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There is always a better way to do something.

Some may call that option lazy, others may say it's genius.

Think about it this way... the computer keyboard has tons of "hacks" which were engineered to save time.

The more time one saves, the more life to be lived.

Redditor rat-avec-london asked:

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

I love a good short cut. Enlighten me.


"If you stand up too fast and your head starts to spin/rush/blackout tighten your abs as hard as you can and it’ll help drastically reduce the head rush. you can also do it preemptively to help stop it before it even happens."


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"Splash some water your face. As a mammal, you have a diving instinct, so water on your face triggers a response: you wake up, there's more oxygen to your brain, you feel better, plus your face is wet."


"My deceased grandmother told me to do this every morning. Now I know the science behind it, I will try to be more diligent in doing it. Cheers."


"I do this driving long distances. I keep a wash rag and a bottle of water on stand by. Better than a loud radio or the windows down."



"If you get food/grease stains on your clothes, cover the stain with dishwashing liquid. The stain will come off when you wash your clothes."


"Always double check the stain is gone before sticking it in the dryer too! The heat will set the stain in even more. I love using dish soap for laundry stains, I even keep a tiny bottle in my laundry room."


"Lestoil works great for greasy stains too."


break any fall...

"When it is icy or going through somewhere wet, always have both hands free to break any fall. When working with a job you know has safety hazard, always be on the look out. My coworker broke her wrist because someone forgot to put the pallet in the correction location. Sometimes people are out to get you or maybe not even thinking of you (or your safety) so always got to have your own back."


Click First

"Turn your device on and off before contacting tech support."


"And restart your computer regularly, not a shut down, a restart. Shut down is now just a glorified sleep and will not solve your problem."


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I hate that off/on. I've spent half my life doing it. :(


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


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Lighten it Up

"Use whitening toothpaste and a little water with a paper towel to clean stained dry erase boards. It easily removes ink and doesn't spread it around like rubbing alcohol. Works on boards that have been stained for years.


"Also, if you accidentally use permanent marker on a whiteboard (we’ve all done in) you can use whiteboard pen to it. Once the permanent marker is dry, draw over it with the whiteboard pen, let that dry and wipe off."


"Also works great on dirty white leather/fake leather shoes like Adidas Stan Smith."


back and forth

"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!"


kills stone dead...

"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."


And a Razor

"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."


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Survival tips to know. I'm making a list.