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Lifehacks, if applied properly, can really change the course of a single household chore.

Chores can really be such a pain to take care of, and nobody wants to do it. But with a little life hack under your belt, you might be able to turn chore time into something a little fun.

u/rat-avec-london asked:

What is a lifehack that seems fake, but is a true lifesaver?

Here were some of those answers.


My Finger, The Glass

If your ring gets stuck on your finger windex will slide it right off. Worked at a jewelry store for five plus years.

coykoi314

You can also use any oil (cooking, automotive... anything).

You can also reduce the size of your hand (and finger) by holding it up in the air. Chilling your hand in cold water THEN holding it up in the air for a couple minutes whilst rubbing oil &/or dishwashing fluids in there... trifecta of ring removal.

Should work on anyone that just stole Sauron's prize - though biting it off also works, i suppose.

SageSilinous

Multiple Uses

Use shaving cream as anti-fog. I used it on the inside of my motorcycle visor. Smear it on, let it dry, then rinse off and dry. It also works for bathroom mirrors. You can use it on a small spot so you can still see when you get out of the shower.

Caspers_Shadow

Shaving cream also removes the smell of urine. If you ever have to take care of someone who is old and/or sick and who wets the bed, a little shaving cream on a rag wiped over their buttocks after they are thoroughly cleaned up helps them really smell clean again.

It's a bit of a sad tip, I know, but you never know when you might end up caring for someone who needs help with things like this. Nobody wants to smell. A dab of shaving cream to restore a bit of dignity? Priceless.

Gen-Jinjur

Pretty Important For Stage Actors

Every male should know this. If you want to get rid of an awkward boner flex any muscle in your body maybe an arm. For a minute. The blood will rush to that muscle and away from your penis. Crisis averted.

GingerOverseer

These life hacks really don't seem real at all, but if you can swear by them, they can save your life.

Obligatory Poop Hack

I saw a comment on one of these kinda threads that recommended gently rocking back and forth while pooping. I've never had any problems in the bathroom, but I happened to be sitting on the toilet when I read the comment so I decided to give it a test drive. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick and effortless the whole experience was and I haven't gone back to my old stationary technique since. As a bonus, #1 and #2 now require the same amount of time in the bathroom!

ASS_LORD_666

It's The Alcohol

If you have funky armpits and need to fix them fast, use hand sanitiser. I figured this out years ago when I remembered that the smell comes from bacteria reactions - which antibacterial hand gel kills stone dead. Instant results and the medical smell lasts only a minute. Don't do this routinely though as it's delicate skin.

ihadanideaonce

But Hopefully It's Just A Playing Puppy

True lifesaver: if you are ever attacked by a dog, push your forearm INTO the bite. This pries the jaws apart and prevents them from clamping down. If a dog is attacking you, the best thing you can do is offer your forearm, push as far back as possible, and then grab the dog by the scruff of its neck with your other hand to hold it. The dog is now functionally muzzled and you have control of its head. The sooner and harder you push into the bite, the less damage the bite will do.

IAlbatross

Get It Off Anything

That rubbing alcohol removes chewing gum.

I'd go through a 20 layer deep marketing funnel to get to that tip because it really does work.

Also wow! Thank you for all of the awards nice Redditors. I completely forgot I left this comment and came back and my notifications had blown up.

omgIamafraidofreddit

And previously impossible situations will give way at long last.

Sayonara Capsaicin

Rubbing vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) on your hands after you cut up jalapeños or other hot peppers. 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. I can totally remove my contacts after doing this. It's crazy how well this works.

PaulRuddsButthole

Crying Crying

Put your onion in the freezer for 10 minutes before chopping it. It freezes the juices just enough to slow down the process of it turning in to a gas, giving you a few minutes to chop the onion without tears. I learnt this tip from a kid's science show years ago and I haven't had to deal with onion tears since. So many people don't believe me, and then are genuinely surprised when it works.

Lost_in_the_Library

Just A Quick Little Base

The cheapest, most effective, and safest insecticide against roaches (especially those huge "water bug" roaches that we have in the South) is a spray bottle of mostly water with just a little liquid dish soap in it.

Shake the bottle & get the water a little foamy, then spray the roaches. They will run, scrabble, and attempt escape, of course, but they will die. The soap film suffocates them faster than any chemicals will.

A friend told me about this, & I thought she was nuts, but I tried it & it works amazingly well. Plus it's very easy to clean up and safe around food (not that you want to spray soapy water ON your food).

SnooPickles3213

Incorporating any of these lifehacks into your home may make a big difference. You'll never want to turn back.

Or you will, whatever. But they're worth a try!

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There is a difference between messy and dirty. The two often go together, but not everybody who is messy is dirty.

Clutter, clothing on the floor, and disorganization are not quite the same as bugs, mold, or other nasty icky things that grow upon neglected possessions. And messy people have their limits.

u/ToastedBreadfruit asked:

Messy people of Reddit, where do you draw the line between "these are acceptable living conditions" and "I should probably tidy up now"?

Here were some of those answers.

Procrastinator Is Here To Save The Day

When there's something else that I REALLY don't want to do... like taxes, I suddenly spring clean. That's the only time furniture is moved to clean everything

It's pretty much exactly like that scene from Black Books, haha

Phoenyx634

Behind The Façade

Whenever company is coming over. Gotta maintain the facade that I'm a clean, tidy individual.

Hobbit_Feet45

Clean like crazy and when they arrive you say: "Sorry about the mess, its just been so busy here lately"

TheRealVahx

Organized Chaos

When i start losing stuff, in my mind so long as i know where everything is or can easily find it, it's not a mess

Picknmixboltz

I feel this so hard. If I know what pile of junk something is in then it's not a mess, but if I can't find something then things are too messy.

RunningRunnerRun

Like we said--even messy people do have their limits. Dirty people....not so much.

Whistle While You Drink

If I look for something I need and have to remove mess in order to get to it. Then I get drunk and clean everything for hours.

jonnysteps

Drunk cleaning with music on is super fun. People always think I'm weird for tidying up immediately after the last party guest has left. I just dance about like a tilt and get it done. Makes the hangover easier in the morning too

VonAshley

Just Til The Time Passes

I usually have a momentary pause and think "this is depressing" I'll then clean up for an hour and think "I hate doing this sh*t, it's close enough now."

Watsis_name

I relate so much to this comment! I'm laughing at the "this is depressing" moment, because you couldn't have worded this any better.

theWildBore

Critical Mess Alert

I don't know, there is a point that I call 'critical mess' where I just have to tidy up. I can't define what 'critical mess' is, but I know it when I see it.

sagetrees

Yeah, I know that feeling! It's all good until it isn't. That's the point where you just go "okay f**k this" and start chucking everything into a garbage bag, piling laundry together, throwing papers into a pile. Like a big tidy-up explosion.

BrashPop

The Distinction Point

Yeah to me there's a firm distinction between messy (my house) and dirty. Messy is the unfolded pile of laundry that permanently exists in a pile in the laundry room.

Dirty is something that's going to start stinking or get sticky or attract bugs. That stuff gets cleaned right away.

WakeoftheStorm

And we, as messy people, can't really explain our ways....our brains are just as messy as our rooms.

You Married A Slob

My daughters online learning desk is in my husbands "man cave". She does all of her zoom classes and homework at this desk. My husband is a bit of a slob. He mostly leaves empty soda bottles laying around.

I didn't realize all these empty bottles were in frame to my daughters zoom classes until her music teacher emailed me and asked if I could clean up the room Because he wants to record the students singing for their choir practice. I was mortified and moved her desk out of there.

bebebaker

Faceplant Magic

When I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and accidentally trip on whatever cluster f**k is covering my entire bedroom floor be it clothes or shoes or textbooks like that one time

zodwa_wa_bantu

Phone Rings, Door Chimes

My line is this: "If company suddenly drops in, how much do I have to tidy up?" If the answer is too much, my living conditions are not acceptable by any means.

Easy_Ad9184

My line is pretty similar. "How would I react to an unexpected visitor at this very moment?"

If the answer is anything beyond mild embarrassment, everything has to be cleaned immediately.

eldestdaughtersunion

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