around any faucet or showerhead makes it look just like new."

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"I'm talking decade-old rust and stuff gone...and water flows like the first day. It works on showerheads." u/Aakwanderer

20. "If you have hiccups, eat a spoonful of peanut butter."

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"I don't know how or why or what, but I do this when I get hiccups and it works. Every. Time." u/LS-BleepBloop

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21. "Smell is closely associated with memory. If you're studying for an exam, buy an odd-scented eraser (like pickle scent)."

"Every time you try to memorize something, take a sniff. Take that eraser to the test and sniff it when you're having trouble remembering an answer."

u/SixxTheSandman

22. "Use a wet knife to chop onions. It reduces tears if you have sensitive eyes."

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"It really works!! I could barely make it through chopping half an onion without needing multiple breaks before I tried this. Just keep the faucet running and dip your knife under periodically while chopping. I still get a little reaction, but nowhere near as bad." u/1nd1anaCroft

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23. Microwave tip: Put a bit of water on the tray with whatever you are microwaving. It always makes it taste better and fresher.

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24. "A pinch of salt in your coffee. Greatly reduces the amount of sugar and milk I have to use and works better than any amount of both."

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25. "Ladies who love sundresses but hate tights? Use some underarm deodorant on your thighs to avoid the thigh rub."

u/clarketl29

26. "Clean up little pieces of glass with Wonder Bread. It sucks up the small pieces like you wouldn't believe."

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27. Yell at your vacuum cleaner to get your dogs to stop barking at it."

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28. Heat white vinegar, then add an equal part dawn dish soap and you have an easy home cleaner for just about anything.

"Vinegar helps break down any set-in mess and dawn clears it away. Let it sit for 30 minutes on moat surfaces and it's even better. It's magic stuff for bathrooms, kitchens, and any hard surface." u/MuddestOfDuck

Do you have an amazing life hack that people should know about? Tell us in the comments below!

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