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15 Awesome Life Hacks You Can Find On Instagram

Mihir Patkar 12-09-2013

Who doesn’t fancy a shortcut? Life hacks are ingenious tricks that can make your life easier, whether it’s as simple as fitting two bowls in a microwave oven or making a DIY stand for your phone.


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Turn A Popcorn Bag Into A Popcorn Bowl [No Longer Available]

Why dip your hand and rummage around in that greasy bag for a few kernels? There’s a better way to do it. Once your bag is out of the microwave, shake it well, place it on its side, grab a pair of scissors and cut a square out of the front. Instant popcorn bowl!


By @daniestraub

Fit Two Bowls At Once In Microwave

If your microwave oven is too small to fit two bowls side-by-side, then here’s how to do it. Place one bowl, and keep an inverted glass next to it. Now, just put the second bowl on top of the inverted glass. Voila!



By @hi_im_arielle

>Use A Screw And Fork To Uncork A Bottle [No Longer Available]

Don’t have a bottle opener handy? Don’t worry. All you need is a screw, a fork and a little ingenuity. Twist the screw into the cork, as deep as you can go, while letting it jut out a bit. Use the fork to grab a hold of the screw, and then start pulling upwards. Cheers!



By @megmegasaur

Polka Dot Fingernail Paint With Pencil And Nail

To paint your fingernails in a chic polka-dotted design, grab a pencil and a nail. Push the nail through the pencil’s eraser at the top. Then, holding the pencil, just dip the nail into paint and onto your fingernail.


By @jenifer_lovesyouall


Use A Spoon As A Wire Rack Stopper

If you have a bottle in your fridge, or any other wire rack, that seems like it might roll off, grab a spoon and slide it through the rack. It will act as a stopper for whatever object is threatening to roll out.


By @lightninghugz

>Make A Moat To Keep Ants Away From Food [No Longer Available]

Baked a sugary delight and want to keep the ants from getting at it? Ants can’t handle water, so this hack goes medieval and suggests making a moat. Just place your item on a plate or saucer with water in it and you’ll be guaranteed an ants-free zone.



By @gillianhugh

Use A Pen Spring To Protect Charger Cables [No Longer Available]

Over time, charger cables start to fray or detach with continuous usage, especially at the connector’s end. This is mainly because of a frequent change in shape, as the cable coils and uncoils. One way to keep that from happening is to use the spring from a pen. Coil it around your cable and slide it up to the point of your connector. That part will stay firm and your cables will last longer.


By @marilululuwho

Use Bread Or Milk Tabs As Cord Holders On Desks

The next time you buy bread or milk, don’t throw away the tab. You know that unruly mess of charger cables, USB cables and other cords on your desk? The easiest way to manage those is to stick those plastic tabs at the edge of your desk (using glue or sticky tape). Now, just slide the cord in — perfect cable management.


By @dasootas

Empty Tissue Rolls As Cord Holders

When you run out of tissues, instead of trashing the cardboard roll, repurpose it as a cord holder. Packing a coiled up cord into a roll can not only keep it from unravelling, but also help you label it by writing what it’s for on the roll with a marker pen. Your cords will stay neat and organized.


By @lifehacks_funfacts

Mark Your Serrated Knives With Nail Polish

Do you hate having to pick knives out of your knife stand one by one to find the serrated blade? Grab a bottle of nail polish and mark the top of the serrated blade’s handle with a colour. You could even use different colours for different knives to instantly tell which blade to pick up. You don’t have to paint the entire thing as seen below, even a small dot would suffice.


By @claireackley

The Easiest, Cleanest Way To Pit Cherries

Removing the seeds from cherries can be a messy and tedious job. To simplify it, grab a bottle with a mouth smaller than cherries, and a chopstick. Place the bottle on a table, put the cherry on the mouth and push the chopstick through. Pit falls into the bottle and you have a perfectly pitted cherry.


By @yenlinchung

Turn A Cigarette Pack Into A Phone Stand

Smoking is injurious to your health, but ingenious for your smartphone. Flip open the pack and use the top as a stand for your smartphone, resting against the pack. If the speakers and the pack align, the hollow will also double up as a makeshift volume amplifier.


By @niniallamas

Put Ice Cubes In Dryer To De-wrinkle T-Shirt

This could be the quickest and laziest way to remove wrinkles from a t-shirt. Throw your shirt into the dryer and chuck a few ice cubes with it. Run the dryer for 5 minutes and you’re done! The combination of moisture and heat works perfectly to get rid of those wrinkles.


By @br_14

Repurpose Paper Clips As Key Hangers

Got a few, large paper clips handy? Bend the free side outwards, and use scotch tape to stick the rest of the clip to a counter. And there you go, you just got yourself a handy hanger for your keys, scissors, kitchen towel and anything else you might want.


By @therickandrews

Cut Soda Bottle Tops For Resealable Can

Don’t want to finish that soda can in one go? Grab an old plastic bottle and cut the top off. Then, slide the top onto your can, pushing it as far down as it can go. While the hack doesn’t mention it, a rubber band is a good added measure to seal it tight. And there you go, you now have a resealable can with a twisty cap.


By @maxjbishop

Of Hacks & Hackers

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Instagram hacks, and I’m sure there are many, many more on the social photo network. Looking for more? Here are 10 great geeky hacks 10 Great Geek Hacks: Repurpose Everyday Objects & Get The Most Out Of Your Electronics If you're looking for a way to get the most out of old everyday objects that have become obsolete, like cassette tapes and CD's, or want to put everyday objects like binder clips, bread clips... Read More you should definitely get to know.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    a dot on a USB plug so you never put it in wrong
    different colors/different keys helps you pick the right one
    I target shoot, and a bit of a bright color on the front sight helps me acquisition

  2. cunt@cunt.cunt
    September 18, 2013 at 4:50 am

    A few decent pointers, but overall the list isn't impressive. Most of these solutions either aren't feasible or don't serve significant benefit, have much simpler but better alternatives, or will look tacky when implemented. I've used a screw to uncork a bottle before, for instance, but I used a pair of channel locks or vice grips, instead of mutilating some crappy fork and stabbing myself in the eye. I don't want to see fingernail polish on anything in the home. It's horrible enough stuff on fingernails. I use twist ties from bread loaves to wrap cables unless they're put into long term storage, in which case I use "zip" ties, which can often be reused. The popcorn trick I really don't understand. You're really going to actively dirty a pair of clippers or blade of some sort as opposed to just using a bowl and washing it? That's not to mention the fact that you need wash your hands anyway. (and possibly your soul after eating something as crappy as popcorn to begin with, which is assumedly covered in something unhealthy and sticky, otherwise it's practically inedible)

  3. shaun
    September 14, 2013 at 8:07 am

    thumbs up,thumbs down.can we have a not sure box please.

  4. Andrew Jordan
    September 14, 2013 at 3:46 am

    This is such childish crap. What a waste of space. The thing with the Microwave is downright Unsafe. Try to take a bowl of hot liquid out of the Microwave from an elevated position. It could spill on you and cause very nasty burns on your chest area. Also glasses of that type tend to be cheap and I don't know why but degrade when repeatedly heated over time.I had one like that come out of the dishwasher and explode like a grenade.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 14, 2013 at 6:19 am

      I've actually done the microwave one myself, Andrew. Just like you would be careful in moving boiling water off the gas, you do the same with the microwave one :)

    • Toni-leigh D
      September 14, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Instead of the glass use a mug.

    • cunt@cunt.cunt
      September 18, 2013 at 4:59 am

      It's nonsensical for the most part, but I wouldn't go so far as to say childish. I would just use the microwave twice consecutively, or perhaps just prepare something on a range top, since the microwave isn't really saving that much time or effort anyway. If you can afford it an even better option is a toaster oven (or virtually any other type of oven, from dutch/french, to brick/stone, to a small roaster oven) for most foods that I would normally consider preparing in a microwave. Though, the trick does describe some potential hack that might be useful if you're really in a hurry, given much precaution, I definitely would NOT use the flimsy glass shown in the picture, at least. The microwaves I see have turning tables that often jostle.

  5. Paul King
    September 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    These aren't "hacks" - they're 'handy tips' that have existed since the 1960s, 1970s, time immemorial !

    • Exec
      October 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      oh, you are a genius!!!!!


  6. Jyone Scotani
    September 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I put a dot of nail polish on any plug in so I can instantly plug it in the correct way, the first time.

    I also use clear nail polish on my buttons so they don't fall off. If they do fall off I sew the button back on with dental floss . A dab of nail polish finishes the job.

    When drying clothes I put in a clean bath towel & it cuts down drying time by the towel absorbing the moisture.

  7. Jyone Scotani
    September 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I put a dot of nail polish on any plug in so I can instantly plug it in the correct way, the first time.

    I also use clear nail polish on my buttons so they don't fall off. If they do fall off I sew the button back on with dental floss . A dab of nail polish finishes the job.

    When drying clothes I put in a clean bath towel & it cuts down drying time by the towel absorbing the moisture.

  8. cxr37
    September 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Great material!

  9. Mark M
    September 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    **chuckle** ... some nice lil tidy tid-bits there, I think i'll try the pop-corn one first