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10 Popular Life Hacks That Don't Actually Work
1. The Toilet Roll Smartphone Speaker
Why pay good money for those electronic gadgets that amplify your music so wonderfully when you have a perfectly good solution waiting for you in the bathroom? Well the reason is simple…an empty toilet roll is about as effective at amplifying sound as a slice of cheese.
2. The Wooden Spoon to Stop a Pot Boiling Over
Go ahead. Try it. I did, last week. I read about this on the Internet, and like a man looking up the word gullible in the dictionary because he was told it wasn't in there, I gave it a shot.It's very simple. Just place a pan of water on the stove and bring it to the boil. Then, place something in there like macaroni or potatoes, and turn the heat down slightly. Usually, if you're not watching carefully, the pot will boil over. But with this method? The pot will still boil over.
3. The Nail and Hammer Wine Opener
The party is in full swing, and you grab a bottle of wine and…disaster! There's no wine opener in the kitchen. You look everywhere, then go to the Internet for a handy life hack. And that's when you find the old "nail and hammer" trick. By tapping a nail into the cork at an angle, and then using your claw hammer to pull it out, you'll be the hero of the party. Except you'll actually be the one looking foolish as you simply show people how to pull a nail out of a cork.
4. The Cherry Tomato Slicing Trick
So apparently it's very time-consuming to cut cherry tomatoes individually. I'm not sure how many you need to be chopping in half every day to feel the need to search for a life hack, but one exists.
Allegedly, if you place 8-10 cherry tomatoes between two Tupperware lids, and push down firmly, you can slice through all of them in one go. You'll need a very sharp knife and the slicing skill of a ninja. And even then, it's pointless. If you don't do it with care and precision, you get a mess. And the time it takes to do it this way is longer
5. The No-Mess Pancake Batter Bottle
These days, we're so busy that we don't have time to make pancakes and clean up the drippy mess. There is a life hack to get around this. You make up a whole bunch of pancake batter ahead of time, and then store it in empty squeezable ketchup bottles.
The problem with this is that it's actually more time-consuming to make the hack than it is to just clean up after making pancakes. It takes a lot of patience to get that batter into a ketchup bottle, and unless you get one with a wide opening, it takes a death grip to squeeze it all out. Don't bother.
6. The Toaster Sandwich Maker
If you don't have a sandwich press, don't worry. Just pop some ham and cheese between two slices of bread, turn your toaster on its side, and insert your creation. In a few minutes, you'll have a delicious cheesy treat. And melted cheese inside your toaster. And a ruined toaster.
This is wrong on so many levels. It's not only dangerous; it doesn't actually work very well. Those slots are made for one slice of bread, and you really have to jam that thing in there. If you try to avoid the cheesy drips by wrapping it all in foil, you get warm bread, not toast.
7. The Easy-Release Garbage Bag
If you're struggling to get your full garbage bag out of the trashcan at home, you may be tempted to drill holes in the bottom of it. That's the life hack the Internet suggests using. Sadly, it's got some drawbacks. Yes, it does help you avoid the suction grip of a full bag. But, it also lets those nasty garbage smells emanate from the can. And if that's not enough, there's an even bigger hazard — garbage water. If you drill the holes too close to the bottom of the can, you can get nasty garbage water seepage. Personally, I'd rather struggle for a few seconds
8. The Crispy Pizza Crust From the Microwave
When it comes time to heat up pizza leftovers, there are two options. First, use the oven. This takes time to preheat and then bake. But it does work well. Second, use the microwave, which is fast but turns the crust into a soft, chewy mess. There is a life hack to get around this. When you heat up your pizza, do it with a small amount of water in a glass. This is supposed to keep it crusty, but when I tried it all I got was chewy soft crust and a glass of warm water. Busted.
9. The Homemade Gin Recipe
I'm no fan of gin, but if you are there are life hacks all over the Internet that teach you how to make your own. Here's the problem, though: They all start with a base spirit, like vodka or…gin! Now call me crazy, but if you need to go and buy a ton of ingredients like cardamom pods, juniper berries, coriander seeds, lemongrass, liquorice root, cinnamon, and vodka, then you also have time to grab a bottle of gin. In fact, it's quicker to forget the other ingredients and go straight for the gin. A waste of time and money.
10. The Hair of the Dog
Quite possibly the most heavily quoted hangover cure of all time is "hair of the dog." Or, "bite the dog that bit you."
When you go out on the town and have a few too many, you wake up dehydrated, feeling queasy, with a pounding headache and the shakes. According to this life "hack," the best cure is to drink again. This is complete garbage. You may get very temporary relief from some of the symptoms, but all you are doing is delaying the inevitable.
Also, don't take a bunch of pain meds before bed. You will be asleep when they are relieving pain and awake when they wear off. The best bet is to drink a lot of water during the evening, and again before bed, and eat a good meal before you start the celebrations.